I've put my knitting bag aside for a while and decided to try
something I've not done in many years, counted cross stitch.
We've been watching far too many TV series these
pandemic winter evenings and a couple were foreign with subtitles.
No good when you're knitting though. . . . . . . eyes off the screen and
losing the plot becomes easy!
When I saw this cute bee on a honeycomb pin cushion in a magazine
I wanted to give it a try. I had plenty of embroidery floss, a small hoop,
needles etc. but did have to purchase some 11 count Aida cross stitch
I enlarged the magazine photo to a size where I could see the
stitches more clearly.
I admit that my eyesight is not what it was - distance no real problem
but close up work requires reading glasses. . . . . .and for this project,
the purchase of a magnifier which really helps once one gets used
to having it hanging around the neck.
Of course I can't work on this either if watching TV so doing a
bit in the afternoons.
I'm following this photo, copied and enlarged, from a magazine.
Jasmin - October 25, 2020 - 24th Birthday
Last year when at the fabric store with my granddaughter Jasmin,
we found these beautiful machine embroidered panels.
She loved both the bee and the dragonfly so I returned next day alone,
purchased them and arranged to have them made up into pillows for
Jasmin's sofa. Was she ever surprised when a month later she opened
her birthday gifts!
I realize that this is a simplified version of the bee. . . . . . a starter
for me, however after looking up 'cross stitched bees' online I've found
so many beautiful stitchery patterns, and kits, much more advanced
and detailed - such as the one below - which I may try later.
I've a long way to go yet but hopefully will share the finished bee later.
Do you cross stitch or embroider?
How about knit?
I know some of you are fabulous with knitting needles and crochet hooks!