This project was so much fun to work on. The floss seemed different from the floss in the previous Dimensions kit I just did. It seemed less smooth and shiny, and reminded me more of DMC’s now discontinued linen floss. It also didn’t fray and get knotted the way the previous Dimensions kit floss did.
I love doing French knots, and this project had several of them. It also had Turkey Work stitches for the tassels (which were cut instead of being left as loops).
Project number 2 from my Hobby Lobby clearance haul has started! I love the bright colors in this one although they are not quite the same as pictured in the kit photo. The blue is much more green than in the photo.
The new issue of Cross Stitch Crazy is out, and I absolutely adore these cute llama charts! I am especially taken with the pink one, because what’s not to love about a fuzzy pink llama?
The only problem is, these charts utilize Madeira Lana threads to give the llamas that fuzzy look. It is a 50% wool, 50% acrylic blend that turns fuzzy when applying a wire brush to it after stitching is completed. I have searched online to no avail, this thread simply doesn’t seem to be available in the US. Rainbow Gallery does make a thread called Wisper that is supposed to create the same effect, but it does not come in as many colors as the Lana. And it is 70% mohair and 30% nylon, so it is a bit different. I do have some kid mohair threads in my stash which I have never stitched with because they are so fuzzy. I figured using them would be a royal pain. But I will have to dig my stash out and see if I have any colors that would work for this design (I highly doubt I have two shades of pink, if I have any bright colors at all).
I just love how they painted wooden hoops in bright colors and framed these designs in them. This whole set would look so cute hanging up by my desk!
You can find these charts in the June issue (255) of Cross Stitch Crazy.