A friend tempted me into starting this design. Dear Jane is a gigantic quilt that was converted into a cross stitch design (stitch size 695 x 695) several years ago. The large blocks didn’t appeal to me, so I had stayed away. Recently, smaller versions were published on a Facebook group and blog by a stitcher in the Netherlands. Dear Jane Rine is 295 x 295; Mini Dear Jane 185 x 185; and Micro Dear Jane is 121 x 121. I am stitching the first one in this list. Gloriana’s Peacock floss, which was sitting in my stash unused for several years because I didn’t know what to do with it, seemed perfect for this piece.
But finding a neutral color for the square blocks was a struggle. I tried four shades of Zebra Dove and one of Zinc (the greenish one at the bottom).
My friend suggested I try a brown or gold that resonates with the gold in the Peacock. Umbrage, Quernstones, Haywains, and Oil of Amber were the next set of candidates:
Pattern: Dear Jane Rine
Designer: Rine Oddens (Dear Rine)
Fabric: Portuguese linen (40ct)
Threads: Gloriana silk: Peacock; HDF Silk Oil of Amber 4115
Started: September 7, 2017