After two years of sluggish stitching, I finally have a respectable finish! This design was an absolute pleasure to stitch. It is rare for a cross-stitch design to be both aesthetically pleasing AND fun to stitch. So many of them suck you in because they look gorgeous but once you start stitching, the attraction wears off and you have to plod on to the finish line. Others look like I would enjoy stitching them but the overall look of the piece is too simplistic or childish. Kathy Barrick’s designs achieve a lovely balance between beauty and fun.
There is enough movement and flow to the design, enough colors to keep you interested and challenged but never so much that you get fed up and wonder why you wanted to stitch the darn piece in the first place.
And I just love the whimsical charm of her patterns.
I was aiming for a brighter look than the stitched model on the pattern. I also replaced the brown flowers in the original with a variegated pale white-ish thread. Lastly, I replace the fictitious 1824 with the birth year of my beloved brother-in-law who passed away last year.
Pattern: Enchanted (Carriage House Samplings)
Designer: Kathy Barrick
Fabric: 36-ct HDF linen Zymurgy
Threads: HDF silks – BeSeeded (deer), Examplar Lark’s Tongue and Light French Artichoke (flowers), Ochre 4409 (leaves), Oil of Amber 4111 (hooves and tail)
Started: September 16, 2016
Finished: September 2, 2017