Introducing Seasons in Lace – Spring, the second of the Seasons in Lace series. I loved designing and stitching this one as much as I did Winter. I loved seeing how the colors played out in the different elements, and how the different elements played together to create the whole. I truly hope you enjoy stitching this as much as I did!
I love to browse Pinterest, because I get ideas for designs from the quirkiest things. This design was inspired by a little mixed media project using a variety of pieces of vintage lace. (Photo of my inspiration piece is included in the gallery of this design.) This little design really got my brain spinning on what I could do to recreate this as cross stitch. Then I got the January Fine Floss Club from Fat Quarter Shop which included 5 colors of NPI silk. I knew these were the perfect colors and the perfect floss for this piece, and I immediately sat down at my computer and started designing. The elements for this piece all fell together like they were meant to be.
The designs for Summer and Autumn will also be stitched using the silk packs from Fat Quarter Shop, a different set of colors for each season. If you want to use the silks and get the pack, I highly recommend you sign up for the club now. (You will still be able to buy the floss individually as well.) You can find it here: NPI Silk Floss Club
The model for Seasons in Lace – Spring was stitched on 36 ct linen from Under the Sea Fabrics. I do not have the name of the color way, but it has a kind peachy/apricot tone to it. It was stitched with two strands of NPI silks over two linen threads. I have also included conversions for DMC.
Floss usage – The floss usage is based on two strands on 14 ct fabric with a 6 strand 8 m skein. Using 2 strands on 36 ct, I still needed the second skein of the darkest shade.
This design uses 5 colors of floss.
NPI 631 – https://shrsl.com/2zbv9
NPI 633 – https://shrsl.com/2zbvg
NPI 634 – https://shrsl.com/2zbvi
NPI 635 – https://shrsl.com/2zbvl
NPI 636 – https://shrsl.com/2zbvo
Finished Design Size:
Stitch Count – 109 x 168
Finished Design Size: 14 ct (over 1) or 28 ct (over 2) – 7.8 x 12 in.
16 ct (over 1) or 32 ct (over 2) – 6.8 x 10.5 in.
18 ct (over 1) or 36 ct (over 2) – 6.1 x 9.3 in.
40 ct (over 2) – 5.5 x 8.4 in.
I will be stitching these individually and sewing them together, but I’m not going to try to match up the stitches. I will be leaving a stitch space in between each section when I sew them together. If you want to do them all together on one piece of fabric, so that that gorgeous center design matches up, here are the dimensions for the finished stitch count. Each section will have the same dimensions. (Note: This does not include what you will need for border and framing. This is only the measurements for the finished design itself.)
Overall Stitch count – 218 x 340
14 ct (over 1) or 28 ct (over 2) – 15.5” x 24.2”
16 ct (over 1) or 32 ct (over 2) – 13.6” x 21.2”
18 ct (over 1) or 36 ct (over 2) – 12.1” x 18.8”
40 ct (over 2) – 10.8” x 16.9”
If you are looking for the standalone product, Vintage Lace, click here.
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Original design – Copyright Jan Hicks Creates 2021
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