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.
Then it came time to stitch it, and I couldn’t put it down. 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!
THEN two of my followers had the brilliant idea to make this a seasonal piece, and Seasons in Lace – Winter was born. I am so excited for this and the future designs. I loved designing this one and I’m sure I’ll love the other ones. The designs for Spring, 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 – Winter was stitched on 36 ct linen from xJuDesign in colorway My Little Dove. It was stitched with two strands of NPI silks over two linen threads. I have also included conversions for both DMC and Cosmo in the pattern.
This design uses 5 colors of floss.
NPI 561 – https://shrsl.com/2t4or
NPI 563 – https://shrsl.com/2t4ow
NPI 565 – https://shrsl.com/2t4p1
NPI 566 – https://shrsl.com/2t4p8
NPI 568 – https://shrsl.com/2t4pc
Finished Design Size:
Stitch Count – 109 x 169
14 ct (over 1) or 28 ct (over 2) – 7.8” x 12.1”
16 ct (over 1) or 32 ct (over 2) – 6.8” x 10.6”
18 ct (over 1) or 36 ct (over 2) – 6.1 x 9.4
40 ct (over 2) – 5.5” x 8.4”
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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