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!
The model for Vintage Lace 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 170
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 8.5”
I have some brilliant friends in this community, so shout out to Myra Webb and Kelly Stodola for this idea! And that is to make this a seasonal piece, with that gorgeous mandala as the centerpiece!
So here’s the plan, there will be 3 more pieces to this, each representing the seasons. This first one is Winter. They will also be designed around the NPI silk Floss Packs offered by Fat Quarter Shop, so 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
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) – 15.6” x 24.3”
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 18.9”
40 ct (over 2) – 10.9” x 17
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Original design – Copyright Jan Hicks Creates 2021
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