Friday, August 3, 2012

Pulled Thread Stitch-A-Long

I've had a number of hectic eveings this past week, but I managed to complete enough of the design and prepare the chart for this first post.  I enjoyed my 15 sided biscornu so much last year, that I wanted to design another.  However, more of the same would be boring, so it had to be unique.  This time each square will be comprised of a pulled thread stitch.  With last year's biscornu, I know some of you prefered the sampler over the biscornu.  So this time I completed the border pattern first.  This way you can opt to stitch the sampler, the biscornu or both.  I, for one will stitch both.  Here is my sampler so far.
I have a different bead surrounding each square, because I wasn't happy with my first bead choice.  The one I reaaly like is the one on the left, a soft aqua.  

I have even completed two border layouts, a 3 x 5 square sampler and a 4 x 4 square sampler.  For the 4 x 4, I am creating more work for myself, as the 16th square will be an initials square.  Something I hope to complete before we all reach the 15th square.
Another twist to this project is that my 4 x 4 sampler will become the lid of a fabric box, and the matching biscornu one of my stitching treasures to be kept within it.

So choose your layout and lets get started.

Click here for the Colour key & stitching instructions.
Feel free to choose your own colours by first choosing your variegated fibre.
Click here for the 3 square X 5 square Sampler layout.
Click here for the 4 square X 4 square Sampler layout.

For those of you wanting only to stitch the biscornu.  All you will need is a variegated Wildflower, a Perle Cotton #12 to match your linen colour, a solid DMC floss, and bead.  You can replace the Wildflower with a variegated silk or cotton, but these will need to be layed with a laying tool.

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