Not much in the way of stitching…

More setting up for future projects.

I dyed two more pieces of fabric – both I think will work for what I have dyed them for, however one I want to go back and revisit. I was trying to do mottled dark blue with bits of other colours through – violet, green, pink etc – kind of reminiscint of photos from the Hubble Telescope of nebula and such… however only the green showed through the blue so the fabric might have to go back into a dye bath and get some pinks and violets if I can be bothered. It is for Passione Ricamo’s The Night – I have a piece of Aida that came with it but when I double checked the measurements it only has about 2 inches for framing – which doesn’t leave a lot of room… This piece has lots of room for framing.

fabric for "the night"
This is darker in real life

I got my silks for Egyptian Garden, now the only Chatelaine left to finish kitting up is Watergarden. I have done my own conversion to Vikki’s HDF silks by eyeballing the colours on my monitor and choosing ones that looked (on screen anyway) pretty close. I have dyed a piece of Belfast linen to stitch it on – it looks quite bright but I think it will look pretty – it is blue, pale orange and pink – I was aiming for sunset colours.

EG floss

I went down to Kmart to see if they had any zip files for me to set up a few of my projects in – and they had these lovely bright pink files:
chatelaine file 1

The zipper on the pocket will be ideal for scissors, hilighter pens etc. Inside there was another pocket, and a “Pencil case”
chatelaine file 2
I think between the two floss, needles, beads and metallics will work.

Then I very industriously made up floss tags with the symbol in the fabric and the floss name:
EG floss tags

And slipped the pattern into plastic pockets – the pages had to be trimmed slightly as they were US letter size and the pockets are A4. Luckily most US cross stitch patterns come with a decent margin so you can trim without losing the pattern (I did the same thing to my Cirque patterns)
Chatelaine EG pattern

And the complete kit minus fabric as it is still wet:
EG total kit

Then I pulled out my brand new spools and stitched a few samples:
stitched samples

The spools:



  1. Hev said,

    June 2, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Those sound simply amazing. Hmm…if I send you the cloth, would you complete dye jobs for me? As long as I tell you what I want it to look like? Most of my wants are for solid colors or mild marbles. I will pay you for the time, the dye, & shipping it back to me. Interested? Nothing in the near future, but I will have some.

    • aflyingneedle said,

      June 8, 2010 at 9:23 am

      Sorry for the delayed reply – yes I am happy to dye fabric. Because of the cost of shipping it may be cheaper for me to get fabric here – depends what you want and how much. 14ct aida is currently on special from a place that has lovely fabric so that is always an option.

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