I haven’t done much cross stitch – it just doesn’t draw my attention like needlepoint. Until now. I have to admit that cross stitchers have access to some gorgeous, complicated patterns. I’ve been watching several people (through their blogs) who are stitching mandalas right now.
Committed Stitcher is working on two of them. Tuscany (http://blog.fiberholic.net/2011/07/second-corner-started.html) and Medieval Town (http://blog.fiberholic.net/2011/07/one-more-done.html).
Isadarena has done many mandalas, but this one tipped me over the edge (http://isadarena.blogspot.com/2011/05/saint-petersburg-mandalasuite.html)
That one sent me off to the website of Martina Weber (http://chatelaine-design.de/newweb/cgi-bin/general.cgi?mandala-) I browsed through all of the mandalas and picked Persian Iris to purchase. I’m sure you figured I would choose something with an Arab theme. Isn’t it just beautiful!!
I read over the instructions and searched my stash to find some of the threads. I’ve order threads online and gone to my LNS too. After a month of searching and ordering threads, I finally started on Tuesday. (I thought about needlepointing it, but it just wouldn’t be the same that way.) After 3 afternoons, I’ve gotten a tiny bit done on 32 ct. Belfast Linen.
It’s stitched in two shades of blue silk (royal and navy) and gold Petite Treasure Braid. Such tiny stitches, but I’ll keep at it because I really love the design and the colors. This is the middle which will be filled with beads when the entire piece is stitched. There are actually over 1,800 beads and crystals that need to be added after the stitching is done! I won’t be showing this very often – I know it will be a slow project for me. I certainly don’t want to rip out any of those tiny stitches! Wish me luck on a new venture.