It’s Stitch Along time again. And this is obviously not the Anzac piece I promised the Husband….
I needed something a bit smaller and less intimidating to work on, as I have so many large projects on the go. This new piece doesn’t require endless changing of colour, or even that much counting. It’s hard to lose my place, and easy to mark off the lines of stitching as I work them.
It’s going to be a Kowhaiwhai, a traditional Maori decorative design, and its meaning is Protection. It’s a gift for someone who will understand its significance, who cares for and protects many others, and can use all the help she can get. I sourced a suitable image, edited and simplified it a bit, and then uploaded it to Myphotostitch.com and made a cross stitch pattern from it. It’s not a very sophisticated program, but you can specify size and number of colours you want to use, etc. The simpler the original image, the better the result; colour photos tend to generate a lot of background ‘noise’ in the pattern.
What you see here is a bit less than a quarter of the pattern, so I should have it done in about 4 more SALs.
In the meantime, the other stitchers will also be publishing their progress today. I think my post goes up first, as I’m in the earliest time zone, so give them all a chance to wake up before you go looking!
Claire at http://claire93.wordpress.com
Gun at http://rutigt.wordpress.com
Alison at http://minervahandmade.wordpress.com
Elizabeth at http://stitch4therapy.wordpress.com