Stitch Along 8: time for something new

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.

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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 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!

Avis at

Claire at

Gun at

Carole at

Alison at

Jule at

Elizabeth at

Wendy at

Lucy at


16 thoughts on “Stitch Along 8: time for something new

  1. tialys says:

    More cross eyedness.
    I know that isn’t what it is but, so far, it looks like a colourful bird (at least the eye and beak) looking downward. Or is that just me?

  2. claire93 says:

    red and black ^^ very effective

  3. Admiration, but no desire for emulation – my eyes are not up to cross-stitching!

  4. rutigt says:

    Since I´m from another part of the world, I have no idea what you are embroidering 🙂 I´ll just have to wait in excitement!!!
    Gun, Sweden

  5. katechiconi says:

    It’s an abstract symbolic device, so you won’t be much wiser when it’s done, but it’s an interesting shape and fun to embroider!

  6. Jule says:

    I love Maori artwork – this is going to be great. 🙂

  7. Carole says:

    I like it already. I love the bold colour scheme and the simplicity of it. Can’t wait to see the final design 🙂

  8. wendy says:

    this looks like it’s going to be interesting, such a bold pattern

  9. I love the Maori designs 🙂 You’ve made a great start already. Protection…..what a lovely thought!

    • katechiconi says:

      I like it when things have meanings other than just looking pretty. The red, black and white of Maori design is just begging to be used, and I liked the appropriateness of this motif for what I wanted to do.

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