I have been working on the sampler for my daughter Catherine`s 40th birthday.
Have changed my mind a few times, it is all well and good doing the design on graph paper first but when you come to stitch it it does not necessarily work as I found this time.
I have cut down on the colours used, Catherine wanted green but I was going to put some varigated thread in but it did not look right. have used DMC perle 8 for the kloisters in 905 and the rest is done with DMC flower thread 2905 & 2906 which are the 905 & 906 shades. Such a shame they stopped making these threads. Fortunately I bought quite a lot when they were being sold off. I find I stitch better using a single strand of thread so pick my threads by thickness.
Will be unpicking the cretan stitch but not sure what to replace it with and of course will be cutting the threads in the heart.
Feel I am now winning. The God could not be everywhere so her made Mothers, Daughters,Sisters and Cats was chosen by Catherine which meant I could not do as much fancy stitching as I would have liked but also made it quicker to stitch.
Apologise for the quality of the photo but my camera does not like counted thread fabric.
Any advice on how to inprove this will be gratefully received.