For every modelstitcher I know, the icing on the cake is when a design you stitched appears on a magazine cover. Just Cross Stitch doesn’t tell you when they have decided on a cover design, you just see it when it hits the newsstand. This design was very time consuming (lots of confetti) and I had such a tight deadline on it that I had to take it on vacation to Vegas with me. I had bronchitis and when the smoky casino would get to me, I would go to the room and stitch. It was the only way I finished on time.
The Swing by Nimue has been one of my favorite designs for a long time. As I tend to do, this has been a WIP for quite some time, but since I am working on finishing as many projects as possible to go into my “gallery” in our spare bedroom, it was time to finish this one up. The fabric was a one of a kind that I picked up along the way, but I think it works beautifully for him. There are tiny little jingle bells at the base of the ropes holding the swing and tiny green beads at the end of his wings. Can’t decide on framing yet, but I’m working on it!
This design was one of the earliest of my accomplishments. It is done on 16 ct. navy aida and uses an amazing amount of blending filament, blended threads and metallics. I seriously started this project more than once and threw the whole thing away. But I was determined it was not going to get the best of me. After it was finished, I entered it into a local cross-stitch competition and won first place. My win was also in a news article in our local paper. The next year I entered it into the State Fair and won First Place and Best of Show.