Sunday, 14 April 2013

Le Challenge - Geometrics


I'm excited to share my project for this month's challenge at Le Challenge.

I decided to stitch this gorgeous cross stitch pattern from the book Anna Maria's needleworks notebook by Anna Maria Horner:



It is the 'Terrace Blooms' from the Four Tiles Collection. I didn't use the exact colours recommended but I think they're pretty close to her original choices. I love the brightness! The pattern was fun to work on, the symmetry made it really easy to do and I loved seeing it blossom!


I knew I was making this for a special blogging friend but at first I wasn't sure what to do with the finished stitching. Then I had a flash of inspiration, since she's getting married very soon wouldn't it make a cute ring cushion?! So I threaded two pieces of golden thread into the pattern:


I backed the aida with some cotton (don't want the stuffing coming out of those little holes!) and then made it into a small cushion.


And the threads can easily be snipped out so that she can use it as a pincushion and keep it as a reminder that (although I am on the other side of the world and we've never actually met) I wish her a wonderful and happy wedding day and so much joy in her marriage.

I backed it in Hugs and Kisses in Scotch from the Loulouthi line by Anna Maria Horner.

It couldn't be a more appropriate choice! Sending hugs and kisses and raising a toast ;)



Now head over to Le Challenge and check out everyone's geometric makes!

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27 comments:

  1. What a lovely idea!! Great wee pattern that, too.

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  2. Gorgeous stitching and a wonderful gift.

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  3. That's just the sweetest idea Lucy - I really want her book and I also have an eye on her tapestry cushion kit. I love this though - such a sweet and thoughtful gift and stitch perfect.

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  4. Oh my GOD! It is so beautiful and (shock, horror) it is for me?! I am seriously balling my eyes out right now. You are beyond beautiful Ms Lucy. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! xo

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  5. Beautiful stitching, and such a lovely idea too :D

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  6. Oh my golly , that is so beautiful!! And so thoughtful and clever to make a ring cushion, that will then be a pincushion. That is such a special gift!

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  7. Aw - that is such a sweet idea and the cushion is just beautiful. I'm sure it will be treasured. Looking forward to seeing the other entries. I was going to have a go but never got moving - maybe next month xx

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  8. It's gorgeous and what a lovely thought. I used to cross stitch a lot but haven't done any for ages. Perhaps it's time to pick up my needle again... Sarah x

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  9. This is so pretty! I am going to try to be in your challenge this coming month.

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  10. Just fabulous, love the colors.

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  11. This is so beautiful, Lucy. The colors are perfect!

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  12. Love it! I thought it was from AMH book. And such a nice ring cushion for Erin...

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  13. Love the colours you did choose for this, and great idea for the ring cushion

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  14. Lovely colours you used. Fun idea to use the hugs and kisses fabric as a back.

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  15. Its fabulous Lucy, and great idea to make a ring cuahion

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  16. Love it! Great idea to make into a ring cushion - and perfect to use later as a pincushion! Really sweet idea!

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  17. Well if you can't make the wedding - send a stand in! Great job!

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  18. What a great gift! I love all those bright colours :)

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  19. This is a beautiful cross-stitch design and I love the colours you have used too!

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  20. I love your pincushion! How do you like the rest of her book? It is a gift she will alway remember because it is so special!

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  21. What a lovely idea for a combined ring/pin cushion. I´m sure your friend will be happy with this present.

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  22. Such a colorful piece and how great with the tie-in to a ring wedding and the back fabric. I'm going to go check out May's challenge right now to maybe get a bit of time to submit something for May. Love seeing all the great projects so far for April.

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  23. Gorgeous cross stitch and a great idea for how to use it!

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