Before she approached me about her wedding dress panel, Lauren said she and her fiancé would like a bellpull with a favourite Bible text for their home as their wedding gift. I chose the absolutely gorgeous Renaissance Rose design from Victoria Sampler to adapt for this piece.
Here's the initial floss toss and, with the exception of deciding against the gold shades in favour of the aubergine cord, this is pretty much what I used - for a wonder! I normally chop and change several times during the process. Do you? Or do you stick fairly closely to the pattern and/or original palette?
As you can see, I opted for 8 shades of Coton à Broder #25 from DMC and Anchor. The fabric is 28ct congress cloth (I think) in an ecru shade with which I used Anchor Pearl Cottons #8 and #12 in shade 926.
A quick comparison with the chart photo shows that I needed to start out with a little adaptation of the original design in order to meet the requirements. I decided to replace several pattern rows in the middle, including the 'For You' bit with the scripture they wanted and also to move a cross stitch floral line down to make the text section framed by a similar motif. It took a couple of goes with a piece of graph paper to get the lettering charted correctly, but it wasn't too big a challenge - especially not after the last project!
After the middle section was complete, I filled in the surface work on the lower half, including the beaded parts, (using good old Mill Hill petite seed beads, which I'm a big fan of), but not the bullion knots which I'm always a little wary of and decided to leave until last. I hadn't ever thought of doing it before, but I love the section of ecru four-sided stitch in the section above the hardanger heart. I think it adds a great textural element.
I then did the cutwork section on the lower heart, as you can see below and even remembered to take some photos at this point. I didn't take as many WIP shots as I would have liked of thie piece and some were too poor to do anything with other than to delete them!
Here's the piece at the point that we'll leave it for this post and next time I'll show you the bullion knot sections.
I loved this project and I'd really like to do another one, perhaps on bright white fabric and with yellow flowers. I would very probably want to keep that, but it would be a strong candidate for exhibiting in the summer shows.
Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2017