The ‘Whirlpool’ pattern was finished early June but ‘life happened’ and I was waylaid in posting about the new pattern until, well, today:) Whirlpool is 80 x 80 stitches as is the pattern ‘Spinning Wheel’. I will be creating a series of Blackwork patterns in this size – stitch one or several in the series. If you are interested in stitching e.g. a pair of these patterns, please ensure that you stitch them on the same ‘count’ of fabric so the finished work is the same size 🙂
Clarifying the ‘Count’ Of The Fabric
The ‘count’ of the fabric is how many stitches are worked per inch e.g. If you stitch on 14 count fabric, there will be 14 stitches per inch. At ’14 count’, the fnished size of the stitched area of this design will be 5.75 ” x 5.75″. If you stitch on 18 count fabric, the stitches themselves will be smaller and hence, the overall stitched area of the design will be smaller. In this case, ‘Whirlpool’ stitched size on 18 count fabric will be 4.5″.
In summary, the higher the stitch count, the smaller the finished design. Keep in mind as well, that the higher count, the smaller the stitches, the more difficult it is to see 🙂
It took me a while to get my head around the whole ‘stitch count’ scenario, but when you think about it, it is quite logical.
Two of the filler patterns in this designs are shown on the right. I particularly like ‘Pattern 1’. It has a quirky feel to it that really appeals to me. All the filler patterns within this design and my previous designs have been stitched using one strand of thread througout the filler pattern.
This pattern is available on my Etsy store along with othe Cross Stitch and Blackwork patterns.
Changing A Pattern to ‘Make It Your Own’
In Blackwork, there are several ways you can vary a design to ‘make it your own’ quite easily. The most obvious and easiest way with these designs is to change to colours to suit your own tastes. Honestly, go ahead, you won’t hurt my feelings….
There are several ‘not so obvioius ways’ of changing a desing as well. What about changing the ‘weight’ of the threads used in one or more of the filler patterns to emphasize part of the design? Could you stitch a specific part of a filler pattern in a different colour? What about, what I think of as ‘fading the pattern out’.
More on these ideas in future posts – so stay tuned.
In the meantime, happy stitching our current project 🙂