Hello stitching friends,Once again we have two pattern awards! Sandi Engiles from Virginia received a copy of Madonna and Child by Raphael (see below — it's also known as The Small Cowper Madonna), and Margit Niggemeyer-Tesch from Germany was the first to suggest Moet & Chandon Cremant Imperial by Alphonse Mucha.
There are several new pictures in the gallery! We're especially excited about a completed Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte - Georges Seurat which won the Grand Prize at the Idaho State Fair in the large aida division. This is the second year in a row that work from one of our designs has won the grand prize! All the new examples are beautiful so please have a look.
As you know, we usually recommend that you stitch our designs with 16 stitches per inch or more. 16-count or 18-count aida are great for fully-stitched designs, and 32-count linen stitched over 2 (producing 16 stitches per inch), or any higher thread count evenweave, is a good choice for designs where the background is not stitched. One of the questions we are asked the most is, what if I want to use something else? What kind of results will I get? Some people have trouble seeing to make small stitches, or can't find high thread count fabric, or just want the stitched picture to be bigger, or smaller.
We've stitched several small examples so you can see! We only have room for a few of them here, but there are many more floss coverage examples available for you to study, both successful and unsuccessful. Each swatch has 2 rows of solid magenta, 2 rows of solid brown, and 2 rows of a magenta-brown blend in the middle. These examples are approximately life-size, but clink any of them for a more detailed view.