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A taste ong>ofong> summerong>Sheilaong> drew inspiration from hertravels to bring this ong>designong> tolife, “I remember a holiday in Spainwhen it was so hot the air smelt ong>ofong> theherbs growing on the hillside and thesun shone through the ong>geraniumsong>growing in pots on the windowsill,and they seemed to glow with aninner light! That was the effect I hopedto achieve in this picture.”Half cross stitch in the backgroundgives a hazy feel to the scene and is agood contrast to the bright flowers inthe foreground. Large areas ong>ofong> half ➤Shopping list...Materials✦ 14HPI aida 16x16in(41x41cm) white,(or 28HPIevenweave)✦ Stranded cotton aslisted in the key✦ Frame with a10x10in (25x25cm)aperture, distressedpaintDesign details✦ Stitched usingAnchor threads on14HPI aida✦ Stitch count140x140✦ Design area10x10in(25x25cm)✦ Extras theseong>designong>s feature halfcross stitchSerene viewAnchor DMC Madeira ColourCross stitch in two strands019 304 0407 Medium red044 815 0514 Dark red062 3806 0701 Light pink070 154 2608 Dark pink078 3803 2609 Medium pink120 3747 0909 Light blue158 747 1101 Light turquoise227 701 1305 Medium green235 318 1801 Grey238 703 1306 Light green335 606 0209 Light red352 300 2304 Dark brown879 561 1204 V dark green923 909 2704 Dark green1007 3772 2601 Light brown1015 3777 2502 BrickHalf cross stitch in two strands*120 3747 0909 Light blue130 809 0907 Medium blue146 798 0911 Dark blue*158 747 1101 Light turquoise240 966 1209 Very light green265 471 1308 Mid leaf green266 470 1502 Dark leaf green300 745 0111 Light yellow301 744 0112 Dark yellow842 472 1605 Light leaf green882 3771 2312 Light terracotta928 598 1111 Dark turquoise1013 3778 2310 Dark terracotta1043 369 1309 Pale greenMake a plant potdecoration or apretty coasterStitched using Anchor threads on 14HPI aidaPicture stitch count 140x140 Design area10x10in (25x25cm) Maximum motifs stitchcount 30x30 Design area 2¼x2¼in (5x5cm)*indicates colour is listed earlier in the key2009 Cross Stitch Collection 5


A taste ong>ofong> summer➤ cross stitch can distort your fabricas they pull in one direction only, sousing a hoop or roller frame to keepthe fabric taut and the stitches neat isa real help.Working your stitchesWork the cross stitch using twostrands over one aida block. Thisong>designong> can be divided up ong>byong> workinga section at a time. Complete eachflower head or leaf before movingon to the next, then fill in thebackground with the half cross stitch,also worked using two strands ong>ofong>cotton. You can work your half crossstitches in either direction, justremember to keep each stitchpointing the same way to achieve auniform look.Extra ong>designong>sThe two small geranium ong>designong>s canbe used to decorate many smallitems. Using a piece ong>ofong> 14HPI aida,6x6in (15x15cm) for each ong>designong>,work the whole cross stitches usingtwo strands ong>ofong> cotton over one aidablock. To make a patch, trim thefinished piece four aida blocks fromthe stitching on all four sides and fraytwo rows ong>ofong> fabric. Back with iron-oninterfacing to protect the stitching andstick to a pot, book or other item.A second extra ong>designong> for a quick stitch6 Cross Stitch Collection 2009

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