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Saturday, 18 November 2017

Introducing DMC’s new 35 solid embroidery floss colors

DMC just added 35 new colors to their collection, bringing the total number of solid colors to 489.
As a designer I was very exited to see the new threads for myself, so I went online and ordered the collectors box. This proved a little unnecessary as the box came with a little dent, this often happens with metal boxes sent in the post. So lesson learned, again ! This is not the first time I get a damaged box in the post.

Just for fun I filmed myself as I opened the box to capture my first reaction, you can see the short film below.

As you all know, I re-chart antique embroidery pattern, and often  felt like the greys we had available were a little hard, and not really working for shading white flowers. So my latest pattern is color coded using some of the new colors and greys, I hope the new shades of greys will add a soft touch to the beautiful Calla lilies bell pull pattern.

DMC collectors tin box with the 35 new colors

Greys, beige, browns

Very spring-like, flowery colors

Purples and purple-pinks

Antique Berlin woolwork pattern with the new threads... some of which I used for the color key

  Pattern available here:  ETSY, Makerist, website

While I do favor using DMC threads in my project, Roland-designs is not sponsored by DMC or any other company.

All opinions and recommendations are my own preferences.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Pretty flowers - Antique cross stitch pattern

Here is the latest addition to our collection of antique pattern replicas – Pretty flowers.

This pattern would have been a supplement to the 1800’s French magazine La brodeuse (The embroideress). Quality ladies or household periodicals of the time would often have a hand painted fashion or embroidery plate. 

The original painted sheet had a very interesting detail, some of the printed pattern was not painted over. Maybe it was a mistake? I can’t really say, as it is very rare to find a pattern that is un-finished.

While charting the picture I did notice that the person who had painted over the printed design had not followed the lines, nor symbols correctly. I always try to chart antique patterns as accurately as possible, but in such a case I take artistic liberty and do my best to make the pattern work. 

Pretty Flowers - Antique hand painted embroidery pattern

Bouquet for furnitures and borders

Details of the printed chart, and painted area

The pattern is available here:

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Christmas ornament 2017 - Free pattern

After spending a lot of time this year perfecting my tatting skills (perfecting is still a wish, more than a statement), I felt it was only natural to add a little tatting detail to my traditional free Christmas ornament.

For those who want to try their hands at tatting, this is a perfect first-time project. The simple, but effective cross stitch frame is also lovely just on its own, or with a simple embellishment in the centre such as a charm, or cute button. 

This design is a perfect stash buster ! Use up all those leftover bits and pieces you have saved up from other projects, or why not try out that lovely over-dyed embroidery thread you bought at that craft fair this summer, and saved up for just the right project ?

The pattern is designed for 28 ct linen/aida, and the tatting done with DMC Cordonnet special # 30. But if you are a little adventurous, then why not stitch it on finer linen and use a smaller tatting thread?

The pattern is available as a free instant download here, along with all the other free Christmas designs from Roland-designs: Free Christmas patterns

Working on the Christmas ornament

The finished ornament


Saturday, 28 October 2017

Ramona cardigan by Elizabeth Smith. Part 3

Finished with the body !

Yeah ! I’m finished with the body, it didn’t take too long and I’m pretty pleased with it. The original pattern is a little short for my taste so I added some extra rows at the end to add a little length to the cardigan.

A top-down raglan pattern is great for those of us who want to have control over the length of a sweater/cardigan (adding, or removing rows to change the length), the only drawback is that the hem to my taste is not so pretty with a simple CO (cast off). When you begin with the ribbing you have a nice ribbed edge, when you end with a ribbing the CO row is a little off, no matter how nicely you do it, leaving the bottom edge a little stiff, and not as elastic as one would like. 

Maybe there is technique to it ?

So far I’ve enjoyed knitting with the chunky woollen yarn, apart for the – knot ! The last two sweaters I knitted were with finer wool and the change of thread was not too much of an issue, but now I fear that the big, chunky knot will feel like the proverbial pea under the mattress. Maybe I will undo the knots delicately, and weave in the ends ? 

Any tips from experienced chunky wool knitters ?

Ramona sweater, only the sleeves and edges left.

Details of the hem

"What to do with those chunky knots ? "

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