It's a purpose built mat for my Haunted House to sit on when it gets finished later in the year. I'm pleased to say that yesterday I finished embroidering the back of the Haunted House, and it's the biggest section.
|Haunted House by The Victoria Sampler|
The other sections will be slightly faster now that I've got the dimensions of the house, and figured out the satin stitch at the top. I often find it easier once I've done the first section.
So, come Halloween, the house will be sitting on this mat in the hallway.
As soon as I finished the Halloween mat I pulled out the next item on my Finish Along list. A Christmas Tree mini quilt. I know, I'm doing everything at the wrong time of the year, but if I leave these until the end of the year they just won't be done in time (again).
I always intended to hand quilt this Kaffe Christmas Tree. I decided to try something new and quilted free hand squiggly lines in the green section. I'm quite pleased with how they turned out. I used the green sparkly thread I picked up at Symposium. It's great to quilt with, but it does fray terribly so I have to be careful with the ends. I've still got to decide what to do out in the white section yet.
Although I'm trying to be good and stick to my list, I couldn't resist the temptation to join up with a needlelace stitch along being run by a Russian lady - Daria. Here's a link to her blog.
I've met many Russians on Instagram and they do beautiful embroidery. Daria has got permission from a Japanese lady (Erba?) to run a stitch along based on one of her free patterns. Here's a link to casaerba. This is what we are going to make. It's shown as a table runner here, but I might just make mine a square and get it framed.
Isn't it beautiful? It looks Eastern European / Turkish / Russian to me with those domes on the buildings. Although I don't usually do things in white, I think this one should be white so I'm using the bright white - B5200 coton a broder. I have accepted that I can't see clearly enough to do 32 count anymore, so am using 28 count linen for mine. Daria says the instructions will be spread over 15 fortnights, with about 6-10 hours work per fortnight. I think that's manageable. (don't laugh)
Last night I made a start on the four sided stitch (box stitch) border, and I hope to finish that this weekend.