At the start of 2015 I stumbled across a Russian woman called Daria who intended to help people stitch this beautiful design.
I've done a bit of needlelace over the years, so I thought I would join in and learn all the tips and tricks the Russians use to create their beautiful pieces.
Daria's blog posts were in Russian, but she is fluent in English too, so if google translate didn't give me all I needed to know, I just asked questions in English. I met another lovely lady Anna who was stitching along too, and she had perfect English as she had majored in English at university. Anna provided extra information where necessary.
I got to this stage and then Daria stopped providing instructions.
It turns out that she got busy doing other things (including designing and selling her own cross stitched Christmas decorations patterns). Now Mila has kindly taken over the stitch along and she will continue from where we left off. Fortunately Mila speaks good English too.
I've now been inspired to pick this up again and set up the frames for the upcoming needlelace instructions.
The Russian ladies make the padded roll in a different way to what I was originally taught, so I'm trying out their method and quite like it.
How I was taught:
1. do the satin stitch around the edge of the box
2. cut the threads in the centre
3. trim the threads very close to the padded roll
4. wrap the bars and bury ends in the padded roll.
How the Russians do it:
1. cut the threads in the centre - yes scary stuff. Sometimes I mark out the zones with tacking threads.
2. pin the threads back and tack them down
3. wrap the bars
4. do the satin stitch around the edge of the box, covering all the tacking threads
5. trim the threads on the back of the padded roll.
Still lots to go yet if you compare it to the finished article.
It's meant to be a table runner, but no one will be putting coffee anywhere near mine if it ever gets finished. Does that sound unreasonable?