Back in the fall, I saw an exhibit at an art gallery that directly inspired me to try something new for a cross stitch pattern. At this gallery, there was a series of works, most either abstract geometrical or vaguely simplistic landscapes, that were created using the same small pattern repeated over and over. When a color needed to change, that color change happened in the middle of the repeated motif.
I decided I wanted to give this a try in cross stitch. I used a simple motif that I pulled from one of my historical pattern book sources and I worked some math to make sure I wasn’t going to create a huge design – a little under 5″ by 7″ when stitched on 32 count. I sketched in a simple drawing of some hills under a sky and sun. Picked out some beautiful overdyed thread from Gentle Arts and just started stitching, not really knowing if the effect I was going for would really turn out.
I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed stitching this little piece, absolutely loving that I was doing something a little different in cross stitch world. Some stitching group members saw this when it was a work in progress and commented on it with great enthusiasm, how it was unique and different.
There were places where the color changed, where I needed to pay close attention to the pattern. And there were other areas that I could just work on filling in the repeated motif with the same color. It was the right balance for a stitching project.
I love this effect so much, and have gotten such positive feedback about it, that I will be designing more pieces like this.
Like my other Market releases, this pattern will be available in the Hoffman Distributing room at the Nashville Needlework Market next week. If you have a local needlework store owner attending, tell them to stop by! The pattern will also be available in my Etsy store after Market, some time after March 10.