CROSS STITCH DESIGNS
The Needlework Fairy
Average Retail Price: $9.00CAN ($7.00US)
Thimbelina has a new friend, Purl/PEARL: The Knitting Fairy
Regally perched atop her purple velvet Pin-Cushion, this little fairy incorporates several items that are essential to our favourite pastime... needlework. Travelling clockwise from her Thimble/Hat/Crown, you'll find some Bead-Headed Pins and a Threaded Needle; her Pin-Cushion/Chair/Throne; a Pair of Scissors and a Needle Threader. Look closely now... her Needle/Wand/Sceptre is really another Sewing Needle and her Bodice is a Floss Bobbin.
Areas of embellishment are as follows: Thimbelina's Thimble/Hat/Crown (Gold Braid); Bead-Headed Pins and Threaded Needle (Gold Braid); Thread in Needle (rayon floss); Scissors and Needle Threader (Gold Braid and Blending Filament); Needle/Wand/Sceptre/Needle (Gold Braid and Blending Filament); Bobbin Bodice (rayon floss); the tips of Thimbelina's Wings and her Skirt (Blending Filament) and the Fairy Dust falling from her 'Wand' (Mill Hill beads, Gold Braid and Blending Filament).
FABRIC: Lynda Johnson beautifully stitched the 'Thimbelina' model that you see above. She used 32-count Antique White Jobelan, stitched over 2, from Wichelt (#862-101). My own original 'Thimbelina', seen below, was stitched on 16-count Tumbleweed Aida by Permin #355137 (similar to DMC 3023)
Marna Billings, an excellent stitcher from Urbandale, Iowa, did a beautiful job on her 'Thimbelina'. She enjoys fun, food and close relationships with other members of weekly stitching nights at her local needlework shop... JUST CROSS-STITCHING.
Lynn G. sent this lovely picture of Thimbelina which was sewn by her daughter's friend, Jen K. She's a young, fairly new stitcher and she's done a beautiful job... Well done, Jen!
DESIGN AREA: Approx. 8" wide x 10" high (on 16-count fabric)
STITCH COUNT: 124 stitches wide x 156 stitches high
Some stitchers find it useful to know the number of stitches sewn with each thread colour... the number in brackets (which follows the thread identification number) gives the number of stitches sewn with that particular colour...
THREADS REQUIRED: You will need no more than 1 skein each of... White or Blanc (204 stitches)/DMC 151(33)/DMC 153(66)/DMC 154(576)/DMC 157(346)/DMC 160(104)/DMC 167(33)/DMC 341(280)/DMC 414(211)/DMC 415(170)/DMC 550(1711)/DMC 553(316)/DMC 603 (76)/DMC 676(51)/DMC 793(156)/DMC 819(18)/DMC 935(67)/DMC 950(309)/DMC 3052(54)/DMC 3348(97)/DMC 3362(47)/DMC 3726 (7)/DMC 3747(346)/DMC 3770(90)/DMC 3773(355)/DMC 3774(192)/DMC 3790 (31)/DMC 3799(254)/DMC 3823(66)/DMC 3837(638)/DMC 30602 Rayon... (77)/DMC 30915 Rayon... (36)/KREINIK Blending Filament 045(435)/KREINIK #4 Braid 102(537)... also MILL HILL Glass Seed Beads 02025 (17 pieces)
"Seating the little figure tamed the belligerent aspect of her personality. It also allowed the introduction of another needlework tool... a Pin-Cushion."
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