Project: The Thistle
Designer: Carole Lake
Type of needlework: Needlepoint
Carole's blog: http://www.carolelake.com/
Other projects that I have stitched from Carole here.
Comments: This is a little project that I wanted to stitch when I saw it.
The more diverse project I can stitch, the higher goes my learning curve. On this project, I especially like trying the turkey work. I had seen it many times before but never had the opportunity to work on a project that needed that stitch. It was fun to do and not difficult at all with Carole's excellent directions.
I also enjoyed stitching the border around the thistle. That was a new way of making one for me, so will keep that in mind the next time I am in need of one.
I have never done much free-form stitching either on canvas and stitching the leaves gave me a bit of practice. I can't say that I am completely comfortable with it but I guess the more I will do, the better I will get at it. I have no problem doing free-form on fabric but always find it a bit more difficult on canvas. For me, I find canvas limiting to some extent due to the holes, but perhaps I just need to get more experience with it by doing projects that call for special techniques.
(This is a frontal view of the finished ornament)