embroidery threads, perle cotton, hand dyedMy needlepoint journey begins today.  If you would like to read my first post about this project you can do so here.  There are a total of 36 squares, each measuring approximately 1 1/4 inches.  Four of the squares in the center are stitched the same while the other 32 are all different!  I dyed a total of thirteen different colour ways, all in a #5 perle cotton.  I really did think I was ready for the challenge when I started stitching late last year – little did I know!  Well I soon realized that I may have bitten off a little more than anticipated.  Especially since some of these have been stitched THREE TIMES!  Oh yes, I found out quickly to make sure to count the canvas correctly!  Secondly, make sure you MARK the canvas correctly – I’ll be sharing more on this one in future posts!!  So, needless to say I have become fairly proficient with some of these stitches – practice, practice, practice.  I was seriously afraid the canvas would tear after ripping stitches out so much.  Ah well, as I said, a challenge.  No, I will not be showing you the back of the canvas!

So, this is the first of 36 needlepoint squares.  I opted to go with pinks/purples for this one and each of the threads I used are shown on the right hand side of the photo.  These threads are available at this time in my shop.   I really like the results of the over dyes when stitched up.  Kathy (NeedleDelights) did a beautiful job of designing this pattern with a wide variety of stitches.  As I write, I have seven more squares to complete.  Onwards….

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