CROSS STITCH, hand dyed embroidery floss I am very excited to share a beautiful example of CROSS STITCH today created by my very talented friend and fibre artist, Susan Pilotto.  You can read more about Susan on her blog at SP Mousedroppings.  Introducing “Blackbird Barrel Pin Cushion”.

Susan writes….

For the longest time I have coveted those cross stitched pin-keep barrels that I have seen here and there online.  So I took the plunge and decided to create one for myself.

I began my search for an old cross stitch pattern and came up with this one from my an old thrift store book called “Charted Folk Designs from Countries along the Danube” by Maria Foris – a Dover Needlework Book.

The cross stitch linen was ordered from Lori of “NotForgotton Farm” Its her line of farmhouse linen that she ages and stains which saves me from doing it myself. The embroidery floss was dyed by my friend Lorraine who has an Etsy store from which she sells her hand dyed threads.

I have embellished the top edge of this pin-keep with Bullion knots…I think they add a nice decorative touch. I stuffed it with Lavender buds and now it scents the air nicely where ever it is placed. I really enjoyed making this piece and hope to do more in the future…maybe with a wee critter on top.

I think this turned out beautifully.  Susan sells her lovely creations in her Etsy shop – might want to sign up for the next time she has a sale.  I’ll warn you now, she sells out really fast!!!

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