These days I am working on 2014 randjes. This is another cross stitch border made along with the first one. The source is the same- antique pattern and it was modified. The pattern-

crossstbdr2-pattern

crossstbdr2-pattern

I felt the continuous crosses was too crowded, and chose to work the alternate ones for the outline.

crossstbdr2-1

crossstbdr2-1

Cotton skeins were used for this work.

crossstbdr2-2

crossstbdr2-2

The idea of taking picture after each colour thread was worked, helps in seeing how this piece looked at different stages.

crossstbdr2-3

crossstbdr2-3

They can be used as inspiration to create another pattern based on this.

crossstbdr2-4

crossstbdr2-4

The cross stitches are completed.

crossstbdr2-5

crossstbdr2-5

Dark pink/light purple pearl beads were used for embellishment and also the green thread on the outline and inside the triangle needed to be separated. Pink stones were added in the centre.

crossstbdr2-6

crossstbdr2-6

The border sewn on to the pouch, which looks like deep red, but is actually dark purple!

cross stitch border 2

cross stitch border 2

I derived satisfaction choosing the colours on this pattern and see them come to life when they were worked.

This is the sixth bag in the embroidered bag list. I had embroidered a few tote bags, some time ago. The fabric is linen from IKEA. The pattern

embbag6-pattern

embbag6-pattern

I started with variegated polyester thread. The stitches are- stem stitch, back stitch, straight stitch, pistil stitch, french knots and detached chain.

embbag6

embbag6

Cotton skein was used to work the satin stitches and detached chain stitches.

embroidery on bag6

embroidery on bag6