I had bought this long stitch kit from Anchor, last year.this was a medium size picture, with a single kingfisher,
Once in a while I enjoy working on these kits- saves time,effort on designing, calculating.Only hassle is , after some the right index finger starts aching[all the pushing into the tight canvas].
This was my journey.
I started with the dark colours from the centre of the picture.This area was done with cotton skeins[came along with the kit] in 6 strands


The background in 4 strands.And the immediate foreground [yellow] in 6 strands.


Stitched the clouds in white, working the brown[8 strands] on the frame pattern.



Completed picture


Framed picture

kingfisher picture

 Didn’t know how to avoid the flash on the picture! LOL!

When I initially started browsing the net for embroidery, I stumbled upon so many things. It was like a fantasy world filled with my favourite things.
Along with the fascination , came the ideas for doing these wonderful things.
After some time I came back to the real world! LOL!
This sampler was during the second phase.
I tried some speciality stitches in counted thread, then made them into a sampler. When I filled with gratitude , stitched ”give thanks” on it.
The frame is from IKEA.The sampler was designed to fit snugly inside the frame.
I don’t even remember the name of the stitches!
The speciality stitches sampler-

speciality stitch sampler