Serinde's Blackstone Fantasy Garden

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Re: Serinde's Blackstone Fantasy Garden

by Jilly » Sun Jan 18, 2009 9:16 pm

It's stunning Serinde! a real work of art and so delicate! fantastic :D
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Re: Serinde's Blackstone Fantasy Garden

by charmagne_capalad » Sun Jan 18, 2009 10:52 pm

EXCELLENT finish! :applesauce: :applesauce: :applesauce:
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Re: Serinde's Blackstone Fantasy Garden

by K1nS » Sun Jan 18, 2009 11:04 pm

Soooo lovely :wub: Great work :applesauce:
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Re: Serinde's Blackstone Fantasy Garden

by Busy_B » Mon Jan 19, 2009 12:52 pm

Absolutely beautiful!! I love this design! :applesauce: :applesauce:
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Re: Serinde's Blackstone Fantasy Garden

by flumpz » Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:02 pm

Just wanted to add my penny's worth - this is really beautiful! I am smitten, it's just so 'enchanting' - I keep wanting to just look at it!
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Re: Serinde's Blackstone Fantasy Garden

by Ennii » Sun Jan 25, 2009 10:43 am

BEAUTIFUL! :wub: :applesauce:
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Re: Serinde's Blackstone Fantasy Garden

by elin » Mon Jan 26, 2009 8:11 am

Wonderfull :applesauce: :applesauce:
Congrats on the finish of your great work :wub:
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Re: Serinde's Blackstone Fantasy Garden

by benceagi » Thu Jan 29, 2009 10:50 pm

Serinde, I don't remember seeing it, did you say what fabric you used for this?

I have just started it on 32 count linen, and I am a bit worried about the backstitch. I am not so sure if I do the weaving in of the thread's end correctly, but there are small ends sticking out at the back, and you can see through the linen. Also, it is not so easy to follow the lines of the backstitch from the back, especially at the corners.

I don't know if it makes sense at all, anyway, I will start a SAL as soon as I can borrow the camera again, and will show you.

Apart from this, I am really happy to work on this.
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Re: Serinde's Blackstone Fantasy Garden

by Serinde » Fri Jan 30, 2009 3:02 pm

Agi, I stitched this on 32ct Belfast antique white linen.

I tackled the design by doing all of the cross stitch first, so that the Celtic knots were all done and I was sure the layout was correct. Then I tackled the blackwork. This also meant I was able to start and finish most of the blackwork threads in the cross-stitching.

Once you get your eye in, starting the small designs becomes easier, and, of course, you will be doing all of them at least 4 times, so practice does make perfect. I used quite a combination of back stitch, running stitch and Holbein stitch (also known as double running stitch) on this piece to avoid taking any threads behind empty white fabric.

WARNING: keep an eye peeled for two eccentricities in the blackwork designs:
1. some designs start as a 'half' stitch
2. some of the blackwork designs do not follow the obvious line: sometimes you will take a thread over two threads and up four... (for instance)
Really study the designs before you start one! :ribbit: was a great friend of mind for a bit with this design... :oops:
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Re: Serinde's Blackstone Fantasy Garden

by benceagi » Fri Jan 30, 2009 5:26 pm

Serinde wrote: Agi, I stitched this on 32ct Belfast antique white linen.


Mine is Permin 32 count, and it is called white, but it look a bit cream to me.

I tackled the design by doing all of the cross stitch first, so that the Celtic knots were all done and I was sure the layout was correct. Then I tackled the blackwork. This also meant I was able to start and finish most of the blackwork threads in the cross-stitching.


I prefer doing a little bit of cross-stitch at a time, and when a block is formed, I like to fil in the blakwork, so it doesn't get boring. But I didn't think of starting in the cross stitch, since there is one or two blocks between them, I thought it would look through. But it sounds a good idea to me, it anchors the thread more securely. I will do that from now on.


some of the blackwork designs do not follow the obvious line: sometimes you will take a thread over two threads and up four... (for instance)


Yes, I have already realized that, and had to frog a few stitches :).

Thank you for the tips, they helped a lot. I am enjoying this piece so much, but I am a little afraid that I won't be good enough... :doh: I will try my best! :) :x:
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Re: Serinde's Blackstone Fantasy Garden

by Serinde » Fri Jan 30, 2009 5:30 pm

I'll be very interested to know which your favourite blackwork motif is. I have a definite favourite!

Not good enough!?! Forsooth, woman. It will look wonderful, you wait and see if it doesn't. :D
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Re: Serinde's Blackstone Fantasy Garden

by Fljotsdale » Fri Jan 30, 2009 5:43 pm

That is SO pretty! I love blackwork, anyway, but this has such lovely, suble colours as well. Beautiful! :applesauce: :applesauce: :applesauce: :applesauce: :applesauce:
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Re: Serinde's Blackstone Fantasy Garden

by mags » Fri Jan 30, 2009 5:50 pm

Oh now have we got to guess Serinde's favourite blackwork motif - naaaa too difficult to choose they are all lovely. :D
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Re: Serinde's Blackstone Fantasy Garden

by benceagi » Fri Jan 30, 2009 5:52 pm

Thank you, Serinde :lol:

I have only done two, so can't decide yet...
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Re: Serinde's Blackstone Fantasy Garden

by SusanF » Fri Jan 30, 2009 8:14 pm

I've just caught up with this - what a great design :applesauce: :applesauce: :applesauce:

You should be really proud of this one, it does look fabulous. Have you thought on how you will get it framed yet?
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Re: Serinde's Blackstone Fantasy Garden

by Serinde » Sat Jan 31, 2009 10:24 am

I have, and I'm saving my pennies :lol: I'd like to have it double matted, catching the colours of the maroon and forest green, as a cut-out following the lines of the Celtic knots, then framed, probably in oak. As I say, saving my pennies! :doh:
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Re: Serinde's Blackstone Fantasy Garden

by Mabel Figworthy » Sat Jan 31, 2009 1:36 pm

It's worth saving up for that -- it sounds like the perfect framing for this piece!
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Re: Serinde's Blackstone Fantasy Garden

by nettie » Sat Jan 31, 2009 6:03 pm

This is gorgeous I really love it!
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Re: Serinde's Blackstone Fantasy Garden

by StephanyNJC-UK » Thu Feb 12, 2009 6:38 am

Serinde, i've missed this tread entirely *gives self hearty kick under desk* many apologies, that is an aMAZing piece of blackwork! Well done you :applesauce: :applesauce: :applesauce: :applesauce:
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Re: Serinde's Blackstone Fantasy Garden

by Cockneystitcher » Thu Feb 12, 2009 6:08 pm

Look forward to seeing this framed.
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