I promised I would share the finished piece from the kit I was lucky enough to use from Rowandean. Here's the piece, waiting to be framed:
As this is the first embroidery piece I've even completed, I'm really happy with the results. The kit was very easy to work with, and it encouraged creative freedom, so I didn't feel I had to stick to strict instructions. I can give a few tips based on my experience however, for beginners:
1. The kit recommends using a hoop. I would definitely agree that this would be easier, but would also keep your material taunt. I found some of my stitches I pulled a little to tight, and therefore pulled my material
2. I was going to say the french knots made using the thicker ribbon, shouldn't be wrapped round the needle 3 times, as they seemed a little to large. However, when the piece was finished, I actually quite liked them, but I would recommend smaller french knots added
3. I didn't put a stitch to lock the green fabric in place, and didn't notice until I had finished, that it had moved! Do as the instructions tell you, and add those tacks to keep the material in place.
4. Have fun. This is a lovely piece to get started on, and you have plenty of thread, so no need to worry about making mistakes
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