This chart could not have a more perfect name for the title of my post :-)
I lost momentum on *En Retard and failed to get it finished in time for Christmas 2018, but when I picked it up last Saturday I found that I only had three stars, the eyes on the reindeer and the backstich on the sleigh to do.
I had an idea when stitching it that I would like it to be mounted in a frame but with linen behind it, and I found the perfect thing in Home Sense. The frame had string draped inside with those mini pegs to hang things from, so I just cut that away, the backing was perfect, just what I had in mind :-)
I laced the stitching on some white foam board (which I bought from Hobby Craft) and then hot glued three small pieces of the same foam board onto the backing board in the frame so that the stitching would stand a little proud. Then I hot glued the stitching to those three pieces of foam board. I was careful to only place the glue onto the foam board on the back of the stitching, not on the fabric.
En Retard by Madame Chantilly stitched on 28 count fabric using the called for threads except for the red, which I changed to Threadworx 1089
I'm rather pleased with the outcome :-)
It's only the second time I've tried lacing and it's really not as scary as it sounds. I quite enjoyed the process, to be honest I found it much easier than making up small ornaments.
I initially thought that the frame could do with some embellishing, (it seems to be the thing at the moment when finishing cross stitch), now i'm not so sure. I'm going to leave it for now, it's got to be packed away until Christmas anyway so I'll see how I feel when it makes another appearance.
Mark went to Twickenham this morning, his work had paid for tickets to see the England game and a hotel for tonight too, no point in him coming all the way back here tonight to go that way again in the morning for work, so I've had a quiet Sunday stitching and catching up on some podcasts.
England won, if you're interested, and he said the atmosphere was amazing :-)
I wish you all a lovely week and I'll see you soon
*En Retard, translation, late!
Or you could say that I'm just very early for Christmas 2019 :-)