February 16, 2011

Reflected Rabbits For You To Stitch...

I haven't created a new cross stitch design for a long while, or even stitched one for that matter! However, last week I was inspired to sit down with needle, thread and linen in hand to stitch something for a mug mat I wanted to make for my bunny girlfriend, Shell May.

Shell loves Valdani 3-strand cottons, and after using them, I now know what all the fuss is about. Valdani threads are fabulous! They have a wonderful hand (the way they feel and ease of stitching), and the color variety is extensive.
So, look closely and you'll be able to see the little, sitting bunnies that I designed into a border. (See their floppy ears and big rabbit feet?) You can stitch them singly, in pairs, or any combination. (I can just see Shell stitching away to make Reflected Rabbit borders on her pillowcases.)
This is the finished mat. She's already received it, but I promised to share the chart for my design. If you need to get a ball of Valdani, hop over to Shell's site. She sells them. (hmmm. "Shell sells floss thread by the seashore." Well, she doesn't live near the ocean, but there's a honking pond/lake in her neighborhood. Does that count?}

You can go to my Free Patterns/Tutorials link at the top of my blog to download the pattern with a photo. (Here's a link to the page. Just look at the Box.net widget - Below the acorn, located right under "Free Brynwood Pattern Downloads" title - and select the "Reflected Rabbits" folder. Once you click on that folder you'll be asked if you want to download the two pages. If you do, then go ahead and click "yes". Easy Peasy!)

Thanks, Shell for being my muse. I know this has me motivated to do more stitching, and perhaps a few new designs. I didn't realize how much I was missing it.

If you're inspired to stitch this design, I'd love to see what you do with it! It would even make a perfect, little bookmark for yourself or as a gift for a bunny-loving friend like mine!

Happy Stitching!

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Jillayne said...

Oh how cute - I bet she loves it! As usual your workmanship is just splendid - very beautifully done.

nancy huggins said...

Sometimes I wish I could do stitching like thatfor a friend but I just don't have the patience or eye sight :)
Your stuff is always very nice..I will be glad when Billy can go to AL and get the rest of our stuff from storage unit..I need my garden stuff..my sewing stuff..Billy needs his 3 tool boxes and I want my furniture that was my GM and my vintage doll cribs :)

Megan Chamberlain said...

Adorable pattern, thank you for being so generous. I love doing cross stitch so am off to find the pattern. Now I just need more time in a day.

Elsina said...

You are so talented! I only recently started sewing (very much beginner), all though I did embroider before I got children. Really want to pick it up again, your work is so inspiring! Thank you for your tutorials!

Suzann said...

Oh I love this!! I was JUST thinking about Easter and Bunnies and spring...

Dani said...

very nice....I just started doing counted cross stitch again and am finding a lost love....will be sure to check out the free tutorials and chart...thanks so much!

Createology said...

Donna how clever of you to design this adorable bunny. Your stitches are perfection. What a serene and personalized mug mat for your friend. Happy designing and stitching...

ShirleyC said...

The bunnies are adorable, and the mug mat is very pretty. How sweet!

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Oh how CUTE!!! Sweet little bunnies - I love your mug mats so much! Theresa

Sew Loquacious Angela said...

It's beautiful, Donna. Really wonderful.
Take care,
Angela

Michelle May said...

I do looooooooooove it! Will be chatting about it on Monday. :)
xx, me

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