Friday, April 13, 2007

Unicorn Sampler

My new enthusiasm for the needlework of the 17th and 18th century, also known as the golden age, has brought me back to working on my Unicorn sampler. This progress picture is after several hours of working the lacis sections. The area is quite large, and it has taken forever to withdraw the threads to make the grid, and wrap all of the vertical threads. Now I am putting in the design with the dove's atil stitches, and then I will add the needleweaving and pinwheels. I chose to do this on 36 count instead of the 40 which is what the model was stitched on, so I will only have half of the fluer de lis. At the time that I purchased this project I was highly intimidated by it, and I thought the larger count would be easier. Now, of course I wish I had gotten the 40 ct. but oh well, live and learn! Anyhow, here is my progress and a picture of the finished model.


Katrina said...

Wow it would intimidate me too. You are doing beautiful work. Why does the count make a difference in the size of the fluer de lis?

anniebeez said...

Thank you Katrina! I guess because you have to make it fit over the rest of the sampler, and the lacis is really big on 36 count.

~mj~ said...

This is such a gorgeous sampler...i want to start are doing a beautiful job!..:-) mj