CJC – Blackwork Lady Finished

First a warning, this will be picture heavy.

This weekend I finished another of my Crazy January Challenge(CJC) pieces, Lesley Teare’s Blackwork Lady which was in WOXS last year. I used a piece of hand dyed 28-count evenweave for her, which I had received in a grab bag from Polstitches. The fabric is beautiful, I think it might be Rustic Rhubarb, it seems to be the closes match. She is of course stitched entirely in black using DMC 310, and instead of french knots I used beads, as my French knots are really sub-standard and on a piece like this they would stick out. Over-all she was a lovely stitch, but I think my habit of sitting in dark rooms stitching made it harder for me to get her done. At least she is here not and just needs a frame before she can go up on the wall.

Here she is with the stitching complete

And here she is fully beaded

Here is a close up of her face, you can see the beads better and she looks so delicate. Think this is my favorite part of the design

These butterflies are pretty adorable, and I’m really please with how the beads complement the piece.


And a final look, this time from the bottom of the chart


Which means I’ve finished 6/15 of my CJC pieces. That’s an average of two a month, but of course most of the ones left are larger designs so will take longer. But I am well on my way to completing this challenge


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. claire93
    Mar 29, 2011 @ 09:02:08

    well done Line!


  2. Lili
    Mar 29, 2011 @ 12:38:27

    So beautiful! 🙂


  3. Anna
    Mar 29, 2011 @ 17:27:33

    What a pretty and interesting blackwork piece. I don’t think I’ve seen anything quite like it!


  4. Blu
    Mar 31, 2011 @ 00:56:05

    She’s such a gorgeous finish! I’ve seen her a bit around blogland and love her more every time I see her!


  5. Missy/Raven
    Apr 04, 2011 @ 12:18:21

    This looks fantastic! I saw this chart in one of the magazines I get and wanted to stitch it as I love blackwork. It is nice to see it stitched up. You did a great job!


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