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Preparing a new embroidery.

I have wanted to try Medici embroidery for ages now and have never been able to find a suitable fabric.  I have an old copy of Mary Hickmott's Stitches that had a project in it but even she had trouble finding a fabric and her sample was worked on DMC 18ct linen Aida, which I didn't find successful.

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(Silvana at piacere del ricamo   has lots of examples of how she has adapted this work for more accessible linens.)

So when a project plus kit appeared in Inspiration magazine I put in my order.  This linen is such a loose weave, far looser that I could have imagined and I can see that I could have problems keeping the stitching even.  But the first job was to photo copy the pattern and instructions from the magazine,  not as easy as it might first appear.  The magazine is not quite standard size so quite a bit of time cutting and pasting went on to get it to fit the laminating sleeves.

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This proved to be a good exercise as I would have missed the tiny instruction of where to start if I hadn't looked closely.

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I wish there was more fabric so that I could practice and get the tension right.

I was looking at the cover of the stitches magazine and see that I was given this by a stitching friend, Pam Muir.  Pam was a nursing sister at Royal Brisbane Hospital who used to come into the Guild after her shift finished in the mid morning.  Sadly she recently passed. I must try and stitch this piece as well.  It was so kind of her to pass this magazine onto me.



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This will be an interesting project to work. Half of the adventure, it seems to me, sometimes lies in finding the right fabric for the job!

Carolyn Foley

Finding this fabric has taken years and then I had to buy a kit. 

For all the simplicity of the pattern I am finding it challenging.

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