Plenty of Sparkle and Pizazz!
Just as I stitched the last few beads on this little piece, I decided I had just enough time to release this sparkly red, white and blue design this very month - just in time for America's Fourth of July celebration and stitching.
At a modest 99x72 stitches, "Three Cheers" is a fairly quick project, and easy for those hot days when you don't want a large piece of fabric on your lap. The beads add bling and a few simple specialty stitches, which can be replaced with simple cross stitches if you prefer, add the "umph" to make this piece truly special.
I think these red, white and blue colors are perfect for stitchers in many other lands besides the USA, since so many of you have these very colors in your flag. I was astounded when I did a little web search!
This design is worked on Wichelt (Permin) 32 ct linen, Sunshower, a fairly stiff fabric and just right for the fringed edge I used here. You could certainly frame or finish in other ways. How about a high-flying flag, threaded onto a thin bamboo skewer and tucked into a vase of flowers on your summer luncheon tray?
Other details: I used 3 shades of Gentle Art cotton floss (GAST) and for those who want to "kick it up a notch", I provided a Dinky Dyes silk floss cross ref & one for DMC - just be aware there can never be an exact xref between brands and types of floss. Finished size on 32 ct over 2 is 6 1/3 x x 4 2/3”
Special stitches include back/straight stitch; Algerian Eye, Smyrna Cross and some unique stitches created with simple straight stitches. EASY!
Also, beads: Mill Hill Glass seed bead #00557 Old Gold and Small Bugle
Beads #72010 Ice. These small bugle beads would be too large on another count of fabric, so stick to the suggested fabric.
Deb in Idaho