Adding Gobelin Stitch to my cross stitch project
I recently finished a tulip sampler. It's the wrong season for tulips obviously, but I really like it.
I made a padded fabric mat with a burgundy-colored velour, and put everything inside a shadow box frame.
I used a pattern from "100 Cross-Stitch Gifts from Nature", offered by The Vanessa-Ann Collection. "Vanessa-Ann" is one of my favorite cross stitch designers and this book is definitely a keeper.
I also used gobelin stitch to replace the little cross stitch borders in the sampler. Gobelin stitch here is really just a slanted straight stitch. It's a basic needlepoint stitch that I think is perfect in this design, as it really keeps the tulips front and center.
Mixing up cross stitching with needlepoint and pulled thread stitches is always fun to do.