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Sunflower Fairy by Nora Corbett 1

Stitch count:  90 x 110

Fabric: Wichelt 32ct Copper Penny hand-dyed linen

Mill Hill beads: #42011, #40332, #42030

Valdani floss: M49, M81, M90, O510, O519, O521, O526, V1, V4

Kreinik #4 Braid: #014, #018

This design is in the Cross stitch and Needlework magazine, issue September, 2009.




A few words about the Valdani threads and the fabric:

The colors are impeccable: brilliant, warm, earthy, exactly what I expected.

The fabric is way too supple, and easily gets deformed when sewing. I would definitely use the Zweigart linen, if not for the hand-dyed color effect. See how the fabric crease after one week’s work ->




The Valdani floss has the same problem: great color, but not so great quality. It gets frizzy easily. I found several knots and broken threads in my bundle. Crescent color and DMC varigated threads are much better.


Again, it’s something we all have to deal with for the beautiful color effect.


1 Comment

  1. Theresa's Gravatar Theresa
    June 7, 2014    

    Beautiful piece. A couple of people in my embroidery group (EGA) said the same thing
    about valdani threads and they would not use them again.

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