Sunday, 1 December 2013

Beaded Robin

I had a little kit for a cross stitch which came with a 3" plastic hoop for framing.  I didn't much like the project so had a quick look in my books for a different design.  I found one in Picture It in Counted Beadwork.  This little fella is made from size 11 seed beads.  The book said to use Mill Hill beads but I had Mikiyaji and they seemed to work just fine.  I've never done counted beadwork before, but it was simple.  I used 14 count Aida to go with the size 11 beads and it was simply a case of doing a half cross and threading on a bead.



Yes, I know, that hoop is not plastic, it's felt.  I didn't like this design in the hoop, not sure why.  Rooting through my drawers (of the chest-of-variety, I don't keep craft supplies in my (UK) pants) I found this felt frame that must have been free with a magazine.




Mr Penguin looks quite happy to be in it.  I did a running stitch round the circle and then blanket stitched round the edge.  It took forever.  Well, about an hour.


I wasn't watching my stitches on the back, but I think they blend in well enough.

Sick of Christmas decorations yet?  Tough...

14 comments:

Celtic Thistle said...

He's lovely, the felt frame sets him off perfectly

Sarah said...

That little guy is adorable.

JoJo said...

I absolutely love it!! And I also love to do beaded cross stitch. I've done quite a few kits over the years...I believe they are all Mill Hill kits too. It's my absolute fave form of needlework.

Sherry said...

Your little fella looks pretty content in the nice felt frame. I enjoy looking at your fun decorations.

Anna said...

Adorable ! Et très bien fait !
Bonne semaine !
Anna

Janine said...

He's turned out great! Your bead work is lovely and the felt frame is perfect :)

Vera said...

Cute. I haven't seen such technique yet. The frame fit perfectly.

SuperMomNoCape said...

He's so cute and I really like the frame you made for him.

Jane Galley said...

What a great idea for a frame, definitely a lot more attractive than the plastic ones

margaret said...

you have made a lovely penguin and like the felt surround too, much nicer than plastic! Your first attempt at beading you are a natural

Kristy @ Quiet Play said...

Super cute! That is the perfect frame!

(And I did have a bit of a chuckle about keeping craft supplies in your drawers hehehe)

Samantha said...

I'm not sure we want to know what you keep in your drawers!!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

oh my goodness, so sweet! The frame looks perfect! I'm having a link for little kits on my blog under 'giving free gifts', feel free to link up :)

ukcitycrafter said...

Lovely penguin,and I prefer the felt frame to a plastic frame any time!