I've shown you a few peeks at this project, but it's finally wrapped up and in the shop today. This is the inspiration piece finished. Thinking about those sailor's valentines we are making at French General in a few weeks, I'm going to stitch this one onto a small linen pillow.
I did this design in two styles, one is brown on ivory and the other is pink red blue peach on white. Both stitch up into 6 ornamental hearts that you can finish in a number of ways. A garland, a mobile, a pillow, a card, an entry to a journal page, a patch stitched onto something else. (Wouldn't the panel itself be a sweet valentine gift bundled with a few skeins of thread?)
Here's a little guide to the simple stitches I used in my sample. Of course, you can use any stitch you like. It's just fun to have something in the hoop - to stitch at home or take along in the car.
I love mixing the different stitches and changing colors.
January stitching for Valentine's Day! xoxoxo