Greek Mandala by Chatelaine Designs
Stitching on 32-count antique white Belfast
2 over 2 with DMC, various silks, delica beads, and Swarovski crystals
This is just so much fun to stitch - and it's a completely different style of stitching than my HAEDs, which makes it a nice break from them. It's also very easy to break this pattern up into parts and tell myself where I want to stitch to that night and still have it be realistic. So there you go - my first large Chatelaine. I hope you're ready for plenty more where that came from!
I really love how Boyfriend is getting into my stitching. The other day when he was here and I was stitching Middle Earf, he asked if he could make a stitch. I let him, of course, and he seemed so pleased and excited. It was actually ridiculously adorable. Then last night I heard my mom on Skype with my grandma, talking about my stitching. She hi-jacked my scroll frame while I was threading another color to show her. And then my dad walks into my room and starts asking me about my stitching and such. It's a really nice feeling when other people can appreciate your hobby, even if they don't take part. It's really, really nice.
A note about my name. Not sure if I've ever explicitly mentioned this, but I was born in Poland and grew up there. My name, Ewa, is Polish. In case you were wondering, it's pronounced "eh-vuh." Like "Eva" but the "e" is more like the "e" in "bed." If that makes sense.
Now I'm off to shower and drive up to Boyfriend's for a few days with College in hand. The next page is mostly sky so we'll see how far I can get with it. Hope you like Greek and happy stitching!