Saturday, August 3, 2013
This counted cross stitch project, started probably back in the late 70s/early 80s, is from a booklet of patterns by Gerda Bengtsson, a Danish needlework designer. I can date it to that era because it was when I was living and working in California and I can recall going to Solvang more than once back then.
The fiber used is Danish Flower Thread and when this project was uncovered in the great garage clean out a few months back, all the thread needed, as well as the partially completed project, was in the original bag from Thumbelina Needlework in Solvang, CA. The chart is who knows where and that is the reason this remains unfinished. A google search turned up sources for Bengtsson's patterns, now out of print. They are on the way to me. Another pleasant surprise is that Danish Flower Thread is still available. I love the internet!
What is attractive to me about Bengtsson's patterns is that they are realistic without being overdone or "cute-ified." When the patterns come, this project will finally be completed.