I was taking pictures outside because the light is better. I stopped and came back and was struck at how absurd the card lay propped up next to some dead plants.
Up close, it looks better.
Here it is even closer.
The big stitch is a Smyrna Cross (or Double Cross) and it's my new favorite stitch. It is a cross stitch with and upright cross stitch on top of it.
It's done here with DMC Color Variations thread and I love the subtle color changes. I also love the texture that the stitch brings to the finished piece.
I am imagining a landscape done mostly in Cross Stitch with the Smyrna Cross, and possibly other stitches, used to give it more dimension. I wonder if I'll ever get around to it.
The Smyrna Heart pattern is for sale at Patterns Online.