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More Tulips and SAL

Ah, the joys of an assortment of bulbs.  As soon as one color tulip fades away, another starts blooming.

Right now these red and yellow tulips are blooming and also some lemon yellow ones are just beginning to flower.

For the Spring Garden SAL I've started stitching.  After doing the center motif about 3 times and not liking the result, I switched fabric.  The linen I originally chose isn't suited for blackwork.

This fabric is more even and tightly woven and the stitches don't disappear.  I also changed the colors a bit.  I swapped out the bright red for a more subdued color (which coincidentally are about the same shade as the tulips now blooming).  I've also made a few tweaks to the pattern as I go along.

I'm notorious for not liking hearts (sorry) and there are 2 hearts coming up.  I haven't decided if I'll stitch them or not.  The instructions include graph paper so I have a feeling I'll be doing some doodling before I get to that section.


  1. Your bookmark looks lovely Erica! Isn't it a happy coincidence that your stitched tulips match your lovely bulbs coming into bloom? I think it's so neat when serendipitous things like that happen :)

    I'm so sorry your linen didn't work out - it is harder to use than Aida, and the weave as you noticed matters a lot, the tighter the better (the threads show behind the looser weaves) - but it worked out for the better!!!

    Also, I didn't realize you weren't big on hearts, oops! By all means, doodle away - I can't wait to see what you come up with :)

  2. I forgot to add - I like the way you changed the center diamond, it looks really neat :) And the easiest substitution for each heart would be a center diamond in its place - they are the same height and width (6 stitches) and would work in the same place :)


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