Haven't done so much in the last weeks, time is always my enemy, but I could start and finish The Pansy Heart a canvas work kit by Sue Hawkins.
It's my first canvas, nothing special just a simple work easy to stitch, made with the intent to calm my mind; no difficult threads to use, no complicate stitches to made, only coloured cotton floss and a up and down needle going throught the canvas.
Still have to sew it as a little heart shape cushion.
I have overdyed the Zweigart 22ct Cordova etamine and made my own conversion for the threads; the chart calls for AVAS silks on linen but I can't imagine a Berlin sampler stitched in silk so I changed with Appleton Crewel and some Medici wool....much better ! and with an historical sense.
And a new stand, built with the help of my husband that sometimes is patient enough to support the crazy ideas of a maniac stitcher.
Have named it Totem, it's a mix of various elements seen here and there in other stands available on the market; I wanted something really stable and firm, so something heavy ! and versatile to the various kind of embroidery. It can support professional slate frames and also hoops, the sizes are no more a problem.
And after the money spent for the Lowery workstand and the Edmunds floorstand I said: "do it yourself ! " with a strong beech wood and oly 50 €.