I love these symmetrical designs and the subtle shading in DMC Color Variations 4150 Desert Sand. I decided this would be a quick project and chose Permin 32 count CL065/95 Milk Chocolate which comes 46 cms square so that the pattern would be in the centre and it would be an ideal match for our damask cushion sofa.
I did realise the pattern has nearly 5000 stitches but of course all whole cross stitch and no colour change. I didn't allow for my failing eyesight and stitching on darker fabric and after my first enthusiasm, I put the embroidery on the back burner.
Eventually I brought it back out again to stitch on brighter days and although far from neat stitching I reached the end.
The backing fabric matches the sofas and to me it cried out for a lace edging. I looked out a knitted lace edge in an out of print book which belonged to my grandmother and knitted that in cream no. 20 crochet cotton. ( See pattern below)
My mother always says that I can do anything with a needle but sew, so there was another long pause while I considered how to complete the cushion cover but when I could ignore it no longer, I got it back out and completed the cushion.
The finished article looks lovely in our conservatory where nobody will examine it closely. I can't fault the Ink Circles pattern at all but will be more careful on my choice of fabric count and colour in the future.
Download the knitted lace edging pattern here.