I am really excited about my creation for today, day four of Art Every Day Month. The idea actually came to me from the latest Marie-Claire Idées magazine. Remember how I went on two days ago about there not being a lot of good ideas in it? Well, I lied! On page 24, they are selling this little counted cross-stitch kit.
I thought the kit was cute, I love little pouches and purses. I like the color scheme too and the tassel hanging off the zipper. I like the idea of the keys, and the metaphors for keys – key to my heart, your education is a key and upon graduation you just have to find the right locks that fit your keys, etc. But I am not a fan of the keys they chose. I think they look a little boring and repetitive. And there are so many prettier keys out there, antique keys that are more ornate and have interesting designs.
So I decided to design my own counted cross-stitch grid with more dainty keys!
It is still a work in progress. The keys are in hues of grey. I’d eventually like to see what the design would look like in say, hues of blue, or if I want to have each key be a different color, or if that would be too much, or if I should add more keys, or position them differently. Maybe I’ll do a whole series of key pouches! Eventually this could be done on different colored aida cloth or linen in which case the keys could perhaps stay in grey… So I still have some work to do! But it is a start. I also have to see about how to finish it into a purse or pouch. The design measures 22 x 18 cm (8.64 x 7.00 inches), so a pouch would be slightly bigger with seams and the zipper…
If anyone download a free copy of the design and symbol chart, just let me know in the comments.
This AEDM challenge has motivated me to pick up the counter cross-stitch design that I began back in 2006!! I’ve been working on it a bit every evening. I will post pictures tomorrow to show my progress!