That’s a finish!

First in a while post and I get a finish with my “try something new” project, which is Hardanger and Drawn Thread. The chart is Autumn Promise by Judy Dixon. (discontinued chart). This post will bet the Flosstube video – so sneak peeks on the blog for once.

What a beautiful journey this stitch has been

So this was all about something new for me. Hardanger and Drawn Thread designs are not my usual go-to designs. Cross stitch is my usual happy place. So, this is my first at working on a piece like this, and even now I have no idea why I was so drawn to this when I had no experience at Hardanger or Drawn Thread work.

I stitched this beautiful piece Autumn Promise designed by Judy Dixon on a 22 count Hardanger Evenweave in plain white, so none of the usual hand-dyed fabrics for this one, but wow how this design packs a punch and does all the talking for itself.

This was an extremely well-designed chart with amazing instructions. (They must be good if I managed to do this as a first real full-size Hardanger design). Never would I have realised I would fall in love with this project and love the time stitching on it, with all the new stitches, Kloster blocks, Interlace stitch, Serpentine Stitch, Greek Fill stitches – the list goes on…..


So what did I change?

This chart was supplied with wonderful instructions and a materials list. There was a thread option along with an alternative thread option where you could switch out Kreinik Silk Mori to DMC. I had to switch one of the YLI silk threads as it was impossible to find, so I went with the DMC suggested.

All in all, almost nothing changed. The only change I made was to the called for Mill Hill beads 03039 Antique Champagne. I didn’t have them, and looking at the design I decided to switch these out for Delica beads from Miyuki 11/0 DB 411 – These are a Japanese size 11 cylindrical seed bead and have a galvanised gold finish which with the threads used gave it more of a rose gold appearance.

You have to love a little bling

Delica Beads

For finishing, I will have to take this piece to a local framer The Village Framers based in Maidstone, Kent, and look at the options of mat board to really show the beauty of the cutwork and drawn thread areas. As soon as I have done my show and tell on my Flosstube channel I will be making my appointment with the framer. I can’t wait to have this piece back and displayed at home in all its glory.

As this beautiful Judy Dixon chart is no longer available I plan to do a giveaway of the chart on my next Flosstube video on youtube, so if you would like the chance to win this PDF chart – make sure to look out for my next Flosstube video


  1. Lindy Muir
    15th July 2021 / 11:15 am

    Stunning work Teresa! Love your work

    • Teresa Hayden-Ball
      21st July 2021 / 5:12 pm

      Thank you so much Lindy ?

  2. Julia
    15th July 2021 / 11:36 am


    • Teresa Hayden-Ball
      21st July 2021 / 5:12 pm

      Thank you Julia ?

  3. 15th July 2021 / 2:52 pm

    Beautiful work!

    • Teresa Hayden-Ball
      21st July 2021 / 5:13 pm

      Thank you Sarah

  4. 15th July 2021 / 8:10 pm

    Fabulous stitching Teresa! I’ve only tried hardanger once in a taster session at a stitching show a couple of years ago, may have had better results if I was concentrating quietly at home!! Beautiful work. X

    • Teresa Hayden-Ball
      21st July 2021 / 5:19 pm

      Hi Pat! Thank you for your lovely message. I’m with you when trying something new I like to have my own company and really apply my full attention ? you will have to let me know if you decide to have another go .

  5. 16th July 2021 / 3:01 pm

    Teresa, this piece is beautiful! I can’t wait to see it framed! Isn’t it fun to challenge ourselves with something new! I tend to try new things on a big scale as well, instead of starting small and working my way up. LOL Go big or go home, eh? Thanks for sharing your story. Stat safe.

    • Teresa Hayden-Ball
      21st July 2021 / 5:16 pm

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment. Yes I have really enjoyed stretching myself and I’m all down with the go big or go home way of doing things lol! I’m sure it is not perfect but I can accept that and just roll with the practise makes perfect approach ?

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