Peace Rose

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This piece has been in my finishing box for a long time.  In fact, I remember stitching it after the bombings in Paris- so it was quite a long time ago.  I love Paris.  I have only been once, for our honeymoon, but it was magical, and even six years later I can remember every detail of the trip. 

This design by Blackbird Designs is another Reward of Merit pinkeep pattern.  I think it is just so beautiful with its soft delicate color palette.  I used the called for colors, and stitched on a piece of linen that I believe was either 36 or 40 count.  

For the finishing, I didn't want to take away from the delicateness from the piece itself, so I used a very simple fabric pattern that picked up the blue thread.  I had some gorgeous antique lace, and tried to figure out how to incorporate it.  Instead of using it as a trim around the outside of the pillow, I took a chance and top- stitched it around the cross-stitch itself.  I'm really pleased with the effect.  It reminds me of heirloom sewing.