This design was featured in Stitch magazine United Kingdom in December 2009. The design measuring 3inches (7cm) in diameter introduces a beginner to simple stumpwork techniques. It is stitched in a 12cm or 5 inch hoop.
It incorporates some stumpwork with raised textured stitches and threads. It isuitable for a beginner to stumpwork who has some knowledge of embroidery stitches. With the pincushion I have used drizzle stitch for one sheep, a slip of French knots appliqued onto the background for the second and a couched woollen thread for the third. Alternatively drizzle stitch can be used for all three sheep. Both (see Counting Sheep picture) designs can be done either way! Little wired horns complete the design.
A full kit is supplied, which contains a square of green cotton fabric with design screened onto it, backing calico or muslin, crewel needle, milliners needle, chenille needle, hand dyed cotton and silk threads, dmc stranded cottons, fine wool boucle, white florist wire for horns, fabric for slip, wooden pincushion form, comprehensive set of step by step instructions and 2 full colour photographs.
All of my designer kits are beautifully packaged and presented in sturdy carrier bags making them very suitable as gifts.