The Awakening Update 26

Page 7 of my HAED, The Awakening is now finished.  The sun is sparkly but it doesn’t show up very well in the photo unfortunately.  It’s stitched using Kreinik.  The #4 braid which the pattern suggested I use turned out to be quite thick and to do a full cross using one strand of this looked too thick against the one strand of normal thread used for the rest of the design.  I’m sure the Kreinik isn’t supposed to be split into strands but I found if you are careful you can split it up into 4 strands.  So I used a two strand width to make it roughly the same width as the normal thread.  Unfortunately this then resulted in it frequently getting very tangled up and shredding fluff.  Eventually I found that using just one of the four strands was easier, but going over each cross twice to make it a double thickness.

After asking about the Kreinik on some cross stitch forums I found that some people use the blending filament which is thinner, but i’m not convinced that it would be as sparkly.  Some people also do just a half cross stitch with the Kreinik #4 braid, but having tried this I found that it didn’t look good next to the full crosses that I am doing for the rest of the piece.

Anyway, here is the picture of my progress so far.




  1. Fun stuff said,

    May 20, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    thats really pretty. there are a lot of fun things here. what have you done with this particular work right now — you’re done with it? right. show it.

  2. June 28, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    I’m trying to find out what to do with the kreinik in my haeds, and so far I’m looking up the matching dmc color (for 032 it’s B5200 from DMC) and I take the blending filament and a thread from the matching color. For me this looks a lot better.

    Love, Babs

  3. Sarah Greiner said,

    July 16, 2010 at 1:44 am

    It’s looking wonderful! I know it shows up better in person, but I can kind of see the sparklies.

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