This is the Blackwork Hummingbird that appeared in Issue 231 of The World of Cross Stitching. It’s designed by Valentina Sardu of Ajisai Press and after browsing around her website I’ve already seen several other designs I’d like to add to my wish list! This is only the second blackwork design I’ve started (and granted I haven’t actually gotten to the blackwork portion yet) but I’ve seen more and more designs lately that have caught my eye. Here’s my start:
This is also the first project I’ve started using hand dyed fabric. I had been searching a while for the perfect piece for this project and finally got this lovely piece of purple lugana. It’s called Lila and I got it from the wonderful site Chromatic Alchemy. Purple is my favorite color and I thought the greens of the hummingbird would stand out really well on it, as well as provide a great contrast with the actual blackwork. I’ve been very excited by this one so far!