Question: When you buy a charm pack, do you often find that there are prints that you think, hmm, how did those get included in here?
Paris Flea Market- by Christen Brown
The four 9-patch blocks are comprised of the lighter colors of the charm pack, with a border of bleached muslin. The embroidery was worked in three colors of perle cotton, the border row stitches in one color, the decorative stitches in a second color and the detail stitches in a third color. I stitched groups of mother-of-pearl buttons to the border.
Charmed Square by Christen Brown
This small square was pieced with a few leftover squares from the pack, with two complementary fabrics to complete the nine-patch design and borders. The border row stitches were worked in one color of perle cotton #8 to straddle each seam. The decorative and detail stitches were worked in five colors of cotton floss, and two colors of seed beads. The color and stitch changed depending on which side of the border row they were stitched on. I used three colors of glass buttons and charms and added brass buttons as an accent color.
These two pieces can be found in my book, The Embroidery Book by C&T Publishing.
Happy Stitching, ~Christen