Victorian Tulip Bowl


This gorgeous bowl of tulips was inspired by a lovely antique chamber pot that I have sadly now dropped and smashed into dozens of pieces. The tulips “happened” after a visit to the bulb fields in Holland. The old chamber pot was part of a lovely set I bought at auction soon after we moved to Fairford and it graced our antique dressing table in our first old cottage. This project may be stitched on linen or Aida fabric although I think that linen may be simpler as there are a few fractional stitches on the chamber pot. (Remember linen is not difficult, just different).

Stitch Count: 106 x 112 Work out the design size

Design Size

To work out the design size (or the stitched area) you need to divide the stitch count by the number of stitches to the inch (2.5cm) on the fabric. You then add enough fabric to this measurement to allow for framing etc. If a stitch count is not shown on any design, you will need to count across the design and down the design, which will give you the stitch count.

Example: 140 stitches divided by 14 (Aida) = 10 inches

If working on evenweave fabric, remember that you generally work over two fabric threads, thus 28-count linen is also 14-count when doing the sum. I suggest adding 5 inches to the design size on a project to make sure you have an adequate margin for mounting and framing. Obviously you can adapt this amount when working a small card of lid top.

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