For as long as I can remember, I have been vacationing in Williamsburg, VA. I am deeply interested in the Revolutionary War and always enjoy going to the colonial sites and seeing reenactors. While we were on vacation, we didn’t solely stick to the colonial stuff. We also went to Busch Gardens. But, one of my favorite things to do, was to go to the Village Shops at Kingsmill to a place called Haus Tirol.
When you go there, you see several beautifully stitched models and a massive selection of patterns, flosses and fabrics. You can easily get everything you need for a project in one stop. If they don’t have the colors or materials you need, they will gladly order it for you and ship at no charge. The owners are very kind and knowledgeable, too.
The first time I went to Haus Tirol, a pattern called Lion Rampant by Serendipity Designs caught my eye. It was elegant without being overly difficult to stitch. You’ll see here that I stitched the piece on 32 ct natural linen. The original piece was on Royal Blue aida. While I prefer the dark aida as the background for the lion (it stood out more), the stitches were not even and I started over several times. I was consistently unhappy with the stitching and decided to try it on linen instead.
The stitches were coming out better, so I just went with it. It doesn’t show up as well as it could, but I do love the look of this lion. I tended to get tired of this piece because it was very monochromatic, the exception being the lion’s tongue.
Overall I am very happy with the end result and I would be interested in seeing other designs by this company. There is a unicorn rampant, too and that may be something I would be interested in stitching in the future.