First up, Happy New Year! Here in South Africa, 2018 has kicked off with a heatwave, making fruit salad and ice cream count as a meal. So it's apt to start the embroidery year with two new fruit patterns - a strawberry and a peach.
The idea came about towards the end of last year, though, when I started making fruit smoothies using big yellow cling peaches. After cutting up so many peaches, it was only natural to want to embroider one! A strawberry came next, and there are three more fruits in the works.
I stuck with the size, look and feel of my previous fruit patterns - Axed Fig, Apple Slice, Cleaver Pear, Hatchet Orange and Lemon Split - so they all go together and can be mixed and matched. They're friendly on January pockets, too.
I bought some of DMC's new thread colours in December and was able to use two of them in the peach design. So nice having new colours to work with.