Gay Ann Rogers, Needlework

Echoes Imitation Cutwork Heart





Echoes Imitation Cutwork Heart. This heart is designed to showcase my Imitation Cutwork techiniques

Echoes Imitiation Cutwork Description


Doesn't the center if this heart look like it is a cutwork square? Doesn't it look like I cut out the center threads, then wrapped and needlewove the bars and added a cluster of Bullion Knots to the center?


It  isn't cut,  it just looks like it is because I used the stitches to mimic cutwork.


All of the instructions for Imitation Cutwork from my Echoes II Tudor Rose Sampler are included with the heart, it is exactly the same square.


The heart measures approximately 4 1/2" wide at its widest by 4 1/4" tall at its tallest. I stitched it on a piece of soft ivory (color) congress cloth 8" x 8".


The threads include four colors of Soie d'Alger, pearl cotton #12 and #8, Impressions and a spool each of Kreinik braid #4 and #8.


The instructions are 24 pages long plus a title page and a color copy of my finished heart.


The instructions booklet does not include instructions for assembling the heart (I leave that job to a professional finisher).




New. Be sure to scroll down and see both Echoes Hearts side by side and an unusual feature.

Echoes Imitation Cutwork Heart

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Echoes Imitation Cutwork Heart complete kit

(Instructions, threads,and congress cloth).

$46.50 including shipping.

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Echoes Imitation Cutwork Heart Instructions only

(no threads, no congress cloth)

$34.50 includes shipping.





Both Echoes Beaded Heart and Echoes Imitation Cutwork Heart

complete kits

(Instructions, threads, beads and pearls and congress cloth)

$103.00 including shipping.





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History of My Imitation Cutwork


I first heard from Margaret Foster that she had never stitched the original Echoes of Elizabeth Sampler because she was afraid of the cutwork. Then I began hearing it more often.


When I stitched Echoes II Tudor Rose Sampler, I had an idea: I included the squares of cutwork from the original Echoes Sampler, but I did them as Imitation Cutwork. They look like the cutwork on the original Echoes of Elizabeth Sampler, but they aren't cut.


At the end of E-Week last year, people asked me just for the instructions for the Imitation Cutwork and it was then I found out that Margaret wasn't the only person who had put away her sampler because of fear of the cutwork.


So I promised I would make a small project incorporating the instructions for my Imitation Cutwork and here it is.


The center of the heart is the Imitation Cutwork. The patterns of the heart are loosely adapted from my two Echoes Samplers and I hope they look ever so slightly Elizabethan.




The threads for Echoes Imitation Cutwork Heart

Above: Kreinik braid, pearl cotton, four colors of Soie d'Alger and one of Impressions.

In addition the instructions booklet and a piece of congress cloth.




Kit Contents for Echoes Imitation Cutwork Heart

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An Unusual Feature


If you fancy playing designer, here is a chance. If you look closely at the two hearts you will see that the bands are interchangeable.  For example look at the center: the center squares on the hearts are the same size, as are the dividing bands, so they are interchangeable.


The two hearts provide an easy way to juggle patterns and be original in a very unthreatening way.


Here are some changes I might try:


1. Stitch the beaded square, but save the beads below and above the square and the pearls as well.


2. Stitch the blue Cross Stitch variation and the diagonal blackwork pattern from the Imitation Cutwork Heart on the Beaded Heart. You might even consider doing the Cross Stitch in gold Kreink braid.


3. Now stitch the Imitation Cutwork Heart and use the beads and pearls you saved for the patterns above and below the center square. This way you will end up with two beaded hearts.