Barney Stonerich by Calico Crossroads 

Barney Stonerich by Calico Crossroads

Copyright Claudia Twede, Linda Connors, Calico Crossroads, 2000.

Barney Stonerich by Calico Crossroads

Chart: This Calico Crossroads chart is printed on one A4 side of a double-sided, folded A3 cardboard sheet. The fractional stitches on Barney’s face are a little small and crammed together but overall the chart nicely balanced and the full-sized symbols and specialty designs are easy to see and follow. The chart pack includes four brass charms.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches, fractional stitches, backstitch, French Knots, Rice stitches, Scotch stitches, Smyrna crosses, Straight stitches and Beading.

Materials: Anchor stranded cotton, Gentle Arts Sampler Threads cotton, Weeks Dye Works cotton, Kreinik #4 Very fine Braid metallics, Mill Hill Seed Beads, Mill Hill Glass Treasure and Brass charms. Stitched on Zweigart 25ct “White” linen.

Designer’s Notes: None.  This is part of the Claudia Twede holiday series which included Sophie Springfield, Rose Buddington. Crysantha Mumford, Flora Greenleaf and Valentina Hartman.

Why I was attracted to this design: To be honest, I wasn’t.  This came as part of a bulk lot of Calico Crossroad charts I bought on eBay many years ago when I started collecting the Kats by Kelly adaptations.

So why haven’t I stitched it? Like most Australians I have a mixed heritage but I don’t think there’s any Irish in there, certainly none I feel any affiliation with.  St Patrick’s Day in Australia appears to me to be an excuse for folk to get rowdy and drunk on green beer.  It’s not been something I’ve ever celebrated or joined in on.  As for this chart, although it has a few specialty stitches, I’ve never liked it enough to stitch it or found the right person or situation to pass it to.  So now is the time; free to good home.  We’re pulling a few of these lately!

Where can you buy it? All of these older Calico Crossroads charts are out of print.  But this has been a recent development, so you may be able to find these in LNS that keep older stock. They also appear quite regularly on eBay. Otherwise, comment below: I will select from the commenters in one week.

Discussion questions: What is it about St Patrick’s Day that made it so universal? Do non-Americans celebrate Fourth of July?  Do non-French people celebrate Bastille Day, or non-Aussies celebrate Australia Day?  I’m interested in all thoughts, ideas, perspectives?  Speak up with any ideas you have :)

2 Apr 2012: Free to good home


  1. 2 April 2012 @ 18:50 · Reply

    Well, it’s pretty obvious to me, but after all, I am a foreigner. All of these – 4th of July, Bastille day, etc. – are “political” holidays, connected with events that are important to the particular country, but fairly recent and man-created. On the other hand, St.Patrick’s Day is, to quote wikipedia, an old cultural and religious holiday, something much older and deeper felt. Irish culture travelled with the irish emigrants, which is the reason for the celebrations in the other countries like USA and Australia. And I think that the reason for celebrations in other non-traditional places must be the universal appeal of a holiday which is celebrated with costume parades and alchohol :)

  2. 3 April 2012 @ 08:40 · Reply

    Yep, I agree with Zlatina. St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of Irish heritage for those with it and a day for those without to drink green beer (or other beverage like Shamrock shakes from Mcdonalds) and get drunk. But on another note…I can figure out what three of the charms are (clover leaf, number 7, horseshoe), but what is the fourth one? Hugs!

    • 5 April 2012 @ 06:35 · Reply

      It looks like a ladybird Lana although what the significance there is I’m not sure.

      • 5 April 2012 @ 08:49 · Reply

        I am assuming you mean ladybug because that is what I thought it was. I know I am not sure what it has to do with luck, so if anyone can let us know that, that would be great.

  3. 3 April 2012 @ 19:51 · Reply

    I think any holiday that is celebrated with booze is one that becomes more… universal. In the US people celebrate Cinco de Mayo… even if they have no clue what it is because it gives them an excuse to drink. And people try to celebrate Octoberfest as well….

    That said… I have heard the excuse that everyone is Irish. snerk.

  4. 5 April 2012 @ 09:23 · Reply
     Paula H:

    As has been said already, the others you mention are political holidays, and also celebrated by groups of people who have not necessarily dispersed as much as the Irish have. I thi m the fact that when so many Irish emigrated, they ended up in communities on their new homes helped them to maintain their customs and to hand down the history and traditions from their homeland.

    I have a bit o the Irish in my background, but not enough to truly consider myself Irish. If you could say that I “celebrate” the holiday, I do it with a trip to view the parade in Manhattan, which has its own history and tradition. I had several conversations on the day this year with several folks who are more deeply in touch with their heritage, and none of us could really figure out how and why the day became an excuse for such blatant stupidity and public drunkenness. In many ways, for me, it is more of a festival day, and the varied cultural makeup of the population here in the greater NYC area provides lots of opportunities for all sorts of different options like that.

  5. 5 April 2012 @ 12:29 · Reply

    Thanks everyone, especially Paula, for your pespectives on this one. I did want to hear about other people’s experiences and I’m glad that St Patrick’s Day is a positive affirming experience for some.

    Thanks to Zlatina for pointing out the obvious cultural vs political connection. I don’t think it’s because you’re a foreigner that your saw that (we’re all foreign to someone) I think it’s because I’m Australian that I didn’t.

    We simply do not have the rich cultural history that just about every other nation and culture does. We’re still struggling to find and accept our cultural identity. Our culture, our identity, is tied up in our politics.

    Our to main celebrations are Australia Day and Anzac Day – the day Captain Cook landed on the eastern part of Australia which led to European invasion and settlement – and the day in World War One we managed a tactical retreat that saved the lives of many Australian, New Zealand and British soldiers that had been given given up on by the High Command. So politics and culture are intermingled for us.

    So something that is very obvious to all of you was completely baffling to me :)


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