Blackwork Green Man by Fan Xstitch 

Blackwork Green Man by Fan Xstitch

Copyright Vickey Brickle-Macky, Fan Xstitch, 2003.

Blackwork Green Man by Fan Xstitch

Chart: This Fan Xstitch blackwork chart is printed over twelve Letter/A4 pages. It was bought as a PDF so I  can easily enlarge each section for further clarity if necessary.  The pattern is printed in colour with each different floss blackwork shown in a different shade of green on the chart. There may be some difficulties in differentiating between some shades or if work from a print out and on have a black and white printer. There is no discussion or diagram on how to stitch any of the blackwork infill patterns in the design.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitch, backstitch and Blackwork.

Materials: DMC stranded cottons and Weeks Dye Works cottons. Stitched on Wichelt 28ct “Sand Pebble” Jobelan.

Designer’s Notes: Green Man, Guardian of Forest, Field and Hearth, Bestow your Blessings upon this home and keep all within it safe from any harm.

Why I was attracted to this design: I fell in love and bought this design shortly after Claire bought this as a gift for Hilary. I love the varied mythologies of the Green Man and I love this interpretation of it.

So why haven’t I stitched it? I think this one suffered because it is a PDF file and thus I’ve forgotten completely about it. I need to print out at least the cover pages of these charts and put them with my other printed charts so I can remember that I have them them :)

Where can you buy it? Vicky no longer designs cross stitch designs; she seems to be a rug hooker these days. However she does still hold the copyright for Fan Xstitch designs and has both an Etsy shop and an eBay store.  You can probably contact Vicky and ask her to sell this chart through either outlet without much difficulty.

Discussion questions: For a Blackwork design of so many different shades (in this case 17 different shades of green), would you prefer a coloured chart (one shade of colour per floss) or would you prefer the designer took a different approach to differentiating the floss blackwork usage?