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Long Christmas by Annalee Waite Designs

Copyright AnnaLee Wilson Waite, Annalee Waite Designs, 2005.

Long Christmas by Annalee Waite Designs

Chart: This Annalee Waite Designs blackwork chart is printed on one long foolscap page. It is a monochromatic design so there is no difficulties with seeing the differences in the symbols.  The chart is printed nice and black and at a good size so it is easy follow.  My only quibble is that there are no blackwork or double stitch instructions given with the chart so stitchers are expected to already know how to do a double-sided running stitch or use a thick enough fabric that a messy back does not matter.

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

Materials: DMC metallic threads. Stitched on DMC 14ct “Dark Blue Green” Aida.

Designer’s Notes: A metallic gold ornament hangs at the bottom of a long gold thread. The phrase “Merry Christmas” is spelled out vertically down the gold thread. A sparkling addition to your holiday!

Why I was attracted to this design: This seemed such a different style of Christmas design. Simple but quite elegant. I’ve admired the Annalee Waite “Long” series for a while.

So why haven’t I stitched it? While I have coveted this series for many years, I only actually acquired the charts fairly recently. I love bottle green and teal colours so I probably have an applicable fabric in the stash already.  The thread used is DMC Light Effects #E3821 Light Gold so again I would have a few different metallic threads to choose from already in the stash.  I will most likely stitch this one for Christmas this year.

Where can you buy it? This is an older chart by Annalee Waite Designs but it can be found in some LNS that stock these older designs. You can expect to pay around $8.00 (US) for this design.

Discussion questions: Although the materials listed are Light gold on teal fabric, the cover picture does look very much like the more traditional silver on blue that we associate with Christmas designs.  I’ll be stitching this in green and gold as I love that combo.  What combo would *you* stitch this design in?  Would you stitch this design at all?

17 June 2012: Will find supplies in the stash and stitch this up for Christmas this year.


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?