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Cheaper than Therapy by My Big Toe

Copyright My Big Toe, 2007.

Cheaper than therapy by My Big Toe

Chart: This small My Big Toe chart is printed on A4/Letter sized heavy card stock. The chart is large, clear and easy to see. The chart is repeated three times, once each for the variations: Stitching is cheaper, Knitting is cheaper, Quilting is cheaper.

The chart pack contains the scissors charm and the blue & yellow beads used in the design.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches, backstitch, beads and a charm.

Materials: Weeks Dye Works cottons. Stitched on Wichelt 32ct “Lambswool” Jobelan.

Designer’s Notes: Stitching is cheaper than therapy… but not if you do it right (includes bead/charm pack)

Why I was attracted to this design: Do I really need to answer this? I think this answer is self-evident for most of us :)  On a serious note, stitching really is a form of therapy for me; putting a needle through the fabric and watching the design grow calms and relaxes me. So as well as the humorous reference to stashing habits, this design does have a serious element for me :)

So why haven’t I stitched it? This is another design that is new to my stash. I bought it and the fat eighth of fabric and three skeins of floss while I was doing a small spot of shopping for the upcoming Chocolate Exchange on the Stitching Hangout group. I bought everything so I can stitch this up as soon as I get tired of the designs I’m already stitching.

Where can you buy it? This My Big Toe chart is still in print and can be easily bought through your LNS or ONS for $8.00 (US).

Discussion questions:  Given that the image with this design is a scissor and fob, would you stitch the “knitting is cheaper” or “quilting is cheaper” version for a knitter or quilter friend or would you go looking for a different pattern for them? Does this pattern scream “stitching” to you or do you think it works for knitting and quilting too?

16 July 2012: Ready to start.


Christmas Delights by Stitchopolis

Copyright Maureen Kyle, Stitchopolis, 2007.

Christmas Delights by Stitchopolis

Chart: This Stitchopolis chart is printed on a double-sided Letter/A4 cardboard sheet. The symbols are very small but they vary so much that it is quite easy to tell them apart even at such a tiny size. The design uses six buttons or treasures and the chart thankfully shows exact positioning for each of these items.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitch and beading.

Materials: Gentle Art Sampler Threads cottons, Weeks Dye Works cottons, Kreinik #8 Fine Braid metallics, Just Another Button Company buttons, By Jupiter charms and Mill Hill treasures. Stitched on Wichelt 28ct “Dusty Green” linen.

Designer’s Notes: Wind is one of the constants of nature. Our perception of the wind changes in the different seasons. Christmas winds bring that wonderful feeling of anticipation that only comes up at this time of year. What delights will those wrapped packages contain? And, like the rest of our Winds of Change series, this design stitches up very quickly.

Why I was attracted to this design: This is a case where I fell in love with another chart in the same series and then collected the rest of the charts in the series without really looking closely at them.

So why haven’t I stitched it? I love Winter Gusts from the Stitchopolis Winds of Change series but to be honest this Christmas entry does not rock my world.  And reading the designer notes above just confirms that this is not the chart for me.  In an Australian Bush Summer, the only thing you are ever concerned about the Christmas winds bringing are bushfires.

Where can you buy it? This chart can be specially ordered by any LNS or ONS.  You should expect to pay around $7.50 (US) for this chart.  Otherwise I am giving away my copy.  Comment below if you would like it and why. If more than one person wants the chart, I’ll choose via random number generator later in the week.

Discussion questions: Stitchopolis is one of the few companies I’ve found that give exact placement for buttons, charms, treasures etc.  Most designers (of those in my stash) recommend that the stitcher use the cover picture as an aid to placement or to place them where we find them pleasing.  The way a standard design works, is that we follow the pattern, we stitch ever x and every fractional stitch exactly where the designer has placed it. Then we are given these honking huge (relatively speaking) bits of plastic and glass and told to eyeball it.  How does this make sense? Comments? Thoughts? Am I off my rocker, finally?

Project Status:
15 July 2012 – Free to good home.