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Beer Dragon by X’s & Oh’s

Copyright Joanne Gatenby, X’s & Oh’s, 2011.

Chart: This X’s & Oh’s  chart is print on the inside of a folded A4/Letter sized cardboard sheet. The symbols are printed quite large so the fractional stitches are quite easy to see.  The design has large swathes of single colour to offset the fractional stitches.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches, partial cross stitch and blackwork.

Materials: DMC stranded cottons and Kreinik #4 Very Fine Braid metallic. Stitched on Wichelt 28ct “Antique White” Jobelan.

Designer’s Notes: None. Part of the Dragons with Drinks series.

Why I was attracted to this design: This is the latest design in the X’s & Oh’s Dragons with Drinks series. I have had the Wine Dragon (White) in my stash for years and I love the whole series.  I’d love to stitch the whole lot and hang them in the kitchen or dining area.

It is a simple design, but I like the marriage of mythological creatures and food or drink. It’s been a staple  of art images for years, but I don;t know why it appeals.  Any thoughts?

So why haven’t I stitched it? This is a new addition to my stash, it was on sale so it slipped into my cart while I was putting an order together for items to give out for soon for RAKs and birthdays gifts.

Where can you buy it? This small chart can be easily ordered through any LNS or ONS. Otherwise you can buy it direct from X’s & Oh’s website. Expect to pay around $5.00 (US) for this chart.

Discussion questions:  Which is your favourite design? Beer Dragon, Wine Dragon (white), Wine Dragon (Red), Margarita Dragon, Coffee Dragon, Tea Dragon or Milk Dragon? Conversely, which Dragon do you think should be added to the list?

17 July 2012: Partially kitted


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.