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Pur 4 by Calico Crossroads

Copyright Kathleen Kelly, Linda Connors, Kats by Kelly, Calico Crossroads, 2004.

Pur 4 by Calico Crossroads

Chart: This Calico Crossroads chart is printed on one side of a double-sided A4 cardboard sheet. As it is a small design, the symbols are printed quite large while still fitting quite neatly on that page size. The chart could easily be stitched without the need for a working copy. As this design uses straight stitches in differing colours for the golf tees, the design includes coloured symbols on the chart and a detailed explanation of how to stitch these tees with diagrams.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches, fractional stitches, straight stitches, French Knots and backstitch.

Materials: Stitched in DMC stranded cotton on Charles Craft 14ct White Aida.

Designer’s Notes: None.  This is part of the full-size of Kats by Kelly series. Each pattern is designed to fit into any standard 8 x 10 frame.

Why I was attracted to this design: I love all the Kats by Kelly adaptions. One of my goals is to collect and stitch all of these designs. I always envisaged owning a house with a long hallway and having these framed and hung down the hallway.

So why haven’t I stitched it? This is one of the latest Calico Crossroads charts I have purchased.  As stated above I want to collect them all! Unfortunately, Calico Crossroads took these charts off the market late last year, so I’ve been scouring older LNS and ONS stores as I find them to pick up the charts not in my stash.  Pur 4 was one of the these recent last minute acquisitions.  I just need a quick visit to a Spotlight store (the Australian equivalent to a Joanne’s I think) and I can start this one immediately.

Where can you buy it? All Kats by Kelly 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.

Discussion questions: Why do designers recommend Aida cloth for charts that use 1/4 and 3/4 stitches or straight stitches or any other type of stitch that requires the stitcher to regularly pierce the Aida fabric.  Why do they not simply recommend an evenweave fabric which has sufficient holes that no piercing is necessary? I am honestly curious.

Status:
9 June 2012: Partially kitted

 

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 :)

Status:
2 Apr 2012: Free to good home