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A Project A Day – Counted embroidery work is my main hobby and I have a huge stitching stash. Some of these projects are huge and take years to stitch, and while others are quick projects, I often spend months without stitching at all. So while I have hundreds in my stash, only a half-dozen ever see attention any given year.  To address this imbalance in 2012 I will each day write about one project languishing in my stash.

Ad Astra by Cross Eyed Kat

Copyright Kat Rocha, 2008.

Cross Eyed Kat

Ad Astra by Cross Eyed Kat

Chart: The chart is print on a single A4/Letter sheet. The symbols are small, but clearly seen and easily distinguished from each other. With the possible exception of the midde motif, this chart can easily be stitched from without the need for a working copy. These chart elements are designed to be stitched into Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) and Kat provides a page of ATC size graphs for you to choose the motifs and design your own ATC.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches, backstitch, satin stitch and beads.

Materials: Stitched in Crescent Colours cottons, Crescent Colours Belle Soie silks, Kreinik #4 Glow-in-the-Dark braid and Mill Hill Beads on 28ct fabric. The chart lists the fabric as 28ct White Jobelan, but a quick tweet to Kat assures me that it was most likely stitched on Wichelt 28ct Navy Jobelan.

Designer’s Notes: Reach for the Stars! The motto  in the bottom left block means “To the stars through difficulties”. Each block is specially sized to fit on Artist Trading Cards! Mix and match to create your own unique card – trade and collect cards with your stitching buddies. Look for more design element charts to create even more ATCs.

Why I was attracted to this design: I love Kat’s Science and Space designs. So few artists (other than art-conversions) are creating Outer Space-themed designs!

So why haven’t I stitched it? Like Mailart, I just haven’t gotten into the world of ATCs. Artwork the size of business cards is too small for me; I can’t find half my actual business cards or stitched bookmarks let alone anything smaller. So if I did stitch this – it would be as shown, as my own sampler :)

Another option is to stitch these as bookmarks. Those I have use for and wouldn’t lose quite so fast.  Who else likes space-themed stitching? Anyone want a Space-themed bookmark?

Where can you buy it? This chart is very much still in print and can be bought from your LNS or ONS from $10US.

Discussion questions:  Artist Trading Cards.  Are you into them?  Have you stitched any?  Have you received any?  Have you seen any?  Can you comment below and include links to some good stitched ATCs you have made or seen?  I may not be able to look after them, but I can appreciate great artwork!