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The Santa Collection Part 1 by Dimples Designs

Copyright Terrence Nolan, Dimples Designs, 2003.

Santa Collection Part 1 by Dimples Design

Chart: In this Dimples Designs pack, this one page chart is shown four times; each chart repeat highlighting a different section of the backstitching instructions. There is another page that gives the charts and placement for the one-over-one stitching for Santa’s eyes. This small design is quite complex with much confetti stitching and eight different types of backstitching, including backstitching in Rainbow Gallery Whisper Thread!  However the chart is very well laid out and the symbols are quite different and easy to read, so this complex design could be stitched by any stitcher with ease.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches, fractional stitches, petit point and backstitch.

Materials: DMC stranded cotton, Kreinik blending filament, Kreinik #4 Very Fine Braid, Rainbow Gallery Whisper Thread and Mill Hill beads. Stitched on Wichelt 32ct “Lambswool” Linen.

Designer’s Notes: None. This design does have the companion piece Santa Collection Part 2, but that is not yet in my stash :)

Why I was attracted to this design: I like Christmas designs, but I prefer those that hark back to the older, more historic roots of the celebrations rather than the cheap and cheerful motifs we have today. This design certainly fits that bill.  It reminds me far more of the legends of St Nick than the modern Santa Claus. I also love Dimples Designs in general, I love the complexity and sophistication in the designs.

So why haven’t I stitched it? This is a relatively new addition to my stash and it has not been a high enough priority for me to spend my pennies kitting it up in the last couple of months.  I have a tendency to leave Christmas designs and start stitching them at the actual Christmas holiday period :)

Where can you buy it? This chart can still be bought from some LNS or ONS for $7.50 (US).

Discussion questions: When do you start your Christmas-themed stitching?

11 June 2012: Still kitting up


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.

Professor Fizzby’s Wonderous Strange Collection of Wee Beasties Part 7 by Dimples Designs

Copyright Terrence Nolan 2001.

Dimples Designs

Professor Fizzby's Wonderous Strange Collection of Wee Beasties Part 7 by Dimples Designs

Chart: Chart is shown three times. Once over a number of pages in large clear easy-to-follow symbols and a second time over five separate chart iterations each highlighting a separate section of the backstitching.  If only all black & white charts with intricate backstitch used this mechanism!

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches, partial cross stitch, one over one, and backstitch.

Materials: DMC stranded cotton, Kreinik blending filament and Kreinik #4 braid. Stitched on Wichelt 32ct “Vintage (Distressed)” Linen.

Designer’s Notes: My Dearest Amelia, Last night Dolittle and I were speaking once again about the wonders of the wee beasties we call the dragonfly. Sweetheart, I had no idea how charming and yet mysterious they really were until the good doctor started to share with me what some of the world’s oldest people think of them.

Did you know my sweet that in Philippine folklore it is believed that if you tied a dragonfly to someone’s hair, they would go mad. In Tahiti, it is commonly held that all insects, especially the dragonfly are agents of the gods and spirits of the universe, the dragonfly was known as the shadow of Hiro, god of thieves.

There is an ancient story, that tell of the Emperor of Japan being bitten by a horsefly, which is then eaten by a dragonfly. In honor of the dragonfly, the Emperor named Japan, Yamato, the Isles of the Dragonfly.

I tire now and so I am off to sleep, but I know that all my dreams will be of you. As always, I look forward to coming home and seeing your smiling face. In love, Fizzby.

Why I was attracted to this design: Oh I love the whole series of Professor Fizzby.  I want to hear the stories as much if not more than I want to stitch the charts!  So very Boys Own Adventure, what what! I do like charts of bugs and insects, especially accurate or fantastical ones, rather than cutesy ones.

So why haven’t I stitched it?  I had a grand plan of collecting all the Professor Fizzby charts (I think there were 13 official part charts and at least 16 charts in the series at last count). and then stitching them all adjacent to each other on the one piece of fabric. So it looked like one huge display or drawer of pinned insects like an old-fashioned natural history display. Attached to this, I would put a book of all the letters that go with all the charts, so the Professor’s journey could be read as a story or your could select just the page for that insect.

With my five-year old nephew becoming very interested in bugs and spiders and worms and praying mantis’ I should pull out of these charts, regardless of how many I do or don’t have and just start stitching them up anyway. Sometimes I think, the grander the scheme the less likely it will ever happen.

Where can you buy it? All of the Wee Beasties Parts (except Part 12) are out of print.  You might get lucky at your LNS or ONS, or I suggest checking eBay. Dimples Designs are well sought after but these charts should retail around $8US.

Discussion questions: So should I stick to the original grand plan and try to find the rest of this long out of print series, or should I just start stitching what I have?