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Hooked on Tea by Handblessings

Copyright Eileen Gurak, Handblessings, 2007.

Hooked on Tea by Handblessings

Chart: The chart is printed in large clear symbols on one Letter/A4 page. There is only two different floss colours so there’s no worries with differentiating symbols. My only concern is that you must look to the cover photo for placement of the charms.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches only.

Materials: Caron Wildflowers cottons, Weeks Dye Works cottons and charms. Stitched on Zweigart 28ct “Moss Green” Lugana.

Designer’s Notes: Tea should have a unique look of its own. Tea has a sophisticated sound to it, teatime and all. It also has a casual side to it, iced tea by the pool. It isn’t always brown; it comes in many different shades & colors. Hooked on Tea captures all the many moods of tea. This piece will look good in the home of any tea lover. Get yourself a nice hot cup of tea or a nice tall glass of iced tea and set it off to the side so as not to spill it on your stitching and stitch away.

Why I was attracted to this design: Those charms are sooo cute! I’m a definite tea drinker. Both black tea, but also tisanes and herbal teas. I haven’t tried iced tea yet; it’s not really a “thing” in Australia, or at least the societies I have moved in :) I don’t use any sugar in my tea so I’m not sure iced tea is for me anyway :)

So why haven’t I stitched it? I ordered this chart, floss and fabric last June when I ordered the same for Hooked on Scrapbooking to stitch for a friend for Christmas.  By September, the ONS still had not sent the order.  I did eventually manage to obtain, kit up and stitch Hooked on Scrapbooking, but I haven’t yet found the fabric for this one.

Where can you buy it? Handblessings are a little more difficult to find, but they can be specially ordered in by your LNS or ONS. Chart usually retails for $12.00 (US).

Discussion questions:  What do you reckon? Continue to hunt down the Zweigart Moss Green Lugana?  I really didn’t think a Zweigart would be that hard to come by!  Or change and substitute a different colour?  These don’t really seem like tea colours ….

Status:
20 April 2012: Partially kitted

 

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.

Hooked on Music by Handblessings

Copyright Eileen Gurak, 2007.

Handblessings

Hooked on Music by Handblessings

 

Chart: The chart is printed in large clear symbols over two pages. There is a nice clearly marked two-row overlap. My only concern is that you must look to the cover photo for placement of the charms.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches only.

Materials: Caron Waterlilies silk, Gentle Art cottons and charms. Stitched on Zweigart 28ct “Lavender Bliss” Lugana.

Designer’s Notes: Music enriches our life. It helps us celebate our joys and express our sorrow. Hooked on Music pays tribute to the diversity of music.

Why I was attracted to this design: I have a couple of close personal friends who love all types of music. I thought this stitched up and framed could make a nice present.

So why haven’t I stitched it? This chart is relatively new in my stash. Although I’ve been thinking about this for a while, I’ve only had the actual chart a couple of months. Also the chart is only stitched in two colours, Waterlilies Amethyst and Gentle Art Sweet Pea. I thought of stitching the words “Hooked on” and the border in a third complementary colour.  But I would need to kit up the two colours and the fabric first before starting the floss toss to select the third colour.

Where can you buy it? Handblessings are a little more difficult to find, but they can be specially ordered in by your LNS or ONS. Chart usually retails for $US13.

Discussion questions:  Would you change the border colour above or just leave it with the two colours? Do you feel adding a third colour might pose too much of a risk of drawing the eye away from the MUSIC in the middle of the design?