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History of Chocolate by Randal Spangler

Copyright Michelle Sayetta, Artwork Randal Spangler 2012.

History of Chocolate by Randal Spangler

Chart: This Heaven and Earth chart of Randal Spangler’s artwork has clear, easy to read symbols. The pattern is a Storykeep, Heaven and Earth Designs’ version of a bookmark-sized design. As such the chart is over four Letter/A4 pages with a three-row overlap on each page.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches only. It is designed to be stitched two-over-one.

Materials: DMC stranded cotton. Stitched on 25ct “White” linen.

Designer’s Notes: The History of Chocolate: a love story.

Why I was attracted to this design: I have a soft spot for Randal Spangler’s artwork. I love his serious style and I adore his Draglings! I’m a librarian, I am a sucker for genre bookmarks genre bookmarks. A series of these put out by one of my favourite fantasy artists: I will have to collect and stitch them all!

So why haven’t I stitched it? This one is a bit of a cheat. I bought it tonight.  I wrote a long post about this series of Randal Spangler storykeeps this morning but wrote it here instead of on the main blog. Then, this afternoon while visiting with JulieD and stitching and discussing the chocolate exchange for the Stitching Hangout Group I decided I had to start this set and the History of Chocolate was the perfect design for me to start the series with!

Where can you buy it? These designs are available as individual storykeeps from your LNS or ONS or direct from HaED from $9.00 (US) per chart.  You can also buy all the designs at once as the chart Books of Dreams direct from HaED from $19.00 (US).

The difference between the individual Storykeeps and the Book of Dreams is that it appears some of the individual designs have been shortened so that they are all uniform in the Book of Dreams chart.  If you were planning on stitching them all to hang together, I would recommend buying the Books of Dreams chart.  If you were buying them to stitch individually I would recommend buying them individually as I don’t know what has been done to the longer charts to fit them into the shorter format for the uniform set.

Discussion questions: I have enough 25ct Antique White Jobelan left over from Catgirl & Catboy to stitch this. So do I start by trying whole x’s over one with two threads on the 25ct or do experienced HaED stitchers recommend a different strategy?

14 July 2012: For a change I have the fabric! I just need the 88 skeins of DMC and time in my schedule to start it.


Kats Sidhe by Jen Delyth

Copyright Michelle Sayetta, Artwork Jen Delyth 2007.

Chart: The chart has clear, easy to read symbols.  Some of these are similar, but as this chart is predominantly the one symbol and virtually a monochrome, the symbol similarity is not that much of an issue.  Also unlike most art-to-cross stitch conversions, this twenty-page design has minimal confetti stitching.  The pattern is mainly DMC 310 with the other twelve colours used in a one stitch border around the edge of the Celtic cats and for the cats’ eyes and faces.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches only. It is designed to be stitched one-over-one.

Materials: DMC stranded cotton. Stitched on 25ct “White” linen.

Designer’s Notes: Cats were of great significance to the Celtic people. In Scotland the Stewart clan had the cat as a totem animal and this totem covered the confederacy of a number of tribes, clans and families. Kataobh, cat country, now known as Caithness, is named after a Pictish tribe, the Kati cat people. In one of the Irish Otherworld voyages, a little cat is encountered as a guardian of treasure; in maintaining its watch, it turns into a flaming form, and leaping its way through a potential thief, turns him to ashes. The cat is usually a female totem, dating back to ancient Goddess worship. In this design, intertwined triple felines indicate the symbolically significant number three which is most sacred to the Celts. Cats are said to have nine lives – nine is a multiple of three. This design is adapted from a tiny fragment of the Book of Kells.

Why I was attracted to this design: Beautiful black cats. The Celtic triskele. The lovely Black, green and gold combination.  All the things I love. Plus, unlike other gorgeous Jen Delyth designs, this one doesn’t have much confetti stitching. This is one art-to-cross stitch conversion I might actually stitch!

So why haven’t I stitched it? As usual I’ve been dragging my feet with the art-to-xstitch conversions. I’m sure once I start stitching one I wont know what all the fuss was about or why I took so long ….

Where can you buy it? This chart is still available via paper or PDF download from Heaven and Earth Designs for $15.00 (US).

Discussion questions: Do you think I would get good enough coverage for this design (mainly black) using tent stitch or half cross stitch on 28ct?

27 June 2012: Will kit up once I decide on fabric!