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Fox Glove Fairy by Illusions Designs

Copyright Vicky Graham, Illusions Designs, Published by Fanta Cat Designs, 1995.

Fox Glove Fairy by Illusions

Chart: This Illusions chart is print on a folded A3 sheet of paper with the bottom of the plant on a separate A4/Letter sheet.  The overlap on the plant stem sheet is shown as 6 rows of backstitch but the cross stitch symbols are not repeated. This is effective as it gives enough information to ensure accurate placement but also ensures you do mistakenly repeat a row of stitches.

The chart pack also contains  a sheet on General Instructions for Counted Cross Stitch as well as specific information regarding quarter and three-quarter stitches and symbols in these Illusions charts.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches, fractional stitches, couchwork and backstitch and beading.

Materials: DMC stranded cottons, Kreinik blending filament, Kreinik Cable and Mill Hill beads. Stitched on Wichelt 28ct “Pewter” Brittany (now Lugana).

Designer’s Notes: None

Why I was attracted to this design: I know these are really sweet and not my usual snarky dark fare, but I love these. The fairy wings are based on a real type of butterfly (I can’t remember which now). I have had a love of botanical plant studies for years, even simplistic versions like this :)

So why haven’t I stitched it? I stash faster than I stitch.  Also I’m not sure that a plain Pewter lugana is the right fabric to use these days of beautiful hand dyed fabrics.

Where can you buy it? Both Illusions Designs and Fanta Cat designs are now out of business.  Although Illusions was selling on eBay a couple of years ago, so I’m hoping Vicky might pop back up there or on Etsy sometime in the future.  Letha of Fanta Cat moved interstate a few years ago and struggled to re-setup the business after the move. Hopefully one day one or both of these women returns as these are beautiful designs!  For now I would scope out LNS or ONS that carry older stock or try the ubiquitous eBay.  Conversely – prod me into starting my copy.

Discussion questions: Do you know of any designs of proper botanical studies?  Alternately, any suggestions for a fabric for this design?

Status:
7 May 2012: Confused on fabric

 

Copyright Vicky Graham, Illusions Designs, Published by Fanta Cat Designs, date unknown.

Illusions Designs, Fanta Cat Designs, Afghan

Regal Pea Dragon Afghan by Illusions Designs

Chart: This Illusions afghan chart is printed over nine pages. The chart is computer printed and the symbols are large and clearly defined. This would be an easy chart to work from. My only concern with this chart, is that this is an afghan; the fabric is separated into discrete stitching sections.  These sections are not delineated on the chart.  There are spaces left so you know how many threads to pass by before starting the next section, but I feel the chart as a while would be assisted if there was a bold line delineating the edge of each stitching segment of the fabric.  There is a lot of “white space’ in this chart, so a clear edge to each fabric segment on the chart would assist in counting and accuracy.

The chart also includes a page on “Instructions for Smoothing stitches” and a section on “Placement of Sections in the Afghan”. As well as the lack of delineation I’ve mentioned, the afghan fabric is not created of even count threads, so there is section on where to start each panel and how many threads will be exposed at each of the four sides of each segment.

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

Materials: DMC stranded cottons and Kreinik #8 Fine Braid. Stitched on Zweigart “Oatmeal” Gloria Afghan panel.

Designer’s Notes: None

Why I was attracted to this design: It’s a dragon.  It’s a dragon that’s a lap rug.  It’s washable and it includes some gold thread.  Also it will keep me warm while I work on it over winter!

So why haven’t I stitched it? Afghan fabrics are rare to buy in Australian needlework stores and rather expensive via International Post, so until the recent $AUS/$US parity the fabric was always too expensive.  Now that it is just in the affordable range, my then LNS owner brought in the fabric for the other Illusions Dragon Afghan in my stash.  So I am stitching up Dragon Feathers Afghan first.

This design, Regal Pea Dragon actually looks to be a much simpler design, and in some ways a much smaller design, as the chart is only over nine pages.  The Dragon Feathers Afghan chart is over 8 pages, but the design is hand-drawn and the symbols are much smaller, so I am enlarging that chart quite substantially as I stitch.  Ah perhaps it’s just a case of the grass looking greener :)

Where can you buy it? Both Illusions Designs and Fanta Cat designs are now out of business.  Although Illusions was selling on eBay a couple of years ago, so I’m hoping Vicky might pop back up there or on Etsy sometime in the future.  Letha of Fanta Cat moved interstate a few years ago and struggled to re-setup the business after the move. Hopefully one day one or both of these women returns as these are beautiful designs!  For now I would scope out LNS or ONS that carry older stock or try the ubiquitous eBay.

Discussion questions: What is your favourite afghan pattern and have you bought or stitched it yet?