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Twisted Heart by Ink Circles

Copyright Tracy Horner 2009.

Ink Circles

Twisted Heart by Ink Circles

Chart: The chart has large, clear, easy to read and easy to differentiate symbols. As it is a small piece, the design and cover is on a single folded Letter/A4 heavy cardstock.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches only.

Materials: Carries threads stitched on 32ct Lakeside Linen “Vintage Exemplar” linen. Although this was stitched in Carrie’s cottons, I would stitch it in Carrie’s silks.

Designer’s Notes: From my twisted mind, a fun little project for your rotation. Twisted Heart makes a great beginner project or a quick fix between your larger Ink Circles endeavors.

Why I was attracted to this design: I love just about all Ink Circles designs. I also love designs that are illusions and the celtic knotwork forming a heart here fits that bill – especially as it was in muted tones, not girly pink.  It is also a design that lends itself to easily being colour-changed both in fabric and floss.

So why haven’t I stitched it? Being completely honest, I do not remember when or how this entered my stash. I do not remember if I bought it, if I was it as a gift, or if it was given as a gift by Tracy herself.  And I feel really bad about that. I’m a really shallow person if I can’t remember if something was given a gift :(

I plan to stitch this design twice. Once in its original design, and once in bright colours on black.  I thought of using some of the bright greens and reds in Black Bloomers for the black version.  I’d stitch the original version first just to check how it was supposed to work before I played with the design though.

Where can you buy it? This chart is still circulation and can easily be bought from your LNS, ONS or directly from Ink Circles for $6.00

Discussion questions: Do you have any items in your stash (charts, floss, accessories, gadgets) that you’ve forgotten exactly how, when or where they came from?

 

Quaker Floral Puzzle by Ink Circles

Copyright Tracy Horner, Ink Circles, 2009.

Ink Circles

Quaker Floral Puzzle by Ink Circles

Chart: This Ink Circles chart has large clear easy to read and easy to differentiate symbols.  t is a large piece and the chart is broken over nine pages, helpfully assisted with an overlap of three rows left and above on each successive page.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches only.

Materials: The design was model-stitched using DMC on 40ct Lakeside Linen fabric. I have been gifted a HDF conversion thread kit and 32ct Royal Blue evenweave by my good friend Kay.

Designer’s Notes: “This design is made up of little floral bits and pieces taken from traditional Quaker samplers arranged in a maṇḍala format. I call it a Quaker puzzle, as the motifs interlock like a jigsaw.”

Why I was attracted to this design: I love Ink Circles designs. I love designs on dark fabrics. With my migraines, I thought a design using only whole stitches and made of lots of discrete sections might be good for me to stitch.  It would be easy enough for me to stitch, while still having enough “milestone moments” to keep me going with colour and pattern changes to keep me interested.

So why haven’t I stitched it? The chart, thread pack and fabric were birthday gifts from Kay last August.  I had always planned this to be my New Year’s start this year but I have not felt my stitching has been consistent enough to do justice to this piece.

I just don’t have the fine eyesight now to see the tension in my stitches. Hopefully as the migraines settle down, and I regain this aspect of my eyesight I can start this piece.

Where can you buy it? This chart can is still circulation and can easily be bought from your LNS, ONS or directly from Ink Circles for $16.00

Discussion questions: Have you stitched a HDF conversion thread pack.  What are Vicki’s conversion’s like? And yes everyone is going to have a differing opinion on this – it’s OK to disagree as we all may have differing experiences :)

Status:
8 Jan 2012: Ready to start as soon as the migraine settles enough that I feel I can do this project justice.