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Celtic Cross by M Designs

Copyright Mary McLenon, M Designs, 2007.

Chart: This M Designs chart is printed on a single A4/Letter sheet. It is a monochrome design, but the symbol, a filled in circle, is large and dark and easy to see. The design is printed large enough to be easily followed on the sheet.

The beauty of this design is created by manipulation of the stitch direction.  It is a monochrome design using one multi-coloured thread.  Rather than stitching line by line giving a striped, abstract shape to this piece, the stitcher, uses the floss to follow the flow of the Celtic knot work around each of the motifs. The flow of colour and negative space are what give shape to this design. It is quite clever and ensures each stitcher’s work will be unique.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitch only so this piece is suitable for one over one or canvas work.

Materials: Thread Gatherer Silk ‘n Colours. Stitched on Lakeside Linens 40ct “Vintage Exemplar” linen.

Designer’s Notes: A companion piece to my Alphabet Series, this stylised cross can be stitched and framed alone or incorporated with various letters. Personalise the design by choosing the linen counts and thread colours that suit your project. 

Why I was attracted to this design: I fell in love with this design when it first came out in 2007 but I have only acquired it very very recently. I must confess I am very surprised at how small the design is at 91 x 95 stitches. It seemed so much larger and more complicated.  Perhaps I was taken in by the triple framing :)

So why haven’t I stitched it? As this is very new into the stash I simply haven’t had the wherewithal to acquire the fabric and floss.  I will be stitching this one on 32ct linen instead of 40ct though, my eyes can’t cope with 40ct but otherwise I will be stitching this exactly as charted.

Where can you buy it? This chart is still in print and can be bought from your LNS or ONS for $6.00 (US). Alternatively you can buy this design directly from the M Designs Etsy shop for the same price.

Discussion questions:  The recommended colourway for this is Thread Gatherer Silk n Colours Acorn Woods stitched on Lakeside Linens 40ct “Vintage Exemplar” linen.  What colourway would *you* stitch this design?

 

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.

Dream Tree Ornament by M Designs

Copyright Mary McLenon, 2005.

M Designs

Dream Tree Ornament by M Designs

Chart: The Chart is print on a coloured, folded A4/Letter cardboard sheet. Although this is a monochrome design, the chart is printed a little small for my taste. The pink cardboard doesn’t make it any easier to see the symbols. The designer does not give permission to make a working copy.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches, beads and treasures.

Materials: The design is shown in two colourways;  one a larger framed over-two piece, the other a smaller over-one ornament. Over One version: Thread Gatherer Silk ‘n Colours, Mill Hill Petite Beads and Glass Treasures, stitched on 30ct Coconut Macaroon Linen from Access Commodities. Over two version: Gloriana silks, Mill Hill Glass Beads and Treasures, stitched on 32ct Crystal DaVinci Linen from Picture This Plus.

Designer’s Notes: My fascination for letter forms and a lovely email from a stitcher has inspired my Dream tree. Turn the ornament onto its’ side and you will see that it is quite literally, a DREAM tree. Stitched over one and finished as an ornament, it can be an inspiration all year round. Stitched over two the design makes a nice framed piece or pillow. The models were stitched with silks from The Thread Gatherer and Gloriana. The over two version shown gets its’ soft tonal effect by using a thread that is just a bit darker than the shaded fabric. Personalise the design by choosing the linen counts and thread colours that suit your project. 

Why I was attracted to this design: I love illusions and puzzles in art. I love one thing that masquerades as another.  (Only in art and the arts, I can’t stand these traits in people!) I love the words hidden in the tree designs in this series. I love the Crystal daVinci fabric the over two version this chart is modelled on too!

So why haven’t I stitched it? I started one of these trees and didn’t like it.  The colour combo of the floss and fabric in real life looked nothing like it did in the cover photo.  I was so disappointed I put it away and I have never started another in the series.

I still love the series and I have more experience now in substituting threads. I also have a much larger stash to choose alternate threads from.  Perhaps now is a good time to start another of these designs or revisit that wip.

Where can you buy it? This chart is still in print and can be bought from your LNS or ONS from $6US. Alternatively you can purchase this design directly from the M Designs Etsy shop for the same price.

Discussion questions:  I am in love with the Over two colorway for this piece.  Gloriana WoodPond silk stitched on Picture This Plus Crystal daVinci linen.  Would you stitch this piece in that colourway, over two as the model is?  Or would you stitch this piece in the Woodpond/Gloriana colourway over one, as an ornament, if you had the eyesight to do so?