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The Faerie’s Needle by Michelle Ink

Copyright Michelle D Arsenault, Michelle Ink Needlework Designs, 1997. Distributed by Sitting Pretty Presents.

Faerie’s Needle by Michelle Ink

Chart: As with previous Michelle ink charts, I found a lot of difficulty making sense of the instructions placement on this chart. To start the whole chart pack is hand-drawn on pink paper.  The printed instructions are all in italics.  I’m sure this is quite “cute” but it does not assist in the use of the chart.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches, fractional stitches, backstitch, Kloster blocks, needleweaving, satin stitch, button-hole stitch, centred doves eyes, cornered doves eyes and woven bars.

Materials: Caron Wildflowers, Caron Waterlilies, Leah #8 perle coton, Leah #12 perle coton, DMC #12 perle coton, Rainbow Gallery Splendor, Rainbow Gallery Nordic Gold, Kreinik, cord, Kreinik blending filament, Gentle Arts Sampler Threads, Needle Necessities floss (now ThreadworX), Mill Hill beads, Access Commodities beads and treasures. Stitched on Wichelt 32ct “China White” (or Platinum) Linen.

Designer’s Notes: “As the wizard’s inkwell tipped and magic spilled from it – so the eye of the faerie’s needle has magic flowing from it. Agnes Rose sits with her golden needle blowing bubbles – sparkling, glittering, magical bubbles. You see – as the wizard has his potions – Agnes Rose has her needles, and in this piece she is taking a moment to amuse herself with a simple child’s game. Each “bubble” has a different hardanger centre.”

Why I was attracted to this design: I’ve started the companion design Wizard’s Inkwell. So I bought this as the next design to do. Wizard’s Inkwell is blues and purples, while this one is greens and oranges. So I thought they would work well together. Also I thought they would be great Hardanger teaching pieces.

So why haven’t I stitched it?  Well I haven’t finished Wizard’s Inkwell yet. I have the same problem with both of these charts as I do with Haunted Hardanger.  Michelle Ink expects a degree of assumed knowledge in her stitchers that I just don’t have.  The  instructions are written as reminders for experienced stitchers familiar with Hardanger and this style of stitching. They are not written as guides for complete novices like me.

Where can you buy it? This Michelle Ink chart can be bought via your LNS or directly from Stitching Pretty Presents for $12.00 (US).

Discussion questions: I really wish designers would provide clearer photos of their designs as cover photos.  I know some may be worried that their design can be copied from a clear photo, but honestly, isn’t a really good photo more helpful to the stitcher and likely to cause more sales?  What are your thoughts?  Please don’t be afraid to disagree with me!

10 July 2012: Haven’t started kitting up.  Need to gird my loins and get back into Wizard’s Inkwell first!


Copyright Michelle D Arsenault 2007, Michelle Ink Designs, Distributed by Sitting Pretty Presents

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Got Gifts? by Michelle Ink Needleworks

Chart:  This Michelle Ink chart is printed over two pages of mottled pink Letter/A4 cardboard. The symbols are small but printed clearly and are easily discernible from one another so the size is not an issue.  There is no overlap to assist in lining up chart sections. The design itself s deceptively simple, so the chart is quite easy to follow.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches only.

Materials: Thread Gatherer silks, Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid metallics and Mill Hill Magnifica beads. Stitched on Lakeside Linen 32ct “Vintage Peach Ice” Linen.

Designer’s Notes: “”Absence is overrated…Gifts make the heart grow fonder. Every discriminating woman’s sentiment !”

Why I was attracted to this design: I love the sassiness of this design.  It looks so feminine and saccharine with the pink fabric and the roses and it lures you in by promising to give the sappy “Absence makes the heart grows fonder” until you give it a closer look and see the sharp left turn in sentiment!  I love this kind of illusion or “subtlety” as it used to be known.  It’s the same reason I have Eye by M.C. Escher in my stash.

So why haven’t I stitched it?  I have had the chart and the fabric in my stash for ages by I haven’t yet acquired the threads.  As I have so many charts, I put all of the threads needed in a spreadsheet and as I see them on sale I buy them and then when I finally have all the threads i start stitching the piece. All the threads needed for this piece have not come up for sale at a time when I’ve been looking.

Where can you buy it? This can be bought via your LNS or directly from Stitching Pretty Presents for $8US.

Discussion questions: Do you like charts with Sassy Sayings? Or do you think charts like this are simply uncouth or even mean-spirited?

10 Mar Partially Kitted