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Celtic Dolphins by NVP Design

Copyright Robin MacGrogan, NVP Design, Norfolk Village Pottery, 2005.

Celtic Dolphins by NVP Design

Chart: This NVP Design limited edition chart is print on the back side of the A4/Letter sized cardboard sheet. Although this design has many fractional stitches, the chart symbols are quite clear and easy to see.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches, partial cross stitch and backstitch.

Materials: DMC stranded cotton Dinky Dyes silks and Kreinik #4 Braid. Fabric is not listed.

Designer’s Notes: None.

Why I was attracted to this design: For Fantasy Faire ’05 Dinky Dyes created a specialty colour (#085 Fantasy Blues) and about a dozen (??) of the designers at the Faire produced special small limited edition designs that included this thread. Many of them also included the new (at that time) Kreinik Fantasy braid colours – the 5000’s. Loving Fantasy designs, I put a serious amount of time and research into hunting these down.

So why haven’t I stitched it? I haven’t decided what to do with all of these Fantasy Faire designs. As all the 2005 designs contain the Fantasy blues silk  and the 2006 designs use Ocean Pines they can all be stitched in an afghan or as a wall hanging or …. something. I just don’t know what yet ….

Where can you buy it? Limited edition chart from six years ago? Maybe try eBay. As usual, my copy will be available to one commenter who wants it, after I finish stitching it up. So watch here later.

Discussion questions:  The actual dolphins in this chart are stitched with two different threads. The lower arm of the each x is stitched with Kreinik #4 Braid 5004 Love Potion and the top arm is stitched with Dinky Dyes 085 Fantasy Blues. Have you seen another chart where this technique is used?  Where each arm of the stitch is in a completely different thread, and with the metallic on the bottom arm, not the top?

2 May 2012: Still kitting up. Confused on fabric choices.


Copper Cross by NVP Design

Copyright Robin MacGrogan, NVP Design, Norfolk Village Pottery, 2003.

Copper Cross by NVP Design

Chart: This NVP Design chart is printed over two pages of glossy white foolscap-sized paper. There are no overlap rows.  The symbols are printed quite small and in three shades of orange.  I found the lightest shade particularly hard on the eyes and still cannot tell you what the symbol is except for a tiny bright orange blob. Definitely a design I would make an enlarged, black and white working copy to stitch from.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole Cross stitch only. The pattern is designed to be stitched one-over-one.

Materials: DMC stranded cotton. Stitched on Wichelt 25ct “Lambswool” Jobelan.

Designer’s Notes: The ringed cross motif is shared by Celtic nations and so is called the “Celtic cross”. The cross has been around for many centuries. It has come to have a multitude of different meanings ascribed to it.

One interpretation is that the horizontal arms represent the physical world, while the vertical arms are for the spiritual. When they meet in the centre a balance is achieved creating a sense of wholeness. Hence the circle, which is a symbol for oneness or being “complete”.

There are many interpretations and legends about the original meaning of the Celtic cross. In our modern multicultural world, the ringed cross is as much a symbol of ethnic heritage as it is of faith. It is often used as an emblem of ones Irish, Scottish or Welsh identity.

Why I was attracted to this design: This design feeds into my love of history. I don’t have Scottish or Irish ancestry, these are not part of my heritage or faith, I just love the flowing lines and symmetry of the knotwork.

So why haven’t I stitched it?  I’ve lusted after this chart for many years, but only got my paws on it at a recent closing down sale.  I’ve only actually looked at the chart in-depth today.  I must admit I am greatly disappointed that it is charted in only DMC. With a title like “Copper Cross” and such a vibrant-looking photograph, I was certain there would be metallics or silks used here!

Where can you buy it? NVP Design have unfortunately closed their doors so I suggest trying a LNS or ONS that stocks older charts, or trying eBay.

Discussion questions: This pattern is designed for one-over-one on 25ct.  Would you still substitute a metallic thread for one of the DMCs? If so, which metallic brand and count would you use?

Project Status:
8 Apr 2012: Still plotting the floss conversion.