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Scheherazade by Papillon Creations

Copyright Yvonne Horn, Papillon Creations, 2007.

Scheherazade by Papillon Creations

This Papillon Creations chart was bought as a pdf file.  The pdf file does not have the traditional cover sheet of designer name, project title and project cover photo. Rather the design illustration is on the same page as the key to chart symbols, fabric sizing and stitching information.  As I don’t feel it proper to scan and reproduce that information, I have instead just put up a scan of just the four colour way illustrations.

Chart: The pdf chart covers six pages with a two-row overlap on each page.  The eight symbols are printed nice and large and have been chosen to be very well differentiated. Each colour block has a natural flow or progression so I could see this as a meditative project.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches only. It is suitable to be stitched one-over-one or as a canvas work project.

Materials: Dinky Dyes silks or Gentle Arts Sampler Threads cottons or DMC stranded cottons. Fabric colours and types have not been provided.

Designer’s Notes: The name Scheherazade conjures up countless images — one thousand and one fabulous tales told on starry nights as the beautiful young princess tries to stave off execution by her husband King Shahryar. The tales are of genies, and treasure and magic carpet rides. And it is from those oriental carpets that this design takes its inspiration. It is a companion piece to Saint Sophia and, in the same way, four colourways are given. But of course, you could choose different colours to match your decor.

Why I was attracted to this design: I love the colours in the design.  In multiple colourways. I am seriously contemplating stitching all four versions and hanging them together in a larger diamond or star pattern. I love  bold colours on black so the Shahryar and Ali Baba colourways immediately appeal! For this design though, I also like the subtler shades of the Sinbad & Aladdin colourways if I could find the right fabric to stitch them on.

So why haven’t I stitched it? This one has suffered the usual fate of the pdf charts. I haven’t seen it when browsing the charts so I’ve completely forgotten it when buying materials to kit up projects so this one has withered away … materials not bought. Until now.

I actually have a pretty good Dinky Dyes collection these days, so I will see which colourway I have the most threads for and I will finish kitting up that colourway! Or I have some black belfast at home, perhaps I should just kit up one of the two darker colourways first! From Yvonne’s gallery it appears this has only ever been stitched in the lighter colourways ….

Where can you buy it? Papillon Creations is very much still in business and this chart can be bought in paper form from your LNS or ONS for around $18.00 (US). Otherwise you can buy the pdf directly from Papillon Creations for €8.00 (Euro).

Discussion questions: Which colourway would *you* stitch first? Or would you come up with something completely different from any of these four?

Status:
28 June 2012: Still kitting up. I miss not having my stash at my fingertips.

 

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.

Juliet by Papillon Creations

Copyright Yvonne Horn, 2006.

Juliet by Papillon Creations

This chart was bought as a pdf file.  The pdf file does not have the traditional cover sheet of designer name, project title and project cover photo. Rather the design illustration is on the same page as the key to chart symbols, backstiching instructions, fabric sizing and stitching information, beading instructions etc.  As I don’t feel it proper to scan that entire page as I do with the entire cover page, I have instead just put up a scan of just the design illustration.

Chart: The pdf chart pack comprises 12 pages.  The chart is printed over 6 pages with a two-row overlap on each page. Symbols are printed nice and large. In addition, there are four pages of stitching instructions including a step-by-step guide to stitching each section in order. Also Yvonne includes detailed maps and instructions for double running stitch and backstitch, allowing you to decide which stitch to work the border.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches, fractional stitches, backstitch, satin stitch, double running stitch and beading.

Materials: DMC stranded cotton, DMC Perle #8 cotton, Kreinik Blending filament and Mill Hill beads. Stitched on Lakeside Linen 28ct “Attic Lace” Linen.

Designer’s Notes: Surrounded by a blackwork frame of Celtic knot-and-keywork, Juliet proclaims her love for Romeo with the famous question “What’s in a name? . . . . . “. The cut-glass vase sparkles, love’s red rose lays waiting to be given, and the stage is set for the world’s most famous star-crossed lovers to meet their destiny.

Why I was attracted to this design: I first saw this design and its companion Romeo, on a friend’s Wish List and bought them both for her as a gift. I then bought a second set for myself. I love Shakespeare, and although Romeo and Juliet is not one of my favourites, I do appreciate the sentiment in this soliloquy.   Also the design has blackwork, specialty stitches and a beautiful red rose, what’s not to love? It hits my sweet spot by not being so saccharine and pink that everything deemed “Romantic” is drenched in these days.

So why haven’t I stitched it? As much as I love my pdf designs, I’ve recently realised it’s a case of “out of sight, out of mind”.  Whenever I go perusing among the stash for a new design to get me out of a funk, its to the physical stash I go. Or more likely, I’m searching the stash for one thing and something else jumps into my hand. This doesn’t happen with the pdf charts.  They weren’t even included in this A-Project-a-Day until a few weeks ago.

I’ve now printed out all of my pdf charts (or at least the first couple of pages of each) and put them in with my physical charts to remind me that they do exist. So they too can be a victim of serendipity.

Where can you buy it? Papillon Creations is very much still in business and this chart can be bought in paper form from your LNS or ONS for around $18US. Otherwise you can purchase the pdf directly from Papillon Creations for €8 Euro.

Discussion questions: The Balcony Scene. One of the most famous in all of Shakespeare’s repertoire. As such, would you stitch this design as a Valentine’s Day gift, or would you stay the heck away from it, knowing how the play ends ….