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Villa Borghese Dragons by The Silver Lining

Copyright Marc I. Saastad, The Silver Lining, 2005.

Villa Borghese Dragons by Silver Lining

Chart: This Silver Lining chart is printed over nine Letter/A4 pages. The pages have no overlap rows. There is an extra page that has a small page layout diagram and a small chart of the backstitch placement for the entire chart. This is for a rough guidance only. There are eighteen shades of greys (and white) in this pattern. Fortunately the symbols are easy to differentiate. It is a very busy piece with a great deal of confetti stitching.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole Cross Stitch and backstitch.  This design can be stitched one-over-one or two-over-two.

Materials: Anchor stranded cotton and DMC stranded cotton. Stitched on Wichelt 28ct or 32ct “Queen Anne’s Lace” Jobelan.

Designer’s Notes: This design is dedicated to Hannelore Nunn of Great Britain as a thank you for countless hours of help and support. Thank you Lorchen! When I saw these dragons in Rome last Spring I immediately thought of you.

The design is done as an artist’s view of the sculptures and it is my choice of colours and shapes so it is not to be confused with the exact dragons!

Why I was attracted to this design: Dragons that look like gargoyles. Two of my favourite mythological beasties! Again I bought this many years ago, and I bought the fabric at the same time, but for some reason I hadn’t gotten around to purchasing and sorting the floss required for this one.

So why haven’t I stitched it?  I think it’s the confetti stitching that keeps putting me off. Most of it looks like the designer has mixed the symbols up and scattered them like birdseed across the page. I do love this design, so someday I will gird my loins and start it!

Where can you buy it? This design is still in print and can be easily ordered by your LNS or ONS of choice. Or you can buy direct from The Silver Lining. You should pay around $9.00 (US).

Discussion questions: Does a design that is 18 shades of grey interest you?  Is there another design you like that fits this description?

Project Status:
28 May 2012 – Still kitting up – have the fabric, not the floss.

 

Rendezvous Paris by The Silver Lining

Copyright Marc I. Saastad, The Silver Lining, 2007.

Rendezvous Paris by The Silver Lining

Chart: This Silver Lining chart is printed in six sections over five Letter/A4 pages. The pages have no overlap rows. It is a monochrome chart so there is only one symbol, but the chart is printed large and easy to see. There are excellent instructions for one-over-one and backstitching.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole Cross Stitch and backstitch.  This design can be stitched one-over-one or two-over-two.

Materials: Anchor stranded cotton. Stitched on Crossed Wing Collection 28ct “Starry Night” linen.

Designer’s Notes: A silhouette in Paris.

Why I was attracted to this design: I love the monochrome on fancy background look. I’m not actually that enamoured of the cupids and the Eiffel Tower, but I love concept and I adore the fabric.

So why haven’t I stitched it?  I finally bought the fabric for this chart last year as I entered my stitching slump.  But I haven’t bought the five skeins of Anchor floss yet.

Where can you buy it? This design is still in print and can be easily ordered by your LNS or ONS of choice. Or you can buy direct from The Silver Lining. You should pay around $US8.00.

Discussion questions: Do you like monochrome designs or do you find them a slow form of torture driving you to suicide?

Project Status:
21 Mar 2012 – Partially kitted

2 Apr 2012 – Found an Anchor supplier in town!  $1.20 per skein! Now ready to start!