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Beer Dragon by X’s & Oh’s

Copyright Joanne Gatenby, X’s & Oh’s, 2011.

Chart: This X’s & Oh’s  chart is print on the inside of a folded A4/Letter sized cardboard sheet. The symbols are printed quite large so the fractional stitches are quite easy to see.  The design has large swathes of single colour to offset the fractional stitches.

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

Materials: DMC stranded cottons and Kreinik #4 Very Fine Braid metallic. Stitched on Wichelt 28ct “Antique White” Jobelan.

Designer’s Notes: None. Part of the Dragons with Drinks series.

Why I was attracted to this design: This is the latest design in the X’s & Oh’s Dragons with Drinks series. I have had the Wine Dragon (White) in my stash for years and I love the whole series.  I’d love to stitch the whole lot and hang them in the kitchen or dining area.

It is a simple design, but I like the marriage of mythological creatures and food or drink. It’s been a staple  of art images for years, but I don;t know why it appeals.  Any thoughts?

So why haven’t I stitched it? This is a new addition to my stash, it was on sale so it slipped into my cart while I was putting an order together for items to give out for soon for RAKs and birthdays gifts.

Where can you buy it? This small chart can be easily ordered through any LNS or ONS. Otherwise you can buy it direct from X’s & Oh’s website. Expect to pay around $5.00 (US) for this chart.

Discussion questions:  Which is your favourite design? Beer Dragon, Wine Dragon (white), Wine Dragon (Red), Margarita Dragon, Coffee Dragon, Tea Dragon or Milk Dragon? Conversely, which Dragon do you think should be added to the list?

17 July 2012: Partially kitted


History of Chocolate by Randal Spangler

Copyright Michelle Sayetta, Artwork Randal Spangler 2012.

History of Chocolate by Randal Spangler

Chart: This Heaven and Earth chart of Randal Spangler’s artwork has clear, easy to read symbols. The pattern is a Storykeep, Heaven and Earth Designs’ version of a bookmark-sized design. As such the chart is over four Letter/A4 pages with a three-row overlap on each page.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches only. It is designed to be stitched two-over-one.

Materials: DMC stranded cotton. Stitched on 25ct “White” linen.

Designer’s Notes: The History of Chocolate: a love story.

Why I was attracted to this design: I have a soft spot for Randal Spangler’s artwork. I love his serious style and I adore his Draglings! I’m a librarian, I am a sucker for genre bookmarks genre bookmarks. A series of these put out by one of my favourite fantasy artists: I will have to collect and stitch them all!

So why haven’t I stitched it? This one is a bit of a cheat. I bought it tonight.  I wrote a long post about this series of Randal Spangler storykeeps this morning but wrote it here instead of on the main blog. Then, this afternoon while visiting with JulieD and stitching and discussing the chocolate exchange for the Stitching Hangout Group I decided I had to start this set and the History of Chocolate was the perfect design for me to start the series with!

Where can you buy it? These designs are available as individual storykeeps from your LNS or ONS or direct from HaED from $9.00 (US) per chart.  You can also buy all the designs at once as the chart Books of Dreams direct from HaED from $19.00 (US).

The difference between the individual Storykeeps and the Book of Dreams is that it appears some of the individual designs have been shortened so that they are all uniform in the Book of Dreams chart.  If you were planning on stitching them all to hang together, I would recommend buying the Books of Dreams chart.  If you were buying them to stitch individually I would recommend buying them individually as I don’t know what has been done to the longer charts to fit them into the shorter format for the uniform set.

Discussion questions: I have enough 25ct Antique White Jobelan left over from Catgirl & Catboy to stitch this. So do I start by trying whole x’s over one with two threads on the 25ct or do experienced HaED stitchers recommend a different strategy?

14 July 2012: For a change I have the fabric! I just need the 88 skeins of DMC and time in my schedule to start it.