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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!


Wild Fairy Light by !? Who Knew ?!

Copyright Alison Tanner, !? Who Knew ?!, 2006.

Wild Fairy Light by !? Who Knew ?!

Chart: This !? Who Knew ?! chart is printed over four Letter/A4 pages with three overlap rows. The two symbols are large filled circle and a small o; they are easily distinguished.  The chart is printed nice and large with a three row overlap on each successive page so there this is a very easy chart to follow.

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

Materials: Gentle Arts Sampler Threads cotton and Kreinik blending filament metallic. Stitched on Picture This Plus 28ct “Fresco”linen.

Designer’s Notes: This fairy is the rarest of the little ones. She is seldom spotted, but if she is, it is usually in the summer light playing among the fuchsias. See if your lucky enough to spot one!

This design is adapted from the Garden Fairy patterns by Alison Tanner and by permission from StenSource International. The image is copyright Alison Tanner. More of her wonderful patterns can be seen at Charted for cross-stitch under licence by Picture This Plus.

Why I was attracted to this design: I think I have just about all of the !? Who Knew ?! silhouette designs in my stash.  I love the play of colour of hand dyed thread on hand dyed fabric. This one has a bit extra with the metallic thread in the wings.  Silhouette designs can be a bit of a boring stitch for some but I find them quite restful.

So why haven’t I stitched it?  This is the latest of the !? Who Knew ?! charts to enter my stash, having been picked up in a closing down sale late last year. I have not yet bought any of the materials to kit it up.  The biggest issue with these silhouette designs is that it is really really noticeable if the skeins of floss are not from the same batch.  This design is one of the smallest, and it still needs 5 skeins of Gentle Arts “Claret” which is a quantity that has to be specially ordered in for some LNS or ONS if you want to same dye lot!  The larger designs need nine or twelve skeins!

Where can you buy it? This design is still in print and can be easily ordered by your LNS or ONS of choice. I would recommend buying direct from Picture This Plus (who first distributed !? Who Knew ?! designs), where you can order the chart and fabric at the same time. You should pay around $9.00 (US) for this chart and

Discussion questions: Given the wide range of hand-dyed fabrics and threads available now, would you stitch this “fairy amongst the fuchsias” in these colours, or would you change the threads and fabric colours?

Project Status:
7 July 2012 – Need to kit up.