06March2012
02:51

Emerald by Ross Originals 

Copyright Graeme Ross, Ross Originals, 1999.

Emerald by Ross Originals

Chart: This Ross Originals chart is printed on a folded A2 glossy heavy paper sheet. The symbols are hand drawn, but they are of a decent size and are clear and easy to read.  The horizontal and vertical creases do run straight through the chart so  I would highly recommend copying the chart to preserve the original. I would enlarge the chart as you copy each section for ease of use.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitch and backstitch.

Materials: DMC stranded cottons only. Stitched on 14ct “White” Aida.

Designer’s Notes: Those who have worked either Amethyst or Ruby will be well aware that Emerald would be completed one day. They would also know that it was also hoped to be followed by Topaz sometime this century, but does not look likely. Where does the time go to?

Emerald certainly has been a well-traveled lady. I began stitching her on the Gold Coast (Australia); she went to a craft show in Melbourne in 1998, and later that year flew to Hong Kong. She boarded a train, traveling to Xi-an and Beijing in China, then made her way to Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia. Her next stop was Irkutsk in Siberia, then on to Moscow and St. Petersburg.

She attended a craft show at Tiel in the Netherlands, then flew home via Heathrow and Bangkok. In December she went to Penang (Malaysia), ending the circuit with another show in Melbourne early in 1999. Little wonder she took so long to get onto the market.

I hope you like her.  Emerald is one of a series of four “Gemstone” designs created by Alphonse Maria Mucha in 1900. There are only two other “Gemstone” designs in my range, the others being Amethyst, and Ruby.

Why I was attracted to this design: I love many different historical art styles including that of Alphonse Mucha. There are many interpretations of Mucha’s work available in cross stitch these days, but at the turn of the millennium, I had only seen the Ross Originals version and I loved the series.

So why haven’t I stitched it?  Again at the time I was a little intimidated. At that time I had not attempted a fully stitched design. Stitching every single square in the fabric intimidated the heck out of me. In fact it still does.  I still have not stitched a single fully stitched design.  Actually thinking further about it – this could be the nucleus of my shying away from HaED designs and the like for all of these years!

Maybe stitching a Ross Original would be a good stepping stone to conquer my nervousness before starting those larger designs!

Where can you buy it? Ross Originals is an Australian company but no-one appears to be selling the Mucha interpretations any longer. I recommend trying eBay, specifically eBay.com.au for these patterns.

Discussion questions: Name a favourite historical designer and do you think their work would translate well into cross stitch?

Project Status:
6 Mar 2012 – Partially kitted