Felt with the Heart by Keslyn’s 

Copyright Lynda Keske, date unknown.

Felt with the Heart by Keslyn's

Chart: The chart is printed on a large folded 10 x 22.5″ sheet of paper. The symbols and chart are printed quite large. The instructions however are somewhat confusing. The instructions on the back cover quite specifically state this is a one-over one-project, but closer inspection of the chart shows that all the cross stitch is done two-over-two. Indeed the chart is drawn two-over-two with all of the backstitched lettering being stitched one over one inside the grid. None of the lettering conforms to the gridwork or is in line with the cross stitch, not even the first letter; it is all off by half a stitch and thus just floats free.

This two-by-two chart is then sat over the top of a one-over-one chart which shows a two borders. One half-Rhodes and the other a  modified Algerian eyelet.  Neither of these borders are shown on the front cover models.  This is a very complicated and confusing manner to show speciality stitching. The backstitching being completely separate from the grid is also very offputting.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitch, backstitch for the wording, modified Rhodes stitch, modified Algerian eyelets and beading.

Materials: DMC stranded cotton, NeedlePoint Inc silks and Mill Hill petite glass beads. Stitched on Wichelt 25ct Black Lugana. The beads are only used in the specialty stitched border. Although the bead colour is given (40479 White) There is no indication what colour to stitch the wording, or the two non-shown borders!  Presumably also white? But there is no white in the floss listing!  And would you really put a white border on that???

There are also no instructions or materials listed to create the beaded border on the cushion as shown in the cover picture.

Designer’s Notes: The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.

Why I was attracted to this design: This design highlights Mel in Love vs Mel the Rest of the Time. I fell in love with this and bought it when I first bought it at the Online Needlework Show years ago. (Now known as The Needlework Show, this is temptation when you have a good income!) I was In Love, probably with Paul given the timing and I get sappy when in love.

So why haven’t I stitched it? Now I think “oh good grief!”  And with the chart issues I could easily pass this one on.  However mum loves this one. She gushed this morning when she saw what she pulled out. So this one is staying here. For now. We’ll see whether I stitch it on black for her or whether mum stitches it for herself on a lighter fabric.

Where can you buy it? Keslyn’s is still in business, in fact I just fell in love with two of her latest charts that were released in Nashville yesterday! Your LNS or ONS can specially order in this older chart for you. Expect to pay around $US10.50.

Discussion questions: The roses are stitched in shades of NPi silks. Even the white is NPi 941 Carnation Pink. The leaves are stitched in DMC. I’m thinking of stitching the wording in palest NPi 941 and the borders in the strong reds of the flowers.  Also change the beads from white to the same reds or match them to the pale pink.

What do you think?  Too much work just to find out what the piece would like with the border on it?  I’m intensely curious about that border but am I just driving myself crazy?

Project Status:
27 Feb 2012 – Very confused.