27January2012
11:50

Gold Leaf by DMC Bodleian Library Collection 

A Project A Day – Counted embroidery work is my main hobby and I have a huge stitching stash. Some of these projects are huge and take years to stitch, and while others are quick projects, I often spend months without stitching at all. So while I have hundreds in my stash, only a half-dozen ever see attention any given year.  To address this imbalance in 2012 I will each day write about one project languishing in my stash.

Gold Leaf by DMC Bodleian Library Collection

Copyright DMC and Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, 1998.

DMc Ultimate Cross Stitch Chart Collection Bodleian Library Collection

Gold Leaf by DMC Bodleian Library Collection

Chart: The Chart is print on a large glossy folded A2 sheet of paper. The symbols are printed clearly and the design has almost no confetti stitching – so apart for the large unwieldy paper, the chart would be a dream to stitch from.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches and beads.

Materials: As this is a DMC design, the pattern uses DMC stranded cotton, DMC metallics and DMC beads.  Stitched on Zweigart 32ct “Cream” Linen.

Designer’s Notes: None.

Why I was attracted to this design: I love medieval art and illumination. In the 1990s DMC put out a series of a half-dozen or so charts based on medieval illuminations from the Bodleian Library in the University of Oxford, UK. These charts are quite simplistic and easy to stitch compared to the art-to-cross stitch versions of illuminations I have seem emerge in the last few years, but on the other hand, I think this chart could be completed by a fast stitcher in a couple of weeks unlike the newer versions …

So why haven’t I stitched it? DMC Doesn’t make beads anymore so I when I first obtained this chart in 2002 or 2003 I had no idea how to convert the bead numbers:

V1 02 816
V3 08 3046

Now I’ve worked out that the last number is the DMC colour number, so the top one is 816 Garnet and the bottom is 3046 Medium Yellow Beige (perhaps Light Gold as a Substitute).  But what do the first two numbers mean and what size are these beads?

Where can you buy it? This chart has been out of print for a long time, but charts from this series do crop up regularly on eBay.

Discussion questions: OK so we know that the colours conform closest to Mill Hill 02099 Ruby and 02046 Matte Willow but which size?

Also , what is this design for?  It has space for initials and an exact date?  Is that the exact day you finished stitching it? Is it a birth sampler where you only put in the kid’s initials?  What is the purpose of this chart? Suggestions please?