History of Chocolate by Randal Spangler 

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.


  1. 15 July 2012 @ 00:07 · Reply
     Michele Anderson:

    I bought the Book of Dreams all in one pattern. I LOVE them all individually but $21 versus $99 was the cincher!

  2. 15 July 2012 @ 00:13 · Reply
     Jodie Hill:

    I love these too! I have several prints of his I bought directly from him (he is a very nice man, BTW). They are on my wishlist, and I’m having a difficult time refraining from going and buying them – I’m waiting for another sale! I think you could still stitch all of the individual SKs together – you’d just have to play around with the individual pattern sizes to make sure you get enough fabric (job for my math-geek DH if I decide to do them all on one piece of fabby). I like the varying heights of the books, so not sure how I will do them just yet.

  3. 15 July 2012 @ 00:33 · Reply

    I haven’t stitched a HAED, but I’ve stitched some other pieces using 2 over 1 with tent stitch on 28 count. Use a magnifier and watch your tension.


  4. 15 July 2012 @ 02:18 · Reply

    That is really cute!

  5. 15 July 2012 @ 07:30 · Reply

    In the past, I’ve done 1 over 1 full crosses on 25-ct Lugana and been perfectly happy with it. However, recently it was suggested I try 2 over 1 tent stitch. I gave it a go on 25-ct and wasn’t happy with the coverage, but I love it on 28-ct. It is so much faster and I really like it. I’ve even decided to restart one of my big projects in tent on 28-ct because even though it means throwing away what I’d already done, I think it gives me a better chance of actually finishing it one day.

  6. 15 July 2012 @ 10:19 · Reply

    I’ve only bought this one in the series yet. I figured:
    1. Wait until I actually start to stitch it before I spend the money on the rest
    2. Wait until a really good sale
    3. Sort out in my own mind whether I want to stitch these individually or all in one row before paying fr the other 10 charts or the Books of Dreams chart.

    I figure it wouldn’t hurt to stitch this one first while figuring out the rest in my mind …

    Thanks for all of the stitching input. I guess it’s going to be a case of “try it and see” with my stitching style and tension …

  7. 17 July 2012 @ 07:45 · Reply

    You enabler you! I think I might have to get the Book of Dreams.



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