Juliet by Papillon Creations 

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.

Juliet by Papillon Creations

Copyright Yvonne Horn, 2006.

Juliet by Papillon Creations

This chart was bought as a pdf file.  The pdf file does not have the traditional cover sheet of designer name, project title and project cover photo. Rather the design illustration is on the same page as the key to chart symbols, backstiching instructions, fabric sizing and stitching information, beading instructions etc.  As I don’t feel it proper to scan that entire page as I do with the entire cover page, I have instead just put up a scan of just the design illustration.

Chart: The pdf chart pack comprises 12 pages.  The chart is printed over 6 pages with a two-row overlap on each page. Symbols are printed nice and large. In addition, there are four pages of stitching instructions including a step-by-step guide to stitching each section in order. Also Yvonne includes detailed maps and instructions for double running stitch and backstitch, allowing you to decide which stitch to work the border.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches, fractional stitches, backstitch, satin stitch, double running stitch and beading.

Materials: DMC stranded cotton, DMC Perle #8 cotton, Kreinik Blending filament and Mill Hill beads. Stitched on Lakeside Linen 28ct “Attic Lace” Linen.

Designer’s Notes: Surrounded by a blackwork frame of Celtic knot-and-keywork, Juliet proclaims her love for Romeo with the famous question “What’s in a name? . . . . . “. The cut-glass vase sparkles, love’s red rose lays waiting to be given, and the stage is set for the world’s most famous star-crossed lovers to meet their destiny.

Why I was attracted to this design: I first saw this design and its companion Romeo, on a friend’s Wish List and bought them both for her as a gift. I then bought a second set for myself. I love Shakespeare, and although Romeo and Juliet is not one of my favourites, I do appreciate the sentiment in this soliloquy.   Also the design has blackwork, specialty stitches and a beautiful red rose, what’s not to love? It hits my sweet spot by not being so saccharine and pink that everything deemed “Romantic” is drenched in these days.

So why haven’t I stitched it? As much as I love my pdf designs, I’ve recently realised it’s a case of “out of sight, out of mind”.  Whenever I go perusing among the stash for a new design to get me out of a funk, its to the physical stash I go. Or more likely, I’m searching the stash for one thing and something else jumps into my hand. This doesn’t happen with the pdf charts.  They weren’t even included in this A-Project-a-Day until a few weeks ago.

I’ve now printed out all of my pdf charts (or at least the first couple of pages of each) and put them in with my physical charts to remind me that they do exist. So they too can be a victim of serendipity.

Where can you buy it? Papillon Creations is very much still in business and this chart can be bought in paper form from your LNS or ONS for around $18US. Otherwise you can purchase the pdf directly from Papillon Creations for €8 Euro.

Discussion questions: The Balcony Scene. One of the most famous in all of Shakespeare’s repertoire. As such, would you stitch this design as a Valentine’s Day gift, or would you stay the heck away from it, knowing how the play ends ….