Lunar Harvest by Janelle Marie Designs 

Lunar Harvest by Janelle Marie Designs

Copyright Janelle Giese, Janelle Marie Designs, 1992.

Lunar Harvest by Janelle Marie Designs

Chart: This Janelle Marie Designs chart is printed on an 8-page, A3 folded, stapled booklet. The chart is printed quite large, over four pages with a two-row overlap on each page. The symbols are easy to see. The chart pack includes a page on basic cross stitch instructions, and another on the history of this design and its part in a juried art show.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole Cross stitch, Partial stitch, Backstitch, Longstitch and French Knots.

Materials: DMC stranded cottons, Kreinik blending filament metallics and Kreinik #8 fine braid metallics.  Stitched on Charles Craft 14ct “Navy” Aida.

Designer’s Notes: As the moon is reflective of the sun, it was once held to determine the conscious mind; or personality masking the true self.

Measuring the months by cycles, the moon was regarded as a divine timekeeper. The Inca considered the moon as wife to the sun; a calendar-keeper and scheduler of feasts.

Why I was attracted to this design: I love designs on space and I love fantasy designs. This piece reminds me so much of Georges Méliès famous rendition of Jules Vernes’ From the Earth to the Moon. I adore old cinema and Jules Verne was my favourite author as a child, so this one hits all the nostalgia points.

So why haven’t I stitched it? This design calls for three strands of DMC in places and 4 strands of blending filament to be used.  It is only in the last couple of years that I have felt confident enough to replace fabric and threads to this extent. In this case it would be 2 threads of the equivalent #4 Braid instead of the blending filament, beads instead of French Knots and 2 strands of DMC instead of three.

Where can you buy it? This design is out of print. I recommend trying eBay.

Discussion questions: Have you seen any of the very old films, say pre-1920? I love these works like A Trip to the Moon, Metropolis and Nosferatu. Do you have a favourite or a story to tell of early cinema? Or a luna-related design?

Project Status:
28 Apr 2012 – still contemplating changes to the floss and possibly fabric