Medieval Mermaid by Midsummer Night Designs 

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.

Medieval Mermaid by Midsummer Night Designs

Copyright Deborah Thorpe, 2005.

Midsummer Night Designs

Medieval Mermaid by Midsummer Night Designs

Chart: The chart is print on a single Letter/A4 sheet of paper. The symbols are quite small, but as this is a monochrome design, there is no need to differentiate between the symbols.  Personally I would still enlarge the chart significantly when making a working copy simply to allow ease of marking off sections that have been stitched.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches only.

Materials: Stitched in Gentle Arts cottons on Lakeside Linen 32ct “Double Pearled Barley” Linen.

Designer’s Notes: I love mermaids (if you’ll notice, I even put one in my Adam and Eve piece) and thought this might be a different look than what I’ve seen in other mermaid designs. The quote is from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. It’s all in one color, which makes it easy to stitch, and uses Gentle Art’s Shaker Threads, Black Raspberry Jam.

Why I was attracted to this design: The simplicity of this design really called to me.It reminds me of a medieval woodcut or linotype illustration. Also, I adore GAST’s Blackberry Jam thread this is stitched in.

So why haven’t I stitched it? I’ve only managed to get my hands on Lakeside Linens fabric this year, so most of the charts in my stash that call for their fabric have either had the fabric substituted to another brand, or more likely the charts stayed there languishing untouched.

Where can you buy it? Midsummer Night Designs seems to have gone out of business sometime in 2010 but their charts can still be found in some LNS and ONS. Medieval Mermaid should cost around $8US.

Discussion questions: We were discussing in a previous post about friendships how online friends and acquaintances can sometimes just go offline and you have no idea why or what happened.  Sometimes I feel the same thing happens with designers. Midsummer Nights was putting out fresh designs and had two different blogs when all just stopped without warning in late 2010. Did something happen to her? Is she OK? Did she have a life-changing experience?  Does anyone know?

Do these questions plague anyone else?