Ocean Daughter by !? Who Knew ?! 

Ocean Daughter by !? Who Knew ?!

Copyright Alison Tanner, !? Who Knew ?!, 2006.

Ocean Daughter by !? Who Knew ?!

Chart: This !? Who Knew ?! chart is printed over four Letter/A4 pages with three overlap rows. The symbols are small, but as the chart is a monochrome design, it is quite easy to follow.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole Cross Stitch only.  This design can be stitched one-over-one or two-over-two.

Materials: Crescent Colours cotton. Stitched on Picture This Plus 32ct “Crystal Lagoon” opalescent linen.

Designer’s Notes: She reminds us of the importance of playfulness as well as the mystery of the seas. But the question still remains: What do mermaids eat?

Why I was attracted to this design: I love the monochrome on fancy background look. This one appeals the same way that Rendezvous in Paris  appeals, only here we have a more muted background and a mottled hand-dyed foreground as well such as with Dream Tree Ornament.  I also love the Assisi crab :) I think this was my first mermaid pattern.  It ties in with my love of fantasy and fantastical creatures.

So why haven’t I stitched it?  This chart was a gift from Natalie shortly after it was first released. I started to kit it up at the time. I bought the 8 skeins of Crescent Colours “Bejeweled” floss but not quite the fabric. Then, shortly afterwards, I used the floss on a piece of similar fabric for a monogrammed P for my then-partner Paul.  Maybe due to the similarity of the projects, but I didn’t kit this one up again right away.  It is time I did so.

Where can you buy it? This design is still in print and can be easily ordered by your LNS or ONS of choice. I would recommend buying direct from Picture This Plus (who first distributed !? Who Knew ?! designs), where you can order the chart and fabric at the same time. You should pay around $US9.00 for this chart.

I also have two copies of this chart, as I was sent one in error with when trying to order a different !? Who Knew ?! chart as part of a closing down sale recently. So if you too love this chart, comment below and I will send the chart out.

Discussion questions: This is an older chart and many fabric dyers, Picture This Plus included, have a large range of sea-themed fabric colours out now.  Would you still this in “Lagoon” or would you change to a different undersea fabric?  Would you stitch this as a monochrome, or would you liven it up with different touches of colour, here and there?  Completely different colours or just different shades of the same green tone?  I am interested what other people would do with this chart.

Project Status:
28 Mar 2012 – Need to kit up again & one copy free to good home.