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.


Rose Fay by Passione Ricamo

Copyright Laura G. Lattuda, Passione Ricamo, 2009.

Rose Fay by Passione Ricamo

Chart: This Passione Ricamo chart is printed twice on a folded A3 page. The chart on the left has black and white symbols with the backstiching shown in brown lines.  This is a large, clear chart, easy to follow but there are some areas of confetti stitching, especially the roses in the fairy’s hair.  The chart on the right is the same chart, but the squares are in colour as well as showing each symbol.  This gives a great visual clue for colour changes in the confetti stitch areas.

The chart [instructions are given in English and Italian.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches, partial cross stitch, backstitch and beading.

Materials: DMC stranded cotton and Mill Hill beads. Stitched on Passione Ricamo Medievale 30ct “Albus” Linen.

Designer’s Notes: None.

Why I was attracted to this design: I love patterns of people in historical clothing or just elegant clothing. This series of small designs feeds into that love. These designs are small and all DMC with one set of beads; small, simple, easy to kit up versions of Passione Ricamo’s grand designs.

So why haven’t I stitched it? I don’t stitching charts on plain white fabric.  I would like a different fabric, maybe an off-white with a bit of texture or colour-variation. This person has stitched Rose Fay on a lavender fabric, but I was thinking of a fabric that would work for the entire series.  I wonder if Wichelt’s Queen Anne’s Lace or Wichelt’s Buttermilk would work for this purpose across the series?

Where can you buy it? Rose Fay can be bought via your LNS or ONS for $19.80 (US) or direct from the Passione Ricamo site for €14.00 (Euro).

Discussion questions:  When a designer provides different tiers of charts, some large, intricate, with many fibres and stitches while others are small, simpler and only DMC; which do *you* prefer to stitch?

13 July 2012: Procrastinating on fabric. Still edging towards my first thoughts of Wichelt Queen Anne’s Lace for the series unless someone suggests a better alternative.