03March2012
06:17

Polar Lights by Enchanting Lair 

Copyright Laura Dickson, Enchanting Lair, 2002.

Chart: This Enchanting Lair chart is printed on a folded A3 cardboard sheet. The chart is printed quite large, with the symbols printed quite clear to see and easy to differentiate.  The centerfold crease does run straight between two rows of symbols, however the symbols are printed so large and the chart has so few colours, that is would be easy to recreate any damaged symbols. The Bargello ribbon is printed in five different colours.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitch and Bargello stitch.

Materials: DMC stranded cotton, Kreinik blending filament and Kreinik #4 Very Fine Braid.  Stitched on Blended Needle’s 28ct “Peacock” linen.

Designer’s Notes: This design is dedicated to Perry who would rather have a Polar Bear than a Fairy design!

Why I was attracted to this design: Aha!  This must have been that elusive third design that I always had in the back of my mind when I was looking at the two Stitcher’s Habit designs and thinking there was three designs of Polar Bears with Northern Lights!  This design is much simpler than the other two but it is cute in its own right :)  It has three of my favourite design elements, dark fabric, metallic threads and cute but dangerous animals!

So why haven’t I stitched it?  This one has been bouncing around in my stash for years, always being mixed up with the other two designs and never seeing the light of day.  I must have always looked at it, thought of finding the other designs and put it away again. Now I’m finally sorting this mess out!

Where can you buy it? Although this is an older design it is still in print and can be easily ordered in for you by your LNS or ONS of choice. When Enchanting Lair fix their page, you should be able to buy the chart directly from them for around $7US.

Discussion questions: The Blended Needle was the hand dyed fabric business owned by Michelle Sayetta before she created her current very successful venture, Heaven and Earth Designs!  She sold the fabric dying business to  Rod Olmsted who formed Heaven Lee Creations. I’m sure I have some HLC fabric in my stash somewhere.  Anyway they too are now out of business, but Rod has started selling fabric using the old recipes again so in al very roundabout way, you could still obtain a piece of “Peacock” fabric for this design.

Personally I think this would look fabulous on Enchanting Lair’s own Blue Frost fabric. Or should I stitch this on Blue Spruce to match the other two? Suggestions? Advice? Comments?

Project Status:
3 Mar 2012 – Partially kitted