Pur 4 by Calico Crossroads 

Pur 4 by Calico Crossroads

Copyright Kathleen Kelly, Linda Connors, Kats by Kelly, Calico Crossroads, 2004.

Pur 4 by Calico Crossroads

Chart: This Calico Crossroads chart is printed on one side of a double-sided A4 cardboard sheet. As it is a small design, the symbols are printed quite large while still fitting quite neatly on that page size. The chart could easily be stitched without the need for a working copy. As this design uses straight stitches in differing colours for the golf tees, the design includes coloured symbols on the chart and a detailed explanation of how to stitch these tees with diagrams.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches, fractional stitches, straight stitches, French Knots and backstitch.

Materials: Stitched in DMC stranded cotton on Charles Craft 14ct White Aida.

Designer’s Notes: None.  This is part of the full-size of Kats by Kelly series. Each pattern is designed to fit into any standard 8 x 10 frame.

Why I was attracted to this design: I love all the Kats by Kelly adaptions. One of my goals is to collect and stitch all of these designs. I always envisaged owning a house with a long hallway and having these framed and hung down the hallway.

So why haven’t I stitched it? This is one of the latest Calico Crossroads charts I have purchased.  As stated above I want to collect them all! Unfortunately, Calico Crossroads took these charts off the market late last year, so I’ve been scouring older LNS and ONS stores as I find them to pick up the charts not in my stash.  Pur 4 was one of the these recent last minute acquisitions.  I just need a quick visit to a Spotlight store (the Australian equivalent to a Joanne’s I think) and I can start this one immediately.

Where can you buy it? All Kats by Kelly charts are out of print.  But this has been a recent development, so you may be able to find these in LNS that keep older stock. They also appear quite regularly on eBay.

Discussion questions: Why do designers recommend Aida cloth for charts that use 1/4 and 3/4 stitches or straight stitches or any other type of stitch that requires the stitcher to regularly pierce the Aida fabric.  Why do they not simply recommend an evenweave fabric which has sufficient holes that no piercing is necessary? I am honestly curious.

9 June 2012: Partially kitted