Sand Castle by Camelot Designs 

Sand Castle by Camelot Designs

Copyright Sue Marshall, Camelot Designs, Published by Fanta Cat Designs 1991.

Sand Castle by Camelot Designs


Chart: This Camelot Designs chart is print on the inside of a folded, A3 cardboard sheet. As this is an older chart, it is hand-drawn, but the symbols are quite large and easy to see.  The only areas of difficulty are two small areas of mostly fractional stitches and backstitch. Otherwise this is an easy chart to see and follow.

The border cuts through the design.  These missing stitches are provided on the back page if you choose not to stitch the border. I like a designer who realises that not every stitcher appreciates the same elements of their designs, and provides alternatives.

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

Materials: DMC stranded cottons and Kreinik blending filament. Stitched on 14ct “Parchment Yorkshire” Aida. With this number of fractional stitches, I would not recommend stitching this on Aida!

Designer’s Notes: This is part of the Borderlands series.  Journey into the Borderlands, that place between waking and dreaming at the margins of imagination …

Why I was attracted to this design: I love fantasy designs.  I love historical designs. I love whimsical designs.  This design combines all three; a fantasy castle created as a sand castle … can’t you craft a fairy tale just looking at that design???

So why haven’t I stitched it? To be honest, I am dithering about that border.  I like the concept of the border, and I like how it twines about the design, sometimes over it and sometimes under it.  But I don’t like how it dominates the design. In that photo  the border just seems too dark and too overbearing.  Maybe I should go a few shades lighter?  Maybe I should stitch it and see: maybe it’s not that bad in real life? Maybe I should leave the border out altogether. So I sigh and put the chart back in the stash and pull out another one.

Where can you buy it? Camelor Designs are difficult to obtain and I do not understand the current supply chain. However this chart is currently for sale at at some LNS and ONS for $7.00.

Discussion questions: What are your recommendations for the border?  Also suggestions for an evenweave or linen substitution for “Parchment Yorkshire” Aida. This colour Aida is still being manufactured and sold as a variegated fabric, but I don’t know if that is the same as the fabric colour that was used on this model back in 1991.

9 Apr 2012: To border or not to border ???