Santa’s Magical Coat of Colors by Lavender Wings 

Santa’s Magical Coat of Colors by Lavender Wings

Copyright Stewart Sherwood, Linda Hinkley, Lavender Wings, 2003.

Santa's Magical Coat of Colors by Lavender Wings

Chart: This Lavender Wings chart is printed over a large A2 sized sheet of paper. This is folded in quarters and inserted inside a glossy double-sided, folded, A3 cardboard cover. Printed on the inside of the cardboard cover is the extensive floss list and key legend as well as general stitching instructions extensive backstitching instructions. There are also large easy to read chart sections of Santa’s face and the teddy bear faces as these areas contain multiple fractional stitches. The main chart is busy but easily readable. This is an art-to-cross stitch design so it is quite a busy chart in terms of the number of floss used and the quick floss changes.

Stitches: Patterns uses whole cross stitch, fractional stitches and backstitch.

Materials: DMC Stranded cottons. Stitched on Zweigart 36ct “Cream” linen.

Designer’s Notes: A native of Toronto, Canada, artist Stewart Sherwood enjoys painting in a variety of mediums that include oil, watercolour, gouache, coloured pencils and pastels. His constant desire for new challenges and his early life experiences has helped to shape his versatile style and further expand his innate creative talents. Stewart Sherwood hopes to share with you his artistic philosophy that was inspired by a memorable quote by a book by author Robert Henri: “You should paint like a man coming over the top of a hill, singing.”

Why I was attracted to this design: I won this design as a door prize in the Online Needlework Show in October 2006. I know the specific timing because Linda was kind enough to include a note in the chart pack :).

So why haven’t I stitched it? I actually like this chart but I’m not sure that I would manage to plough all the way through it. Busy charts tend to annoy me and I tend to not finish projects that annoy me so would I actually finish this?

Where can you buy it? I think Lavender Wings has closed down. I can not find a website for them anywhere and stores that stock Lavender Wings charts have a very limited range.  I suggest trying your local LNS if they stock older charts otherwise the ubiquitous eBay.

Discussion questions: What do you think – given my proclivities, keep or give away?  I really can’t decide.  I do like it, but I can’t guarantee it just wont languish.

Project Status:
24 May 2012 – Confused. General state of being.