Summer Amuses by Stitchopolis 

Summer Amuses by Stitchopolis

Copyright Maureen Kyle, Stitchopolis, 2005.

Summer Amuses by Stitchopolis

Chart: This Stitchopolis chart is printed on an oversized sheet of paper; approximately a Letter/A4 sized sheet with an extra third tacked on the end.  I presume this odd sizing is to allow for a decent length of chart to be printed as well as making the chart more difficult to photocopy.  The symbols are clear, easy to read and easy to distinguish from each other.  The design calls for the use of button and the chart specifies exact button placement.  I am so grateful for this as so many other designers expect you to eyeball it’s placement from a dodgy cover photograph!

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitch, backstitch and straight stitch.

Materials: Gentle Art Sampler Threads cottons, Weeks Dye Works cottons, Kreinik #8 Fine Braid metallics and a Just Another Button Company button. Stitched on Zweigart 32ct “Blue Whisper Vintage” linen.

Designer’s Notes: Summer at the beach! Sailing and windsurfing are just two of the recreational opportunities offered by the warm winds of Summer! Summer Amuses stitches up very quickly and will add a seasonal touch for your home or workplace.

Why I was attracted to this design: This is one of those cases where I was not interested in the design, until I saw it being stitched by other people.  A few years ago I saw the Stitchopolis Winds of Change series being stitched up on a few different blogs.  Mainly I saw Winter Gusts being stitched, but I put the whole series on my lust list.

So why haven’t I stitched it? I finally obtained one chart from this series, this chart, in a closing sale earlier this year. But to be honest, it doesn’t interest me.  I’m a bush girl, I grew up rural and love trees and greenery. Charts of lighthouses and sailboats just don’t do anything for me. I can’t see me putting this up on my wall.

Where can you buy it? This chart can be specially ordered by any LNS or ONS.  You should expect to pay around $7.50 for this chart.  Otherwise I am giving away my copy.  Comment below if you would like it and why. If more than one person wants the chart, I’ll choose via random number generator in one week.

Discussion questions: Do you ever get caught up looking at all the wonderful combinations everyone else does with a chart that you feel you need to do it too – even if it’s not something that you are ordinarily that attracted to?  Or is it just me.   I definitely felt that way with Winter Gusts when I saw those multiple interpretations being stitched. Am I alone in being weak-willed?

Project Status:
29 Mar 2012 – Free to good home.


  1. 29 March 2012 @ 22:00 · Reply
     Linda Culp:

    i would love to have the chart. have gone to the seashore every summer since i was very young and always look forward to it. i love stitching. it relaxes me and i would so love to stitch ‘summer amuses’. thanks, so much, for your generosity!! ;)

    • 5 April 2012 @ 11:41 · Reply

      As no-one else has asked for this chart Linda, it’s yours. I’ll email you for your snail mail address. It wont be posted out until after Easter though.

  2. 30 March 2012 @ 03:49 · Reply

    No, you aren’t the only one who gets swayed by seeing others stitching niftiness. I too have many a chart sitting in my stash that will most likely never be stitched as they really aren’t…. me. I don’t do that anymore because things sit on my wishlist for forever before I get around to buying them.

    And, I am commenting on the discussion questions not to be put on a list for the chart. :)

  3. 30 March 2012 @ 04:41 · Reply

    I guess I don’t see it as “weak willed;” instead, I find myself inspired by other stitchers. For instance, when I see finishes of nearly every Blackbird Designs sampler, I want to stitch the pattern even if I wasn’t originally attracted to the design. And so many reproduction samplers seems to “call out to me” after I see others’ gorgeous stitched completions. p.s. I am not interested in this chart, although it is cute.

  4. 30 March 2012 @ 06:54 · Reply

    The chart doesn’t interest me.
    I don’t think you are weak willed. Think of how many new designs and designers we find with the help of fellow stitchers. Sharing is what we do! And if we lose our desire to sticth a piece before we actually work on it, it isn’t an act of will, it is a change. As humans, we do a lot of that. :)

  5. 30 March 2012 @ 07:44 · Reply

    This one doesn’t do anything for me either. You aren’t weak willed. We all buy charts that we’ve seen other people stitch and think Ooh how lovely but then when we have the chance the mystic seems to have drifted away.

    • 30 March 2012 @ 09:07 · Reply

      Oh I love the phrasing “the mystic seems to have drifted away”. I was so excited when I finally managed to get my hands on one of these charts after all of these years, and then when I sat and looked at it I felt …. nothing. These was no feelings of interest or even dislike, it was just nothing. I was so confused.

      I was going to send this out as a Christmas present and decided against it because I felt that I *should* have felt someting towards it. It was all very odd. So when mum pulled this chart yesterday I decided well, out it goes – someone will love it as I don’t. I don’t know why, but I don’t. As you say the mystic has drifted away.

  6. 30 March 2012 @ 09:12 · Reply
     Paula H:

    It’s interesting that this came up right now. I’m in the progress of getting my charts organized, and I found the other three seasons in my stash yesterday. I have Winter Gusts stitched and framed, and Autumn Rustles is stitched. I own Spring Awakens, but couldn’t remember what Summer was lol. I’m not sure that this one calls to me, though.

    As for your discussion question, I don’t think I’d consider it being weak willed to buy a chart that calls to you after seeing someone else’s work. I think that the trick is in recognizing what you will actually stitch. (I’m not do great at that part! Lol). There are some designers who seem to have cover pictures on their charts that really don’t do their designs justice. Mirabilia comes immediately to mind with that. I have a couple of her charts that I really didn’t like from the cover art, but fell in love with after seeing them stitched.

    • 30 March 2012 @ 09:24 · Reply

      I am certain one of the Winter Gusts versions I fell in love with was yours :)

    • 31 March 2012 @ 06:53 · Reply

      The one whose cover pictures never look good but seen stitched up are fantastic are of course Martina’s Chatelaines. Many of them I;ve looked at the pictures and said Yuck but then seeing them stitched, wow what a difference

  7. 30 March 2012 @ 09:32 · Reply

    Thanks everyone for your perpective. You are right, it is not being “weak-willed” being inspired by seeing an adaption of a chart. Seeing actual work-in-progress pictures is often so much better than the wimply little photo stuck to a page that used to be the norm for these charts, that of course we were more inspired when we saw these actually being stitched.

    Sorry I didn’t think of that …. and you are correct in both taking more time to think yeah I like it but would I* really stitch it (Paula) and not beating myself because tastes do change (Sisu & Kay).

    I think I do more of both of these now. I’ve been culling my Lust Lists as I
    ve been moving them to the new main blog and I’m passing on charts as I come to them through this blog.

  8. 31 March 2012 @ 06:53 · Reply

    Lust List? What a great phrase. I love it and, with your permission, I think I just may steal it as the title for my ever-growing list of charts I don’t own but lust after.

    • 5 April 2012 @ 11:39 · Reply

      Feel free Laura :) Lust List has been used by many over the years and I think I first borrowed the phrase from someone else :)


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