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Christmas Delights by Stitchopolis

Copyright Maureen Kyle, Stitchopolis, 2007.

Christmas Delights by Stitchopolis

Chart: This Stitchopolis chart is printed on a double-sided Letter/A4 cardboard sheet. The symbols are very small but they vary so much that it is quite easy to tell them apart even at such a tiny size. The design uses six buttons or treasures and the chart thankfully shows exact positioning for each of these items.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitch and beading.

Materials: Gentle Art Sampler Threads cottons, Weeks Dye Works cottons, Kreinik #8 Fine Braid metallics, Just Another Button Company buttons, By Jupiter charms and Mill Hill treasures. Stitched on Wichelt 28ct “Dusty Green” linen.

Designer’s Notes: Wind is one of the constants of nature. Our perception of the wind changes in the different seasons. Christmas winds bring that wonderful feeling of anticipation that only comes up at this time of year. What delights will those wrapped packages contain? And, like the rest of our Winds of Change series, this design stitches up very quickly.

Why I was attracted to this design: This is a case where I fell in love with another chart in the same series and then collected the rest of the charts in the series without really looking closely at them.

So why haven’t I stitched it? I love Winter Gusts from the Stitchopolis Winds of Change series but to be honest this Christmas entry does not rock my world.  And reading the designer notes above just confirms that this is not the chart for me.  In an Australian Bush Summer, the only thing you are ever concerned about the Christmas winds bringing are bushfires.

Where can you buy it? This chart can be specially ordered by any LNS or ONS.  You should expect to pay around $7.50 (US) 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 later in the week.

Discussion questions: Stitchopolis is one of the few companies I’ve found that give exact placement for buttons, charms, treasures etc.  Most designers (of those in my stash) recommend that the stitcher use the cover picture as an aid to placement or to place them where we find them pleasing.  The way a standard design works, is that we follow the pattern, we stitch ever x and every fractional stitch exactly where the designer has placed it. Then we are given these honking huge (relatively speaking) bits of plastic and glass and told to eyeball it.  How does this make sense? Comments? Thoughts? Am I off my rocker, finally?

Project Status:
15 July 2012 – Free to good home.