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Midnight Hunting by Dracolair Creations

Copyright Sarah Wu, Dracolair Creations, 2002-2003.

Midnight Hunting by Dracolair Creations

Chart: This Dracolair Creations chart is printed on a six light blue, double-sided Letter/A4 cardboard sheets. The design is printed twice on each sheet, once with the cross and fractional stitches only, the other highlighting the backstitch.  The design contains a lot of fractional stitches and many of these symbols are small and difficult to see on the light blue.

Sarah uses a variety of fractional stitches in this design and gives a full page of diagrams and instructions on how to sitch each of these.  Unfortunately these many symbols are quite small and difficult to see on the main chart. The light blue background exacerbates this problem!

Sarah uses at least eight different colours in backstitching and straight stitch for this design. She does give another full page of instructions on backstitch, so with patience and care, this area shouldn’t be too much of a headache. The results will be worth it.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole Cross stitch, fractional stitches, backstitch and straight stitch. Optional inclusion of Diamond Eyelets.

Materials: DMC stranded cotton, Kreinik blending filament, Kreinik #4 Very fine Braid and Kreinik Cord or Access Commodities Bijoux. Stitched on Zweigart “White” linen.

Designer’s Notes: Days of Dragons is a series of five counted cross stitch designs, each featuring a central circular panel with four small corner panels connected by an intricate border. The colors of the dragons are taken from the sky and sun at different times of the day, while the border colors link all five designs together to form a series. Midnight Hunting is the second of five dragons in the Days of Dragons cross stitch pattern series.

Why I was attracted to this design: I love Dragons and all mythological beasties as is evident from a perusal of previous entries in this blog. I love the Days of Dragons series, I especially love the scenes in the corners of the borders and the fading of colours on the background square the main medallion is sitting on.  It’s attention to these details that make me want to stitch the entire series.

To be honest, I’m not sure I even have all of them. Well a couple of hours later and I’m sure I don’t have all of them!  I also don’t think Sarah has finished the series, I can only see references to Noon Basking, Midnight Hunting, Dawn Awakening, and Evening Dreaming. I think I did have more of these at one time, but I gave them away as presents.

So why haven’t I stitched it?  Probably because I wanted to collect all the charts before stitching any of them. Also I wanted to use a nice subtle hand-dyed fabric for all of these designs and couldn’t decide without the charts in hand, which fabric to use. All of these patterns were stitched on white, and since the colour palettes vary from warm to cool, midday to midnight, dawn to dusk, it would be difficult to choose anything other than a true neutral colour.

Where can you buy it? This design is still in print and can be easily ordered by your LNS or ONS of choice. Or you could order direct from Dracolair. You should pay around $15.00 (US).

Discussion questions: When you see a series like this, or even when you read a series of books (yes I’m pretty much talking to the fantasy and sci-fi crowd here, where we have the one novel written over five, seven, or ten books). Do you stitch or read each installment as it comes out, or do you wait until it is finished and then start?

As a librarian I was amazed at the number of reader who would not start a series until the final book was published. Are you one of those readers?  Are you one of those stitchers?  I find I’m much more likely to wait on a series of charts to be finished than a series of books.

Project Status:
4 Apr 2012: Partially kitted.