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Pur 4 by Calico Crossroads

Copyright Kathleen Kelly, Linda Connors, Kats by Kelly, Calico Crossroads, 2004.

Pur 4 by Calico Crossroads

Chart: This Calico Crossroads chart is printed on one side of a double-sided A4 cardboard sheet. As it is a small design, the symbols are printed quite large while still fitting quite neatly on that page size. The chart could easily be stitched without the need for a working copy. As this design uses straight stitches in differing colours for the golf tees, the design includes coloured symbols on the chart and a detailed explanation of how to stitch these tees with diagrams.

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

Materials: Stitched in DMC stranded cotton on Charles Craft 14ct White Aida.

Designer’s Notes: None.  This is part of the full-size of Kats by Kelly series. Each pattern is designed to fit into any standard 8 x 10 frame.

Why I was attracted to this design: I love all the Kats by Kelly adaptions. One of my goals is to collect and stitch all of these designs. I always envisaged owning a house with a long hallway and having these framed and hung down the hallway.

So why haven’t I stitched it? This is one of the latest Calico Crossroads charts I have purchased.  As stated above I want to collect them all! Unfortunately, Calico Crossroads took these charts off the market late last year, so I’ve been scouring older LNS and ONS stores as I find them to pick up the charts not in my stash.  Pur 4 was one of the these recent last minute acquisitions.  I just need a quick visit to a Spotlight store (the Australian equivalent to a Joanne’s I think) and I can start this one immediately.

Where can you buy it? All Kats by Kelly charts are out of print.  But this has been a recent development, so you may be able to find these in LNS that keep older stock. They also appear quite regularly on eBay.

Discussion questions: Why do designers recommend Aida cloth for charts that use 1/4 and 3/4 stitches or straight stitches or any other type of stitch that requires the stitcher to regularly pierce the Aida fabric.  Why do they not simply recommend an evenweave fabric which has sufficient holes that no piercing is necessary? I am honestly curious.

Status:
9 June 2012: Partially kitted

 

A Project A Day – Counted embroidery work is my main hobby and I have a huge stitching stash. Some of these projects are huge and take years to stitch, and while others are quick projects, I often spend months without stitching at all. So while I have hundreds in my stash, only a half-dozen ever see attention any given year.  To address this imbalance in 2012 I will each day write about one project languishing in my stash.

In the Bag by Calico Crossroads

Copyright Kathleen Kelly, Linda Connors, 2005.

Calico crossroads Kats by Kelly Mini Kats

In the Bag by Kats by Kelly

Chart: This small chart is printed on one side of a double-sided A5 cardboard sheet. It’s a small design and fits quite nicely on that card size. The chart could easily be stitched without the need for a working copy.

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

Materials: Stitched in DMC stranded cotton and Crescent Colours cotton on Charles Craft 14ct White Aida.

Designer’s Notes: None.  This is part of the Mini-Kats monthly series of Kats by Kelly designs.

Why I was attracted to this design: I love all the Kats by Kelly designs. One of my goals is to collect and stitch all the main designs. This was the first of the Mini-Kats series and of course I loved it – it is sooo adorable. The tiny black cat reminded me of Hemingway so much.

So why haven’t I stitched it? I bought this chart when it first came out (was it really so long ago?) and looked forward to the rest of the series with grand ideas of stitching a whole calendar. Unfortunately I forgot that some designers are very parochial and include themes each month that are not global or indeed do not even translate out of the USA. So showers in April and Fourth of July were useless to me and I felt bitter in my disappointment.  The bitterness was probably aimed inwardly as I should have expected the parochialism. So I didn’t do anything with the Mini-Kats charts I already had.

Where can you buy it? All Kats by Kelly charts are out of print.  But this has been a recent development, so you may be able to find these in LNS that keep older stock. They also appear quite regularly on eBay.

Discussion questions: Is there something that appears regularly in monthly themed  designs that doesn’t apply to you. Does it stop you collecting or stitching these designs or do you work around it?