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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.

Scrub a dub dub by Purple Heart

Copyright Kevin Palivec, Purple Heart, 2000.

Purple Heart Malathar's Dragons

Scrub a dub dub by Purple Heart

Chart: The chart is print on an A3 sheet of paper. It is a relatively simple design and the symbols are printed large. The kit also comes with the floss presorted and an instructions booklet which provides information on how to set up your materials, how to cross stitch, fractional stitch, French Knot, bead and backstitch as well as general hints and tips.

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

Materials: Stitched in DMC stranded cottons on 14ct Aida.  This was a kit in my stash. The fabric has disappeared; not surprising considering I do not stitch partial stitches on Aida. The kit arrived with the threads having been presorted and strung onto a card which lists their DMC number as well as the symbol next to each thread.  I’m quite impressed with how the floss is presented. The kit lists the threads as genuine DMC. Kit also includes DMC brand needle.

Designer’s Notes: None. This is part of the Malathar’s Dragon series, I bought a few of these back in 2000 when they were first released.

Why I was attracted to this design: I generally do not like cutesy fantasy designs, but this one I thought would be perfect in the bathroom! He makes me smile whenever I see the cover picture.

So why haven’t I stitched it? I was studying a Conservation degree at the time I bought this, and when I mentioned my intention to hang this in the bathroom I was rounded condemned and decried by my fellow classmates. Mould! Mildew! Not optimal conditions!

Twelve years on and I can quite candidly admit that not all my stitching is destined to be handed down to future generations or should be treated as if it is a priceless relic. Some yes, but not all.  Also there is a difference between “not quite optimal” and “total disaster”.  I learned a lesson a while ago “Never let the best be the enemy of the good”.

I am going to stitch this and hang it in the bathroom.  I will air out the bathroom and keep it free from mould and mildrew and not let the stream hang around too long (all things I do now already).  And if the faming is not the best and the piece doesn’t last more than 10 years, then I’ll simply stitch it again.  Or something else will have caught my eye and I will stitch that instead! Now the usual question – what colour fabric should I stitch this on?

Where can you buy it? Purple Heart is unfortunately long out of business. You may be able to find some of their charts in a UK-based LNS or ONS or perhaps try

Discussion questions: What cross stitch plan did you let someone else talk you out of? Everybody is welcome to answer these questions or just comment on the design – new visitors to the blog or old :)  All pile in, and don’t be afraid to talk to each other :)