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Toil and Trouble by Prairie Moon

Copyright Barbara Syburg, Suzanne Shead, Prairie Moon, 2010.

Toil and Trouble by Prairie Moon

Chart: This Prairie Moon chart is printed over two Letter/A4 pages with no overlap. The design is mostly a monochrome design,  with the symbols printed large, even the partial cross symbols are easy to see. There is no traditional backstitch used in this design.  There is only straight stitch and backstitch used to denote the crow’s feet and ingredient parts

Stitches: Pattern uses whole Cross stitch, fractional stitches, backstitch and straight stitch.

Materials: Splendor silks and Dinky Dyes silks. Stitched on Picture This Plus 32ct “Voodoo” linen.

Designer’s Notes: “Double double, toil and trouble; Fire burn, caldron bubble.”

Why I was attracted to this design: A beautiful Gothic scene from Shakespeare!  From Macbeth’s three witches. One of my favourite scenes and my favourite characters :) I love the vibrant colours Prairie Moon have injected into this piece! The touch of colour  in the cauldron is just fantastic!  This piece could really be stitched on any vibrant “Halloween” background fabric: bright purple, murky green, tarnished gold …

So why haven’t I stitched it?  Until Mum walked out with it this morning I had no idea this was in my stash!  I presume it was another acquisition from last Christmas’ closing down sales’ spendathon. I’ve been on a self-imposed stitching diet since that time, so even if I remembered I had this chart, I wouldn’t have bought the fabric for it yet.

Where can you buy it? This design is still in print and can be easily ordered by your LNS or ONS of choice. You should pay around $14.00 (US).

Discussion questions: Yesterday I mentioned on a stitching group that I planned on eventually stitching Ink Circles’ Spirited Mandala on the recommended Picture This Plus 32ct “Voodoo” linen as it would be a good excuse to stitch on orange fabric.  Then this morning out walks mum with this chart in hand which calls for the same fabric!  She fair gives me the willies with her sixth sense at times!

Have you had similar thing happen?  You’ve discussed a topic with someone, then someone completely unrelated happens to mention the same thing?

Project Status:
5 Apr 2012: Partially kitted.

 

Copyright Lori Markovic, La-D-Da, 2009.

Toil & Trouble by La-D-Da

Toil & Trouble by La-D-Da

Chart: This La-D-Da chart is printed on one side of a double-sided A4 cardboard sheet. The symbols are printed quite small, but it is an easy-to-follow design so the small symbols shouldn’t be too much of a hassle. You might still want to make a working copy simply to mark off your progress stitching up that green nose though.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches and backstitch.

Materials: Stitched in one strand of Needlepoint Inc  silks on Weeks Dye Works 35ct “Havana” linen. Personally I would stitch 2 over 2 on 3oct Havana rather than the 35ct.

Designer’s Notes: “Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble.”

Why I was attracted to this design: A beautiful Gothic scene from Shakespeare!  From Macbeth’s three witches. One of my favourite scenes and my favourite characters :)

So why haven’t I stitched it? Well I haven’t acquired the fabric yet, and I managed to give away all of my Needlepoint Inc threads in presents and RAKs lately – oooops.  So I have no materials at all in my stash towards stitching this one.

Where can you buy it? This design is still in print and available through your LNS or ONS for $8.00 (US)

Discussion questions: This pattern is designed to be stitched in one strand on 35ct.  Personally I would find it easier to stitch 2 over 2 on 3oct Havana rather than the 35ct.

Do you have a definite point where *your* eyes say “Nope, not going to cope with that count”?

Status:
18 Mar 2012: Need to start kitting