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Water Dragon by Cross My Heart

Copyright Sherrie Stepp-Aweau, Cross My Heart, Inc. 2002.

Water Dragon by Cross My Heart

Chart: The chart is printed in an 16 page A4/Letter sized stapled booklet including cardboard cover. The chart itself  covers eight pages with a two-row overlap on succeeding pages. This is an older chart, so although the symbols are large, they are quite similar and used adjacent. They do provide a full page of instructions how to complete each of the different types of stitch used in the design.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches and backstitch.

Materials: DMC stranded cotton. Stitched one over one on Zweigart 18ct “Black” Aida.

Designer’s Notes: None.

Why I was attracted to this design: I bought this chart so long ago. At the time there were so few serious fantasy charts on the markets that I bought every chart I could find when I managed to visit a cross stitch store.

So why haven’t I stitched it? I bought the chart due to a dearth of charts in the fantasy field at that time. I wasn’t a fan of photo to cross stitch conversions, especially ones like these that look so pixellated, but there was nothing else at the time like this, so I bought the whole series. But frankly, I never liked it enough to actually kit it up and start stitching.  I have a large enough stash that I will never actually stitch this design or the others in this series.

I’m giving this one away.  If you are interested in the chart, leave a comment telling me what you love about the chart, and how you found this blog. If more than one person responds, I’ll choose a winner in a week.

Where can you buy it? This chart is long out of print. There are several copies currently selling on various auction sites as well as

Discussion questions: This design is to be stitched one over one on black 18ct Aida.  If you were to stitch this design, would you stitch it this way, or would you stitch it another way?


Water Dragon by Enchanting Lair

Copyright Laura Dickson, Enchanting Lair, 2008.

Water Dragon by Enchanting Lair

Chart: This Enchanting Lair chart is printed on an 8-page, A3 folded, stapled booklet. The chart is printed quite large, over two pages with the symbols printed quite clear to see and easy to differentiate. Each chart section is printed inside a panel on each page, so there is no concern regarding staples or creases over the symbols.  There is a whole page of diagrams and instructions for stitching the border.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole Cross stitch, Satin stitches and Rhodes stitch.

Materials: DMC stranded cotton, Crescent Colours cottons, Gloriana silks, Dinky Dyes silks, Glisten Gloss blending filament and Rainbow Gallery Petite Braid metallics.  Stitched on Enchanting Lair 28ct “Dragon Skies” linen.

Designer’s Notes: “Throughout our lives we have all heard about the Loch Ness, well where I grew up it was the Ogopogo, and this what I hope it would look like should we ever get a chance to meet.”

Why I was attracted to this design: I know I’m repeating myself, but it’s the simple truth. I love my mythological beasties. I love Enchanting Lair‘s use of colour and texture in these designs. I love how she uses the hand dyed fabrics as an element in the design process rather than ignoring the background as so many other designers do. The artwork is a gestalt of the pattern, the textures and the colours.

So why haven’t I stitched it? I’m still tracking down one elusive thread. Glissen Gloss Blending filament 705.  I bought the chart and fabric and some threads at my then-LNS in Perth a couple of years ago. Since then, I’ve kept an eye out for this thread at closing down sales but Glisson Gloss blending filament doesn’t seem to be a regularly stocked thread. It hasn’t risen high enough in my “must stitch” pile to specifically place an order for this thread and pay multiple times its amount in international postage.

Where can you buy it? This design it is still in print and can be easily ordered in for you by your LNS or ONS of choice. You can also purchase the chart directly from  Enchanting Lair for $9.00 CAD.

Discussion questions: For a project like this, that involves a number of hand dyed threads from a number of manufacturers, do you wait until you have completely kitted it up before you start?  Or do you just start on in and buy the threads you need as you go through the project? I’m interested in how other people approach this issue :)

Project Status:
30 Mar 2012 – Almost fully kitted