Posts Tagged Winds of Change

Christmas Delights by Stitchopolis

Copyright Maureen Kyle, Stitchopolis, 2007.

Christmas Delights by Stitchopolis

Chart: This Stitchopolis chart is printed on a double-sided Letter/A4 cardboard sheet. The symbols are very small but they vary so much that it is quite easy to tell them apart even at such a tiny size. The design uses six buttons or treasures and the chart thankfully shows exact positioning for each of these items.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitch and beading.

Materials: Gentle Art Sampler Threads cottons, Weeks Dye Works cottons, Kreinik #8 Fine Braid metallics, Just Another Button Company buttons, By Jupiter charms and Mill Hill treasures. Stitched on Wichelt 28ct “Dusty Green” linen.

Designer’s Notes: Wind is one of the constants of nature. Our perception of the wind changes in the different seasons. Christmas winds bring that wonderful feeling of anticipation that only comes up at this time of year. What delights will those wrapped packages contain? And, like the rest of our Winds of Change series, this design stitches up very quickly.

Why I was attracted to this design: This is a case where I fell in love with another chart in the same series and then collected the rest of the charts in the series without really looking closely at them.

So why haven’t I stitched it? I love Winter Gusts from the Stitchopolis Winds of Change series but to be honest this Christmas entry does not rock my world.  And reading the designer notes above just confirms that this is not the chart for me.  In an Australian Bush Summer, the only thing you are ever concerned about the Christmas winds bringing are bushfires.

Where can you buy it? This chart can be specially ordered by any LNS or ONS.  You should expect to pay around $7.50 (US) for this chart.  Otherwise I am giving away my copy.  Comment below if you would like it and why. If more than one person wants the chart, I’ll choose via random number generator later in the week.

Discussion questions: Stitchopolis is one of the few companies I’ve found that give exact placement for buttons, charms, treasures etc.  Most designers (of those in my stash) recommend that the stitcher use the cover picture as an aid to placement or to place them where we find them pleasing.  The way a standard design works, is that we follow the pattern, we stitch ever x and every fractional stitch exactly where the designer has placed it. Then we are given these honking huge (relatively speaking) bits of plastic and glass and told to eyeball it.  How does this make sense? Comments? Thoughts? Am I off my rocker, finally?

Project Status:
15 July 2012 – Free to good home.

 

Summer Amuses by Stitchopolis

Copyright Maureen Kyle, Stitchopolis, 2005.

Summer Amuses by Stitchopolis

Chart: This Stitchopolis chart is printed on an oversized sheet of paper; approximately a Letter/A4 sized sheet with an extra third tacked on the end.  I presume this odd sizing is to allow for a decent length of chart to be printed as well as making the chart more difficult to photocopy.  The symbols are clear, easy to read and easy to distinguish from each other.  The design calls for the use of button and the chart specifies exact button placement.  I am so grateful for this as so many other designers expect you to eyeball it’s placement from a dodgy cover photograph!

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitch, backstitch and straight stitch.

Materials: Gentle Art Sampler Threads cottons, Weeks Dye Works cottons, Kreinik #8 Fine Braid metallics and a Just Another Button Company button. Stitched on Zweigart 32ct “Blue Whisper Vintage” linen.

Designer’s Notes: Summer at the beach! Sailing and windsurfing are just two of the recreational opportunities offered by the warm winds of Summer! Summer Amuses stitches up very quickly and will add a seasonal touch for your home or workplace.

Why I was attracted to this design: This is one of those cases where I was not interested in the design, until I saw it being stitched by other people.  A few years ago I saw the Stitchopolis Winds of Change series being stitched up on a few different blogs.  Mainly I saw Winter Gusts being stitched, but I put the whole series on my lust list.

So why haven’t I stitched it? I finally obtained one chart from this series, this chart, in a closing sale earlier this year. But to be honest, it doesn’t interest me.  I’m a bush girl, I grew up rural and love trees and greenery. Charts of lighthouses and sailboats just don’t do anything for me. I can’t see me putting this up on my wall.

Where can you buy it? This chart can be specially ordered by any LNS or ONS.  You should expect to pay around $7.50 for this chart.  Otherwise I am giving away my copy.  Comment below if you would like it and why. If more than one person wants the chart, I’ll choose via random number generator in one week.

Discussion questions: Do you ever get caught up looking at all the wonderful combinations everyone else does with a chart that you feel you need to do it too – even if it’s not something that you are ordinarily that attracted to?  Or is it just me.   I definitely felt that way with Winter Gusts when I saw those multiple interpretations being stitched. Am I alone in being weak-willed?

Project Status:
29 Mar 2012 – Free to good home.