Witch’s Brew by Turquoise Graphics & Designs 

Copyright Turquoise Graphics & Designs, 2010.

Witch's Brew by Turquoise Graphics & Designs

Chart: The chart is printed on heavy cardstock in large clear easy to see and easy to differentiate symbols. It’s a small design so it fits quite neatly on a single Letter/A4 heavy paper or light card page.  I really like how the chart is laid out, the size and style of symbols used. If this is indicative of the company in general, Turquoise Graphics & Designs is getting more of my business. TGD also provide on their website a Floss Card and Journal Page for you to print out and use for this design. Fabulous! I’ve not seen another designer offer this.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitch, longstitch and beads. The pattern was designed for either counted cross stitch or needlepoint.

Materials: DMC stranded cotton, Kreinik blending filament and Mill Hill glass beads. Stitched on Wichelt 28ct “Ivory” Linen.

Designer’s Notes: “Is it love potion, or something more wicked? Whatever is brewing, you will enjoy stitching this decorative cauldron with its colorful contents!”

Why I was attracted to this design: Look at that photo – it’s a witch’s cauldron – it’s got bling! It appeals to my Gothic and my “oooh shiny” pleasure centres.

So why haven’t I stitched it? It doesn’t actually have as much bling as I anticipated!  The whole thing is stitched in plain old DMC on ivory! (Except for some metallic glints in the cauldron and a few scattered beads in the steam). I honestly expected a lot more bling from that photo.

Where can you buy it? TGD is very much in business and this chart is still in print.  You can purchase this from your LNS or ONS for around $8US.

Discussion questions: How do I bling this up?  (I hear my English Teacher turning in her grave for that sentence).  Do I turn all of the steam into beads?  Do I turn the Kreinik BF into Kreinik #4 Braid?  Do I stitch this on PTP Monster Mash?

Or do I just trust that the original will look as good as the phto that I fell in love with and leave it entirely alone?

Project Status:
1 Mar 2012 – Still confused. To bling or not to bling?