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.
Aurora Polaris by The Stitcher’s Habit
Copyright Carol Scott Higeli, 1997.
Chart: The Chart is print on a folded A3 cardboard sheet. Although hand-drawn, the symbols are large, clear and easy to see and differentiate. There are large swathes of single colour; no confetti stitching.
Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches, partial cross stitch, backstitch and blackwork.
Materials: DMC stranded cotton, DMC Metallics, Kreinik blending filament and Mill Hill beads. Stitched on Zweigart 28ct “Blue Spruce” Linen.
Designer’s Notes: According to some Native folklore, the Aurora is “the dance of the animal spirits”, especially those of Deer, Seals, Salmon and Beluga. The Polar Bear – Ursus Maritimus or “Sea Bear” – is aptly named as it is able to swim distances greater than 60 miles without pausing for rest.
Why I was attracted to this design: The Polar Bear and cub are soooo cute! And again it is on a darker background with I love. And it has metallics for the bling. Come on, look at those bears and tell me you don’t go “awwwwww …..”
So why haven’t I stitched it? I have has this chart in my stash for-evah! However I always thought there were three charts in the same Polar Bear series. Just now looking for them on the Stitcher’s Habit website. I can only find one other called Star Light. I hadn’t stitched this one because I wanted to acquire all three charts and then stitch all three of them on the same fabric. Now I find there’s only two charts all this time.
Hmmm …. I’d better search through my stash and see if I have the other chart and a large enough piece of Blue Spruce or another similar dark blue. Hmm Maybe a nice piece of Picture This Plus Twilight might look nice? No Mel – no shopping!
Where can you buy it? Although Star Light is listed on many ONS sites, Aurora Polaris may need to be ordered in by special request, so I would suggest asking your favourite ONS or LNS. The price should be the same as Star Light, $6 US .
Discussion questions: What would you use as a replacement for boring old Blue Spruce? Or would you leave the background plain as a hand-dyed would detract from the metallic bling of the titular Polaris?