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.
Hell’s Gatekeeper by Kustom Krafts
Copyright Dyan Allaire, 1999.
Chart: The chart uses quite large and thus easy to see symbols. The chart is broken over 16 pages but that is not surprising when each page only has 48 x 60 symbols. There is no overlap per page. For an art-to-cross stitch conversion there is surprisingly little confetti stitching, but from other charts in my stash, that appears to be the Kustom Krafts style. Ah, according to their website “Our designs are created using 40 color or less… “.
Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches only.
Materials: DMC stranded cotton and Kreinik #8 braid (yes #8 braid). Stitched on Zweigart 16ct “Misty Blue” Linen.
Designer’s Notes: None.
Why I was attracted to this design: I love Fantasy books and this looked like the cover of a book I would read 🙂
So why haven’t I stitched it? I haven’t been a big fan of art-to-cross stitch conversions in general and when I bought this, the thought of stitching something this big and complicated worried me. I was already drowning trying to stitch one of the easier Teresa Wentzler patterns 🙂
Now, I find I’m just not that attracted to this pattern any more. I simply doesn’t call to me. So I’m offering it away free. I will mail it to the first person who comments below and asks for it. You have to tell me why this project calls to you. Also if you’re not one of my regular correspondents, do tell me where we know each other from 🙂
Where can you buy it? Try eBay. This chart is so out of print that Kustom Krafts does not even list it on their site any more. But as I said above, comment below and I will give this one away.
Discussion questions: What do you think of art-to-cross stitch conversions? Do you have a favourite company? Have you stitched a Kustom Krafts conversion? Do you like the way it turned out? Remember its OK to disagree, we all have different experiences 🙂