Generations: The Locket by Black Swan Designs

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.

Generations: The Locket by Black Swan Designs

Copyright Karen Weaver, 1995.

Black Swan Designs - Generations: The Locket

Black Swan Designs - Generations: The Locket

Chart: The chart uses small but easy to see and easy to distinguish symbols. The chart is on a double-sided A3 sheet of heavy stock. Personally I’d make a working copy and enlarge the symbols a touch. When working from a chart on a heavy cardstock chart like this, the symbols on the folds tend to rub and wear off over time as the chart is folded and unfolded through use. (Been there done that with other charts).

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitch, quarter cross stitch and backstitch. There are multiple colour legends for the hair colour for blonde, red and brunette so you can personalise this design.

Materials: DMC stranded cotton, DMC Metallic thread and Mill Hill beads. Stitched on 28ct Wichelt “Evergreen” Linen.

Designer’s Notes: Traditions enrich and define a family. Here, the birth of a baby girl is celebrated by the gift of a golden locket.

Why I was attracted to this design: I loved the Black Swan designs so much I collected every one I could get my hands on.

So why haven’t I stitched it? A baby sampler?  What was I thinking?  No this is one I doubt I will ever stitch up. Too saccharine for me.

This is another pattern I’m offering away free. Comment below and tell me why this chart calls to you and where I know you from.  If more than one person answers I’ll use the random number generator to select a winner. I’ll select from the comments in one week.

Where can you buy it? Your LNS can order this in for you via Needlework Showcase. According to the Black Swan site this chart should cost around $8US. But as I said above, comment below as I am giving this one away.

Discussion questions: Have you ever liked a designer enough that you have collected all of their charts without pausing to stop and really think if you are honestly going to stitch up each and every one of those charts?

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12 Responses to Generations: The Locket by Black Swan Designs

  1. I have this one along with many other Black Swans! I have almost all the Shepherds Bush, most of the L & L’s, almost all the Just Nan’s and all the Paula Vaughns – and no I won’t stitch them all. Hence the reason I am trying to figure out a economical way to get rid of them. Maybe do a batch 10/$20 sale on them or something.

  2. kay jones says:

    I started collectging L & L several years ago. Must have been mad. Some of them will never ever be stitched. More to dig out for the UFO unwanted chart files.

    • Mel says:

      I’ll certainly be finding more as time goes on! I missed the L&L craze. The friend who taught me cross stitch was serial stitching L&L designs. I stitched one as my first major piece and then did a left turn into TW charts. As I was at University at the time, there was no opportunity to begin stashing as a hobby. By the time I could begin stashing, the L&L stuff didn’t interest me.

      Having said that, I’m sure mum will find one now as her random pick for tomorrow – she has an uncanny ability that way.

  3. Teresa says:

    I, too, am a Black Swan addict. I own many of the charts and even a few kits, but I have not seen this one before. I would love to do it for my oldest sister. She is going to have her first grandchild in a couple of months. Teresa

    • Mel says:

      Well at this stage Teresa, no-one else has asked for it, so your chances are looking pretty good. You’re the same Teresa as on the Stitch Specialists group aren’t you?

      Sorry – the migraines play havoc with my memory, hence why I ask people to remind me where we know each other – saves me making more of a fool of myself than usual 🙂

      • Teresa Murphy says:

        Hi Mel, I am teresa_va2003 in the Stitch Specialist, so your memory isn’t completely gone. I am intrigued by your project a day blog. I have recently gotten my attic finished for ‘climate control storage’. So I will be going through my stash and putting charts and kits up on the new group soon.

    • Mel says:

      Teresa – the chart is yours. I’ll email you to obtain your address. The chart will be out in the mail as soon as I have your address 🙂 Best wishes to your family. Mel.

  4. Sisu says:

    I have not collected a particular designer just for the sake of having their charts, but I have found patterns I liked and looked for more by that designer, then bought the additional designs by them that I liked. Teresa Wentzler for instance. In some of my first forays on eBay (back when eBay was still the domain of the small time seller and not 367,258 stores all selling 100’s of copies of the same cheap crap), I would buy any chart of hers that I ‘thought’ I might stitch. Paula Vaughan, Black Swan, and several magazines also graced my outgoing PayPal balance.

    • Mel says:

      Several magazines … oooh I have more than several magazines that I bought via eBay … {blush} I am sure I had some vague notion about friends and godchildren when I bought this, but that would have been 15 years ago? Wouldn’t even remember who the friends would be now let alone if they actually had the kids …

  5. Teresa says:

    Mel, I have received your package and couldn’t be more pleased. Thank you so much. I certainly wasn’t expecting anything other than the chart. Teresa Lynn

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