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.
Scottish Dragon by Xs and Ohs
Copyright Joanne Gatenby, 2005.
Chart: The Chart is print on the back side of the A4/Letter sized cardboard sheet. Although this design has many fractional stitches, the chart symbols are quite clear and easy to see.
Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches, partial cross stitch and blackwork.
Materials: DMC stranded cotton Dinky Dyes silks and Kreinik #4 Braid. Stitched on Wichelt 14ct “French Country” Aida.
Designer’s Notes: None.
Why I was attracted to this design: For Fantasy Faire ’05 Dinky Dyes created a specialty colour (#085 Fantasy Blues) and about a dozen (??) of the designers at the Faire produced special small limited edition designs that included this thread. Many of them also included the new (at that time) Kreinik Fantasy braid colours – the 5000’s.
I, being a lover of Fantasy designs had to collect them all. Not being at the Faire or even knowing about it until a year or so later, I put a serious amount of time and research into hunting down these designs.
This one in particular holds a special place as my mum’s nickname is The Dragon (there’s no-one less Dragon-ish in the family but she loves anything dragon-related) and she is a golfer. She’s not Scottish, but you can’t have everything.
So why haven’t I stitched it? Didn’t have the specialty threads at the time, and then it just got lost in my stash. I completely forgot I had it until it came out of the box as this morning’s project.
I have broken my stash diet. I have bought the two Kreinik #4 braids for this project (and the Blue Spruce fabric for Aurora Polaris). Not a bad breaking of the diet. More a bump in the road. I think mum needs this one stitched up for her. I’ll stitch it on the quiet while she’s at work and give it to her for Mother’s Day.
Where can you buy it? Limited edition chart from six years ago? Maybe try eBay. Yup – there’s one copy there for sale at the moment. As per usual, my copy will be available to one commenter who wants it, after I finish stitching it up. So watch here later.
Discussion questions: The leaflet is subtitled Dragons of the World 1. Anyone know if there were any other leaflets released in this series? There are certainly none on the current X’s & Oh’s list. The chart list Country French Aida as the fabric used. What colour is that? It looks like an off-white? I’m thinking of subbing in a light blue … maybe “Barely Blue”. I’ll go stash diving when the Kreinik threads turn up and Meowry Christmice is finished. Any other thoughts on an appropriate fabric or background colour?