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.
Dream Tree Ornament by M Designs
Copyright Mary McLenon, 2005.
Chart: The Chart is print on a coloured, folded A4/Letter cardboard sheet. Although this is a monochrome design, the chart is printed a little small for my taste. The pink cardboard doesn’t make it any easier to see the symbols. The designer does not give permission to make a working copy.
Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches, beads and treasures.
Materials: The design is shown in two colourways; one a larger framed over-two piece, the other a smaller over-one ornament. Over One version: Thread Gatherer Silk ‘n Colours, Mill Hill Petite Beads and Glass Treasures, stitched on 30ct Coconut Macaroon Linen from Access Commodities. Over two version: Gloriana silks, Mill Hill Glass Beads and Treasures, stitched on 32ct Crystal DaVinci Linen from Picture This Plus.
Designer’s Notes: My fascination for letter forms and a lovely email from a stitcher has inspired my Dream tree. Turn the ornament onto its’ side and you will see that it is quite literally, a DREAM tree. Stitched over one and finished as an ornament, it can be an inspiration all year round. Stitched over two the design makes a nice framed piece or pillow. The models were stitched with silks from The Thread Gatherer and Gloriana. The over two version shown gets its’ soft tonal effect by using a thread that is just a bit darker than the shaded fabric. Personalise the design by choosing the linen counts and thread colours that suit your project.
Why I was attracted to this design: I love illusions and puzzles in art. I love one thing that masquerades as another. (Only in art and the arts, I can’t stand these traits in people!) I love the words hidden in the tree designs in this series. I love the Crystal daVinci fabric the over two version this chart is modelled on too!
So why haven’t I stitched it? I started one of these trees and didn’t like it. The colour combo of the floss and fabric in real life looked nothing like it did in the cover photo. I was so disappointed I put it away and I have never started another in the series.
I still love the series and I have more experience now in substituting threads. I also have a much larger stash to choose alternate threads from. Perhaps now is a good time to start another of these designs or revisit that wip.
Where can you buy it? This chart is still in print and can be bought from your LNS or ONS from $6US. Alternatively you can purchase this design directly from the M Designs Etsy shop for the same price.
Discussion questions: I am in love with the Over two colorway for this piece. Gloriana WoodPond silk stitched on Picture This Plus Crystal daVinci linen. Would you stitch this piece in that colourway, over two as the model is? Or would you stitch this piece in the Woodpond/Gloriana colourway over one, as an ornament, if you had the eyesight to do so?