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.
Twisted Heart by Ink Circles
Copyright Tracy Horner 2009.
Chart: The chart has large, clear, easy to read and easy to differentiate symbols. As it is a small piece, the design and cover is on a single folded Letter/A4 heavy cardstock.
Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches only.
Materials: Carries threads stitched on 32ct Lakeside Linen “Vintage Exemplar” linen. Although this was stitched in Carrie’s cottons, I would stitch it in Carrie’s silks.
Designer’s Notes: From my twisted mind, a fun little project for your rotation. Twisted Heart makes a great beginner project or a quick fix between your larger Ink Circles endeavors.
Why I was attracted to this design: I love just about all Ink Circles designs. I also love designs that are illusions and the celtic knotwork forming a heart here fits that bill – especially as it was in muted tones, not girly pink. It is also a design that lends itself to easily being colour-changed both in fabric and floss.
So why haven’t I stitched it? Being completely honest, I do not remember when or how this entered my stash. I do not remember if I bought it, if I was it as a gift, or if it was given as a gift by Tracy herself. And I feel really bad about that. I’m a really shallow person if I can’t remember if something was given a gift 😦
I plan to stitch this design twice. Once in its original design, and once in bright colours on black. I thought of using some of the bright greens and reds in Black Bloomers for the black version. I’d stitch the original version first just to check how it was supposed to work before I played with the design though.
Discussion questions: Do you have any items in your stash (charts, floss, accessories, gadgets) that you’ve forgotten exactly how, when or where they came from?