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.
Sampler Letters M by Selina Fenech
Copyright Michelle Sayetta, Artwork Selina Fenech 2007.
Chart: The chart has clear easy to read and easy to differentiate symbols. It is a small piece for a HaED design, only broken over nine pages, with a three-row overlap on each page. Also unlike most art-to-cross stitch conversions, this one has minimal confetti stitching.
Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches only.
Materials: The design was model-stitched using DMC 18ct white linen. Unlike most art-to-xstitch conversions, this project only requires 15 different DMC colours.
Designer’s Notes: None.
Why I was attracted to this design: At the time I was not attracted to art-to-cross stitch conversions 🙂 I honestly believed (and for the most part still do) that if I want a copy of an art print, then I will buy a copy of the print and hang it on the wall and go back to stitching designs that were created for the floss medium not adapted to it.
However this was a gift from my good friend Claire and in many ways it is a good introductory chart to art-to-xstitch. Little confetti stitching, no blended needles, a very small design, only a few colours.
So why haven’t I stitched it? To be honest, I’m not quite sure, I think it’s the fear of the unknown. Heaven and Earth designs alone let alone art-to-cross stitch is a huge sub-genre of the cross-stitching world and I’m not quite sure I want to dip my toe in this pond. I can’t finish small normal cross stitch; what’s makes me think I should even start into this world?
Existential crisis aside, what fabric should I stitch this on? The recommended fabric is 18ct white. White is boring. I have some 25ct that is the same colour as the background. My original thought was to ignore the background infill and only stitch the mermaid, the letter M and the border framework.
Should I do this on the original colour fabric or should I change and stitch on a different colour or a hand-dyed colour?
Where can you buy it? This chart is still available via paper or PDF download from Heaven and Earth Designs for $7US.
Discussion questions: What are your thoughts on art-to-cross stitch conversion? Is it worth an existential crisis? Or do you enjoy stitching regardless whether the design was originally designed for our medium or another? Again there are no right and wrong answers; we all have different experiences and I am curious about the answers everyone gives.