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.
Spellbinders by Cross My Heart
Copyright Jeanne Rye-Zettel, 1999.
Chart: The chart is printed in an 18 page A4/Letter sized stapled booklet including cardboard cover. The Wizard chart is over four pages; the Sorceress chart is over six pages. This is an older chart. It is computer-drawn, but many of the symbols are quite similar and used adjacent. This is a pity when the publisher expressly forbids the making of a working copy. They do provide a full page of instructions how to complete each of the different types of stitch used in the design.
Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches, fractional stitches, backstitch, longstitch and beads.
Materials: DMC stranded cottons, Kreinik blending filament, Mill Hill Beads and Mill Hill Treasures. Stitched on Zweigart 28ct “White” Linen and Zweigart 28ct “Wedgwood Blue” Lugana.
Designer’s Notes: None.
Why I was attracted to this design: I bought this chart so long ago. At the time there were so few serious fantasy charts on the markets that I bought every chart I could find when I managed to visit an LNS.
So why haven’t I stitched it? I bought the chart due to a dearth of charts in the fantasy field at that time. I wasn’t happy with the Sorceress’ face but felt I had to compromise my tastes to have some fantasy to stitch. I was wrong, because I never picked up a needle on this. Every time I looked at this chart, I wrinkled my nose at the Sorceress’ face and put the chart back down. It’s time I let this one go.
Free to good home. Mention in the comments why you would like it and how you found your way to this blog. I’ll close this part of the comments in one week.
Where can you buy it? This chart is long out of print. There are several copies currently selling on various auction sites as well as eBay.com
Discussion questions: Tell me about a chart you bought as a compromise once – you couldn’t find the exact chart you wanted so you bought something close but not quite right. Did you stitch it? If not, do you think you ever will?