Fellow stitcher Maureen wrote me a couple of weeks ago to request the chart for my Celtic Angels design. This design was made into a kit by Design Works Crafts and the original version is still available for those of you that prefer complete kits including the chart, white 14 count Aida, floss, beads and sparkling metallic thread. You can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to purchase the kit.
I now have this chart available as a chartpack too. It was fun to revisit this design and do a few little updates to soften the faces and clarify details. There are lots of lovely beads and metallic thread throughout. Ordering information for the chartpack only with either a color or black & white chart is on my Order Chartpacks page at right. I have the angels pictured here on Polstitches beautiful English Rose 28-count hand dyed Jobelan.
In The World of Cross stitching Issue 162, now out in shops, you’ll find my Teddy Bear Alphabet. As many of you may know, I love teddies and I had great fun designing these playful little fellows. I think they would make up into a lovely children’s afghan working each letter into an individual square. What do you think? As they suggest in the magazine, you could change the color of the lettering to suit either a boy or girl.
Coming in next month’s Cross Stitch Collection issue 182, and just in time for spring, is my Iris Cushion design. These classic flowers come to you straight from my garden in Vermont. Last year they put on an incredible display that was truly inspiring. This new cushion makes a charming companion to the previously released Magnolia Blossoms.
While you will see my previously previewed Majestic Peacock this month in Issue 73 of Cross Stitch Gold, keep an eye out for next month’s issue 74 where you will find my May Day Merriment design. Five pretty maidens dance gracefully around a traditional maypole decorated with colorful streamers to celebrate the coming of spring. This is one of those delightful traditions that dates back to ancient times and has been incorporated into many different cultures around the world. You can almost imagine the soft dew on the green grass beneath their feet. I show these lithe ladies on a hand dyed 28 count Jobelan called ‘Spring’ from Polstitches.
So dear friends, I guess this means that springtime cannot be far away. My fingers are getting itchy to start digging in the dirt and dive into the garden. Unfortunately my garden is in Vermont and there are four foot high snow banks covering it at the moment. It’s fun to dream though isn’t it?