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The Rabbits Rabbits Series
Tracy is doing a 12-part Rabbit Sampler. January, February and March came first... each comes as a single card chart. (The other 9 months will release 3 at a time throughout the year.) Stitched on 36ct, with hand-dyed flosses, they measure about 3-1/2 inches in size. When you get the charts, the links are there for the freebie borders on her site, as well as thread usage and conversion charts so you can stitch these anyway you like.
There are Lady Dot Creates finishing packs available for these... one packet for each group of three months of cushions. (I'll post info on that ASAP.) Meanwhile, we'll do an auto-ship on the charts beginning with these three.
Arranging Microbes, Petal Pusher and Coffee Time
A sunflower! Ink Circles' version - this finishes a mere 4 inches on 32ct. I like the finishing treatment - the Lady Dot Rusty Nail chenille twisted and bunched around the edges, but then the yellow Mother Lode is added - big loops!
Tracy tells you how she did it in her instructions. Wichelt's Waterlily Linen is a great choice for this fabric - super-soft green!
Another Year Creeps By
This is a delightful set of crooked little mandalas by Ink Circles - look closely - all Halloween-themed! Originally published as 12 monthly charts, this is the entire collection stitched as one. Tracy named each 3-1/2 inch panel - try to identify them! A Bone to Pick, A Little Batty, Amazing Ginsu, Black-Eyed Susan, Boxelders, Calamari Breath, Head Case, Ride This One Out, Rosy Outlook, Squash Watch, Sum of Your Fears, and Time for One More Stitch.
You can make individual pin cushions, or use the border and join them all together - the whole thing measures about 10 x 13 on 40ct. Coded for Classic Colorworks hand-dyed cottons or DMC, it's really a very fun piece!
Seasonal Sun Sine
(We don't know if that's a misspelling, but knowing Tracy - it probably isn't!!) She writes about this fun piece: This four panel design shows how the amount of daylight hours varies throughout the year, with a sunny icon marking the solstices. The colors and motifs echo the changing weather and how the landscape marks the seasons.
The panels are not strictly aligned to the official seasons, but rather to the solstices and equinoxes. We all feel the winter chill before that first day of winter. (Except you people that have been shortchanged a season or two by Mother Nature!) So, a pretty little design, charted with 14 colors of DMC... a curiosity for your countertop!
Squirrels of Sumatra (Big) and Out There (Little!)
Three Little Kittens and Red's Tree House
A pair of smaller designs -- new by Ink Circles -- I think they'd both be neat in a cabin retreat somewhere! Each is offered in chart format.
Forests of Sumatra and Dragons of Sumatra (ONE COLOR -- YOU CHOOSE!)
Ink Circles has two new samplers that are originals -- inspired by the motifs from Indonesian textiles. Tracy's history printed on the back of these is fascinating... what she gleans is that multiple pieces were stitched as 'scrap paper notes' of motifs -- saved to be used as patterns in textiles. Like JUNK STITCHING! She talks about the originals being made into floor cushions that they probably sat on while weaving!
So... she's compiled tons of the motifs into two new samplers -- you get to see pics of the originals in the charts. Each of the new measures 301 x 216 in stitch count - 17 x 12 on 36ct. Choose ONE hand-dyed color OF YOUR CHOICE -- one design has 28,576 stitches, the other 29,111! Needlepoint these, do them on Aida or (over-achiever-you -- GO OVER ONE!) They are beautiful!
Ink Circles is getting organized with everything under the sun. Kind of a fun series of designs, each of these is offered in it's separate chart. They all measure the same size -- approx 6 x 4 on 30-ish count, and are coded for Sampler Threads or DMC flosses.
Tools, Fishing Lures, Orchestra, Sewing, Birdhouses, Vegetables... each one appeals to its particular hobby... These are a cute something to stitch for someone... unless their sewing room or tackle box is a mess!
Pretty colors in this -- grab a 11 x 13 cut of Week's 30ct Dove Linen and Sampler Threads of Maple Syrup, Slate, Straw Bonnet, Deep Forest and Endive. I see Spring's fawns and rabbits scattered among the falling snowflakes... and lots of foresty evergreens.
I love the colors and the balance in this. What a pretty piece to hang during the transitions of the seasons, it finishes just 5 x 7, and is offered as a chart.
Mmm... at first, you see a Norwegian-flavored design with that cool little band sampler running down the right side. Lots of motifs, pretty teal, brown and mustard colors. Then... you notice the sailing ships and all the deckhands up in the riggings. Then... you notice all the sea serpent tails and realize that this is *one busy scene!* There is a battle going on... there is a mermaid and a stray anchor, crowns and a date!!!
And thus began the epic battle and no man escaped his watery grave. It might say that... but if all lives were lost in this epic battle attempting to conquer The Great Greenland Sea Monster... and it happened over 300 years ago... I bet the story is embellished a little! Tracy of Ink Circles isn't saying.....! Her sampler (oh excuse me, it SAYS this MIGHT be a reproduction!... right above the line that says it's an original design) measures approx 11 x 12 on 32ct and is stitched with either Gloriana Silk or DMC floss. It is so full of personality, cool motifs, neat borders and the 'flavor of authenticity' that it BEGS to belong to someone who loves the sea. Offered as a chart.
Diversity in Beer! Ink Circles has a new design... it'd be fun to hang in a bar area, or make as a rec room decoration. European-styled lettering... this is just a cute suggestion of many of the different glasses beer is served in. Worked on 32ct, this'll finish approx 8 x 10-1/2, and is stitched with Weeks hand-dyed flosses or DMC.
Then... did you know that your 'glass' of beer may actually be a snifter, tumbler, nonic, chalice, boot, pilsner, tulip, tub, thistle, goblet... oh she lists 8 more!!!!! They'd be fun to somehow work into a lettered border! Offered as a chart.
*99* Bottles of Beer on the Wall!
Ink Circles advises us to 'Stitch Responsibly' where this piece is concerned. She had a great time getting into beer tasting and home brewing while she was working on this piece... a stitched piece to celebrate that obnoxious song everyone knows about the bottles on the wall. This beer sampling is kind of fun -- in order to fit them all into a reasonably sized piece, she really had to shrink down the bottles and labels -- but maintaining the integrity of the label was paramount! Along with her chart is a *Key to Great Beer* listing -- providing the names of the beer and brewery, and location. So... see how many you can guess, or check them off as you stitch them, or as you drink them!
Offered as the chart, this finishes approx 10 x 20-1/2 on 28ct. Coded for DMC floss, it'd be a great gameroom or bar decoration! Can't do them all? Just choose some favorites and do a row. Probably not the best thing to stitch as a graduation gift... but a home brewer would love it!!!
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