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Squirrels of Sumatra (Big) and Out There (Little!)
- Squirrels of Sumatra is a companion to Dragons and Forests of Sumatra this is an original sampler out of Tracy's head! She's found lots of inspiration in antique Indonesian textiles... and had a little fun with them. With a stitch count of 303 x 216, choose any fabric you like - and then a luscious hand-dyed thread to go with it. The bonus, smaller chart in the lower left corner shows you color options.
- Out There is the same, fun kind of piece - only less than a quarter of the size of Squirrels! Coded for Classic Colorworks flosses of Deep Fennel, Rod & Reel, Amber Waves, Brown Sugar, Avocado, Polliwog and Sugar Plum... can you see all the animals in here??? Giraffes, snakes, lizards, and of course, those darling little monkeys! Only 107 x 80.
By Ink Circles... at first, this looks like a nice reverent piece about Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness... but WAIT... it's the pursuit of SQUIRRELS! Every dog's goal in life is to get those little monsters that taunt! They chirp and twitch their tails while that eye is looking right at you... they do it on purpose!
So here is a lovely piece that measures 243 x 315 - finishing approx 13-1/2 x 17-1/2 on 36ct! (Pretty big, but you'll have time to stitch it, because your dog will be outside chasing squirrels the whole time!)
Tracy has coded this for Valdani hand-dyed floss or DMC, and it is presented as a chart.
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.
- Three Little Kittens who lost their mittens get the pie after all, because what was once lost is found again! Actually kind of sizeable -- 8 x 10 on 28ct -- this is coded for Classic Colorworks or DMC. It'd make a cute hanging above the peg rack that holds the mittens and coats in the mudroom.
- Red's Tree House is just a cute little tree house made of ACORN shingles! Can you see them in the design? It's tucked in an oak tree, the light fixture outside the door is an acorn. The window in the front door is an acorn... then LOOK at the shape of the shake shingles! Finishes just 3-1/2 x 5 on 32ct... Gentle Art Sampler Threads or DMC.
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!!!
Beau Leggy & Calamity Pippi
Stitch a bit of Western Whimsey for your Old West Family Room, or something cute for the bedrooms of the little cowboys and cowgirls in the family!!! A pair of designs by Ink Circles, these are offered as individual charts, are worked on 32ct Blue Spruce Belfast linen in good 'ol DMC flosses' and finish approx 5 x 7. (28ct, 10ct, 14... really any count will work -- you just want that awesome dusky blue background.)
Nothing special in the stitches area -- just regular cross stitches. You could add beads to the cactus, metallic to the belt buckles, moon and stars, and if you choose 10ct fabric... some Wisper furry thread to the animals, and Very Velvet to make their boots suede... so many cute things! The designs themselves are really good... I love those bowled legs... and the names of the designs, too!!!
Here Comes Treble * Alto Gether Now * First Bass
Something fun for the music-lover in your life... Ink Circles has a trio of small charts with stitch counts of 60 x 60-ish. Choose any fabric you like, these are coded for hand-dyed flosses or DMC.
Make ornaments, something to hang in the music room, or a quick gift for a special teacher. Offered separately as small charts.
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