For some reason, this one took longer than I anticipated. The PatternsOnLine chart is in 9 sections (instead of 4 in both the leaflet and the Christmas Collection Book) This design first appeared in the December 1999 issue of Just CrossStitch (Wow. More than 20 years ago?!)
Thanks for your patience!
And Happy New Year! May your new year be filled with joy.
The Christmas Wreath pattern from the Best of TW Christmas Collection has been re-charted and is now available at PatternsOnLine.com
There are only two more patterns left in the collection: Gabriel and Nativity. Not sure which will be first.
I think the only other designs (other than dragons) that are still floating around out there are smaller designs from some magazines. If the present owners are willing to relinquish copyrights, I may be able to make those available via POL as well.
I’ll have to contact Annie’s (the current owner of Just CrossStitch) and inquire.
Finally, the Father Winter re-chart is finished. (What a marathon!) It’s not even that big, as my charts go… Ah well! I just uploaded the files to PatternsOnLine.com. So to those of you who have been waiting patiently, thank you!
The chart has been broken into 16 sections, so it should be very easy to read. As always, if you should catch any errors, please let me know!
The original format on this design when it was first published was as an undivided fold-out… really difficult to stitch from unless copies/enlargements were made. Thank goodness designing/charting and layout has changed from those first patterns when everything was hand drawn!
I think the next re-chart will be Christmas Wreath.
(Wow. I didn’t expect the picture to be that big!) Anyway, the detail is pretty good… these are fun to stitch. Nothing too complicated. The bits that aren’t gold are meant to mimic precious stones, so please feel free to add the colors of your favorite gemstones!
Since these went so fast, it’s time for me to tackle another complete re-chart: Father Winter is up next.
What a marathon! It seems like I’ve been working on this re-chart forever. I think this is the 3rd incarnation of this chart. I can’t believe it was first published back in 1990?!
Hopefully, it will be the clearest yet. Rather than trying to place all of the border specialty stitch detail on the main chart with the symbols, I created a separate border chart… Of course, when I do such things, the resulting .pdf file is huge (apologies!) But I thought it worth the trade-off in the interest of chart clarity.
As always, please let me know if you find any errors…(there are *always* errors!) 😉
The Winter Carousel Horse (from the Best of TW Christmas Collection) re-chart is finally finished, and is available at PatternsOnLine.com.
As with the other 3 horses, it has been totally re-charted from scratch, so if you have earlier versions of the pattern, some symbols will be different. I kept the 12 chart sections layout I used for the rest of the horses to make it as easy to read as possible.
I’m rather enjoying working on these holiday designs during this very warm weather. Helps to have some Christmas music playing, too! 😉
Wow. It’s been forever since I’ve had anything of interest to post for you.
I’ve had a (very) full-time job for nearly two years, but that is now finished. It’s been nearly a year since my hand surgery, and that recovery is on-going. (The other hand is going to have to wait for awhile.)
So, while I take a breather and try to decide what comes next, I’m keeping busy with this and that. (I’m honestly horrified by how much I’ve had to let slide during that time!?)
There is good news: I received permission from Leisure Arts to release the designs from the Best of TW Christmas Collection via Patterns Online. First up: Angel of Frost is now available.
Angel of Frost
The chart has been expanded to 9 sections for ease in reading, and I tried to keep as many of the same symbols as the pattern which appears in the book. If you happen to find any errors in the chart or instructions, don’t hesitate to let me know.
Next up will be the Winter carousel horse… I think.
I’m sorry this space has been blank for so long; Life has a way of taking over and ‘hanging on for the ride’ becomes daily reality. So, not much besides the Essential happens… and that’s where I’ve been for a long while now. But, that’s the way it goes, and I’m grateful for the lessons learned whilst hanging on!
Hopefully, I will be able to get back to some creative work within the next couple of months. I finally decided I’d had enough of the pain in my thumbs due to arthritis, and had reconstructive surgery on my dominant hand 2 weeks ago. It’s a slow recovery process (several more weeks in a cast and then therapy), but everything seems to be going well so far. My plan is to have the same procedure on other hand yet this year. We’ll see!
Anyway, I wanted to check in with those of you who follow this blog and thank you for your loyalty and patience. And to wish you all a wonderful rest of the season!