Thursday, October 05, 2006

Sharing

My love of art depicting African American (AA) images flows directly to my quest to find cross stitch charts bearing images that mirror my heritage. Some designers are progressive enough to provide skin tone alternatives with their designs. But sometimes it's nice to find a chart that reflects the heritage. Over the years, I have built up a stash of AA charts that I'd like to share. Someday I will have stitched them all (post retirement) but in the meantime I'll feature those charts here on the blog from time to time for those that may be interested. The most popular ethnic charts are the Green Apple designs, which are widely available, so I'll skip those & focus on some of the more rare charts. I'll start with "African American Father Christmas" from Alma Lynne Designs. It's been around since 1993 but hard to find. The stitch count is 195 x 126 and actually has about 4 dozen colors. My idea of a definite challange.........
One of my other favorites (and not so challenging) is this simple chart from Designs by Judith Lynn, Inc. Stitched completely in black , it also was released in 1993 and has 154 x 104 stitches. Will definitely give you lots of practice in backstitching.
Thanks for letting me share. I'll probably feature a couple more each week. In the meantime, back to WIPs.......

3 comments:

Deborah said...

Hello,

I nearly wept when I saw your blog. I found you on Knit 1 Blog Too and I'm so glad I did. I'm a knitter and I obsess over cross stitch and needlepoint (I can't do either). I have just begun another class in needlepoint, eventually I hope to learn something!

Sharon said...

Hi Deb, the Father Christmas is a gorgeous peice. I have a friend who just recently started it. Thanks too, for the link Did you finish your alphabet heart?

Lauren said...

Oh gosh, I absolutely love Draped! I'm definitely going to be keeping an eye out for that chart! I hope you share some more of your charts - I love seeing other stitcher's stash :)