(formerly TW Designworks)
Father WinterRelease date: July, 1991
237H x 178W
drawn, (computer-generated in "A Christmas to Remember" below)
Available in "A Christmas to Remember", Book 20 in the series published by Leisure Arts. ISBN#: 1-57486-181-6
Design is available via PatternsOnLine.com.
©Leisure Arts, Inc. P.O. Box 55595, Little Rock, AR 72215
Description: This sampler features a heavily-robed, white-bearded figure seated on a wooden throne amid the snow and evergreens. Surrounding the figure is a holly-covered oval border flanked by two reindeer in profile. A Celtic-style alphabet is contained by a white-work and bead border. The outermost border consists of alternating blocks of whitework, and several different animal motifs.
Background Information: For those who live in the colder regions of the world, Winter, with its seemingly endless snow and ice can be terribly cold, bleak, and forbidding. This design is an attempt to portray that season as a "friendlier" time. Father Winter is shown as a jolly fellow, enjoying a visit with the small creatures that inhabit his forest. Snowflakes and ice-crystals inspired the white work in the sampler; to me there is something incredibly elegant about white on white...
Stitching Comments: In this design, there's an abundance of quarter stitches, (as usual) and an average amount of blended threads (about half of the symbols). Don't be intimidated by the white-work ...save it for last (except for the beads). That way, the white floss won't have a chance to get soiled, and the specialty stitches won't get snagged. Practice the white-work stitches on another piece of the same fabric until you are comfortable with them...then, Enjoy!
Specialty Stitches: diamond and square eyelets, satin stitch, Algerian eyelet, lazy-daisy
Important Tips: Charting Technique, Large Designs, Organizing Floss, Specialty Stitches, Miscellaneous Tips
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