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Stroke of Midnight

Release date: May, 1995

Stitch count: 234H x 184W
Model stitched on: 25 count antique white Lugana® from Zweigart®
Model size: 18.75" x 14.875"

Chart: computer generated
Leaflet: not available
Kit: not available
Downloadable Chart:  available

Available via PatternsOnLine.com ONLY

©Leisure Arts, Inc. P.O. Box 55595, Little Rock, AR 72215

Description: A dramatic design featuring an elaborately gowned maiden fleeing the ball as the clock strikes midnight. As she runs down the carpeted stairway, she anxiously glances back toward the mansion with its its tall paladian windows aglow. At the open door stands her abandoned escort, who watches helplessly as she races away. Executed entirely in cross stitch, this piece is corner to corner stitching, with some over-one areas for heightened detail.

Background Information: This piece was a true challenge to design (I worked on it for a period of about three years). This was my dilemma: how to design a very popular (well-known) subject in a unique and interesting way...how to capture the drama, the atmosphere, the setting, and of course, "The Dress" without unconsciously imitating artwork that I've seen since I was a child. I felt like I didn't have an original idea in my head while I worked on this piece! Suffice it to say that I breathed a huge sigh of relief when I finally finished it and sent it off to the publisher! Imagine my surprise when it won a Golden Needle Award in 1995....

Stitching Comments: This piece is BIG. Add to that the blended floss colors, the usual quota of fractional stitches, and a fairly large over-one area and this piece becomes a true stitching marathon! For the experienced stitcher who is accustomed to complex designs, it shouldn't pose any problems, but it is definitely not a piece for beginners. On the up-side, the leaflet is very clear: the chart is printed larger than many of my charts, and is presented in page format:: not a big hard-to-handle fold-out chart.

Specialty Stitches: none

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