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Castles by the Sea

Release date: February, 2005


Stitch count: 110H X 76W
Model stitched on: 28-count Cream Cashel linen from Zweigart®
Model sizes: @7.75" X 5.25"

Chart: computer generated
Chartpack: not available
Kit: not available

©Teresa Wentzler, PO Box 176, Montoursville, PA 17754. All rights reserved.

Description: A small sampler-style design featuring a sandcastle by the seaside, a short poem (backstitched over-one), and a sea dragon playing in the waves. A decorative border featuring shell motifs, specialty stitches, beads and metallics finishes the design. The entire piece sparkles just a bit...like a sunny day at the beach.

Background Information: This design was originally created for a stitching retreat sponsored by The Lazy Daizy (owned by Sarah Haynes) held at Myrtle Beach last February. (I taught along with Jennifer Aikman-Smith of Dragon Dreams, and Karen Weaver of Black Swan Designs). The theme of the retreat was called"Castles by the Sea", and I was inspired by that to create a design which recalled some of the memories people have shared with me about their childhood visits to the seashore. (Unfortunately, I didn't visit the beach until I was an adult!) I've always felt that the sea itself is magical...and could easily accommodate the friendly sea dragons that inhabit childhood dreams!

Stitching Comments: This design is fairly small, and works up fairly quickly. It has lots to hold your interest: a bit of floss blending, some fractional stitches and some over-one, a little blending filament for sparkle, some beads, and a few specialty stitches. For those stitchers not "into" fantasy, the design can easily be adapted by leaving off the dragon bit of the design, and extending the border to enclose the poem (or maybe you'd like to use different text). Since the border is a series of repeat motifs, it would be relatively simple to make the changes needed.

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