Medieval Mermaid by Midsummer Night Designs

This is an older design but has so many options for personal interpretation. Medieval Mermaid by Deborah Thorpe of Midsummer Night Designs. Midsummer Night Designs - Medieval Mermaid Cover

From the Designer

I love mermaids (if you'll notice, I even put one in my Adam and Eve piece) and thought this might be a different look than what I've seen in other mermaid designs. The quote is from Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream". It's all in one color, which makes it easy to stitch, and uses Gentle Art's Shaker Threads, Black Raspberry Jam.

What is it?

My gentle Puck, come hither. Thou rememberest Since once I sat upon a promontory And heard a mermaid on a dolphin’s back Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath That the rude sea grew civil at her song And certain stars shot madly from their spheres To hear the seamaid’s music?
Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Act 2, Scene 1)

Why this chart?

It's Shakespeare, it's mermaids, it's a declaration of the beauty of singing. What is not to love? In some medieval printed books illustrations were provided by woodcuts; the image of the mermaid and boat is reminiscent of an early woodcut style. I am also, as regular readers are no doubt aware, very fond of monochrome and stylised designs. Like so many other designs, this one can easily be personalised for your taste with a change in colour, or colours and fabrics. Medieval Mermaid is simple whole cross stitch; I can recommend this design for an absolute beginner through to an advanced lover of Shakespeare and medieval illustrations. Midsummer Night Designs - Medieval Mermaid

Review

The chart pack for Medieval Mermaid has a front and back cover on US Letter (A4) light yellow cardstock.  The front cover has a photo of the stitched design glued on. The back cover has all information we want to kit up the project, stitch count, fabric used for the model, size of the design, floss used and how many skeins of floss. Succinct but includes everything we need. The chart is shown in black on page of white US Letter (A4) paper, sandwiched between the covers.  The chart page has only the chart; as there is only one colour of floss and only whole cross stitch, there is no need for stitching instructions or a symbol key. Although the chart is easy to see on the single page, I would be tempted to enlarge the design to mark off my progress.  The symbols are a little too small for my ham-fisted use of a highlighter.

Materials Required

To stitch the charts exactly as designed, you will need: GAST 7021 Black Raspberry Jam   4 skeins Gentle Art Sampler Threads (GAST) 7021 Black Raspberry Jam I love this thread colour! Perfectly named.   Lakeside Linens 32ct Double Pearled Barley Linen (stitch count 113 x 230). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1. Stitched with the recommended two strands of floss over two threads, with 3" border allowance, fabric size is: 13¼" x 20½"  or  33 x 52cm  or  a fat quarter (18" x 27").
Lakeside Linen Pearled Barley
Lakeside Linen Pearled Barley
For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 14¼” x 22½”  or  36 x 57cm  or  a fat quarter (18 x 27″).

Approximate cost for Project

Approximate cost to stitch this design using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do  not include postage): Chart: $   8.00 Floss:  $    8.00 Fabric: $11.85 Total: $27.85  ($45.80 AUD or €26.00  or  £21.40)

Places to Buy

From the designer in November 2014: "About 5 years ago, my computer hard drive died. Yes, some of my patterns were saved on an external hard drive but not all and frankly, not the ones I really wanted. At the time I was going through a rough bout of empty nest syndrome as both my children left home for college at the same time. It took a while to get used to it and I was thoroughly down about it and not up to doing anything about my patterns until this year actually. And suddenly, I got bitten by the stitching bug again and here I am, back and hopefully not forgotten. My plan is to open an Etsy shop soon. In fact, I thought it would be later this month but issues with framing have cropped up and that timeline will have to be pushed further away." Hopefully Deborah still plans to open that Etsy shop, and bring out those 8 new designs she discusses in her blog. Australia: Colours Down Under has all the threads and a variety of plain fabrics in stock. Colour Cascade Fabrics Tammy suggests " After the Rain or Dark Fantasy" from her range of fabrics. Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 27 February 2015. Canada: Traditional Stitches in Calgary have a selection of floss and fabrics to suit your taste. Europe: Casa Cenina in Italy stock a variety of fabrics and floss for your unique creation. United Kingdom: SewandSo has  a range of floss and fabrics to make this design uniquely yours. Chromatic Alchemy  "I have chosen Sayge for medieval mermaid, I think this colour evokes a vintage feel that is perfect for this piece." Crafty Kitten "That’s another one that I would probably put on an antique neutral shade, so Oatmeal (again), Vintage Petals, Faded Olive or Tea Rose". Sparklies "To keep the 'olde worlde' feel of this piece, but give a sea coloured background I would choose Pisces or Maelstrom." Thread Pickerz Silkz suggests “Black orchid or lue ” United States: 123Stitch has the thread in stock and offers a variety of fabrics. Black Cat Stitchery in Illinois has floss and fabric in stock to make this a project to remember.  Erica is offering a 5% discount for readers of Cross Stitch Review.  Coupon code: CSRSPRING15. Offer ends 31 May 2015. Stitches n Things has the recommended materials in stock to kit this up for you. Fiberlicious Another beautiful design! I suggest using: Mermaids of Atlantis for the ocean Sea dragon for the mermaid Storm brewing for the stars Shades of brown for the ship Moonlit water for the fish Ocean Ridge for the sayings and border.

Discussion

If you like this design, or any others by Midsummer Night Designs, I suggest you contact Deborah via her blog and let her know. If you liked the review, please share it with your friends. Last Updated: 5 February 2015