Dance of the Total Eclipse by Whispered by the Wind


In honour of the Blood Moon last week, today’s Throwback Thursday  is Dance of the Total Eclipse by Mari McDonald of Whispered by the Wind.

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Fleeting Moment by Vintage Bliss Designs

A very beautiful and very out of print chart for Throwback Thursday. Fleeting Moment by Bobbie Ashley of Vintage Bliss Designs. This design was chosen for review by a member of the Melbourne Madness stitching group.

Vintage Bliss - Fleeting Moment Cover

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Antiquity: Who Knew

Today we discuss the defunct !?Who Knew?! designs distributed by Picture This Plus from 2005-2012.

Ocean Daughter
Ocean Daughter

Stash Antiquities:

Welcome to a new class of reviews, for the designers who are no longer in business. These reviews are presented to showcase works that the newer stitchers may not have seen and to have a place to list where they can still be found. Some bricks and mortar cross stitch shops have a few older designs still in stock, so you may find some Who Knew charts when poking around. If you do, or if you are a shop owner who has some of these still in stock, please comment below.

Who Knew - Wild Fairy Lights Cover

Why this designer?

!?Who Knew?! designs were incredibly popular and have become more so now they are out of print.  At one time or another I had five of these designs in my stash, although I can only find one at the moment.

These designs were charted for cross-stitch under licence by Picture This Plus.   They used Alison Tanner’s Mermaid and Garden Fairy stencils which were available at the time from Stensource International (which is now part of Quilting Creations).

The original images are copyright Alison Tanner, the resultant cross stitch designs are copyright !?Who Knew?!

Although the images are from another source, I love !?Who Knew?! choice of colour and fabric combination.  These are monochrome but not Black & White.

These charts are mostly whole cross stitch only.  Ocean Curiosity uses backstitch to denote fireworks and Autumn Fairy uses metallic floss in one strand in the fairy wings.  Other than that, it is two strands of the same thread all the way through.

These designs are quite simple to stitch and relatively small. I would recommend these from beginner through to advanced lovers of fairies or mermaids.

Who Knew - Autumn Fairy Cover

Review

!?Who Knew?! charts were only released as printed charts.  All charts were printed on good quality heavy paper. The front and back covers are coloured, as are any backstitch lines.

Initial charts had photographs stuck down with glue on the front cover pages.  Later copies had images printed on the front cover page.  All pages were always printed on good-quality heavy paper.

The charts are printed in black symbols on white pages.  Although these were relatively small designs, they were printed over multiple pages, making the symbols easy to see.  As these designs are mostly monochrome, the few symbols are easy to differentiate.

Each subsequent page has a three-row overlap to help you keep your place.

With these multi-page charts, some pages have numbers in each corner and this can be confusing if you haven’t seen this before.

In the top left of each page is written “Page 1” (or whatever page of the chart it is.

In the other three corners are numbers in parentheses ( ).  These numbers denote which chart page lies directly in that direction.

So the number in the top right denotes which chart page sits directly to the right of the one you are working on.

The the number in the bottom left denotes which chart page sits directly below.

The number in the bottom right denotes which chart page sits to the right of the chart page directly below the one you are working on. So in a six-page chart :

Page 1                                Page 2

Page 3                                Page 4

Page 5                               Page 6

 

Page 1 would have these in each corner:

Page 1       (2)

(3)                (4)

The back cover lists all the information we need to kit up and stitch this design: the stitch count, the design size on a standard range of fabric counts, what fabric was used in the model, the floss list and the floss key.

All of the !?Who Knew?! designs can be stitched over one or over two, so select your favourite Aida or evenweave fabric, some favourite threads and start stitching.

Gallery

Who Knew - Autumn Fairy

Autumn Fairy:
2 skeins (20yd) Threadworx 1042 Desert Sunset (NN 129 Sequoia)
1 spool Kreinik Blending Filament 021 Copper

Stitch count 103 x 135.
Model stitched on Picture This Plus “Midas” 28ct Cashel

Who Knew - Ocean Curiosity

Ocean Curiosity:
6 skeins Gentle Arts 0240 Midnight
1 card Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid PB68 Black Opal

Stitch count 169 x 248.
Model stitched on Picture This Plus “Dwarf” 32ct Belfast linen.

Who Knew - Ocean's Daughter

Ocean Daughter:
8 skeins Classic Colorworks Bejeweled

Stitch count 149 x 159.
Model stitched on Picture This Plus “Crystal Lagoon” 32ct Belfast.

Who Knew - Ocean Treasure

Ocean Treasure:
6 skeins Weeks Dye Works 1285 Twilight
1 card Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid PB03 Gold

Stitch count 198 x 125.
Model stitched on Picture This Plus “Crystal Loch” 32ct Belfast.

Who Knew - Ocean Whisper

Ocean Whisper:
unknown skeins of Dinky Dyes 136 Sea Grass

Stitch count unknown.
Model stitched on Picture This Plus “Lagoon” 28ct Cashel linen.

Who Knew - Wild Fairy Light

Wild fairy light:
5 skeins Gentle Arts 0310 Claret
1 spool Kreinik Blending Filament 042 Confetti Fuchsia

Stitch count 111 x 168.
Model stitched on Picture This Plus “Fresco” 28ct Cashel linen.

Places to Buy

Picture This Plus stopped selling !?Who Knew?! designs in November 2012. If you know of any store who has any of these designs in stock, please comment below.

Hand Dyer Suggestions

Some hand dyers have suggested alternatives for a different look or feel to these designs.

Crafty Kitten “Wild fairy light – stitch on Dawnblush (or vintage petals) with Moonlight threads for a slightly different look.

Or if you wanted more a tone on tone, stitch on Moonlight with Twilight Shadows thread.

Colour Cascade Fabrics “Ocean Treasure (I adore mermaids I found it so hard to only send you a few pics Sorry) Mermaid Song, After the Rain, Deep Water & Oceans”

Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 27 February 2015.

Fiberlicious “Ocean Daughter: I’d suggest using Mermaid of Atlantis to stitch Mermaid, Sea Moss to stitch the plants and fishes.

Ocean Whisper: Ocean Ridge for the background and water flows. Sea Moss for the plants. Sea Dragon/Mermaid of Atlantis for the mermaid

Ocean Treasure: Moonlit water or shades of blue with Gold Kreinik and beads.

Ocean Curiosity: Ocean Ridge for the mermaid and castle. Sea Moss for the plants

Autumn Fairy: Autumn Wreath, Fallen lea, Flamboyant Fall or Apricot Sunshine.

Wild Fairy Light: Carnation Cluster/Camelia or Mystical Garden for the whole design or just the flower. You can add Hawaiian Hibicus which is a pastel rainbow colors into her wings to bring out the dreamy looking of the chart.

Sparklies “I chose Ocean Treasure which I think would look wonderful on Gina’s Delight.”

Chromatic Alchemy “I think Ocean Curiosity looks wonderful on Cirrus which can be used equally well as either a seascape or a brooding sky.”

Thread Pickerz Silkz suggests using “Ocean nebula or tropical teal” for any of the mermaid charts.

Eileen has been updating the Thread Pickerz Silkz website.  She offers 10% off each silk thread as it is added back into the collection.

For readers of this site, she offers an extra 10% discount if you use the code: Xstitchreview

Discussion

Have you stitched any of these designs? Do you have any of these in your stash?  Can you help supply some of the missing information or cover photos of missing designs?

Which other vanished Designer would you like me to showcase? Comment below and I will try to find something suitable.

If you like this review of !?Who Knew?! designs, please share it with your friends or groups.

Last Updated: 19 February 2015

Antiquity: Dragonfly Lane

For today’s Throwback Thursday we discuss the defunct Dragonfly Lane, and Carrie Medlin’s beautiful fantasy designs.

Dragonfly Lane - Sea Dragons Cover

Stash Antiquities: Welcome to a new class of reviews, for the designers who are no longer in business. I offer these reviews to showcase works that newer stitcher’s may not have seen and to have a place to list where they can still be found. Some bricks and mortar cross stitch shops have a few older designs still in stock, so you may find some Dragonfly Lane charts when poking around. If you do, or if you are a shop owner who has some of these still in stock, please comment below.

Mushroom Fairy
Mushroom Fairy

From the Designer

All of my designs are from sketches, in fact I just posted on Facebook the original sea dragon sketch that became a cross stitch design.  My experience as a self published designer was fun, the online cross stitch shops were supportive and DMC was generous with metallic samples.

I changed directions and put my focus on Colorado Dragonfly and my cleaning business to support my family, since I’ve been a single parent for many many years. 🙂

I do still like to stitch, when I can find the time and the last two  things I actually finished were Mirabilia. 😉 In fact a lovely lady in Queensland (Marilyn Sykes) was my cross stitch supply fairy and sent me the charts and beads for them. 🙂

Sea Dragon Original Sketch Photo Courtesy of Carrie Medlin
Sea Dragon Original Sketch
Photo Courtesy of Carrie Medlin

Why this designer?

Carrie Medlin burst on the cross stitch scene in 2004 with these marvellous designs.  Carrie is now using her artistic talents to create beautiful hardwood inlays for floors, wall hangings and furniture. She is so clever and talented; see Colorado Dragonfly for images of her work.

In the early 2000s hand dyed fabric was just becoming accepted in the cross stitch world and the first hand dyers Enchanted Needle, Sugar Maple Fabrics and Picture This Plus were just making their mark. Carrie used these fabrics to great effect for her fantasy designs; especially Inquisitive Dragon.  This is such a minimalist design that it would work on any hand dyed fabric.

In Mushroom Fairy, her one design on white fabric, Carrie used one over one to give the bee more detail. Carrie was one of the first designers to start the new trend of including one over one segments in two over two charts.  These days that trend is most often used to give more definition to arms and faces.

Carries designs used hand dyed fabrics, Kreinik blending filament, Kreinik #4 Very Fine Braid, Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid, Rainbow Gallery Hi-Lights and Mill Hill Glass Beads.

Carries designs use whole cross stitch, partial cross stitch, backstitch and beads to create her wonderful designs.  I recommend them for an adventurous beginner to advanced fantasy lover.

Plus she designed two hippocampus designs – where else do you find hippocampus in cross stitch?

Review

As these are older designs, they were only ever supplied in printed leaflet form.  The charts are on US Letter (A4) paper with a cover page showing a colour image of the stitched design.

The charts are computer generated (not hand-drawn) with a variety of floss symbols.  It is easy to differentiate between them.

Unfortunately, the grid lines are quite small, there are many symbols on the one page and thus these charts may need to be enlarged to stitch.  This is typical of charts from this time and mainly due to using fewer pages to keep printing and postage costs down.

Also note the later designs include a three-row overlap on later chart pages; the early charts do not.  For those you will need to count carefully, however all Dragonfly Lane charts include stitch markers (stitch ruler) on each page so you can easily make sure your rows line up.

All the Dragonfly Lane charts use different coloured lines to map out the backstitching. These are thin lines, but the differing colours make the backstitch very easy to see on the charts, and they don;t obscure any of the cross stitch symbols.  More designers should use this technique.

The back cover lists all the information needed to stitch the chart; stitch count, fabric used in the model stitch, floss list and symbol key, and detailed backstitch instructions.  Everything you want on the back cover.

All Dragonfly Lane designs can be stitched on Aida or evenweave.  Given the use of quarter stitches in these designs I would use an evenweave; but if quarter stitches on Aida doesn’t bother you, then stitch it on Aida.

Dragonfly Lane - Inquisistive Dragon

Gallery

Mushroom Fairy
Mushroom Fairy

The Mushroom Fairy

1 skein each DMC 310, 327, 356, 433, 434, 435, 437, 469, 470, 471, 472, 550, 552, 553, 554, 712, 738, 739, 754, 758, 814, 815, 816, 818, 824, 826, 902, 934, 935, 948

1 spool each Kreinik BF 013 Beige, 032 Pearl

1 spool Kreinik #4 Braid 060 Midnight

Stitchcount 156 x 181.  Model stitched on Zweigart 32ct White Lugana.

 Inquisitive Dragon
Inquisitive Dragon

The Inquisitive Dragon

1 skein each DMC 169, 310, 413, 930, 931, 932, 3750, 3752, 3799

1 spool Kreinik BF 005 Black

1 spool each Rainbow Gallery Petite Braid PB05 Black, PB18 Midnight Blue, and PH02 Silver High Gloss.

Stitch count 135 x 186.  Model stitched on Picture This Plus 28ct “Carnival Crystal” Cashel Linen.

Athena
Athena

Athena: Hippocampus Part 1

1 skein each DMC 221, 224, 561, 562, 563, 747, 823, 939, 3024, 3721, 3847, 3848, 3849, 3866

1 spool Kreinik BF 033 Royal Blue

1 spool each Kreinik #4 braid: 421 Azalea, 622 Wedgwood Blue and 3202 Cat’s Eye

2 cards Rainbow Gallery Hi-Lights H625 White Pearl

1 card Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid PB01 Bright Gold

1 packet each Mill Hill Beads 00161 Crystal and 02015 Sea Blue

Stitch count 182 x 321.  Model stitched on Sugar Maple Fabrics 28ct “Moon Princess” Lugana.

Arameth
Arameth

Arameth: Hippocampus Part 2

1 skein each DMC 221, 224, 561, 562, 563, 648, 747, 823, 939, 3024, 3721, 3847, 3848, 3849, 3866

1 spool Kreinik BF 033 Royal Blue

1 spool each Kreinik #4 braid: 421 Azalea, 622 Wedgwood Blue and 3202 Cat’s Eye

4 cards Rainbow Gallery Hi-Lights H625 White Pearl

1 card Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid PB01 Bright Gold

1 packet each Mill Hill Beads 00161 Crystal and 02015 Sea Blue

Stitch count 188 x 323.  Model stitched on Sugar Maple Fabrics 28ct “Moon Princess” Lugana.

Sea Dragons
Sea Dragons

Sea Dragons

1 skein each DMC 304, 310, 420, 550, 552, 561 666, 676, 677, 680, 729, 746, 924.

1 skein DMC Light Effects Precious Metals E3821  Light Gold (formerly DMC 5282)

1 spool Kreinik BF 003 Red, 012 Purple, 061 Ruby, 091 Star Yellow.

1 spool each Kreinik #4 braid: 009 Emerald

1 card Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid PB01 Bright Gold and PB14 Bronze

1 packet each Mill Hill Beads 00561 Ice Green, 02025 Heather and 42029 Petite Tapestry Teal.

Stitch count 232 x 231.  Model stitched on Sugar Maple Fabrics 32ct “Shimmering Ocean” .

Places to Buy

Carrie says:

I have all of the designs I think in PCStitch format, including a few that were never sold. I never sold any copyrights so they are all still my designs.

Lets see if we can convince her release the new designs (including a baby hippocampus!) and sell the others again!

Paw Prints – have closed down but still has some Dragonfly Lane charts listed in their bargain bin sale. It might be worth contacting them to see if these are still for sale.

If you know of any stores still stocking any of these designs, please met me know in the comments.

Hand Dyer Suggestions

As most of the Dragonfly Lane designs used fabrics from hand dyers no longer in business, here are some current dyers’ suggestions. Permission has been granted from the designer for overlays to be used on Cross Stitch Review.

Crafty Kitten “All of those will work brilliantly on a lot of colours.  For the aquatic ones sunlit water, waterfall, blue pearl or winter skies or maybe winter sunset.”

“The dragon, Ember or Autumnal Woodland if you want bold, something more subtle hint of autumn or fallen leaf.”

“The fairy I would probably go with fairy forest.”

Crafty Kitten is also running a competition on her site: any orders placed in January over £10 would go into a draw for a £10 Crafty Kitten gift voucher.

Colour Cascade Fabrics recommends “Inquisitive Dragon on Dragons Breath or Dragon Queen”

Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 27 February 2015.

Sparklies “Arameth and Athena would look great on Aquarius or Caribbean Blue.”

Chromatic Alchemy  “I just had to pick Inquisitive Dragon for today….he is so regal. I have paired him with Cirrus as I think he looks like he should be a water/frost dragon….or maybe perhaps it’s because I have a thing for blue”

Fiberlicious “Shades of grey with blending filament will look great on the inquisitive dragon.”

Discussion

Have you stitched any of these designs? Do you have any of these in your stash (paper or digital)?  Can you help supply some of the missing information or cover photos of missing designs?

Which other vanished Designer would you like me to showcase? Comment below and I will try to find something suitable.

If you like this review of Dragonfly Lane designs, please share it with your friends.

Last Updated: 28 January 2015

Antiquity: Fanta Cat Illusions

Today we discuss the defunct Illusions by Vicky Graham. Bought by Fanta Cat Designs, also no longer in operation, these fantasy designs are amazing for their use of metallics and beads.

Gypsy Allure

Stash Antiquities: Welcome to a new class of reviews, for the designers who are no longer in business. We present these to showcase works that the newer stitchers may not have seen and to have a place to list where they can still be found. Some bricks and mortar cross stitch shops have a few older designs still in stock, so you may find some Fanta Cat Designs charts when poking around. If you do, or if you are a shop owner who has some of these still in stock, please please comment below.

Madam X
Madam X

Why this designer?

Vicky Graham first started designing contemporary cross stitch charts for “Idle Hand Designs” before starting this wonderful “Illusions” line.  These stunning but very easy to stitch designs were created in the 1990s, a time when the cross stitching shelves were still mainly dominated by  cute cottages. A time before the rise of art-to-stitch and when, if you liked fantasy, you needed the dedication to stitch a Teresa Wentzler pattern.

Fanta Cat Designs attempted to bring fantasy to the ordinary stitcher by selling such designers as Illusions.  These charts are very easy to stitch, but the juxtaposition of the blackwork figure with the metallic and bead accentuation produces a unanimous “wow” reaction in every person who sees one of these designs in life.

Illusions designs use full cross stitch, partial cross stitch, back stitch, metallics and beads. Vicky’s use of large swathes of single colour make these easy designs to stitch.  I recommend them for an adventurous beginner to advanced fantasy lover.

I would love to see some of these designs stitched on some of our favourite hand dyed fabrics.

Rhiannon  Illusions by Fanta Cat Designs Stitching and Photo courtesy of Melissa Hicks
Rhiannon
Illusions by Fanta Cat Designs
Stitching and Photo courtesy of Melissa Hicks

Review

As these are older designs, they were only ever supplied in printed leaflet form.  The charts are on US Ledger (A3) paper folded, with a glossy cardstock cover and page of general stitching instructions. These instructions include how Fanta Cat charts recommends you stitch partial stitches in their designs.

All of the glossy front covers show images of the stitched designs. Showing a computer mock-up seems to be a recent innovation in the stitching world and to an older stitcher like me, this denotes a reduced quality.  I far prefer to see a stitched model as unexpected issues can crop up and be addressed during a model stitch, before it ever goes to market.

The floss symbols for the earlier charts are all hand drawn and quite small compared the grid work we are used to seeing today..  These charts will need to be enlarged for ease of seeing and stitching.  The good news is that the symbols are usually quite distinct and well drawn.

The newer designs have computer generated symbols and the metallic backstitch and beads are shown in different colours.  The newer illusions charts are beautiful to stitch from.

All designs show the floss list, specific chart instruction, and stitch count on the back of the chart pack.

Gallery

Illusions - Crystal Dreams

Crystal Dreams:
DMC: 221, 310, 367, 368, 369, 500, 725, 725, 727, 820, 921, 922, 951, 3765.
Kreinik BF: 001HL, 002HL, 006, 027, 033.
Anchor Marlitt: 845, 1056, 1067, 1078.
Mill Hill Beads: 02011

Stitch count 65 x 140.
Model stitched on Black Lugana.

Illusions - Dragon's Gate

Dragon’s Gate:
DMC: 310, 415, 470, 471, 580, 581, 720, 743, 745, 9078, 3348, 3364. (Optional DMC 828 for background)
Kreinik BF: 002HL
Kreinik #8: 001HL, 002HL

Stitch count 107 x 169.
Model stitched on Light Blue 14ct Aida.

Fox Glove Fairy

Fox Glove Fairy:
DMC: 310, 726, 597, 453, 598, 648, 676, 776, 729,  844, 950, 951, 957, 986, 987, 989, white
Kreinik BF: 002HL, 006, 032
Kreinik Cable; 002P
Mill Hill Beads: 42029

Stitch count 97x 136.
Model stitched on Pewter 28ct Lugana.

Illusions - Azure Fairy

Azure Fairy:
DMC: 310, 311, 310, 340, 407, 553, 797, 950, 951, 995, 996.
Kreinik BF: 012
Mill Hill Beads: 00168, 00252, 02011

Stitch count 164 x 202.
Model stitched on White 14ct Aida

Illusions - Peacock Dreams

Peacock Dreams:
DMC: 221, 310, 402, 407, 632, 648, 825, 826, 831, 840, 841, 895, 951, 922, 943, 950, 951, 991, 3346, 3376, 3799, white.
Kreinik BF: 002HL, 006HL, 012, 027, 029.
Kreinik #4: 009
Mill Hill Beads: 03002

Stitch count 74 x 97.
Model stitched on Cream 28ct Lugana

Illusions - Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras:
This is a three – dimensional design.  The Mask is stitched separately and then placed on top of the design.  Real peacock feathers are placed between the mask and the rest of the design.

DMC: 310, 333, 353, 730, 772, 824, 911, 943, 995, 3766.
Kreinik BF: 006, 008, 012, 029, 033, 085
Kreinik 1/8″ Ribbon: 002
Mill Hill Beads: 02014, 03026, 03027, 03029
4 real peacock feathers

Stitch count 88 x 137.
Model stitched on White perforated paper and White 14ct Aida.

Illusions - Guardian

Guardian:
DMC: 310, 469470, 472, 721, 906, 907, 920, 937, 943, 945, 951.
Kreinik BF: 002HL, 027, 043
Kreinik #8: 091, 094
Rainbow Gallery Designer’s Dream: D02, D46

Stitch count 75 x 120.
Model stitched on Black 28ct Lugana.

Illusions - Fantasy Flight (2)

Fantasy Flight:
DMC: 310, 704, 725, 742, 744, 745, 754, 844, 917, 948, 958, 959, 964, white.
Kreinik BF: 002HL

Stitch count 124 x 162.
Model stitched on Pewter 28ct Lugana.

Illusions - Rhiannon

Rhiannon
Information unknown – I no longer possess a copy of this chart.

Illusions - Miranda

Miranda:
DMC: 310, 353, 562
Kreinik BF: 001HL, 002HL, 029, 032, 044.
Mill Hill Beads: 03046

Stitch count 114 x 283.
Model stitched on White 28ct Lugana.

Illusions - Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror:
DMC: 310, 312, 414, 420, 445, 469, 470, 472, 498, 519, 701, 733, 801, 838, 900, 920, 922, 930, 931, 932, 943, 951, 995, 3022, 3023, 3024, 3045, 3046, 3047, 3799, white.
Kreinik BF: 015, 022HL, 025, 027, 032, 090, 091, 094.
Kreinik #4: 001, 102, 202HL.
Mill Hill Beads: 40557, 42029.

Stitch count 107 x 217.
Model stitched on Tan 28ct Lugana.

Illusions - Desirea

Desirea
DMC:  310, 797, 799, white.
Kreinik BF: 001HL, 002HL, 003, 061HL
Kreinik: #4 001
Mill Hill Beads: 00557

Stitch count 105 x 151.
Model stitched on White 28ct Lugana.

Illusions - And Other Things

And Other Things:
DMC: 300, 310, 320, 340, 367, 369, 400, 434, 435, 436, 598, 648, 721, 739, 839, 841, 842, 938, 950, 951, 958, 959, 964, 3078, 3371, 3607, 3776, 3799, 3821, 3825, 3826, white.

Kreinik BF: 002HL, 021, 029, 032, 094.
Kreinik #4: 002.
Mill Hill Beads: 00479.

Stitch count 117 x 117.
Model stitched on Cream 28ct Lugana.

Tigerfly

Tigerfly:
Information unknown

Enchanted

Enchanted
DMC:  415, 470, 471, 472, 677, 726, 727, 798, 799, 919, 921, 945, 951, 977, 3325, 3756
Kreinik BF: 002HL
Mill Hill Beads: 00374

Stitch count 116 x 178.
Model stitched on White 28ct Lugana.

Illusions - Mystical Journey

Mystical Journey:
DMC: 310, 318, 470, 472, 580, 581, 666, 704, 720, 722, 739, 844, 890, 919, 951, 962, 3364, white.
Kreinik BF: 002HL, 009HL, 015, 027, 032HL, 091, 094.

Stitch count 114  x 127.
Model stitched on Pewter 28ct Lugana.

Illusions - Dragon Feathers Afghan

Dragon Feathers Afghan:
DMC: 312, 422, 676, 677, 702, 720, 722, 772, 3345, 3346, 3347, 3348, 3812, 3829.
Kreinik #8: 002

Model stitched on Zweigart Black Anne Cloth Afghan.

Illusions - Gypsy Allure

Dragon Feathers Afghan:
DMC:  310, 676, 761, 807,
Kreinik BF: 001HL, 002HL, 003HL, 006, 006HL, 032HL, 051HL
Kreinik #8: 027
Mill Hill Beads: 00479

Stitch count 95 x 154.
Model stitched on White 28ct Lugana.

Illusions - Ankha

Ankha:
DMC: 310, 433, 434, 564, 605, 676, 677, 743, 745, 796, 798, 800, 991, 993, 3706.
Kreinik BF: 002
Kreinik #8: 002

Stitch count 126 x 192.
Model stitched on Beige 10ct Tula

Illusions - Erin

Erin:
DMC: 310, 676, 700, 702, white.
Kreinik BF: 002HL, 008, 009, 009HL, 032.
Kreinik #4: 202HL
Mill Hill Beads:  40479

Stitch count 95 x 149.
Model stitched on White 26ct Lugana.

Illusions - Tianna

Tianna:
DMC: 310, 470, 676, 700, 702, 798, 823, 840, 911, 943, 3824, Eru, White.
Kreinik BF: 002HL, 008, 012, 015, 029, 032
Kreinik #8: 002, 5982
Mill Hill Beads:  00479, 40557

Stitch count 125 x 264.
Model stitched on Antique White 28ct Lugana.

Illusions - Thief

Thief:
DMC:  470, 471, 472, 376, 550, 677, 729, 741, 743, 762, 3024, 3033, 3045, 3046, 3047, 3350, 3354, 3731, 3799, 3803, 3823, 3845, 3846, 3853, 3864.
Kreinik BF: 001HL, 002HL, 027, 031, 032HL, 091.
Kreinik #8: 002
Mill Hill Beads:  02002

Stitch count 133 x 182.
Model stitched on Antique White 28ct Lugana.

Illusions - Papillon

Papillon:
DMC: 310, 317, 351, 353, 415, 433, 435, 437, 676, 700, 702, 796, 797, 801, 831, 906, 907, 943, 991, 3799, Ecru, White.
Kreinik BF: 002HL, 008, 015, 029, 032, 033, 060, 085
Mill Hill Beads:  02014, 03002, 03024, 03025

Stitch count 141 x 189.
Model stitched on Antique White 28ct Lugana.

Illusions - Transformation

Transformation:
DMC: 321, 353, 415, 676, 677, 704, 738, 739, 744,762, 783, 798, 800, 904, 905, 906, 907, 943, 951, 3799, 3864, 3851, 3853, white.
Kreinik BF: 002HL, 015, 025, 027, 029, 031, 033, 091, 302HL
Kreinik #8: 002
Rainbow Gallery Whisper: White

Stitch count 141 x 212.
Model stitched on The Blended Needle “Parchment” 28ct Lugana.

Madam X

Madam X:
DMC: 310, 352, 353, 676, 677, 796, 798, 799, 959, 3812, 3851.
Kreinik BF: 029, 033
Kreinik #4: 002
Mill Hill Beaads: 00479

Stitch count 102 x 154.
Model stitched on White 28ct Lugana.

Illusions - Emerald Swallowtail

Emerald Swallowtail:
DMC: 310, 335, 518, 701, 702, 703, 704, 743, 906, 3046, 3047, 3733, 3746, 3799, 3851
Kreinik BF: 002, 008, 012, 015, 029
Mill Hill Beaads: 00479

Stitch count 120 x 196.
Model stitched on Antique White 28ct Lugana.

Regal Pea Dragon Afghan

Regal Pea Dragon Afghan:
DMC: 470, 472, 676, 677, 721, 729, 791, 798, 912, 996, 3799, white.
Kreinik #8: 002

Model stitched on Zweigart Oatmeal Gloria Afghan.

Places to Buy

Letha Welch of Fanta Cat Designs, who owns copyright for the Illusions line of charts closed her business in 2008 when she moved and retired.

Country Designs UK – has Enchanted in stock.

Nease’s Needlework – I’ve never used this online store, but they seem to have some designs in stock.

Paw Prints – have closed down but still has some Illusions charts listed in their bargain bin sale. It might be worth contacting them to see if these are still for sale.

If you know of any stores still stocking any of these designs, please met me know in the comments.

Hand Dyer Suggestions

As these designs used plain fabrics and DMC, some hand dyers have suggested their own take on kitting up the designs.

Polstitches “Snowy mountain it always an exciting substitution for white where it can be used as it is soft and gentle with dreamy aspects, might suit an opalescent!”

Snowy Mountains
Snowy Mountains

Colour Cascade Fabrics “Regal Pea Dragon I could totally see on Peacock”  Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 27 February 2015.

Chromatic Alchemy  “I chose Tigerfly as a piece to play with from the gorgeous Illusions Designs range. I’ve teemed her with Nuriel’s Forest which I think really accentuates her red hair and gives a pleasing contrast to those striking tiger wings.”

Sparklies “I chose Enchanted, which I think would look great on Purpleberry Spludge, Thalia, or Moonlighting.”

Crafty Kitten “Tigerfly, I’m not sure if it’s in print or not.  But I’d stitch it on Moonlight or winter skies.  Foxglove fairy, I’d go with fairy forest for. ”

Fiberlicious “This is such a lovely chart to stitch as there are many rooms for you to play with hand dyed flosses. I would suggest using threads from gradation collection (Shades of green, red and pink) for the leaves and flowers.  And Havana Cafe or Spring Blossoms for the butterfly”

Discussion

Have you stitched any of these designs? Do you have any of these in your stash?  Can you help supply some of the missing information or cover photos of missing designs?

Which other vanished Designer would you like me to showcase? Comment below and I will try to find something suitable.

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Last Updated: 16 January 2015