For today’s Throwback Thursday, I thought I would revisit another of my favourite designers, Terrence Nolan of Dimples Designs.
What is it?
Dimples Designs is long gone now, but a few of Terrence’s fabulous charts are still available, including For Amelia, Wherever she may go. This design is a pair of butterflies inside a glass Faberge-style egg. The egg is stitched normally, but the but the butterflies are stitched in silk in tiny 1 over 1 stitches.
Why this chart?
Under both of his business names Pangea and Dimples Designs, Terrence released many series of charts and a number of beautiful pieces. Many of his designs are incredibly detailed and amazing in their use of colour and texture. So many designs of insects, birds and sea shells. My favourite three series are:
- Russian Imperial Eggs
- Professor Fizzby’s Wonderous Strange Collection of Wee Beasties
- The Secret Life of Snow
Google them or view this blog page for pictures of these long out of date and hard to find charts. As so many of his designs are hard to find and incredibly coveted, I’m featuring For Amelia as today’s review because it is one of the few you can still easily buy.
Due to the varieties of silk and metallic floss, beads, combination of over one and over two stitching and speciality stitches, I would recommend this design for an intermediate to advanced stitcher. Terrence uses three different thicknesses of Kreinik metallics in this design. But like all projects, if you have the enthusiasm and passion for this chart, you will stitch it regardless of your experience levels.
For Amelia, Wherever She May Go was first published in 2000 and is still in print. Dimples Designs were only ever released in print or kit form.
Terrence Nolan’s care and detail in creating his artworks also extended to the creation of his chart packs.
The For Amelia chart consists of 14 pages:
- the front cover page including a pasted on photograph of the completed stitched work
- three pages of chart for the egg-shell including directions and a marker for where to match up the shell and butterflies, and a complete list of stitching instructions including which parts of the design to stitch in which order and instructions for the speciality stitches
- two page chart for the butterflies
- one full-page chart of the egg and base with only the backstitching to be done in one colour
- one full-page chart of the egg and base with only the backstitching to be done in the next colour
- four full-page charts of the butterflies, each only including the backstitch for that individual colour
- one page of diagrams for the speciality stitches, Rhodes Hearts and Algerian Eyelets
- Back cover listing the floss needed and the floss key.
I have not seen another designer include that many copies of a chart with just the sections to be stitched or backstitched highlighted. These are included in the pack in the order in which they are to be stitched. I wish more designers who use multicoloured backstitching used this approach.
My copy of the chart is printed in off white/light grey paper. The chart symbols are differentiated enough that you can easily see which floss or metallic to use where. I find the chart for stitching the butterflies a touch on the small side, but that may be because I’m used to enlarging all charts on my tablet now. Also there is no overlap pages between the sheets of the main charts, so count carefully.
To stitch the chart exactly as designed, you will need:
1 spoon each Kreinik Blending Filaments: 002HL, 003, 006HL, 007HL, 012, 012HL, 024, 024HL, 029, 032, 051HL
1 Spool each Kreinik #4 Very Fine Braid: 001HL, 032, 202HL, 9294
1 Spool each Kreinik #8 Fine Braid: 071, 101
1 skein each Kreinik Silk Mori: 1032, 1033, 1054, 1055, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2024, 2026, 2032, 2063, 2066, 7135
1 packet each Delica Beads 501 and 541 (formerly 502)
Glenshee – 29 count Light Pansy Linen (stitch count 83 x 113). This design can only be stitched on evenweave or linen due to the over sections.
For 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is:
12″ x 14¼″ or 31 x 36cm or a fat eighth (13 x 18″).
Approximate cost for Project
Approximate cost to stitch For Amelia, Wherever She May Be using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do not include postage):
Floss: $ 74.85
Total: $94.35 ($153.80AUD or €136.60 or £113.59)
Places to Buy
This chart can be ordered from Hoffmans via your nearest friendly Local Needlework Store or Online Needlework Store.
Colours Down Under has all the Kreinik metallic threads in stock and would be happy to order in the chart. Jo offers a 10% discount on the package (chart + floss). Mention this review when ordering.
Colour Cascade Fabrics stocks the Kreinik metallic threads and has a variety of fabrics suitable for this design. Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 6 December 2014.
Casa Cenina in Spain stocks the Kreinik metallic threads, the Myuki Delica Beads and has a variety of fabrics suitable for this design
SewandSo can kit up this entire design for you (using alternates for the the beads and fabric).
Chromatic Alchemy “I love ‘For Amelia’ on Halcyon”.
Sparklies recommends Slightly Scarlet or Slightly Violet from her range of fabrics.
123Stitch stocks the chart, all metallic and silk floss and has a variety of fabrics suitable for this design..
Did you know of Dimples Designs before today? do you have any of Terrence’s charts or kits languishing in your stash? After looking through your stash, or image googling, which design appeals to you the most? Please comment, I’m interested!
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Last Updated: 13 November 2014