My answer to the question above is “No, I am definitely NOT insane” ^^ and, in fact, what I’m going to post about today is NOT a current stitching project, nor is it one planned for anytime in the future . . . but I’ve been browsing a little and chatting a lot to my friend Avis about “fractals”. In cross stitch, mind you ^^
You’ve probably seen photos of fractals and you can read more about them here on Wiki. In recent years they’ve become a modern art form and a few cross stitch companies, including Cross Stitch Collectibles actually chart them to cross stitch.
In the cross stitch form, they represent a huge challenge to the stitcher because designs are very big and require (at least) 60 different colours, some with more than 100 colours . . . so they are not for the faint-hearted.
Anyway, I’ve been having fun, searching for fractal photos on google and then checking out designs available in cross stitch. (I repeat) Not because I’m planning on stitching one, but because it’s fun to see what’s out there, and to know what other (mad) people may be working on ^^
I even found two links for some smaller FREE charts – so if anyone is feeling slightly insane, just click on the links and they will take to the site where you can download.
Bright in colour, there is a “bookmark” version of Fractal 54 which you can download by clicking on the link. Fractal 54 bookmark
This is part of a larger design
And a second one, also in a “bookmark” version here; Fractal 420
part of the larger design
If you fancy just drooling over more Fractal designs, you can find a whole array on Wye Needlecraft (where you can choose chart only or complete kit) but the cheapest shop I’ve found is Colray Crafts – which sell in kit form at very reasonable prices (considering the number of skeins required for designs.
The designs I really like (but am not going to stitch lol) are
Fractal 398 and
The one I really really like though (and which has 101 colours so is a definite no-no) is called “DreamCatcher” by Tracy Warrington.
Art work by Lucid Light.
Isn’t it gorgeous? That chart is available in booklet form (15 pages of chart) on amazon!
Anyway, enough madness and drooling for today – I’m off to stitch on stage two of Cirque des Cercles.
Edit: I’ve just begun my descent down a slippery slope . . . and ordered the “DreamCatcher” chart booklet rofl. No harm in just treating myself to a book, is there? lol