For the past few weeks I have been working on a proposal to give to my congressional representative which he can then present to Congress for a vote. This proposal would address an issue that we all know is important to me. Warning labels on cross stitch charts.
You begin accumulating cross stitch charts. You find them at shops that advertise cross stitch supplies & you find them at various craft stores. They are always found grouped in a section that is marked or referred to as the "cross stitch section." If you go into a store & simply ask "where are your needlework charts," the owner will respond "what kind of needlework?" You will answer "cross stitch" & she will smile brightly, point & say "our cross stitch charts are right over there!"
You browse through the charts. Oh look ... a chart featuring several lovely Christmas ornament designs! And here's a chart for a pinkeep ... isn't it wonderful! You choose your charts & gleefully carry them to the checkout counter.
When you get home, you choose one of the charts, choose your fabric, choose your threads, & anticipate the enjoyable, relaxing time ahead of you. The photo of the stitching model looks lovely! It & the accompanying chart may be a tad small, & your vision may not be what it should be, but that's no problem. You have a daylight magnifying lamp.
You begin to stitch. You are happily stitching one x after another. Then you notice something questionable about the chart. Specks of dirt? Sloppy work at the printing factory? You look closer & out of the corner of your eye you see a sentence, lost in the assemblage of instructions provided below the chart, which reads something like this ... "Use 2 strands of floss for french knots." WHAT?!?!?!? Your are supposed to be working a cross stitch design!!! CROSS STITCH!!! The happy moments you experienced up to that point immediately disappear & are replaced with a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach.
It's a cruel joke, I tell you ... a cruel joke played on unsuspecting cross stitchers everywhere! This should not be allowed to continue & thus my proposal to my congressional representative.
Thankfully I have not quite finished writing my proposal for this weekend I discovered yet another evil deception perpetrated by one of the so-called cross stitch designers &/or their chosen publisher. Specialty stitches. There I was, all snuggled down in my recliner for a weekend of stitching bliss. It was, after all, IHSW! I needed this weekend ... a weekend free from stress & anxiety. There was a bit of a concern before the weekend began. The chart I had chosen to stitch, sure to result in a lovely project destined for an exchange partner, suggested using overdyed/variegated threads. I'm a DMC lover & usually opt for the DMC equivalents provided for these threads, but this time I decided to toss off the shackles of routine & use the threads the designer suggested. I stitched one stitch at a time, not my usual way of stitching & believe you me I won't be doing it again anytime soon ... if ever ... but I plodded along feeling pretty smug that I was going to all this trouble for my exchange partner, imagining the look of delight dancing in her eyes & the wide smile upon her face when she opened her parcel & saw the gorgeous piece of stitching I had made for her.
My time of serenity ended abruptly, however. There loomed before me some spaces between a few lines of the design. They appeared, for a reason which in my opinion can only be termed blatant deception, somewhat lighter in ink color compared to the rest of the chart. I put the chart underneath my daylight magnifying light & was gripped with terror when I saw the following: