Hello stitching friends,
We have a lot of new work in the gallery! There is a newly finished Miranda, Madonna del Magnificat, Monarch of the Glen, Heraldic Chivalry, and significant progress on several others. Do have a look -- all we can say is, WOW.
A question that arises a lot is: when a pattern comes in two sizes, what is the difference between the larger and smaller versions? (Not "what is the difference between large print and regular print" -- all our charts are available in both print sizes and the charts are identical except for the size of the print.) People ask, "The picture looks the same so how can the stitch counts be different?".
In reality, the pictures aren't the same, but you may have to look carefully to tell the difference. We've put together some examples and illustrations, which makes this topic a little bigger than we like for the newsletter, so we've added an essay about it to Scarlet Quince Ramblings. For the impatient, the bottom line is that the smaller versions of the patterns have a little less (but still good) detail, and they usually have significantly fewer stitches. This is possible because a small change in the dimensions of a chart makes a big difference in the number of stitches. If you've been puzzled to know how the Lady with Unicorn patterns differ in the larger and smaller versions, this essay should remove the mystery.
Many people are feeling a bit strapped this year, so may we offer a quiet thought ... the season isn't about the presents. Less time shopping means more time to relax and enjoy friends and family. It could be a blessing in disguise.
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