All of this means that I really want to stitch on something cool and soothing. It is hotter than Hades here already. I wanted to stitch something that reminded me of the ocean and clear cool water. What better than a mermaid? I had a heck of a time choosing which one. I finally decided on Sea Flora by Mirabilia. I did a floss toss and found the most amazing fabric for her. So this morning, I get all settled in after having coffee, anticipating sitting and stitching and relaxing. And then I opened up the chart.
And was greeted with some of the tiniest symbols on a chart that I have ever seen in my 20 some odd years of stitching.
I do not think there is anything quite so annoying as getting together a much anticipated design, only to find out that the symbols are so small as to warrant a magnifying glass. My beloved Hubmeister has said that he will assist me in making a working copy where I can distinguish the symbols. Despite this being one of the 'petite' mermaids, she calls for SEVEN packages of beads. Which means that this is no monochrome pleasure cruise where one can zone out and just be 'in the moment'. You have to know what you're about and basically, know where your towel is on something like this. I find all of this particularly annoying as I paid 13 dollars for this chart. Speaking strictly for myself, I should be able to read the symbols on the thing without having to resort to enlarging the chart 200 times in order to be able to read it.
Well, enough of my old lady kvetching. Let's get to the pictures! :)