This is Tales of Wonder by the designer of Dragon Dreams. It appears to be a sampler made for the The CARON Collection to showcase their floss. This is a free pattern to download off of Caron's website, the link is below to the actual chart.
I've decided to stitch this on the same color fabric as Lost Dragon Sampler, this also has a very similar theme to that piece. I also have two more pieces that will also use this fabric, Fairy Tale Sampler & A Damsel's Dozen, all samplers by Dragon Dreams. While the first two I've done deal with believing the last two deal with what makes a hero.
Here we go, this is where I started:
I finished up all of the words and special stitches first.
I was a little disappointed in the green, it didn't seem to have much variation in the color, but there's only one line of it. I also made a tiny change, did anyone notice? I made the "O" in "Once" larger than all the other "O"s on the project. Two reasons: First, the line was one stitch short of being perfectly centered. Second, I wanted to make the line a little bit more special and felt the larger "O" made it demand more attention than the smaller "O"s.
Next up, the little guy:
And I finished the castle this morning. All done!
And I did one more minor change. I added back stitching around the windows. I started doing it per the chart, but they just seemed to be getting too lost in the castle. As soon as I back stitched the first one I knew I was doing the rest.
Pattern: Tales of Wonder
Pattern by: Dragon Dreams
Started Stitching: February 8, 2013
Finished Stitching: February 9, 2013
Fabric: 28ct. Legacy Cashel Linen
Floss: Caron Waterlilies & DMC 2 over 2; Caron Wildflowers 1 over 2.
Because this is my blog I'll just let you know my thoughts on the threads. I think this was a great little sampler to do in order to learn about the different threads they offer, Waterlilies and Wildflowers.
This is a 12 stranded silk floss that comes in 6 yd (5.5 m) skeins. Overall, I love these. The tread is so smooth, and it lays on the fabric almost identical to DMC floss. It's very easy to work with. Anything you can do with DMC you can do with this.
To the right is a close-up of the castle. The grayish-purplish-blueish color is Wildflowers, as are the trees. You can click it to see it larger, but I just don't feel the the floss lays as well as I'd like. I kinda do like the way it looks on the trees. (For reference: The dark blue is Waterlilies and the dark brown is DMC.) I think it looks fine for this and I'm not going to frog it all, but in the future I would replace the Wildflowers with the closest thing I could find in Waterlilies. At least in cross stitch. I'm sure there are other projects where Wildflowers would work better than Waterlilies, and I'd be happy to give them another go.
Well, this post ended up being longer than I anticipated. And please remember this is just my opinion. Now I'm going to run home and grab some green thread for the lovely Samurai!