I actually designed this project for a stitching seminar 'way back in 2008, and it's been languishing in my TO BE SHARED pile for years! Anyway, I finally pulled out the piece and after checking that the threads are still available, I'm offering it as a 2017 cyber class.
Please know this design is NOT counted from a graph, Stitchers! The design is approx. 6" x 6" on a 12" square of 18 ct. canvas (sandstone with brown marbling). You start with a blank canvas, with just the basic shapes drawn in (pre-drawn canvas provided in kit)... then you build up the tide pool vignette element by element.
There's quite a variety of threads used in this piece: solid color and variegated cottons (floss and pearl cotton), plus specialty threads and metallic ribbons -- all in seaweed greens and amethyst purples -- which give a really rich, textured look to this finished piece.
While the actual stitches aren't complex, I'm rating this project for "experienced intermediate-to-advanced" stitchers, because there are lots and lots and LOTS of Bullion Knots done on this piece, and if you don't know how to make them or don't like doing them, you surely won't enjoy working on this piece! You'll need to create your purple anemones out of many layers of bullion knots:
The starfish is also made out of Bullions (with some needleweaving done around the center):
And let me tell you, by the time you're done, you'll be thankful that this is a small piece, and not a large one - grin!! But seriously, Stitchers, once you get a feel for making long loopy bullions, it's not so bad.... and actually rather freeing to make overlapping bullions in different types of threads - just consider it a college course in bullion knot making!
So if you're up for a stitching challenge in the New Year, why not splash on over to my website and check out the details on my new PACIFIC TIDE POOL cyber class?!?
PLEASE NOTE: Recently, my website provider was "updated" and froze my website in a spring 2015 version! Today I have been able to add my newest items, but I'll have to re-enter all the data for previous patterns, as time permits. If you're interested in a pattern you don't find on the website, please email me and I'll send you a custom PAYPAL invoice for it. Thank you for your patience while this issue is being fixed/restored/dealt with.