CHART PACK: 6 color pages
CROSS STITCH PATTERN DESIGNED BY Barbara Ana Designs
As named in the beloved story Twas the Night before Christmas, Santa's eight reindeer each have a name (Rudolf was added later)
"Now! Dasher, now! Dancer, now! Prancer, and Vixen,
"On! Comet, on! Cupid, on! Donner and Blitzen;
"To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
"Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
Dancer is a female deer, pulling the sled ahead of the team with her partner Dasher. She is known as the most gracious of them all. Barbara Ana portrays her with large, expressive eyes and large white ears. She is wearing coquettish earrings, tiny keys to the left, a Christmas lantern to the right. It's a cold, frosty night out there and she is keeping warm in a red turtle-neck woollen sweater.
The date 1823 featured in the cross stitch medallion refers to the year the author of the poem, Clement Clarke Moore, wrote the story initially titled A Visit from St. Nicholas.
In between the antlers covered with powder-like snow, sits a sleepy village, with rooftops covered with snow.
There is a particularly interesting use of white in this pattern, blending both the white in the background fabric and in the stitching. The design is worked on Murano evenweave from Zweigart, with a random white dot printed effect. The background berries and leaves are worked in cross stitch, in a mix of white and off-white, reinforcing the frosty feel.
A cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs.
Chart info & Needlework supplies for the pattern:
Chart size in stitches: 123 x 105 (wide x high)
Needlework fabric: 32ct Murano evenweave from Zweigart , in color (7419) basalt splash
size of stitched area: 5.5 x 6.5 inch (15 x 17 cm)
Stitches: cross stitch, backstitch
Chart: color & BW
Number of colors: 11
Themes: Santa's reindeer, Christmas eve, night, light, lantern, cold, snow, sleepy village