Southpaw Stitcher showed a finish on her blog a little while ago, that I just felt the need to stitch immediately! It's a counted canvas piece call Variations on a Rhodes Theme by Freda's Fancy Stitching. Rhodes stitch are my absolute favorite, especially Rhodes hearts and butterflies, so I got the chart and started to kit it up.
Welcome Stitchery had the chart and all the fibres but not the congress cloth. The chart says Pewter Congress cloth. The search for this is proving to be much more difficult than anticipated. After contacting numerous LNS, I finally called Zweigart, who told me they never, ever had a color of congress cloth named Pewter.
I then contacted the designer to see who the manufacturer was. Freda replied to my e-mail very quickly to tell me that I must have an old chart. When she originally designed the piece she used a sample that was mismarked, and that the real color is Dusty Blue. I then started searching for Dusty Blue congress cloth and have not been successful. Freda then let me know she had a piece and would be happy to send it to me. I sent her payment via paypal, and had an envelope in a few days. Right before the envelope arrive, Freda let me know that she had mistakenly sent me mono canvas, and would look for the congress cloth. She did refund my payment, and let me know her LNS as ordered the congress cloth, which is labeled Zweigart color number 594 in Canada and was probably called something entirely different in the US. She mentioned that it would take quite a bit of time to get it in and she would let me know when that happened to see if I still wanted it.
So....does anyone have a 12 x 12 piece of congress cloth in Pewter / Dusty Blue / color number 594? I will be happy to pay you, or give you a pint of blood or my left arm.......