Story Time #4: “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum

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Wizard_oz_1900_coverBook(s): The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Author: L. Frank Baum
Illustrator: W. W. Denslow
Original Publication Date: 1900

Basic Plot:
After being taken from her Kansas home by a cyclone to the magical world of Oz, Dorothy and her dog, Toto must journey to the Wizard to find a way home.

History:
Like Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan, Baum began telling tales of Oz to his children and their friends, drawing inspiration from the world around him.

The name of the country came from a filing cabinet, with the markings A-N for one drawer and O-Z for the other.  Initially, the stories were disjointed stories about various characters and in fact, the original visitor to Oz was a boy named Frank.  However, when his niece died before reaching her first birthday, Baum renamed the character Dorothy.

His wife, Maud (daughter of a major feminist, Matilda Jocelyn Gage) eventually encouraged him to write down the Oz stories as The Magic Land.  The title would go through many variants, and was almost called The Emerald City until W. W. Denslow, the book’s illustrator, told Baum that books with jewels in the name never sold well, resulting in a title change.

Baum himself had been a man of mixed fortune.  Every hit he had in his life seemed to be met with almost equal trouble.  He had a hit play, but the theatre burned down.  He opened up a general store in South Dakota, but gave too much on credit.  Finally he wrote a series of verse called Father Goose, His Stories that proved to be a massive hit with critics and children.  But the best was still to come.

Baum took the book to The George M. Hill Company, however, the publisher wasn’t interested…but Baum, determined as ever, decided to stake all his royalties from Father Goose to get Oz published.  It was a gamble and one that paid off in spades.

Baum would go on to write 13 more tales of Oz, along with 6 short stories, a comic strip, two musical extravaganzas and three early films.  The series would continue with a total of 40 official tales written by Ruth Plumbly Thompson, John R. Neil, Jack Snow, Rachel R. Cosgrove and Eloise Jarvis and Lauren Lynn McGraw.

Adaptations:
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has been adapted and parodied innumerable amounts of times, however, this will only focus on the major adaptations of the first book.

1902Wizard11902 saw the first stage adaptation, in a mega musical extravaganza with a libretto by Baum and music and lyrics by at least 40 different people.  The production was a success and ran, either on the road or in New York for 8 years.

1910 saw the first film adaptation.  It’s only 13 minutes long and gives a fairly concise telling of the story.  Dorothy still goes to Oz via tornado, however the Scarecrow lives in Kansas, and it’s her cow Imogene that goes to Oz with her instead of Toto.  There are lots of clever theatrical and early film special effects, and it’s readily available these days.

download (1)The next film came in 1925, starring Oliver Hardy and Larry Semon and written by Baum’s oldest son, Frank.  Hardly a close adaptation of the story, this is your standard 1920s film affair.  Lots of slapstick and pretty girls.

oz3-5501933 saw the first animated adaptation.  The story starts off as we mostly know it, with Dorothy going to Oz with Toto (the first film appearance for our favorite canine) and meeting the Scarecrow and Tin Man…and suddenly takes a massive departure when they arrive at Emerald City and watch the Wizard perform magic tricks :/  The cartoon is mostly noted because of the transition from Black and White to Color.

imagesOf course, 1939 saw the greatest movie ever made (and I defy you to tell me otherwise).  MGM’s classic movie musical starring Judy Garland as Dorothy, Ray Bolger as The Scarecrow, Jack Haley as The Tin Man, Bert Lahr as The Cowardly Lion, Frank Morgan as The Wizard, Billie Burke as Glinda and Margaret Hamilton as the nightmare-inducing Wicked Witch of the West.  The film strays from it’s source material in many ways, however it retains the tone of the original story, that simple wish for home.  While it was not initially a blockbuster hit, it did recoup it’s investment and win three Oscars.  However, the intervening 76 years has seen it blossom into a mega-hit seen the world over.

images (1)Between 1939 and 1975, Oz took to the stage.  First was a stage adaptation using songs from the film.  Commissioned by the St. Louis Municipal Opera House in 1946, this version features the songs from the film with a revised version of the story.  Most notable is the absence of Ruby Slippers (or any magic shoes) and that the Wizard takes Dorothy home in a rocket ship.  Popular on summer stock circuits, major productions featured such stars as Connie Stevens and Brenda Lee (Dorothy), The Hudson Brothers (Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion), Sterling Holloway (Cowardly Lion), Buddy Ebsen (Scarecrow), Maria Tallchief (The Sorceress of the North) and even Margaret Hamilton in her signature role.

download1975 saw the creation of The Wiz, an all-black “soul” version of the classic story.  With inventive choreography and costumes, the show ran for 4 years on Broadway before touring for almost 10 more.  A 1978 film adaptation followed featuring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson, but that honestly deserves it’s own blog post.  It received a New York revival in 2009 with Ashanti…but that’s best left forgotten.

download (2)1976 saw a return to film with an Australian glam rock road movie called Oz, and released in the US as 20th Century Oz.  In this, Dorothy is a roadie who is involved in a car accident.  A fashionable gay man gives her glittery red pumps, and she’s almost raped by a truck driver version of the Wicked Witch.  Oh, and the moral is really more “Fame really f-s you up.”  One shudders at the thought of what “home” is for this Dorothy.  The poster was nice though.

7fThe 80s saw a mix of TV and Theatre for Oz.  In 1982, an animated version starring Lorne Greene and Aileen Quinn was released, which remains a favorite of mine.  If mostly follows the book, but leaves out the Poppy Field and the Journey to Glinda.

the-wonderful-wizard-of-oz1986 gave us Oz no Mahōtsukaian animated Japanese series that adapted the first book faithfully and gave increasingly less faithful adaptations of three more books.  HBO bought the rights and dubbed it into English with narration by Margot Kidder.  It has since been released on home video in 4 90-minute individual stories…a shame given the original is 52 episodes long.  This is another major favorite of mine.

job_0381In 1987, the Royal Shakespeare Company in England gave us an incredibly faithful stage adaptation of the MGM film, originally starring Imelda “Professor Umbridge” Stauton as Dorothy, this version has received major regional and New York productions featuring such stars as Cathy Rigby (Dorothy), Mickey Rooney and Captain Kangaroo (The Wizard), and Roseanne, JoAnne Worley, Eartha Kitt, Lilian Montevecchi, and Phyllis Diller (The Wicked Witch of the West).

MV5BMjE0OTUzOTMyNF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTk5NDAzMQ@@._V1_SY317_CR3,0,214,317_AL_In 2005, Kermit the Frog and friends went to Oz in The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz featuring Ashanti as Dorothy.  A mostly dismal affair, which is a shame given that it had a ton of potential.

Tin_Man_posterIn 2007, there was a sci-fi reimagining of the story called Tin Man, featuring Zooey Deschanel, Alan Cumming and Richard Dreyfus.  The first few hours closely followed the original story, however upon arrival at their version of Emerald City, it took it’s own course.

download (3)Finally, in 2014, the ABC series Once Upon a Time arrived in Oz with The Wicked Witch of the West being the primary villain of the second half of the season.

This, of course, is only a few of the many, many adaptations out there.

Other Cross-Stitching Charts

There are a handful of charts and books out there!  Some of my personal favorites:

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There are four more of these in the series

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Brooke’s Books

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The Wizard of Oz by The Little Stitcher

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Final Thoughts

Long time readers of my blog or followers on YouTube should know that I am a HUGE fan of The Wizard of Oz in almost all of it’s forms.  Writing this post was difficult because there is so much material to cover out there that entire blog posts could be done on the history, on each major adaptation, on almost all of the characters, etc.  I am thrilled to bits that this is in the Story Time Sampler and can not *wait* to get started on it!

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Goal Updates: End of March and Start of April

Taking a page from The Grey Tail, I have decided to start a monthly post on what my goals for each month are, involving my current WIPs.  At the end of each month, I’ll revisit these goals with an update on what I have done or have not done.  Maybe this will keep me motivated…or something 🙂

My list of WIPS are found here: https://thecoffeestitcher.wordpress.com/wips/

Once Upon a Time by Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery
Previous Goal: Finish Rapunzel’s block.  I have most of the tower done, so all that’s really left are the two birds and the trees. – COMPLETED!

New Goal: Complete Cinderella’s block.

Story Time Sampler by Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery
Previous Goal: Finish Sherlock Holmes.  Really, this won’t be too hard. I have to visit my LNS to find a color for the frame, and I’m anxious about trying to fill in the image without the frame in place.  Should be finished with that this weekend, easily. – COMPLETED!

New Goal: Finish April’s frame

In the Fairy Tales Book by SODAStitch
Previous Goal: Finish up the bush on Little Red Ridinghood and complete the first page.  Again, this won’t be all that difficult. – COMPLETED!

New Goal: Finish either Alice in Wonderland or Cinderella

The Master and the Macabre by The Cross-Eyed Cricket
Previous Goal: Finish the roof. That’s it. Just finish the roof. – NOT COMPLETED

New Goal: Finish the roof.  I will do this by doing 6 strands of either the grey or the brown every time I rotate projects.

Blue Jeans and Daisies by Blue Ribbon Designs
Previous Goal: Complete three more panels. – COMPLETED!

New Goal: Complete the remaining three full panels on Part 1.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road
Previous Goal: Complete the top quarter of the project. I have absolutely GOT to get this out of here. – ABANDONED

New Goal: Replace with something Enjoyable

Things Unseen by Lizzie Kate
Previous Goal: Complete the First Part. I have to finish the flowers, the pot and that’s about it.  Also, I need to frog out the border since I am not going to do that after all. – BANISHED TO THE FIRES OF MT. DOOM

New Goal: Replace with something.

NEW STARTS(ish)
Through the Stars Zodiac Sampler by Cloudsfactory
Complete February and March. If time, complete April.

Friends and Coffee by Janlynn
Start and Complete before the end of April as part of a SAL.

4 Seasons by Lizzie Kate
Frog out the errors in Winter House and start it over. This can be started after Friends and Coffee is finished.

Project #10: A Welcoming Spot

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Project: A Welcoming Spot
Designer: Yvonne?
Company: Papillon Creations
Date: 2013
Fabric: 32 ct. Lavender Mist by Wichelt
Floss used: GAST and Gloriana silk
Approximate time: 1 week

 

So, as my reward for finishing up my March goals (mostly), I decided I wanted to stitch this.  The reason was two fold, the first being that I wanted to do it and the second being that I want to do “Around the World in 80 Stitches” with thegreytail and stitcherlinguist, but wanted to see what I thought about specialty stitches.  The answer? I love it.

However, along the way I realized that this would make for a perfect anniversary gift for my parents.  So away I went!

I basically stuck to the chart with a few small changes.  The left hand border was supposed to have beads, but I decided that I wouldn’t do that on reasons of symmetry.

I changed the cat in the lower right to a dog because my family is a dog family…because Mom and I are both allergic to cats.

The most major change was removing “Bienvenue” and replacing it with our family’s last name and the year my parents were married (30 years!).

Colorwise, I stuck to the chart with two exceptions.  I used Gloriana Silk’s “Jersey Shore” instead of GAST’s “Picket Fence” and I used GAST’s “Ruby Slipper” instead of GAST’s “Rose Garden” for my dark red

 

Mini-Finish: Story Time Sampler Block 3 – Sherlock Holmes

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Photo Mar 07, 12 19 51 AMProject:
 Story Time Sampler – Sherlock Holmes
Designer: Ashleigh and Amber
Company: The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery
Date: 2015
Fabric: 32 ct. Zweigart Petit Point Navy Blue and White Belfast Linen
Floss used: DMC, Gentle Arts, and Kreinik
Approximate time: not sure at this point

I would like to take this moment to say that I really love what Ashleigh and Amanda do.  Their charts are full of whimsy and joy and are great for beginners and advanced stitchers.  I appreciate all the work they put into their designs and how hard they work to keep them simple enough for newbies. My alterations are in no way at all meant to take away from what they do.  I do this mostly as a challenge for myself to try and explore new things.

Entire Project Changes
1) No DMC 5200. I used Ecru or DMC 3024 in place of the 5200.  I did this for two reasons.  First and foremost, it’s easier on my eyes to stitch with the other two, particularly agains my fabric.  The other reason is that I generally find the off-whites more interesting too look at visually than just white.  Yes, white does have it’s uses and I may end up using it elsewhere in the project if I feel it would be the stronger choice, but in general, you’ll see something else.

2) No Seafoam.  Unfortunately, as pretty as Seafoam is, it’s too light against my fabric…so it is going the way of the dinosaur.  For The Secret Garden I used Grasshopper from WDW.  I don’t know for sure if I’ll do it every time, but at least for now, I will.

Month Specific Changes

Color Swaps
WDW Seafoam – GAST Country Redwood (Frame)
DMC 3024 – DMC 3032
DMC 680 – Kreinik 002

Color Addition
Kreinik 002BF – Flames

Alterations to Original

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No real major changes, I just swapped out the grey for his clothes to a more moss green grey so that it would stand out better.

I did do his magnifying glass in petit point though.

Candlesticks/Fireplace
I did these with Kreinik, because sparkly.

Table
I did some detail work on the table, as well as adding a book and homborg style hat to the top. The book was merely decoration, the hat is a nod to Dr. Watson

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Bell Pull
I added the bell pull as a nod to The Speckled Band, my first Sherlock story that wasn’t Hound of the Baskervilles and Sir Doyle’s favorite story that he wrote.

Smoke Curl
I added a smoke curl to the pipe, because of course.

And that’s it!  Those are all the changes I did to Sherlock Holmes.  I do not have charts for these because it would really violate copyright for me to do so, but please, feel free to borrow any changes I made!

An Interesting Discovery

This is a more somber post than most of what I’ll post here.  For that, I apologize.

I should probably preface this by stating the obvious. I love The Wizard of Oz.  It’s awesome.  When I first started cross-stitching, most of you know, I did a chart of The Emerald City.  Well, when I finished it, I posted in my Oz Facebook group about it.  None of this should be too surprising.

Shortly after, I was asked by someone in the group if I would stitch an Oz kit they had purchased.  The person in question is possibly somewhere on the special needs spectrum, but the extent I am unsure of, and I know the coordination required for cross stitching is probably out of their reach, so I was more than willing to.

This was a mistake.

The kit in question was from Designer Stitches, and was from around 1999 or so when the film turned 60.  It arrived, complete with Aida, floss and needle, just like all kits.  However, the final image itself was ugly as hell.  Still, I was determined to do it.  So, a few weeks went by and I got caught up on what I’d had to do, and decided to start on it.

The first thing I discovered was the floss itself was in bad shape.  The black wanted to bleed into everything, several colors wanted to snap, break or knot, and in general…it was not the greatest.  I tried to find what kind of floss it was online…with little to no luck. It seems that Designer Stitches went under in the early 2000s.  This doesn’t shock me.

So, after three days and getting almost nowhere, I decided to frog it all and start over with new floss in as close a color approximation I could get.  And the fabric tore.  Not just a little, but a massive amount.

So, undeterred yet, I went to Michael’s and got new Aida and new floss.  And I started up again.  I got part of Dorothy completed and was bored.  It was mostly all one color with no shading, no changes, etc.  So I put it away until I could figure out what to do.

I then decided to restart it again with different colors and had figured out shading and other things to make it look really pretty and more natural.  And got the same part of Dorothy done.

Then the holidays hit.  Then life and other projects took over.  Things I wanted to work on, or gifts for other people.  It kind of fell to the back.

I kept promising the person that I would get it done, but in the back of my head, I had some doubts.  However, being the stubborn person I am, I kept insisting I would do it.

Tonight, I threw in the towel.  The design itself is boring as hell, and I just can’t bring myself to work on it.  It physically kills all desire to stitch in me…and that is most definitely not ok.

So, I messaged them and told them that the chart was getting the better of me.  I explained that it wasn’t a lack of ability on my part, it was a lack of enjoyment.  That the chart was dull and that the final image wouldn’t be nice enough to have hanging around.  I offered to stitch another Oz chart.  I have the Brooke’s Books that I can make ornaments of, or the Little Stitcher’s chart which I think is beautiful and unique.

Instead, I was told to throw it away (first), then keep it (second), then send it back (third) and then finally asked to show what I had accomplished of it.  Which, I happily did.  I have no idea what the response will be.

I’m not quite sure how I feel about the situation. On the one hand, I am disappointed in myself for not finishing it and letting them down.  On the other hand, I feel like I did try my hardest and I did offer to both send it back (with the chart, new fabric and a color list so that if they wanted to have someone else try it they could) and stitch something else instead, so it wasn’t like I didn’t try to rectify it.  At this point, I’ve put close to $30 into it (and I can’t imagine the original kit cost more than that) and started it so many times, that I feel like I did give it a legitimate chance…but I still feel bad.

Regardless, I will never stitch something at someone’s request ever again.  If I finish something and think it would be enjoyed by someone, I’ll happily gift it to them.  But it seems like once I decide to do it as a gift, it becomes a job and not a hobby…and that ruins all pleasure I could get from it.

Thoughts? Am I wrong? Am I a bad person?

March WIP Goals

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Taking a page from The Grey Tail, I have decided to start a monthly post on what my goals for each month are, involving my current WIPs.  At the end of each month, I’ll revisit these goals with an update on what I have done or have not done.  Maybe this will keep me motivated…or something 🙂

My list of WIPS are found here: https://thecoffeestitcher.wordpress.com/wips/

Once Upon a Time by Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery
Finish Rapunzel’s block.  I have most of the tower done, so all that’s really left are the two birds and the trees.

Story Time Sampler by Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery
Finish Sherlock Holmes.  Really, this won’t be too hard. I have to visit my LNS to find a color for the frame, and I’m anxious about trying to fill in the image without the frame in place.  Should be finished with that this weekend, easily.

In the Fairy Tales Book by SODAStitch
Finish up the bush on Little Red Ridinghood, complete the first page.  Again, this won’t be all that difficult.

The Master and the Macabre by The Cross-Eyed Cricket
Finish the roof. That’s it. Just finish the roof.

Blue Jeans and Daisies by Blue Ribbon Designs
Complete three more panels.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road
Complete the top quarter of the project. I have absolutely GOT to get this out of here.

Things Unseen by Lizzie Kate
Complete the First Part. I have to finish the flowers, the pot and that’s about it.  Also, I need to frog out the border since I am not going to do that after all.

 

Project #9: Ding Dong

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Project: Ding Dong
Designer: Sandra Sullivan
Company: Homespun Elegance
Date: 2013
Fabric: 30 Ct. Purple Peoria from WDW
Floss used: WDW, DMC and Kreinik
Approximate time: 7 hours (3p to 11p)

This was an unplanned project.  I was very frustrated with Story Time, so I looked at my fabric and saw this and thought “What can I do on it?”

The chart was a Christmas gift from Cassi, and was a major blast to do!

I did a few small color swaps.  One was because of the fabric, the purple in her dress is 164 instead of 208.  I swapped 644 for Emerald on the skin, and Sweet Potato for 732 on the pumpkin.

Oh, and I used 003HL from Kreinik for the Ruby Slippers, because it was needed.

 

Silkweaver Fabric Ordeal…Part 2 of?

So the story continues.  As you recall, on Wednesday, I sent them an email expressing my displeasure with their product and shipping.  I received the following response:


Hi!!  I am sorry you are not happy with the purchase. Monitors can change colors  – what I post on this end is matched almost 100% to what I see on our monitor here. Now given that these are overdyeds  – they can change depending on what cut of the piece you get ( especially when there is more than one). Of course you can send it back for a refund or exchange ( and we of course would reimburse for return shipping).

 Shipping is usually done within 3 days of the paid invoice from facebook sales. However with holidays and ice and snow storms here  – there may have been a longer delay. Add on to that we deal with a very small post office ( the hub is 45 minutes from us) – we have had issues with them pushing our packages aside if they get “overwhelmed” . We are working on fixing those issues.

 Please let me know if you will be returning and what your preference is. Thank you and sorry again for any inconvenience.

 Kevin


Of course, this did not sit well with me, so I returned this response:


Hi Kevin,

As I stated in my original email, I am aware of monitor and fabric differences.  However, neither of those would explain this drastic a color difference.  

To begin with, I checked the color you posted on my computer, my tablet, my phone, my partner’s iPhone and for fun, my partner’s desktop.  Every time the color from your website looked exactly the same.  To compare, I have included the original post photo as well as two pictures of what I received under two different lights.  There is clearly a VAST difference in the colors.  

Further, linen and particularly 32 count, is noted for always taking dye *darker* than lugana or aida will.  So, again, the color being lighter than pictured doesn’t make any sense.

Regarding shipping.  I could understand ice delays, we’re currently experiencing some of that in Texas.  I could even somewhat understand a holiday, since President’s Day is a federal holiday.  However, neither of those would explain a 16 day delay in getting my fabric delivered to a post office that is 187 feet from your storefront.  I know it’s 187 feet because I Googled it.  

Also, having done my own shipping through the post office and using PayPal, I know for a fact that the shipping label creation only means that you printed a shipping label for my package.  Because USPS would be liable for anything that happened to a package, particularly one shipped priority which includes $50 in insurance, they are going to scan it at every step of the way.  The fact that it was on Monday of this week that movement started, which clearly states “Accepted at USPS Origin Sort Facility” in Colonia, NJ tells me that you did not bother to walk the 187 feet until after I had contacted you about my fabric.  I also find it highly suspect that the USPS would hold packages because they were overwhelmed, particularly for the 11 days from the time the label was created.

All that said, I shouldn’t be surprised by your willingness to shuffle the blame onto either myself (my monitors) and onto the USPS, given that you have several posts on your own Facebook page about issues.  I also shouldn’t be surprised that the color wasn’t correct or by the shipping delays, given that every single time I have mentioned that I had a problem, the first thing I hear is some variation of “Oh, Silkweaver is notorious for that.”  I could understand one or two isolated incidents, but I’ve heard it on my blog and from friends on Facebook which leads me to believe this is your standard.

I am definitely going to return this fabric to you and request a refund.  However, I am going to go through PayPal to do it.  This is mostly because I do not trust you to actually refund me in a timely manner.  

It greatly saddens me to have had this experience with you, however it saddens me even more to know that I am not the only person you have treated so shamefully.

Sincerely,


Your turn, Kevin at Silkweaver.

Story Time #3: “Sherlock Holmes” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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220px-ArthurConanDoyle_AStudyInScarlet_annualBook(s): Sherlock Holmes
Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Illustrator: George Huchinson
Original Publication Date: 1887

Basic Plot:
Sherlock Holmes is a brilliant investigator, who uses his powers of deductive reasoning to solve crimes, with the help of his assistant, Dr. John Watson.

History:
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a general practice doctor in Southsea who dabbled in ficition writing.  In 1886 he wrote A Study in Scarlet, the first of 56 stories about Sherlock Holmes.  While there is no one particular basis for Holmes and Dr. Watson, a few figures in Doyle’s life inspired elements of him.

Adaptations:
The character was an immediate success, and subsequently adaptations began almost immediately.  Because of this (and the fact there are 56 stories that have been adapted), I will only cover the most famous ones as well as my Holmes introduction. 

The first adaptation was a stage adaptation called Sherlock Holmes written by and starring William Gillette.  This is most notable for two factors. It was the first introduction of two very Holmesian traits, the curved pipe and the phrase “Elementary, my dear Watson.”  The play was a huge hit and toured for years and was revived for years.

220px-Rathbone_as_Holmes_-_F&R (1)Basil Rathborne was the longest-running Holmes, starring in 14 films from 1939 to 1946 (two a year!) as well as on the radio.

A musical called Baker Street ran for about nine months in 1965, featuring Fritz Weaver as Holmes and with a very young Christopher Walken in the dancing ensemble.  Aside from a concert staging in 2002, it has never been revived.

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In 1984, Jeremy Brett took up the role for television and stage.  The Granada series, which ran from 1984-1994, covered 42 of the short stories.  Brett’s performance is considered by most to be the definitive performance of Holmes.

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Christopher Lee did the role in three different film versions in the 1980s, and Robert Downey, Jr. took the role for two films in the 2000s.

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My introduction to Holmes came in 1995 with the PBS show “Wishbone” in an adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles.

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Currently, there are two Holmes series on the air.  Elementary on CBS with Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu and Sherlock on BBC with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.  Sherlock is far superior.

Other Cross-Stitching Charts

To my knowledge, there are no other Sherlock Holmes cross stitch charts out there…which is kinda shocking and sad.

Final Thoughts

This was a difficult post to put together. Since the chart isn’t a specific Holmes story, it was very wide open where to go. I apologize that it wasn’t up to the standard of the first two.

Silkweaver Fabric Ordeal…Part 1 of?

Ok, so as some of you who watch my YT channel, or follow me on Facebook have probably heard, I placed an order with Silkweaver.  It has not gone well.  The following are the events leading up to tonight.

February 5, 2015 (Thursday):

I learn about Silkweaver and their flash sales. One is being conducted and I choose “Monster Mash” to buy.  It’s 32ct. Linen (yay!) and 18×32 (yay!) for only $23.95.

The following are screen grabs from my phone.  The first shows my ordering it, and the second shows the fabric and it’s coloring.  Please note, the coloring is consistent on every screen I have viewed it on.  It’s a purple/pink/grey mix. I chose this particular fabric because I thought it would be perfect for two projects I have.  Murky Manor by Glendon Place and You’d Turn Back if You Was Us by Prairie Moon (Bunnies of Oz!).

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February 6, 2015 (Friday):

I am invoiced from Needleworker’s Delight for the fabric.  Including shipping it comes to $29.10  There was no indication of how it was being shipped, but I assumed that $5.15 meant it would be shipped Flat Rate Priority, which would mean it would arrive on Monday.  I think nothing of it.

February 9-12, 2015 (Monday-Thursday):

I wait with baited breath for this fabric.  I had no intention of starting either project right that second, but I still wanted the fabric.  No fabric arrived.

February 12, 2015 (Thursday):

I receive a notification from PayPal that a shipping label has been created. I get excited again because it tells me that my package is coming via Priority (1-3 day) so that means I should definitely have it by Monday!

Below is the email telling me that a shipping label has been created.

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February 16, 2015 (Tuesday):

A really, really, really terrible day in my personal world.  The fabric was the potential bright spot.  No fabric arrived.

February 17, 2015 (Wednesday):

Still no fabric.

February 18, 2015 (Thursday):

At this point, I decided to check in on the tracking number. I’d looked a time or two but not seriously stalking it yet.  I check only to discover that no movement has happened. It still just says that the shipping label has been created.  I wish I had made a screen grab of it.  I did not.

February 22, 2015 (Sunday):

I decided to send Silkweaver an e-mail.  I went to the website and used their Contact Us form to send an inquiry asking if my fabric had shipped. I included my invoice number as well.

February 23, 2015 (Monday):

I receive a response telling me that it was shipped and that they would have the warehouse look into it.

This struck me as odd. To my knowledge, Silkweaver was a hand-dyer ala R&R or PTP…so while I expected them to have a larger set up than say Stephanie or Mo, I didn’t expect a warehouse to be involved.

I checked my tracking number again and mysteriously my fabric was now at a post office.

February 24, 2015 (Tuesday):

I receive a second email from Silkweaver stating that there is movement but to keep them posted.

February 25, 2015 (Wednesday):

The fabric finally arrives.  The fabric is not what I ordered.

The picture on the right is the fabric I received.  The picture on the left is the actual fabric.

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Notice that it’s not vibrant? Notice that it’s vaguely green?  Notice that there’s no pink to it?

The best comparison I can give is that it looks like the spine of a book that has been exposed to direct sunlight for too long. Recognizable but not the same.

Here is a screencap of the tracking site from USPS showing the amount of time between the creation of the label and the actual ship date

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All of this seems rather suspect, so, I sent them an email.  I explained my side, and that I wasn’t satisfied.  We shall see what they do in response…