Kick Back & Stitch
designs by Terry Gifford

Star Gazing: the Pleiades

 

In Greek mythology, the Pleiades were nymphs, the daughters of Atlas & Pleione. Together with the Hyades they served as nursemaids to Bacchus. The mythology is confusing but it is apparent that they had the usual troubles that nymphs seem to have, being pursued by Zeus and various other Gods. One day the great hunter Orion saw the Pleiades - or maybe it was just Merope - liked what he saw and started a pursuit that lasted 7 years. Zeus finally answered their prayers, turned them into doves and placed them among the stars. When Orion was later killed he was also placed in the heavens behind the Pleiades where he could continue the chase.

The Pleiades are one of the nearest galactic open clusters in the night skies. The arrangement shown approximates the Pleiades positions in the sky.

 

Asterope
Asterope

 

Taygeta
Taygeta

Maia
Maia

Celaeno
Celaeno

Alcyone
Alcyone                

Merope
Merope

Electra
Electra

Design Size:  
(each)

without border
with octagonal border  

60 x 60 stitches  
66 x 66 stitches

3 3/8" x 3 3/8"
3 5/8" x 3 5/8"

Design
Asterope  
Taygeta
Maia
Celaeno
Alcyone
Merope
Electra

18 ct mono canvas  
French Blue
Colonial Blue
Black
Pewter
Victorian Red
Butter Yellow
Santa Fe Sage

Chartpack includes instructions for all seven designs.
Stitched with #4, #8 , #12 and #16 Braid by Kreinik, Cresta d'Oro by Rainbow Gallery, Daisies and Gemstones by Gumnut Yarns, Fine Velour by Fleur de Paris, Opalescence by Needle Necessities, Silk n' Colors by The Thread Gatherer, Trebizond by Access Commodities, Watercolours by The Caron Collection, Danish Flower Thread, and DMC floss and Perle 5 & 12

© 2004 Terry Gifford, Kick Back & Stitch
Custom House of Needle Arts - Glastonbury, CT 06033