• Fabric = 28 count Cashel in Dusk by Picture This

  • Pattern size = 21" x 11" (14 ct.)

  • Stitch count = 297 x 158

  • Stitched 2 over 2


  • Gentle Art

  • Kreinik very fine braid #4

About the design:

As you have probably noticed from some of my other designs, I like the mixture of red and grey, especially dark, charcoal grey. The design ‘Ash’ was one such that I came up with after looking at some blackwork designs in a catalog. Then, once I discovered the lovely cloth color by Picture This called ‘Dusk’, I couldn’t resist making a companion piece for ‘Ash’ in the reverse colors.

Similar to the saying on ‘Ash’, I made this one up while watching the end of some of our annual grass fires. Despite the need to make certain that no embers escape that are capable of carrying flames into an area we don’t want to have burn, there’s something indescribably sad about watching them flicker into cold darkness. Of course, fire is not alive as we define it, but it still has some of the properties of life and has certainly been important in many ways to the continuing existence and advancement of the human civilization. All else aside, a warm fire is very comforting on cold, dark nights and has a hypnotizing beauty capable of enthralling any us. It’s hard to watch beauty fade gently away at the demands of necessity.

Released in 2010