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There are 1500 species of mistletoe, varying widely in toxicity to humans; the European mistletoe (Viscum album) is more toxic than the American mistletoe (Phoradendron serotinum). The effects are not usually fatal. In parts of South Asia, they are frequently used as an external medicine. The active substances are Phoratoxin (in Phoradendron) and Tyramine (in Viscum) and their effects include blurred vision, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting. Less commonly they cause cardiac problems; seizures, hypertension, and even cardiac arrest. Toxins are more concentrated in the leaves and berries of the plant, with teas prepared from the plant being particularly dangerous. While adults may suffer little effect, these are more pronounced in small children and in animals.

Mistletoe has been used historically in medicine for its supposed value in treating arthritis, high blood pressure, epilepsy and infertility.

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■ Sizing ■
Pattern size: 113 wide x 150 high
Following sizes are for: 14 count aida (stitching over 1) OR 28 count evenweave (stitching over 2)
Stitched area: 20.5cm x 27cm (8¼ x 10¾ inches)
Fabric size suggested: 36cm x 43cm (15 x 17 inches)
(Fabric size includes allowance for mounting)
Floss estimation (assumption of 1 strand from 8m skein of 6 stranded floss): 8,466 stitches, 1 skein black floss (DMC 310)

■ Pattern Content ■
Colour count: 1
Backstitching: YES
Double strand stitches: YES (indicated in red on the pattern)
Fractional/squashed stitches : NO
French/colonial knots: NO
Metallic floss: NO
Other speciality floss: NO
Blends: NO

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