Hi I’m Rebekah and Mel’s asked me to review this stitchalong I’m running. If bright and fun fairies appeal to you, come and join us at 2015 Lucie Heaton for DMC FREE Fairy SAL Facebook Group.
What is it?
Last year, 2014, Lucie Heaton published these small fairies for free, in conjunction with DMC, one per month. This is a stitchalong on Facebook, arranged with the designer’s approval. Just join the Facebook group and jump right in there’s no other sign-up required. Please note that January’s fairy is listed as Snowdrop Fairy.
SAL Duration: 1 Jan 2105 – 31 Dec 2015
Group member Dyah Baiton has kindly created a collage of the fairies rearranged to suit the Southern Hemisphere seasons. THANKS DYAH!
Why these charts?
I came up with the idea of a SAL last year when the fairies were being released. I waited until they were all published so we could rearrange the months to suit the southern hemisphere seasons.
I love the size of them, (a small, easy finish is a good motivator and provides a break from working on other big projects). The stick figure styling combined with fun bright colours of the designs immediately appealed to me and knew a lot of people would be attracted to them as a SAL too.
Additionally, the fairies have a limited colour scheme allowing many people to stitch from their floss stash. Oh, and I LOVED that they are free! Always a sure-fire way to get people into a SAL.
Easy as pie to stitch, each fairy requires very few colour changes and very few confetti style stitches. The chart is easy to enlarge on a digital device but printed on B&W some of the symbols become hard to see if you print as scaled (A4) so I recommend cutting and printing an enlarged version when in Black and White.
There’s no markers to denote the centre of each fairy and no block count but owing to the small size of them it’s not necessary. Each design varies in size, some tall and some small, but all fit within a maximum stitch count of 40 x 40. The size variations are also not an issue if you want to stitch them all together; most are balanced in the grid and naturally centre themselves within the 40 x 40 design area.
Rebekah Lee – I’m stitching the 12 squares on 11ct Aida over one and cutting them into 7″ blocks to make into a quilt. I’m using the Festive Fairy (colours changed) as the centre block of an additional fifth row, with a block showing my name on one side and one with the year on the other.
Dyah Baiton – To me it’s a really easy stitch, I usually find Lucie’s designs (these particular type of fairies) in Cross Stitch Crazy magazines, that I think are more for beginner stitchers as the charts are free from fractional or other specialty stitches. Charts are easy to follow, no dramas. I was going to add Kreinik blending filament to the wings and the sparkles on the wands, but my fabric is so overpowering, the added glitter did not stand out, so stitched as is. I found similar fairies in festive theme in my old Cross Stitch Crazy magazines, I think I’ll stitch a few for ornies 🙂
To stitch the charts exactly as designed, you will need:
1 skein each of 26 DMC colours. As these charts are available for free from The DMC website, recommended threads are DMC.
You can easily use whatever floss you have in your stash, the charts are small and easy and don’t need much thread. This means you can use remnants from kits and loose ends you have lying around with ease. You don’t need to worry about having exact colour matches as each design uses bold and contrasting colour blocking.
Any count fabric. You can stitch these as single blocks for ornaments or combine to form a large calendar (stitch count of each is at most 40 x 40). These designs can be stitched over 2 or over 1.
To stitch a single block on 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 9” x 9” or 23 x 23cm or an ornament cut (9 x 13″).
To stitch a Calendar that is three months across and four months down on 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance and 1″ between blocks) fabric size is: 17” x 21” or 43 x 53cm or a fat quarter (18 x 27″).
Approximate cost for Project
Approximate cost to stitch the single calendar of these small fairies using DMC and plain fabric (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do not include postage):
Charts: free – available at DMC Creative World Inspirations Page
Floss: $7.20 – assume 16 different DMC colours
Fabric: $11.85 – Evenweave Fat Quarter
Total: $26.25 ($43.40 AUD or €24.00 or £20.15)
Places to Buy
DMC Creative World Inspirations Page have offered these charts out free on their web page. The fairy charts are individually named and you will have to look for them within the index on the left hand side. Please NOTE: January’s fairy is called Snow Drop Fairy. If you join the Facebook group I have arranged all the links in chronological order in the pinned post at the top of the group.
If, for any reason, you cannot access these fairies on the DMC page, they are each available at a small fee on Lucie Heaton’s fairies page.
Colours Down Under has all the threads and a variety of plain fabrics in stock.
Colour Cascade Fabrics “I think a nice subtle colour behind these as there are so many colours in the different fairies, so Clouds, Fairies Wear Boots, or Fairytale should work well”. Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 27 February 2015.
Casa Cenina in Italy stock a variety of fabrics and floss for your unique creation.
SewandSo has a range of floss and fabrics to make this design uniquely yours.
Crafty Kitten “the little fairies – assuming you’re going to stitch them all on one piece January 2015 ltd ed. Individually they’d work on so many different colours.”
Polstitches has a range of Dragon Threads and hand dyed fabrics for you to make this design unique.
Sparklies “I think either Misty Morn or Spring Greens would suit these little Fairies nicely.”
Chromatic Alchemy “I chose Khione for the fairy medley…a neutral subtle fabric that enhances all the different colours in these cute little ladies without overpowering them. ”
123Stitch has the thread in stock and offers a variety of fabrics.
Stitches n Things has a variety of threads and fabrics for you to stitch up your fairies.
Fiberlicious has a range of gradient coloured cottons and silks to stitch your fairies. Fiberlicious has a 15% off sale until Jan 11. Nguyen offers an extra discount of 5% for readers of Cross Stitch Review (20% in total). Just let Nguyen know you read this site when you place your order.
Under the Sea Fabrics “The DMC Fairy would be really pretty on Shimmering Seas. It’s a warm blue that will compliment not compete with the fairy.”
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Last Updated: 6 January 2015