What is it?
Charts for a Box top, Scissors case, Scissors fob and Pin keep.
Why this chart?
I love bee-themed designs. They remind me of the taste of honey, the Spring-time sound of bees pollinating flowers, to reflect on the fragility of the planet and my parents, who named me Melissa (the honeybee).
I love all the specialty floss and stitches that are used in this design. Most of the elements are stitched in silk floss with metallic accents.
The designs use a variety of stitches; Double backstitch, Satin stitch, Rice stitch, Honeycomb stitch, Scotch stitch, Norwich stitch, Four-sided stitch, Arrowhead stitches, Dense Square Eyelets and Interwoven multicross,
The chart pack includes diagrams for these stitches, but if you want further help, watch some YouTube videos, such as this series from The Comfy Cottage.
While I love stitching up these types of designs, crafting them into a 3D objects is a lost cause at my place, so I will be offering Bees Garden Stitching Accessories as a giveaway; see the bottom of this review for more details on how you can win this chart.
Given the number of different stitches used and the finishing instructions I would recommend this chart to anyone experienced in these techniques or adventurous enough to try them for the first time.
Wendy KC designs seem to be available as printed charts or kits. I only have the chart of Bees Garden Stitching Accessories.
The chartpack is printed on eight pages of white paper, US Letter (similar to A4 in size). Without any cardstock, this chart is quite floppy and does not stand on a shelf properly.
The front cover has a colour image of the finished designs. The rest of the chart pack is in black on the white paper.
The first chart page has the symbol key or legend for the cross stitch on the charts.
Pages one, two and three have the stitching instructions. The first instructions are for the box top. They list the order to stitch each element, which floss to use and diagrams to show how to do the stitches.
Each diagram has numbers and arrows to show where you bring up your needle, the direction on which you look to where you plunge your needle down back through the fabric, how tight to pull the thread and then where to bring up your needle and repeat until you have finished the section.
Pages three and four offer finishing instructions. These are quite superficial and assume that you are already experienced at sewing.
Page four, five and six show the charts for the pin keep, the box top, the scissors fob and the scissors case.
The charts are small but the cross stitch symbols are very easy to see. The charts very clearly show the areas for back stitching and where to place the specialty stitches.
The only concern I have is for the Honeycomb stitch in the middle of the box top and the scissors case. The stitching instructions diagram is sideways compared to the chart. When stitching this diagram you must turn your fabric 90 degrees to stitch this using the diagram.
The last page is the back cover of the chart pack. This lists the individual stitch counts and fabric cuts needed for each accessory. It also recommends the fabric size to get if you wish to stitch all four designs. The page also gives the floss list and a list of finishing materials.
Bees Garden Stitching Accessories are stitched on 28ct cashel linen or any form of evenweave. Given the types of specialty stitches used, this design is not suitable for stitching on Aida or over 1 on evenweave.
To stitch the charts exactly as designed, you will need:
1 skein NPI 993 Black & White Range
1 skein Gloriana 076 Apricot Grove
1 skein Gloriana 130 Sunflower
1 card Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid PB02 Arctic Gold
1 ball DMC Perle #12 Cotton Ecru
Extra finishing materials:
- lightweight iron-on interfacing
- lining fabric & stuffing
- Gold ribbon & batting
28 count Antique White linen or evenweave. A fat quarter (18 x 27″) will be large enough to stitch all four items.
Approximate cost for Project
Approximate cost to stitch this design using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do not include postage):
Chart: $ 17.00
Floss: $ 28.35
Total: $57.20 ($90.60 AUD or $72.60 CAD or €52.40 or £35.15)
Places to Buy
Colours Down Under has this chart in stock and can kit it up for you!
Colour Cascade Fabrics has a variety of fabrics for you to make this design unique. Caitlin recommends Golden Touch or Clouds.
Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 30 June 2015.
Sewitall offer a range of hand dyed and printed fabrics to suit your needs.
Casa Cenina in Italy stock a variety of fabrics and floss to kit up your patterns.
Eclypse’s Colors suggests After the Storm from her hand dyed fabric range.
Country Stitch “For the Bee’s Garden, I’d stick with the recommended threads and find something similar to the Antique White fabric – so soft and neutral.
Options would include Limestone, Toitoi or Shortbread, and for a bit more of an antiqued/rustic feel I’d look to have a bit of mottling in the finished look of the fabric.”
SewandSo has They also have everything in stock to kit up this design for you.
Chromatic Alchemy recommends Cirrus from her range of fabrics.
Crafty Kitten has a variety of fabrics and the threads to stitch this project.
Jodyri Designs produce a wonderful range of floss and fabric in all colours.
Sparklies “This is a lovely set and once more I’m very tempted. For this I would choose Autumn Glow or Barely Bronzed to coordinate with the autumnal colours used in the design.”
Thread Pickerz Silkz produce a wonderful range of hand dyed silk colours.
“it is my 2nd anniversary of thread pickerz and I have a few things going on including a prize draw (being drawn on the 1st May) to win an AAN Butterfly chart. Anyone who purchases from my site in the month of april will get their name put into the prize draw.”
Eileen has been updating the Thread Pickerz Silkz website. She offers 10% off each silk thread as it is added back into the collection. For readers of this site, she offers an extra 10% discount if you use the code: Xstitchreview
123Stitch has the thread in stock and offers a variety of fabrics.
Black Cat Stitchery in Illinois has floss and fabric in stock to make this a project to remember.
Erica is offering a 5% discount for readers of Cross Stitch Review. Coupon code: CSRSPRING15. Offer ends 31 May 2015.
Stitch and Frog in Georgia have a variety of floss and fabric in stock to kit up any design.
Stitches n Things in Michigan has the DMC in stock and a range of fabrics for your unique style.
Garibaldi’s Needle Works “I think my “Vintage” or “Ecru” colors would look great with these golden tones.”
Fiberlicious has a great variety of cotton and silk flosses that could look superb on this design.
Mo’s Sale recommends stitching these designs in Pretty Bird, Mushra Cay and Ice cream Sundae.
Sunny*Dyes has the largest range of and-painted fabrics I have ever seen. There is bound to be something there to suit you for this design.”
Under the Sea Fabrics has a vibrant mix of hand painted and dyed fabrics for your design.
I am offering my chart pack of this beautiful design away to one reader. To enter, comment below about why you want to stitch this design.
Whilst we adore comments and sharing via social media, only comments on this post will be eligible for entry.
Contest closes FOUR weeks from Publish; midday, 19 May 2015, Melbourne, Australia time (UTC+10 hours).
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Last Updated: 21 April 2015