SAL Tuesday is back with a wonderful Blackwork Stitchalong by Elizabeth Almond of Blackwork Journey.
From the Designer
Of all the foods that people try to resist, none cause more controversy than chocolate, as it is the one treat that cannot be ignored, however hard people try!
More is written about healthy eating at the beginning of a new year than almost any other subject, which is why I would like to introduce you to a non- fattening ‘Box of Delights’
Over the next six months, why not join me on a journey to create your own embroidered box of chocolates through the new ‘Box of Delights’ project in the ‘Freebies’ section of the ‘Blackwork Journey’ website as at the end of the journey, you will have a ‘guilt free’ present to either indulge yourself, or present to your family and friends.
Different combinations of the design can be worked, ranging from an individual chocolate, a box of two or four, up to the full box consisting of 36 different designs. Each is a different Blackwork pattern and can be worked in colour, black and gold, or in white and metallic threads on a coloured fabric.
This project is promoted in conjunction with Slattery, the award winning Patissier and Chocolatier from Manchester, UK who have produced a special box of their chocolates copying the original embroidery designs.
What is it?
Box of Delights is a six month stitchalong by Blackwork Journey, exploring 36 different blackwork infill patterns. This project uses blackwork stitches and French Knots (or beads). The introduction file and the first six motifs have already been released.
Sign-up closes: 1 September 2015.
SAL Duration: 1 March – 1 September 2015
Why this chart?
You can join in any time, there is no formal registration and no joining costs. Elizabeth puts each section out free to download on her own website so there is no need to be a part of any particular social media.
Elizabeth is serious when she says this SAL can be stitched as a single motif, or as four, nine, sixteen, twenty-five or the complete thirty-six motifs. In the introduction file she includes stitch counts and border patterns for these six different sizes! So you can estimate how much time you can spend on this project or what size fabric you already have on hand and go from there.
I love that Elizabeth is including two defined colourways as well as the multicoloured option. The black/gold and the blue/white offerings including specific DMC floss colours and Mill Hill bead numbers. I know many people enjoy the freedom of choosing their own colours, but other stitchers are not so confident and prefer a pre-made colourway.
For others, this stitchalong is tailor-made to use up all those bits of odd floss you have hanging around from finished projects, or a reason to break open that new packet of assorted threads ….
All Stitchalongs need a group to congregate the community around and share pictures and stories of our stitching, to discuss floss and fabric choices. For Box of Delights there is a Facebook group.
Box of Delights is part mystery and part not. The two differing border designs, the three colour ways and the stitch counts for the various size options are all given in the Introduction file. So you can personalise this stitchalong to suit yourself.
However the infill patterns are released over time; six each month for six months. This is the mystery aspect. You wont know until each month how to stitch each of the individual delectable delights.
The first of the monthly files is eight pages long and includes:
- The placement and grid size of that month’s section.
- The floss list for each of the three colourways
- The size needles required for that section.
- The types of stitches used in that section (diagrams for each stitch type are included in the Introduction file)
- The choice of two borders, a discussion of the differences between the borders, the stitch diagrams for each border and where to start stitching the border.
- A complete chart for stitching a single motif and border, worked in black and gold colourway.
- The pattern for the first six motifs worked in the black and gold colourway
- The pattern for the first six motifs worked in the multicoloured colourway
- Closeup photos of the first six delights stitched in the multicolour colourway.
Due to the nature of the different colourways, the chart pages are best printed out in colour. The blackwork charts (pages 5-6) print out large enough to follow, but if you are unfamiliar with blackwork I would recommend enlarging these two pages so you can mark off your progress.
To stitch the chart exactly as designed, you will need:
1 skein DMC 817 Coral (or similar for tacking lines)
Black and Gold Colourway:
1 skein DMC 310 Black
1 skein DMC E3852 Light Effects Metallic Dark Gold
1 packet Mill Hill 00557 Gold beads
Navy and White Colourway:
1 skein DMC White
1 skein DMC E168 Light Effects Metallic Silver
1 packet Mill Hill 02022 Silver beads
Various skeins of colours as desired.
You can easily use whatever floss you have in your stash as each motif is small and doesn’t use much thread.
Charts are worked on 14 count Aida over one square or 28 count evenweave over two threads. Fabric colour is your choice. All measurements below include a 3″ border allowance.
For one delight card mount (stitch count 42 x 42):
Fabric needed is: 9 x 9″ or 23cm x 23cm or an ornament cut.
For a four delights box (stitch count 64 x 64):
Fabric needed is: 11 x 11″ or 27cm x 27cm or a fat eighth.
For a nine delights box (stitch count 86 x 86):
Fabric needed is: 12 x 12″ or 31cm x 31cm or a fat eighth.
For a sixteen delights box (stitch count 108 x 108):
Fabric needed is: 14 x 14″ or 35cm x 35cm or a fat quarter.
For a twenty-five delights box (stitch count 130 x 130):
Fabric needed is: 16 x 16″ or 39cm x 39cm or a fat quarter.
For the full thirty-six delights box (stitch count 152 x 152):
Fabric needed is: 17 x 17″ or 43cm x 43cm or a fat quarter.
Approximate cost for Project
Approximate cost to stitch the entire Box of Delights using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do not include postage):
Chart: free – available at Box of Delights
Floss: $ 4.55 – Gold/black or Navy/White colourway
Fabric: $11.85 – fat quarter evenweave
Total: $16.40 ($30.60 AUD or $21.60 CAD or €15.95 or £12.00)
Places to Buy
Colours Down Under has all the materials and a variety of plain fabrics in stock.
Colour Cascade Fabrics Caitlin recommends ” For a coloured version of the pattern my choice would be Barbie girl (a light pink and light blue material)
For the Black and gold version my choice would be silver springs that will give a great contrast.
For the Navy, I would recommend Sorcerer.”
Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 30 June 2015.
Traditional Stitches in Calgary have all the recommended materials in stock and a selection of fabrics to suit your taste.
Casa Cenina in Italy have all the recommended materials in stock and a selection of fabrics to suit your taste.
SewandSo has all the materials and a variety of fabrics in stock.
Chromatic Alchemy “As there isn’t a whole design image of Box of Delights I decided to plump for the partial stitched version to show some alternative background colours. I have chosen Sakura and Rhubarb and Custard for this, the subtler backgrounds will work better and allow all the wonderful detail to shine.”
Crafty Kitten has a variety of floss and fabrics to make your project stand out.
Sparklies “As soon as I saw this I knew… White thread, maybe silk for that touch of luxury, on Gothic, linen rather than evenweave.”
Thread Pickerz Silkz 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 materials in stock and offers a variety of fabrics.
Black Cat Stitchery in Illinois has materials 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.
Stitches n Things in Missouri has the DMC in stock and a range of fabrics for your unique style.
Fiberlicious “I am currently plotting ideas for this project. I love sweets and the fact that this amazing design comes as freebie is awesome. I would use different colors for each square or randomly repeat colors with an attempt to make it as colorful as possible. It makes me feel like I am in a Sweet Shop. I would choose American Snow Cone, Sea Dragon, Hawaiian Hibicus, Raunchy Rainbow, Hawaiian Sunset and Forest Fairy Tales.”
Under the Sea Fabrics recommends Looking Glass for the multicoloured colourway.
Are you planning to join in the SAL? Have you already started? What floss and fabric combination will you choose?
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Last Updated: 18 March 2015. Edited to include Facebook Group information.