Before My Morning Coffee by Artecy

Art to Stitch Wednesday featuring Artecy.  Also as the November Sales finish, the Christmas sales start so I have created a new SALES page.  Bookmark it or check it out as I will update it regularly as I hear of new Sales. Artecy - Before my morning coffee

From the Designer

Before my morning coffee .... I might as well be a dog.

What is it?

Before my morning coffee is an original Roosevelt the Cat artwork by Gail Gastfield translated into cross stitch by Tereena Clarke of Artecy. Note: Please respect our artists. Your work will be a labour of love for months and years to come. Buy from reputable designers such as those reviewed on this site. They support the artists who produce the original works. By buying cheap art-to-stitch designs, you are likely buying from a designer who is not paying royalties or licensing and the chart is likely to be low quality. Without support, our artists cannot thrive. Your time, and theirs are worth more.

Why this chart?

I bought this chart for a cat-loving friend of mine's birthday a few years ago.  I liked it so much, I bought a second copy for myself.  Also Tereena is a local Australian designer and I like to support local where possible. Tereena of Artecy is one of the most prolific Art to Stitch designers I have known. Her work is featured on her own Artecy website, Patterns Online, CrossStitch.com and Kustom Krafts.   Tereena has been designing cross stitch patterns for the last 14 years.  In the last two years, her husband, an artist, has assisted with her designing process; prior to this, all charts on the Artecy site were designed or converted by Tereena. All of her art-to-stitch charts are fully licensed. Most art-to-stitch designs are fully stitched, in that the background is treated as part of the picture so every square is stitched, culminating in a project comprising thousands of stitches and months if not years to work. The background in Before My Morning Coffee is so simple that it is easily removed. You can stitch this on a hand dyed fabric of your own choice to cut the stitching time and add to the complexity of the design. Before My Morning Coffee is a simple design, it is full cross stitch in DMC only; a beginner has the skills to stitch it. However, this is still a large design, so pace yourself and enjoy the journey. Artecy - Before My Morning Coffee

Review

All of the Artecy Cross Stitch designs are available as PDF downloads or printed charts. My copy of Before My Morning Coffee is the 18 page PDF digital download. Simply save yiour downloaded PDF file and you can work from the digital chart or print sections as you need, or print it all and store it with the rest of your paper charts; the options are yours. The Before My Morning Coffee chart pack contains:
  • front cover sheet with a mock-up of the stitched design, stitch count and approximate size (in inches) of the finished design on 14ct, 16ct and 18ct. Also includes the artist licence information.
  • one page of instructions on how to stitch art-to-stitch design.
  • the twelve page chart.
  • two pages of the DMC floss symbol key or legend, in DMC floss number order.
  • two pages of the DMC floss, listing both the number of stitches and number of skeins required for each DMC colour.
Artecy provides black symbols on a white background.  Tereena suggests starting in the middle of the pattern; there are no overlap rows from preceding pages so you can stitch in rows of 10 stitches across the page, stitch on Magic Guide fabric or grid your fabric or count carefully.  Most stitchers combine these techniques. The chart format is large; it only shows 55 x 78 stitches per page. This is easy to see and stitch from. Tereena carefully selects the variety of symbols to maximise ease of differentiating them on the page.  Again, you can almost see the design due to the symbol choice.  The background is simple; large swathes of the same colours.  However the cat's fur is by necessity a riot of different colours and symbols. This is confetti stitching at its worst, but you would expect that for drawn animal fur. Although the stitchcount is listed on the front page, the two pages of floss list can only be seen once you buy and open the chart pack. Nor does Artecy list the floss needed on the website. Before My Morning Coffee is a cute whimsical design that would give any cat lover a smile.  You can fully stitch the background or use a hand dyed fabric; it is your choice.

Materials Required

To stitch the charts exactly as designed, you will need: 1 skein each: DMC 152, 159, 160, 161, 169, 223, 310, 315, 318, 336, 353, 356, 402, 415, 452, 747, 758, 760, 762, 778, 792, 797, 798, 799, 803, 814, 815, 819, 820, 823, 902, 918, 938, 939, 3042, 3713, 3721, 3722, 3727, 3743, 3770, 3776, 3778, 3779, 3807, 3827, 3830, 3856, 3857, 3858, 3859, 3860, 3861, 3865. If you wish to stitch the background, you will also need: 2 skeins each DMC 809, 3839 3 skeins DMC 3838 5 skeins DMC 3840 14ct Aida or 28 count White or Cream Evenweave  (stitch count 198 x 230). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1. For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 20” x 22½”  or  51 x 57cm  or  a fat half (27 x 36″).

Approximate cost for Project

Approximate cost to stitch Before My Morning Coffee using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do  not include postage): Chart:  $  9.95 Floss:    $29.05 Fabric: $20.00 Total: $59.00  ($102.50 AUD or €84.05  or  £59.27)

Places to Buy

Tereena sells this chart via many online stores including ArtecyPatterns Online and CrossStitch.com. Artecy are having a 20% off all charts Christmas sale, so if you buy from Artecy or CrossStitch.com. you can save 20% on the pattern price.  Australia: Colours Down Under has all the threads and a variety of white and off white fabrics in stock. Jo would be happy to order in the printed chart, and offers a 10% discount on the package (chart + floss). Mention this review when ordering. Colour Cascade Fabrics has a variety of fabrics for you to make this design unique. Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 6 December 2014. Europe: Casa Cenina in Spain stock a variety of fabrics and floss for your unique creation. United Kingdom: Colray Crafts provides a variety of kits for this and other Artecy designs. SewandSo can offer all your DMC and fabric needs. Chromatic Alchemy  “Oh wow it works on quite a few....it depends I guess whether you want a moody background or not. I can't decide between them lol! They all look good to me!  I think I would definitely remove the background though imagine how much quicker it would be to stitch”. Polstitches "with a removed background blue moon would add some real depth" Sparklies "Harebell or Rain would work quite well if you didn't want to stitch the background." United States: 123Stitch has the thread in stock and offers a variety of fabrics.

Discussion

Have you stitched an Artecy design? What do you think of Tereena's charting?

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