Art-to-stitch Wednesday makes a return. A beautiful version of Medusa.
What is it?
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Why this chart?
I love Joahanna Von Frankenstein’s artwork. She uses so many different types of art techniques, from pencil drawings, digital drawings, watercolours, painting with coffee and of course mixed media. Check out her Facebook page and her DeviantArt page to see all her varied skills.
I chose this design out of all of her converted art work because of the simplicity of colours in this design. The lines created the artwork, and these have been converted into so many differing shades of grey. This truly would have been a challenge to convert.
I also love the subject; Marie Antoinette was such a tragic figure whose naivety and sheltered lifestyle made her a target for an oppressed nation. So much propaganda and misinformation about her has come down through the centuries to us including the false “let them eat cake”.
Colour Cascade Designs is a part of Colour Cascade Fabrics. Tammy provides such wonderful fabric suggestions day after day here on this site. Colour Cascade Designs has been around since January 2014 and provides converted designs from the darker side of life. From zombies to post apocalyptic to expressions of dark desires, Tammy showcases them all.
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 years of work. Projects such as Marie Antoinette do not have a stitched background, and so could be stitched in less time. You could stitch this on white fabric and save yourself even more time, or you could choose to show off a fabulous hand dyed fabric that complements or contrasts this design.
Marie Antoinette is, at heart, a simple design; full cross stitch only. However to meet the level of detail needed for so many fine lines, this chart has a lot of confetti stitching. ,“Confetti stitching” is stitcher jargon for describing an area of stitching where there is only one or a few stitches of each floss colour. These little groupings are scattered about like confetti.
For such a design, changes in stitching techniques are required. You can thread your needle, then stitch each grouping of one colour until you run out and then start the next colour.
Or you can park. Parking is where you stitch one grouping of a floss, and then park you thread at the next grouping. It is probably best explained by this Youtube video:
If you are an experienced art-to-stitch stitcher who has met such a complex chart before, then I thoroughly recommend this chart for the beauty it will become.
If you have not stitched a large, complex design before, then I recommend patience and concentration to get through the confetti stitched areas. Some days it will feel like you are making no progress at all, other days you will seem to make great strides.
Colour Cascade Designs offers their charts as electronic download or in printed form; I have only bought the electronic downloads. Marie Antoinette is a 26 page chart pack in pdf format. Save the pdf 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 Marie Antoinette digital download has:
- front cover sheet with a mock-up of the stitched design, the stitch count and size (in inches and centimetres) of the design stitched in 25ct. This also prominently lists the name of the artist and ascribes the art copyright to her.
- instructions on how to stitch and suggestions for the number of threads to use for each count of fabric
- the 20 page chart; each page includes a diagram of where that page sits in the overall chart and a three-row overlap from earlier pages to aid in keeping your place
- cleaning and care notes; washing instructions
- the symbol key or legend, in DMC numbered order
- The floss key including the length of each floss needed
Tammy of Colour Cascade designs is in the process of updating her chart packs. My older copy of Marie Antoinette is only 26 pages,but the newer version is likely to be around 50 pages.
The updated chart packs contain all the same information but Tammy has made the grid work on each chart page much larger. This means more pages, but the symbols are printed larger and more crisp and can be more easily seen on the page.
Tammy has also changed some of the symbols to give greater differentiation; reducing the likelihood of stitching with the wrong shade of floss. I love these changes and urge you to contact Tammy to receive updates of your older chart files as she converts them.
Most art-to-stitch projects recommend to stitch one-over-one on 25 count fabric. As these designs only use whole cross stitch, I strongly recommend that you stitch on the fabric count you prefer and are used to. You are probably going to spend a long while stitching this project, don’t make it more difficult by using a stitch style or count that you are not comfortable with.
To stitch the charts exactly as designed (1 floss over 1 thread on 25ct fabric), you will need:
1 skein each DMC 168, 169, 310, 317, 318, 413, 415, 451, 452, 535, 646, 647, 648, 762, 844, 928, 3072, 3371, 3799, 3865, 3866.
2 skeins each DMC 939 and 3756
3 skeins DMC White (these can be omitted if you stitch this design on white fabric).
25 count Evenweave or Magic Guide fabric (stitch count 286 x 293). Stitched one over one with the a 3″ border allowance, fabric size needed is: 17½ x 17¾″ or 44 x 45cm or a small pack of Magic Guide (19 x 21″) or normal fabric’s fat quarter (18″ x 27″).
For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 26½” x 27” or 67x 68cm or a fat half (27 x 36″).
Approximate cost for Project
Approximate cost to stitch Moonlight crop using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do not include postage):
Chart: $ 10.65
Floss: $ 12.60
Total: $34.15 ($54.25AUD or €46.35 or £38.50)
Places to Buy
Colours Down Under has all the DMC and some plain evenweave fabrics in stock.
Colour Cascade Fabrics stocks the chart, DMC and 25ct Magic Guide fabric. Tammy suggests stitching Marie Antoinette on “Golddigger or Red is the Rose”.
Tammy also offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 27 February 2015.
Traditional Stitches in Calgary have a selection of floss and fabrics to suit your taste.
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 “Hard to suggest for this one, My personal taste is to stitch black and white designs on white they can sometimes look a little odd on a strongly coloured fabric, maybe moondust but that’s as strong as I’d go with colour personally”
Polstitches “I would love to see Polstitches Avalon or a sampler linen used here, possibilities are endless”
Chromatic Alchemy “I think Marie Antoinette looks classy on Aurelia, we can’t have anything ungainly for a queen now can we?”
123Stitch has the chart in stock and can kit it up for you.
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.
Stitches n Things can order this chart in for you. They have all the recommended materials in stock to kit this up for you.
Under the Sea Fabrics Leslie suggests “I’d recommend Looking Glass or London Fog for nice gray neutral or for something wild and fun, Vampyric.”
What fabric would you stitch this design on?
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Last Updated: 21 January 2015