Chupin’s Xstitch

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Chupin - Tis the Season

What is it?

To set the mood for a good weekend, I also thought we would have Freebie Fridays; each week presenting a different designer.  All sites listed here design their own charts. These designs are copyright to the designers, please do not abuse their generosity.

Why this designer?

Claire isn’t as prolific as some of the other designer’s we have reviewed, but I really love her work. I love that her small bookmarks and ornaments are designed in a variety of languages.  I love the ambiance of her small critter and fantasy creature work.

Chupin - detective-bookmarks1

Claire offers her charts free via her website Claire93’s Blog; a general stitching and lifestyle blog.  Occasionally Claire offers a free design and this is placed on her Free Chupin’s Xstitch Charts page.

Claire’s charts are small but beautiful; there is a lovely range of gifts to stitch here for any reader or ornament lover. I recommend her designs for pure beginners through to advanced stitchers.

Cannelle

Review

Claire’s free charts are only available via her Free Chupin’s Xstitch Charts page.  As her designing is not to any schedule, I recommend subscribing to her blog so you don’t miss any new releases.

All of her free designs are on the one page, Free Chupin’s Xstitch Charts page.  The link for each chart is listed above the picture. Click on the link and a pdf file opens. Save the pdf file to your device.

Most of Claire’s designs are either monochrome or only a few colours and for these she provides the chart, but no floss list.  The intent is that these designs are adaptable so you choose your own colours. Claire uses large grids but each design prints out to a single A4 or US Letter sized  sheet of paper.

Like all similarly simple-coloured charts, you can easily stitch these designs in hand dyed floss or add metallic floss or beads or change the background fabric; so many ways to personalise your project.

chupin - sleeping dragon

In the rare case that a floss colour palette is needed,  Claire provides a floss list on a second page; using symbols on a coloured background.  These floss symbol backgrounds are in bright opaque colours. It is quite easy to distinguish the right colour floss, but this does make it difficult if you wish to mark off your progress.  If you wish to print out these designs, you will need a colour printer, as the dark colour backgrounds make it difficult to see the symbols if printed in shades of grey.

Places to Buy

Claire’s free charts are only available via her Free Chupin’s Xstitch Charts page.

Australia:

Colours Down Under is a bricks and mortar store that stocks many different types of floss for you to stitch these designs.

Colour Cascade Fabrics Tammy has a  wide range of hand dyed fabrics that would add a unique element to your stitching. She offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 6 December 2014.

Europe:

Casa Cenina in Spain stocks a range of floss and fabrics to stitch this design.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo bricks and mortar store that stocks a lot of floss for you to personalise these designs.

Chromatic Alchemy“I picked this piece as I love sci fi and I think Prismatic gives it just the right amount of otherworldly colours”

Polstitches has a large range of hand dyed and sampler linens that would work perfectly as backgrounds for these designs.

Sparklies has a  large range of hand dyed fabrics that would add a such a sparkle to your project.

United States:

123Stitch is your one stop shop for all types of floss and fabric combinations.

Discussion

Have a look through the Free Chupin’s Xstitch Charts page and let me know in the comments; which design would you stitch?

Feedback

Did you like this review? Did it contain all the expected information? Is there anything you would like added or removed from the reviews? Do you know of a particular chart or designer you want to see featured here? If so, please head to the Suggestions page and let me know.

Last Updated: 2 December 2014

 

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