Pharoah’s Pet

Thanks to OzStitch‘s generosity here is a second review from Couchman Creations. Also don’t forget to check out the November Sales post as it is being updated multiple times a day!

Pharoah's Pet
Pharoah’s Pet

From the Designer

Many thanks go to Wanda Gabelman and her pet Serval “Oyo”, for without their help and encouragement Pharoah’s Pet would never have come to be. The pictographs surrounding Oyo are a tribute to the Pharoah’s Pet and a rough translation is as follows:

“The eyes of Horus watch from above and protects the soul and spirit of this cat who came into being. Truth and beauty are his name. the imperishable ones shine on him. His breath of life and symbol of power protects the palace walls. He rejoices in water and revenges evil. The She Serpent who guards the gate of the Underworld counts the hours and years of the imperishable ones reign, who shine on the supporters of the sky and waters of life. Miu (the cat) protects the gates of heaven from the serpent. He sees  with Ra’s eye, hears all sounds. Nothing escapes him. Gods adore him and mourn his passing.”

I hope you enjoy stitching young Oyo. I certainly did and I finished this design in record time, in just six weeks.

Why this chart?

The day after Pharoah’s Hound review,  I was surprised and delighted to receive a free copy of Pharoah’s Pet from Alan Binding of OzStitch. As a thank you for his generosity, I am reviewing Pharoah’s Pet.

Both Pharoah’s Pet and Pharoah’s Hound were first released by Karen Couchman in paper format in 1998.  A few years later OzStitch bought the Couchman Designs name and chart copyright. As the paper copies sold out, Alan converted the Couchman Designs charts to digital download formats. Pharoah’s Hound has been available as an electronic download for a few years. Pharoah’s Pet made it appearance last Friday.

Pharoah’s Pet uses whole cross stitch, partial cross stitch, differing numbers of floss strands and blackwork, however the chart has swathes of same colour stitching.  I recommend this chart to Ancient Egyptian or cat lovers of any level of stitching from passionate beginner through to advanced.

Pharoahs Pet
Pharoahs Pet

Review

Pharoah’s Pet was initially released as a printed chart, and is now available as a digital download. Thanks to the generosity of OzStitch, I now have both in my stash.

There is very little difference between the printed and digital designs.  In the printed version, the bottom border includes the designer’s name and date, in the electronic version, this is left blank. In the printed chart the small amount of backstitching on the pyramid is stitched in 840, in the digital version Alan changed this to 841.

The Pharoah’s Pet printed chart is double-sided printed on an A2 glossy heavy paper sheet. This is folded twice to produce an A4 (similar to US Letter) booklet. The electronic version is set to print out on A4 or US Letter paper.

The printed version has a picture of the completed cross stitch on the front cover while the electronic copy has a computer mockup of the finished design.

Both versions contain general stitching instructions and diagrams for finding your starting point, how to cross stitch, finish a thread, backstitch and cleaning your finished piece. Also instructions specific to Pharoah’s Pet such as  fabric choices and sizes.

The printed chart is printed black on white  inside the unfolded A2 sheet. The symbols are quite small and printed in varying shades of grey; both combine to make the hieroglyphics difficult to see. Chart symbols on the folds are prone to wearing off, especially if you fold the chart so that the stitching plans are visible.

The digital download chart is printed over nine pages, so the symbols are much larger (double sized) and thus easier to see. Each subsequent page has a two-row overlap to help keep your place and the blackwork outlines are shown in colour; differing colours for differing floss.  I prefer to stitch this digital version of the chart.

The digital download does not include the history of the pictographic border but As Alan tells it:

One day, out of the blue, I received a phone call from an irate Egyptologist complaining about the “garbage” explanation of the symbols given on the paper chart. I thought discretion was the better part of valour and therefore left that bit off the downloads.

In both cases the materials list is inside the chart and cannot be seen until the chart is purchased and opened.

Materials Required

To stitch the charts exactly as designed, you will need:

1 skein each – DMC 433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 522, 543, 648, 738, 742, 473, 745, 797,  840, 842, 919, 3031, B5200, Ecru.

The digital download also includes one skein each of: 798, 841 and 3864

DMC 3371 Black Brown

 

2 skeins DMC 3371 Black Brown

 

DMC 796 Royal Blue dk

 

4 skeins DMC 796 Royal Blue dark

 

 

28 count Zweigart Vienna Cloth  (stitch count 150 x 260). Due to the number of partial stitches I highly recommend stitching this project on evenweave or linen.

For 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 17” x 25”  or  43 x 63cm  or  a fat quarter (18 x 27″).

Zweigart - Vienna Cloth
Zweigart – Vienna Cloth

Approximate cost for Project

Approximate cost to stitch Pharoah’s Pet using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do  not include postage):

Chart: $   5.95 (before sale)
Floss:  $ 12.35
Fabric: $13.30

Total: $31.60  ($60.45 AUD or €42.85  or  £34.61)

Places to Buy

OzStitch sells the printed charts and digital downloads worldwide. To celebrate Pharaoh’s Pet becoming available as a download, OzStitch is offering readers of this site a 50% off  voucher to use on their site.  The voucher can be used to purchase any of Couchman Downloadable Designs. Voucher code is: PET  Offer ends 11 December 2014.

Instructions on using the Discount Voucher:

  1. Choose the items you wish to purchase and go to the Checkout area.
  2. At step 3 of the checkout process (Payment Information page) your order details and payment options will be shown. You should now be able to see the “Coupon” box. Enter the code “PET” in the “Coupon” box and click on “Apply Coupon” to receive your discount.
  3. Proceed with your purchase.

Australia:

Colours Down Under has all the DMC threads and a variety of 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 recommends Golddigger Old Map Style from her range.  She also suggests Blue Moon if you want to leave the sky blank and stitch in the border. Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 6 December 2014.

Europe:

Casa Cenina in Spain can order the printed chart in for you.  They also stock a variety of fabrics and floss for your unique creation.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo can order in the printed chart and kit it up for you.

Polstitches Jo says “An alternative for this colourful cat could be Snowy Mountains.”

Sparklies suggests that this design would suit one of her neutral fabrics such as Barely Bronzed, Parchment, Dr Smith’s Tonic or Oatmeal or you could use  Moonlighting and fill stitch the border.

Chromatic Alchemy  Artemis says “I like Flavian sky for this one, the burnt bronze sets off the desert theme well and the nice splash of blue makes the hieroglyphs front and centre instead of fading into the sand”.

United States:
123Stitch can order in the printed chart and has the thread in stock and offers a variety of fabrics.

Giveaway – almost

As it is a little tricky to give away a digital download, Alan from OzStitch is offering 50% all downloadable Couchman Creations for the next two weeks.  Use code: PET. The full prices for Pharoah’s Pet and Pharoah’s Hound have been reduced from $9.90 to $7.70 (including Australian GST) so at 50%, Alan is almost giving away these charts to readers of this site!

Check out Couchman Digital Creations and let me know in the comments – did anything in this sale appeal to you?

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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: 27 November 2014

 

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Late November Sales

Thanksgiving is a US tradition, but Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday sales are becoming worldwide shopping traditions.  As such, here are some late November sales you may be interested in.

You may want to bookmark or subscribe to this post as I will be updating it during the week as more sales are announced.

123 Stitch

When: 1 December 2014 (Mountain Time, US time)
What: one day Cyber Monday sale on selected items.

123 Stitch

When: Now – 6 Dec 2014 (Mountain time, US time)
What: discount on the following designers and themes:

ABC Stitch Therapy

When: Now – 2 December 2014 (midnight CST, US time)
What: 20% off everything, excludes gift certificates.

Brooke’s Books

When: Now – sold out
What: Bulk lots of Brooke’s Books charts.

Brookes books - wizard of oz

Country Designs

When: Now – 31 December 2014
What: Order any three kits from our website and get the cheapest one FREE.
How: Use the discount code 9999-2014

Crazy Annie’s Stitchin – Cyber Monday

When: 1 December 2014 (midnight to midnight, CST, US time)
What:

  • CHARTS: 20% off regular retails prices. Most are already 10% off so you will get an addt’l 10% off prices listed.
  • KITS: 25% off regular retails prices . Most items are already 10% off…so you will get an addt’l 15% off prices listed.
  • SCISSORS20% off regular retail prices. Most are listed at 10% off already…so you will get an addt’l 10% off prices listed.
  • NEEDLE MAGNETS – NEEDLEMINDERS: 20% off reg retail prices. Most are 10% off already…so you will get an addt’l 10% off the prices listed.
  • Q-SNAPS & Q-SNAP COVERS: On Monday, 12-1-14 all Q-SNAPS and Q-SNAP Covers will be 20% off regular retail prices. Most are listed at 10% off already….so you will get an addt’l 10% off prices listed.

Eclectic Bloke Designs

When: 1 – 2 December 2014
What:  All charts 25% off

European Cross Stitch

When: 27 Nov – 1 December 2014
What: 10% of everything (excludes pdfs)
How:  If you’ve placed an order already or are planning to place one now, please be patient with us!  We have ~400 kit orders to process…that means getting supplies (and more supplies) in, sorting, bagging, assembling bead packs, assembling the kits, processing charges and PP invoices, then shipping…so it takes time!  We’ll try to get your kit to you as soon as possible. If you “need” your order for a Christmas gift, note that in your instructions.  I still can’t guarantee we’ll have it to you in time, but it let’s us know the situation.

Fil’anthrope Broderies

When: now – sold out
What: selected cross stitch charts and kits at 40% off.

Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery

When: now – 3 December 2014 (noon PST US time)
What: We’d like to invite you to take 20% off your *entire* purchase
How: Use promo code THANKS during checkout

Heaven and Earth Designs

When: 29 Nov – 1 December 2014 (midnight to midnight EST, US time)
What:

  • 50% off all charts (excludes special services)
  • 15% off all accessories
  • 15% off all materials packs

Note: Download issues are common during sale periods due to sever loads. If you have an issue, don’t panic, we are happy to help to make sure you receive your order. Just send us an email through the “Contact Us” link on the website, and we will assist you as soon as we can. If, for some reason, the contact form won’t work, feel free to email me direct at nikki@heavenandearthdesigns.com.

JJs Cross Stitch

When: Now
What: 20% off entire cross stitch order!
How: Enter JJS20 at checkout

Kooler Design Studio

When: this week
What: 50% off all scriptures and hymns designs.

Love Thy Thread

When: Now – 30 November 2014
What: 40% off all charts (excludes ezine).

Needleworker’s Delight / Silkweaver Fabrics

When: 28 Nov – 9 December 2014
What: 25% off entire order
How: Use coupon code FRIDAY14

OzStitch

When: Now – 11 December 2014
What: 50% off  Couchman Downloadable Designs.
How: Use voucher code: PET

Rainbow Stitchery (formerly Laurel’s Stitchery)

When: 28 November – 2 December 2014 (midnight to midnight)
What: 25% off all in-stock flosses (except DMC 6-strand floss)!
40% off all patterns & kits!
75% off all remaining punchneedle & quilting patterns!

Silver Needle

When: Now – next newsletter
What: Join their newsletter and receive 25% off all scissors
How: Add a note when paying to to say you received notice of this sale through their newsletter.

Stitch and Frog

When:  Now – 1 December 2014 (midnight EST, US time)
What: 20% off  Alessandra Adelaide,Amy Bruecken, Barbara Ana Designs, and Imaginating

Stitch NZ

When: Now
What: All our Stitchbow storage items are now on sale for the next few weeks with at less 10% off everything in the range!

Stitcher’s Workshop

When: Now – sold out
WhatAll in stock merchandise is on sale at 30% off.
How: In order to receive the discounts orders must total $10 or more before discount is applied! The shopping cart WILL NOT show the discount but it will be applied before shipping and you will receive an email telling you what we have and what your discount is. If you pay by PayPal, your invoice will show the discount and the items to be shipped so no extra notification will be made. Please note that PayPal invoices are sent after the order is pulled and shipping charges are determined.

Stitches ‘n Things

When: 27 Nov – 1 December (US time)
What:

  1. GIFT CERTIFICATE BONUS SPECIAL:  Receive a 20% Bonus Gift Certificate with Purchase of any Gift Certificate in $25.00 increments. WHAT??? THAT MEANS …When you Purchase a $25.00 Gift Certificate .. you will receive a FREE $5.00 Gift Certificate!! Purchase a $50.00 Gift Certificate & receive a FREE $10.00 Gift Certificate!!
    Purchase a $75.00 Gift Certificate & receive a FREE $15.00 Gift Certificate!!
    Purchase a $100.00 Gift Certificate & receive a FREE $20.00 Gift Certificate!!
    Purchase GC’s in ANY $25.00 increment and receive a FREE GC valued at 20% of that purchased GC .. the “Free” Gift Certificate is for use effective January 2, 2015!!!
    All Gift Certificates are good for one year from date of purchase on anything found at Stitches N Things! And yes, these can be redeemed on-line! We can even SEND YOUR GC VIA E-MAIL to your recipient for you!

  2. 20% OFF STORE WIDE Catalog (excluding anything that is specified as ADVANCE, DMC floss AND Gift Certificates)  —  Your Catalog Order Will NOT reflect the discount but we WILL apply it for you!
  3. IF YOU have us KIT IT UP** for you .. with fabric, fibers, embellishments, etc ..it will be 25% OFF INSTEAD !!
  4. 20% OFF anything listed in the SNT / HOFFMAN MALL Catalog (reminder .. this catalog is NOT the same as our shop catalog .. you will need to enter a password to shop in this catalog .. and then your order placed there will arrive directly in our shop  — Your Catalog Order Will NOT reflect the discount but we WILL apply it for you! )
  5. IF YOU have us KIT IT UP** for you .. with fabric, fibers, embellishments, etc ..it will be 25% OFF INSTEAD !!
  6. Take An Additional 20% OFF anything listed on our Sale pages AND our SNT Classics Sale pages  —  Your Catalog Order Will NOT reflect the discount but we WILL apply it for you!
  7. IF YOU have us KIT IT UP** for you .. with fabric, fibers, embellishments, etc ..it will be 25% OFF INSTEAD !!

Stitching Obsession

When: Now – 18 December 2014
What: Closing down sale, all stock 50% off

Tilton Crafts

When: Now – 31 December 2014
What:

  • Spend $30 or more and receive 35% off (promo code: XMAS-1)
  • Spend $75 or more and receive 50% off (promo code: XMAS-2)

Under the Sea Fabrics

When:  28 November – 1 December 2014 (EST US time)
What: use coupon code BF2014SALE17 to save 17% off your total purchase from the website. I rolled a 20 sided die to come up with the discount.

Wasatch Needlecraft

When: 1 December 2014 (Mountain time, US time)
What: 20% storewide. ALSO an extra 30% off the overstock page

White Willow Stitching

When: Now – sold out
What: Overstock clearance sale of Aida fabrics and white willow design charts.

X’s and Ohs’s

When: 1 – 7 December 2014
What:  Purchase ANY 2 charts and you can select a 3rd one FREE, and we will also give you FREE SHIPPING (in Canada or the US).

Youthful Hands Needlecrafts

When: 3 December 2014 (midnight – midnight
What: 15% off Winter Wonderland fabric

Youthful Hands Needlecrafts

When: Now – 15 December 2014
What:

Note: This post was last updated 2:00pm Melbourne time, 2 December 2014.  For current sales please see the SALES page.

 

Last updated: 2 December 2014

 

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Pharaoh’s Hound by Couchman Creations

An older chart from an Australian designer for Throwback Thursday.

Couchman Creations - Pharaoh's Hound
Couchman Creations – Pharaoh’s Hound

From the Designer

The pictographs surrounding Neferaka, the Pharaoh’s Hound, are a tribute to this regal dog and a rough translation is as follows:

“The eyes of Horus watch from above and gives praise to Maat, Goddess of Order, who gives life and protection to all. Praise be to Anubis who summons Neferaka to protect the spirits passing into rebirth in the after-life. Neferaka sees all the fires of life passing through the gates of heaven. Anubis adores Neferaka and rejoices in him for all time.”

Why this chart?

Pharoah’s Hound and it’s companion chart Pharoah’s Pet were created by Karen Couchman in 1998.  I have seen both stitched and they look magnificent.  Both my mother and I have a fondness for archaeology and anything to do with the Ancient Egyptian Empires so the only questions when I finally stitch these is – whose house will they live in?

Pharoah’s Hound uses whole cross stitch, partial cross stitch, and blackwork. The Hieroglyphics around the outside can be a little tricky but the main chart has swathes of same colour stitching.  I recommend this chart to Ancient Egyptian or Hound lovers of any level of stitching from passionate beginner through to advanced.

Both Pharoah’s Hound and Pharoah’s Pet were first released by Karen Couchman in paper format in 1998.  They are now converted to electronic download by Alan Binding of OzStitch. Pharoah’s Hound has been available for a few years and Pharoah’s Pet makes its appearance this coming weekend.

Pharoah's Hound
Pharoah’s Hound

Review

Pharoah’s Hound was initially released as a printed chart, and is now available as a digital download. I have both in my stash so I will discuss the differences.

The main difference between the printed and digital designs is the bottom border. In the older printed version, this border is left blank with the designer’s name and date stitched in the middle. In the digital version, the lower border has a repeat of the sun motif from the upper border.  I suspect you can stitch whichever you prefer.

There have also been some changes to the partial stitches in the hieroglyphics but I suspect this has more to do with the limitations of the charting software than any deliberate design change.  Just stitch your preferred partial stitches inside the bounds of the backstitching and you will be fine regardless of which version of the chart you use.

Finally the original chart uses DMC 840 to outline the base of the pyramids.  The digital version uses DMC 3371.

The Pharoah’s Hound printed chart is double-sided printed on an A2 glossy heavy paper sheet. This is folded twice to produce an A4 (similar to US Letter) booklet. The coloured side of the paper has:

  • Front cover page with colour image of stitched project
  • General stitching instructions and diagrams for finding your starting point, how to cross stitch, finish a thread, backstitch and cleaning your finished piece.
  • Stitching instructions specific to Pharoah’s Hound such as  fabric choices sizes. Also an explanation of the hieroglyphic border.
  • back cover shows coloured images of other designs by Couchman Creations.

The inside of the unfolded A2 sheet is printed in black on white and has the chart, floss list, stitch count and backstitch instructions. The last of these is crucial as there is no other means to identify what backstitch should be stitched in what colour.

The symbols are quite small and printed in varying shades of grey; both combine to make the hieroglyphics difficult to see. Chart symbols on the folds are prone to wearing off, especially if you fold the chart so that the stitching plans are visible.  For these reasons, I would recommend stitching from the digital download or making a working copy of the chart in sections, enlarging each area for clearer visibility.

The digital download has:

  • front page with digital rendering of the Pharoah’s Pet
  • eight pages of chart
  • one page of the floss key and instructions specific to the Pharoah’s Hound
  • three pages of general stitching how-to’s with diagrams and a glossary

The digital download does not include the history of the hieroglyphic border but has a better chart to stitch from.  The symbols are much larger (almost double sized) and thus easier to see. Each subsequent page has a two-row overlap to help keep your place and the blackwork outlines are shown in colour; differing colours for differing floss.  I prefer to stitch this digital version of the chart.

In both cases the materials list is inside the chart and cannot be seen until the chart is purchased and opened.

Materials Required

To stitch the charts exactly as designed, you will need:

1 skein each – DMC 225, 433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 522, 632, 738, 472, 473, 744, 745, 758, 796, 797, 798, 799, 840, 841, 842, 919, 922, 3064, 3713, 3863, 3864, B5200, Ecru.

DMC 3371 Black Brown

 

2 skeins DMC 3371 Black Brown

 

DMC 796 Royal Blue dk

 

5 skeins DMC 796 Royal Blue dark

 

 

28 count Zweigart Vienna Cloth  (stitch count 150 x 260). Due to the number of partial stitches I highly recommend stitching this project on evenweave or linen.

For 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 17” x 25”  or  43 x 63cm  or  a fat quarter (18 x 27″).

Zweigart - Vienna Cloth
Zweigart – Vienna Cloth

Approximate cost for Project

Approximate cost to stitch Pharoah’s Hound using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do  not include postage):

Chart: $   7.75
Floss:  $ 15.85
Fabric: $13.30

Total: $36.90    ($61.00 AUD or €53.00  or  £36.75)

Places to Buy

OzStitch sells the printed charts and digital downloads worldwide.

Australia:

Colours Down Under has all the DMC threads and a variety of 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 recommends Golddigger Old Ma style from her range.  Shoe also suggest (Blue Moon) if you want to leave the sky blank and stitch in the border. Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 6 December 2014.

Europe:

Casa Cenina in Spain can order the printed chart in for you.  They also stock a variety of fabrics and floss for your unique creation.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo can order in the printed chart and kit it up for you.

Sparklies suggests that this design would suit one of her neutral fabrics such as Barely Bronzed, Parchment, Dr Smith’s Tonic or Oatmeal or you could use  Moonlighting and fill stitch the border.

 

Chromatic Alchemy  has a variety of fabrics for you to custom design your own unique piece.

United States:

123Stitch can order in the printed chart and has the thread in stock and offers a variety of fabrics.

Discussion

Would you stitch this design on a parchment style background or a night-time style background?   Whichever you choose, remember to get enough fabric to stitch both Pharoah’s Hound and Pharoah’s Pet at  the same time so they will match.

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: 20 November 2014

 

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