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.
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.
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
2 skeins DMC 3371 Black Brown
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″).
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
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:
- Choose the items you wish to purchase and go to the Checkout area.
- 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.
- Proceed with your purchase.
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.
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.
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”.
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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Last Updated: 27 November 2014