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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Fractal 267 by Cross Stitch Collectibles

Art-to-stitch conversion Wednesday.  I really should come up with a better name for this - any ideas? Cross Stitch Collectibles - Fractal 267 Time Swirl  

What is it?

Fractal 267 was created by PureGuitarFury, who added it to the royalty-free image site Dreamstime where it was picked up and converted to cross stitch by Cross Stitch Collectibles.

Why this chart?

Fractal 267 was one of the first art-to-stitch patterns I bought. Anyone who watches Doctor Who or the old Time Tunnel program can see why. 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. This particular design uses mainly white, winter white and black with 21 shades of grey to give depth and definition to the project.  If you use a fabric that is white, winter white or black, you can skip those stitches saving you a lot of time. I stayed away from art-to-stitch designs for many years; I am wary of buying from sellers who grab a popular image, run it through a conversion program and sell it for a few dollars.  Unless the picture is in the public domain, this is illegal as well as producing a sub-standard chart. Cross Stitch Collectibles use fractal designs from royalty-free image sites such as dreamstime, and they clearly spend much time and effort to produce a clean chart. Fractal 267 is a simple design, it is full cross stitch in DMC only; a beginner has the skills to stitch it. However, this is a design that will take a long time to complete, so settle yourself in for the journey.
Fractal 267
Fractal 267

Review

Cross Stitch Collectibles offer their charts via DVD, electronic download or in printed form. I have only received Cross Stitch Collectible charts in digital format, so that is what I am reviewing. Fractal 267 is a 34 page chart pack in pdf format. Save the design 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 Fractal 267 digital download contains:
  • front cover sheet with original artwork, stitch count and finished sizes for standard fabric counts
  • the symbol key or legend, including the number of skeins needed for each thread
  • instructions on how to stitch such a large project and a diagram of where the pages sit in relation to each other
  • Care and Washing Instructions (via DMC)
  • the 30 page chart
This design has large swathes of white and black; however running this design through an art-to-stitch computer program would create a pattern littered with single stitches of almost white or almost black. It is testament to Cross Stitch Collectibles 17 years experience in this field, that their charts are not like this.  They have gone through the computer generated pattern and changed these swathes back to complete black or white to offer a cleaner pattern and more striking finished project. The chart is printed with black symbols on white paper.  Cross Stitch Collectibles use a small dot for Black DMC 310, however all the other floss colours use capital letters as the symbols.  As these letters are all the same height and similar width it is often difficult to identify between them; take E and F as an example of symbols used side by side. I would recommend enlarging the chart for clearer readability between symbols. There are no overlap rows between the 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 use a combination of these techniques. Fractal 267 is a full-stitched chart; the finished project is wall-to wall stitching with no fabric showing (except the amount you leave for framing).  As such you can stitch on any fabric that you choose. You could stitch this on white fabric so to skip the white stitches if you chose.

 Materials Required

To stitch Fractal 267 exactly as designed, you will need: 2014-10-29 10.11.08   1 skein each - DMC 168, 169, 317, 318, 413, 414, 451, 535, 645, 646, 647, 712, 844, 3799, 3866   2014-10-29 10.11.08   2 skeins each - DMC 415, 648, 762, 928, 3072, 3371   DMC 3865   6 skeins - DMC 3865 - winter white   DMC White   9 skeins - DMC white   DMC 310   11 skeins - DMC 310 - black       DMC Magic Guide  - 25 count gridded evenweave (stitch count 300 x 310). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1. For over 1 stitching on 25ct (with 3" border allowance) fabric size is: 18" x 18½"  or  46 x 47cm or a fat quarter (18 x 27"). For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave stitching over 2 (with 3" border allowance) fabric size is: 27½" x 28"  or  70 x 72cm  or  a fat half (27" x 36"). 18ct Magic Guide Ecru

Approximate cost for Project

Approximate cost to stitch Fractal 267 using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do  not include postage): Chart: $16.00 Floss:  $ 23.35 Fabric: $11.85 Total: $51.20    ($84.50 AUD or £53.65)

Places to Buy

Cross Stitch Collectibles sells the digital download charts and charts on DVD. Australia: Colours Down Under has all the DMC and some plain evenweave fabrics in stock. Colour Cascade Fabrics stocks DMC and 25ct Magic Guide fabric. For readers of this site she offers a 10% discount. Use code PeaceOut during checkout. This code is valid for the month of October 2014. United Kingdom: Colray Crafts provides kits for all Cross Stitch Collectibles fractal charts. SewandSo stocks DMC, plain evenweave fabrics and DMC Magic Guide fabric. Sparklies stocks a range of hand dyed fabrics that could suit this chart. United States: 123Stitch stocks DMC and plain evenweave fabrics.

For Discussion

Have you stitched (or started to stitch) a Cross Stitch Collectibles design? If so, which one and what did you think of the chart? Please leave a link in your comment to your stitching progress.

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