If Cats Could Talk by Designs by Lisa

Tuesday sweetness with a touch of sassiness. If Cats Could Talk by Kathy Hackford of Designs by Lisa.

If Cats Could Talk
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From the Designer

If cats could talk, they would probably lie!

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Art of Simplicity by Designs by Lisa

Entires for last week’s Peace Wheel chart giveaway are now closed. The winner will be contacted shortly and their name listed in the Giveaways page.

Designs by Lisa - Art of Simplicity

From the Designer

“Master the art of simplicity…and every day will be beautiful.”

Why this chart?

Art of Simplicity is again from my stash. Whenever my mind and my life become over-cluttered I remember this edict.  This sentiment reflects a quieting of the mind that mirrors the act of cross stitching. Two colours, one image, a block of single colour wording; the project is simple and elegant.

The use of the butterfly motif reminds me of another Designs by Lisa chart which states “if nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies”

While I love the quiet colours used in the model, this small piece is easily adapted to your personal style. Using no fractional stitches or specialty stitches, Art of Simplicity can be stitched on any fabric type or count. So search through your stash, find a relaxing fabric and start stitching.

Art of Simplicity does use backstitching for the wording. Backstitching is easy to do, but if you are stitching a dark colour on a light or thin fabric, do take note of where you threads carry across the back, as these could be visible once the project is framed.

Art of Simplicity
Art of Simplicity


Art of Simplicity is printed on US Letter (9 x 11″) heavy white cardstock.  The cover is printed in colour, but the chart on the reverse side is printed in black.

The butterfly motif is printed using one symbol, the backstitching is printed in bold black lines; both very easy to see.  This is a very easy pattern to follow for stitchers of all levels.

All the pertinent information about the Art of Simplicity design is on the back cover, easily visible through the clear plastic; the recommended fabric and floss, the stitch count and estimated size of the design in the 28ct fabric.

The designer did not list any DMC thread substitutions for the Thread Gatherer silk floss.  This may be because the variegated thread has shades of so many colours in it, that it is difficult to decide which would be the dominant hue. Also, as this design comprises a single floss butterfly and some wording, the butterfly could be stitched in almost any colour floss you choose.

The main quibble I have with the Art of Simplicity chart is that the pattern is printed over the folded centre line. Through regular wear and folding, the print on the fold line can wear off.

 Materials Required

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

Thread Gatherer - SNC099 - Moon Rose

1 skein – Thread Gatherer Silk ‘n Colours 099 – Moon Rose

DMC 3041


1 skein – DMC 3041 – Antique Violet



Wichelt - Ivory

Wichelt – 28 count Ivory Jobelan (stitch count 96 x 126). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.

For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is:
13″ x 15″  or  33 x 39cm  or  a fat eighth (13 x 18″).

Approximate cost for Project

Approximate cost to stitch the Art of Simplicity chart using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do  not include postage):

Chart: $7.00
Floss:  $8.34
Fabric: $5.75

Total: $21.09    ($33.91 AUD or £24.95)

Places to Buy

Colours Down Under has floss and fabric in stock. Jo would be happy to order in the chart, and offers a 10% discount on the package (chart + floss). Mention this review when ordering.

Colour Cascade Fabrics has some DMC floss in stock and a wide choice of fabric colours. For readers of this site she offers a 10% discount. Use code PeaceOut during checkout. Code valid for the month of October 2014.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo stocks all of your DMC cottons, Thread Gatherer silks and Wichelt fabrics.

Sparklies suggests Slightly Summer or Lilac Ice from her range of fabrics.

 United States:

123Stitch is a one-stop-shop for all materials listed.


As I believe we all need a little more simplicity and tranquility in our lives (and its aids in my simplification of my life project) I am going to give away my Art of Simplicity chart. To enter, comment below why you would like this chart and what, if any, changes would you make to it.

Contest is open to anywhere in the world. The only valid entries are comments below on this post.  Comments on social media will not be included.

Contest closes in one week from posting this review (midday, 20 October 2014, Melbourne time (UTC+11 hours). Winner will be chosen randomly from the comments.


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