Black Lace by Dessins DHC

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Dessins DHC - Black Lace

What is it?

Black Lace is a large cross stitch, stitched one over one on 30ct linen. Designed by Dominique Hoel Colin of Dessins DHC. Don’t be fooled, this is a big cross stitch, not a small blackwork.

Why this chart?

This chart was on my wish list for many years before I finally snagged it.  then like most monochromes, it has lagged in my stash ever since while I’ve been paralysed by indecision; what colour floss and fabric combination to use and should I stitch it one over one on 30ct or the more achievable two over two on 28ct.

As is true of all monochrome projects, you can stitch Black Lace in any shade of colour you like on any fabric you like.  White floss on white fabric for a very subtle but effective white work, bold colour on black for a striking version,  multiple shades of colour using hand dyed threads or just different colours for different sections. The possibilities are endless.

Black Lace is at heart a simple design, full cross stitch and back-stitch.  However it is a large chart that will take some time to complete. I recommend this design to anyone passionate enough to stitch it.

Black Lace


Black Lace by Dessins DHC has only ever been released as a printed chart.  The red “original” sticker with Dominique’s signature is the verification that you have a legal copy of this design.

The Black Lace chart pack is printed in black on white A3 (similar to US Ledger)with a yellow front paper page.

The front cover has a large image of the design with a small photograph glued over the top. The back of the front cover sheet includes the fabric and floss used in the model stitch and some general cross stitch instructions.

One A3 page includes the entire design and a repeat of the materials needed to stitch the design. The symbols are far too small on this copy of the chart to use.  The whole design is overlayed with grey to show that it is provided for information only, not as a stitching guide.

The second A3 page is larger as it shows one-quarter of the design. However the individual stitches in this chart are also too small to use and this page is also provided as a guidelines.

The last two A3 pages are have an eighth of a design on each; so the symbols are double the size of the quarter chart.  These symbols are still quite small; you can use them to stitch from only because it is all the same symbol.  I would recommend enlarging this chart again for visibility of the symbols and ease of marking off.

That is all the chart that is given. As the design is geometric in shape, it is assumed that when you stitch both pages of the quarter chart, then you will turn them sideways and stitch the next quarter and so on.

The chart pack lists the materials needed on the inside front cover. Thus you cannot see the size of the design or the materials needed until you purchase the chart. This design, while only stitching with one thread, still requires nine skeins of DMC; implying this is a more complex chart than the small cover photo indicates.  The chart pack does not include a stitchcount, so if you wish to stitch on anything other than one over one on 30ct fabric, you have no idea what size fabric to buy.

Both of the eighth chart pieces do not line up – there’s a one-row gap between the bottom segment and top segment. This means reviewing the quarter chart page to stitch the missing row not shown on either eighth chart page.

But wait, the problems continue…There are no centre marking or 10 grids on any of the segment charts making it overly difficult to line up charts, particularly when you realise that both the eighth segment charts and the quarter segment chart include more than just the quarter. The quarter chart has an extra eighteen rows into the second quarter both vertically and horizontally. There is no sign on the chart that this is so.  The bottom eighth segment chart runs 22 rows past the mid-point horizontally and the top eighth segment runs 17 rows past the vertical midpoint.  If you are unaware of this overlap, you will accidentally stitch them again when you turn the chart sideways to do the next quarter.

This is truly terrible charting, The best suggestion I can make is to potentially photocopy a number of copies of the charts and overlap and tape them together to find your bearings while stitching

Black Lace is stitched in DMC, using one strand over one thread, on natural 30ct linen.  If you prefer Aida, or over 2 stitching you certainly can change the fabric on this design. Just realise that the project will be bigger.

Materials Required

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

DMC 310 - Black


9 skeins DMC 310 Black



30 count Natural Linen (stitch count 474 x 474). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.  For the recommended, one over one on 30ct linen (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 22” x 22”  or  56 x 56cm  or  a fat half (27 x 36″).

For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 40” x 40”  or  102 x 102cm  or  a larger than a yard! Also you will need 18 skeins of DMC.

Approximate cost for Project

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

Chart: $ 16.00
Floss:  $    4.00
Fabric: $30.00

Total: $50.00 ($58.50AUD or €62.25  or  £39.00)

Places to Buy


Colours Down Under has all the threads and a variety of white and off white fabrics in stock.

Colour Cascade Fabrics has a variety of fabrics for you to make this design unique. Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 6 December 2014.


Casa Cenina in Spain stock a variety of fabrics and floss for your unique creation.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo has the thread in stock and offers a variety of fabrics.

Polstitches Jo recommends “I would use a Polstitches Sampler Linen and match a thread to the colours in the Linen for Example Tudor Rose has a Dusky Rose theme so would Use Dragon Floss 48 Impulse.”

Sparklies suggests that this design would suit ” Black thread on Misty Morn or White thread on Purpleberry Spludge”.

Chromatic Alchemy  “This one was a challenge lol! This intricate lace design begs for something subtle yet interesting at the same time, here how it looks on Nuriels’ forest.”.

United States:

123Stitch has the thread in stock and offers a variety of fabrics.

ABC Stitch Therapy has this chart in stock.

Stitches ‘N Things has this chart in stock and can kit it up for you.


Even with the chart issues, this is a beautiful cross stitch design.  What colour combo would you use to stitch it?


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Last Updated: 24 November 2014


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