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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Amour (Dari) by Fil’anthrope Broderies

Today we have a beautiful piece of non-representational art.

Fil'anthrope - Amour

What is it?

Amour or Love is a is an Arabic calligraphy by Ahmad Dari translated into cross stitch by Fil’anthrope Broderies.

Why this chart?

I adore Ahmad Dari’s calligraphy; watch the video on his site to see the fluidity and beauty of his style. This is such a different style to anything else I have seen in the cross stitching world. I love these and hope to acquire more of them in the future.

The Amour chart from Fil’anthrope is a conversion of Dari’s Arabic calligraphy with the French word Amour above it.  On the reverse side is the same chart but with the English word Love above it.

As the calligraphy section is art-to-stitch, Fil’anthrope have used blended threads for a smooth transition of some colours.  They have also altered the number of threads used in differing parts of the chart to give a textural component.  The calligraphy is stitched using between one and three threads. the eyelet stitch is in two threads and the wording in one thread.

Given the blended threads, eyelet stitch, and varied numbers of threads, I would recommend this for an intermediate or advanced stitcher.

Filanthrope - Amour

Review

The Amour chart pack is a single sheet of A3 white paper, folded three times, and nestled inside the glossy cover. The front cover lists in French and in English, the size of the finished project, and the material it was stitched on.

Unfortunately you have to open the pack to see what floss is needed to stitch this work of art.  The also website does not include this information.

The chart symbols are printed in shades of red, black or grey to aid in differentiating between them. Unfortunately some of the symbols are used in both red and black, but denoting different floss colours.  I presume this is an anti-piracy measure, but it does make it difficult for us to making a working copy to stitch from.

Speaking of which, the symbols are very small on this chart, you will probably need to make an enlarged copy to easily see and mark off the colour changes in the calligraphy.

The Eyelet Stitch diagrams are in four different colours to easily denote which threads to use. The Eyelet stitch does not come with a diagram.  The description “The eyelets are created using backstitches, which all originate from the same centre, creating the eye” doesn’t seem enough if you have not used this particular stitch before.  Try googling for an instructional video or a great diagram.

algerian_eyelet_diagram

The chart is two-sided with one side mirroring the other.  One side has the chart (with the word Amour), floss key and instructions in French; the reverse side has the same in English.

Fil’anthrope Broderies prefers to use Aurifil floss. Aurifil is an Italian company and their cotton floss is very similar is strength and size to sewing thread.  It is easy to use three strands of Aurifil thread on 32ct, but I wouldn’t like to do the same with DMC floss.

Aurifil - Floss-Multi

 Materials Required

To stitch Amour exactly as designed, you will need:

Aurifil - 2021 - Offwhite

 

 1 skein Aurifil Allegro 2021 – Off white (similar to DMC 3865)

 

Aurifil - 2510 - very light lilac

 

1 skein Aurifil Allegro 2510 – Very Light Lilac (similar to DMC 211)

 

Aurifil - 2524 - Light Grey Mauve

 

1 skein Aurifil Allegro 2524 – Light Grey Mauve (similar to DMC 3042)

 

Aurifil - 2525 - Majorelle blue

 

1 skein Aurifil Allegro 2525 – Majorelle blue (similar to DMC 340)

 

Aurifil - 2540 - Lilac

 

1 skein Aurifil Allegro – 2540 – Lilac (similar to DMC 3837)

 

Aurifil - 2545 - Dark Lilac

 

1 skein Aurifil Allegro – 2545 – Dark Lilac (similar to DMC 550)

 

Aurifil - 2710 - Ice Blue

 

1 skein Aurifil Allegro – 2710 – Ice Blue (similar to DMC 3841)

 

Aurifil - 2715 - Sky Blue

 

1 skein Aurifil Allegro – 2715 – Sky Blue (similar to DMC 3325)

 

Aurifil - 2725 - Columbia Blue

 

1 skein Aurifil Allegro – 2725 – Columbia Blue (similar to DMC 799)

 

Aurifil - 2730 - Cobalt Blue

 

1 skein Aurifil Allegro – 2730 – Cobalt Blue (similar to DMC 798)

 

Aurifil - 2770 - Soft Blue

 

1 skein Aurifil Allegro – 2770 – Soft Blue (similar to DMC 157)

 

Aurifil - 2780 - Ultramarine

 

1 skein Aurifil Allegro –  2780 – Ultramarine (similar to DMC 820)

 

Aurifil 2692 - Black

 

1 skein Aurifil Allegro – 2692 – Black (similar to DMC 310)

 

Wichelt - Ivory32 count Ivory Jobelan (stitch count 101 x 149). Due to the speciality stitches, this design is best stitched over 2.

For 32ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is:
12½” x 15½”  or 32 x 39cm  or  a fat eighth (13 x 18″).

Approximate cost for Project

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

Chart: $12.50
Floss:  $58.25
Fabric:$  6.00

Total: $76.75   ($96.80 AUD or  €67.55  or  £44.55)

Places to Buy

Fil’anthrope Broderies offers various options for buying direct: chart only, full kit or just the specialty threads and embellishments for Amour.

The full kit price only includes the amount of each thread needed for the chart, instead of buying full skeins. So the chart is a considerably cheaper option if you do not intend to use Aurifil Allegro cotton threads in your regular stitching.

Full Kit: $44.80   ($51.85 AUD or  €36.00 or  £28.25)

I have one of Fil’anthropes other kits and the floss is presorted onto individual cards and so far there has been ample amounts of each floss color provided.

Australia:

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

Colour Cascade Fabrics Tammy has the DMC equivalents and a range of fabrics in stock. Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 6 December 2014.

Europe:

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

United Kingdom:

Chromatic Alchemy  “Fil’anthrope looks lovely on Morganella my dark purple fabric”.


SewandSo has the DMC equivalents and a range of fabrics in stock.

Sparklies suggests Slightly Lilac or Slightly Violet from her range of fabrics.

United States:

123Stitch has the DMC equivalents and a range of fabrics in stock.

For Discussion

Would you be interested in buying the kit for to experience working with an unusual floss, or would you prefer to stitch this in DMC?

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