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.

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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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Fire Cats (Beary) by Gecko Rouge

Sad news today, Love Thy Thread is closing down on 1 December 2014 due to Bev’s ill-health. If you have lusted after any of her charts, now is the time to get them. As a reminder, here is the Maiko XL review I wrote last month.

Gecko Rouge - Fire Cats
All defects on the this cover occurred while it was in my possession.

From the Designer

“Kerry Beary’s retro designs are all thriving with charm and elegance in this exclusive range of cross stitch kits.  Each design has been carefully reconstructed using our professional and state of art cross stitch producing technology. Every design has been shown to Kerry and given her personal ‘thumbs up’ before made available to Gecko Rouge so you can be sure that you will receive the best design closet to her original exquisite art.”

Fire Cats is a is a painting by Kerry Beary translated into cross stitch by Gecko Rouge.

Why this chart?

I love these retro designs – such bright bold colours and sixties art style, plus cats. I won this kit last year in a Gecko Rouge competition.

As is standard in art-to-stitch designs, Fire Cats is fully stitched; the background is part of the picture so every square is stitched, culminating in a project comprising thousands of stitches and months if not years to work.

Gecko Rouge kits are of fully licensed modern artworks and they work with the artists to produce a high-quality rendering of their artwork into cross stitch.

Fire Cats is a simple design; full cross stitch in DMC only and many swathes of single colour; a beginner has the skills to stitch this project. However, this is a design that will take you months to complete; enjoy the journey instead of focusing on the finish and you should enjoy this design.

Note: Please respect our artists. Your work will be a labour of love for months and years to come. Buy from reputable designers such as those on this site. They support the artists who produce the original works. By buying cheap art-to-stitch designs, you are likely buying from a designer who is not paying royalties or licensing and the chart is likely to be low quality. Without support, our artists cannot thrive. Your time, and theirs are worth more.

Fire Cats
Fire Cats

Review

Gecko Rouge used to produce charts, but now all of their designs are only available as kits.

The Fire Cats chart pack been printed in black on good quality white paper. The front cover is a glossy white card stock. The whole document feels strong and weighty. The plastic binder on the side is easily removed and returned to place the pages in any order you wish. When stitching this chart, I tend to put the page I am working on in the front and the floss key on the back so I don’t need to flip through the document. This plastic binder also keeps the chart tidy; I do not fear that I will lose any pages.

The Fire Cats printed chart pack includes:

  • front cover sheet with a mock-up of the stitched design and approximate size (in inches) of the finished design on 14ct and 25ct fabrics
  • kit instructions including stitch diagrams for cross stitch, half cross stitch and back stitch
  • the 16 page chart; each page includes a diagram of where that page sits in the overall chart
  • the symbol key or legend

The chart is available with both colours and symbols or black and white symbol pattern only. I chose the black and white symbol pattern only for my kit.

The chart uses unusual symbols for each floss; a circle with a dot in it, a diamond, a right hand arrow inside a black square.  These symbols may be more difficult to remember or mutter under your breath while stitching, compared to numbers or letters, but they are also unique in the amount and type of space they take up on the pattern. Consequently, the differing pattern elements are extremely easy to see and differentiate.  You can see the pattern in the symbols and know where you are and what you are stitching.

As these designs are only sold as kits, there is no need for the floss list/key to be on the outside of the pack. The threads arrive already sorted on floss cards that include the symbol and colour of the floss.

Fire Cats is a fully stitched chart; as such you can stitch on any fabric that you choose. Gecko Rouge offer the options of 14 ct white Aida, 18ct White Aida or 25ct DMC Magic Guide fabric for your kit. 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 combine these techniques.

Most art-to-stitch projects recommend to stitch one-over-one on 25 count fabric; Gecko Rouge offers three options. As these designs only use whole cross stitch, I strongly recommend that you stitch on the fabric count you prefer.  You are probably going to spend a long while stitching this project, don’t make it more difficult by using a stitch style or count that you are not comfortable with.

Materials Required

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

DMC 310, 606, 677, 725, 728, 740, 741, 742, 814, 919, 921, 947, 970, 3078, 3854, Ecru.  As these are part of the kit, there’s no listing for how much of each colour is needed.

Floss Cards and needle on left hand side.
Floss Cards and needle on left hand side.

14ct White Aida or 18ct White Aida or 25ct DMC Magic Guide  (stitch count 204 x 219). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.

For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 21 x 22”  or  53 x 55cm  or  a fat half (27 x 36″). The kit includes an exact cut for a two-inch border allowance.

18ct Magic Guide Ecru
18ct Magic Guide Ecru

Approximate cost for Project

Approximate cost of the Fire Cats kit (prices do  not include postage).  As this design is only available as a kit and does not include individual chart prices or numbers of skeins of floss I cannot offer kitting it up costs.

Kit : $73.00  ($85.95 AUD or €59.80  or  £46.00)

Places to Buy

Gecko Rouge sells their kits worldwide via either their Etsy store or their website.

Australia:

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.

United Kingdom:

Sparklies has a variety of fabrics to make this design sparkle.

Chromatic Alchemy  “I wouldn’t normally recommend a hand dyed for a full stitched piece but I do think that Demeter contrasts the warm yellows in the gecko rouge cats piece beautifully.”

Discussion

Gecko Rouge has a huge variety of artists they work with.  Which design from their massive range would you stitch?

Feedback

Did you like this review? Did it contain all the expected information? Is there anything you would like added or removed from the reviews? Do you know of a particular chart or designer you want to see featured here? If so, please head to the Suggestions page and let me know.

Last Updated: 19 November 2014

 

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