Free: Gracewood Stitches

This week’s Friday Freebie is the diverse designs from  of Gracewood Stitches.

Baroque Motto
Baroque Motto

What is it?

To set the mood for a good weekend, we have Freebie Fridays; each week presenting a different designer.  All sites listed here design their own charts. These designs are copyright to the designers, please do not abuse their generosity.

When sharing knowledge of a free design, please link back to the designer’s original page. Do not just copy and share the pattern. The designers offer these free from monetary payment; we “pay” for them by visiting the designer’s site, seeing (or purchasing) their other designs, commenting on their blogs and pages and showing them our stitching of their designs.  Please do not take and not give back.

Nautical motifs
Nautical motifs

From the Designer

Over the years I’ve enjoyed cross stitching, not only to stitch some lovely items, but I find it a most therapeutic and calming activity. In the last few years I began thinking I would like to try to capture some of my inspiration as patterns. Though I am not very computer savvy I started looking at design software and decided to give designing a try. It was a lot easier than I had anticipated and to my amazement other people have also liked my designs and enjoyed stitching my patterns.

I blog about each new design, from its inspiration through its stitching. I hope you’ll come along with me on this journey of designing cross stitch as artful craft.

Violette
Violette

Why this designer?

Kay Jones introduced me to Gracewood Stitches – thanks Kay!

Kathy sells most of her designs and her free designs are representative of her differing art styles.  So if you like any of her free designs, there are similar ones to buy.

I like Kathy’s free designs because they are so versatile. Many of her log cabin and wallpaper designs can be used as individual motifs or border designs for other works.

I love that Kathy describes the history or reasoning behind each design and shows the stitching progress on her blog. You can see how each design comes to fruition and I love learning what inspires each designer; it is part of what makes them unique artists.

Nouveau Tile
Nouveau Tile

Review

All of Kathy’s Free charts are on available via the free patterns page on her website.

To access the free designs, click on the “click here to download” underneath each image. These charts are all PDF documents.

None of the free charts have cover pages, thy start directly with the chart on the front page.  The charts are printed with black symbols on white US Letter (A4) pages.  On the one page charts, the joint floss list and symbol key is also shown on this page.

On multiple page charts, the joint floss list and symbol key is shown on page 2.  Each subsequent page includes a two-row overlap to help keep you place.

The symbols are printed large enough to see and mark off.  I feel some of her symbols are too similar in some cases, but that may be a result of the charting software she is using.

The final page on each design has the stitch count, the recommended fabric (18ct Aida), the size of the design on this fabric and the floss list.  Some of the designs also include the number of stitches used for each floss and the inspiration for the design.

Places to Buy

All of Kathy’s Free charts are on available via the free patterns page on her website.

Her “For Sale” designs are available via PDF through her website and Creative Poppy.  Your local needlework shop can order in printed charts from Independent Creative Group.

Australia:

Colours Down Under is a bricks and mortar store that stocks many different types of floss for you to stitch these designs.

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 27 February 2015.

Canada:

Traditional Stitches in Calgary have a selection of floss and fabrics to suit your taste.

Europe:

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

United Kingdom:

SewandSo has  a range of floss and fabrics to make any of these designs uniquely yours.

Chromatic Alchemy  “I couldn’t choose between Violette or Nautical Log Cabin for the Friday Freebie all I know is that they both look great on Nox so why choose, let’s just show them both….please Mel!”

Crafty Kitten “Tulips – I would go for something dark and make a statement with this one, so Deep Dark Wood or Midnight Skies.  A softer more delicate finish would be obtained on Fairy Forest.”

Sparklies “I chose Floral Free pattern. Use Morning Glory and Rosy Dawn threads on Lilac Ice fabric for a pretty square.”

Thread Pickerz Silkz “Block free pattern on Friday with strawberry sundae and heather”

These Thread Pickerz Silkz are now unavailable as Eileen updates her website.  She is offering 10% off each silk thread as it is added back on the website.

United States:

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

Black Cat Stitchery in Illinois has floss and fabric in stock to make this a project to remember.  Erica is offering a 5% discount for readers of Cross Stitch Review.  Coupon code: CSRSPRING15. Offer ends 31 May 2015.

Stitches n Things has the recommended materials in stock to kit this up for you.

Fiberlicious “Violette: Shades of purple and green”

Discussion

Which is your favourite Gracewood Stitches design; free or for sale?

What sort of free designs would you like me to showcase? Comment below and I will try to find something suitable. If you liked the review, please share it with your friends.

Last Updated: 6 February 2015