As the end of October marks a holiday known by a number of names including Halloween, I thought it was time to celebrate the work of Lisbei. Lud-in-the-Mist is Lisbei’s lifestyle and stitching blog. Hazel’s Farm is an offshoot where Lisbei puts all of her free charts.
What is it?
To set the mood for a good weekend, I also thought we would 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.
Why this designer?
Lisbei offers her charts free via her offshoot blog Hazel’s Farm. There is no regularity to her generosity; when she feels like creating a new free design, she offers it free. All she asks, is that if you stitch one of her creations, you send her a photo.
Hazel’s Blog is helpfully arranged into categories so you can easily find her entire Harry Potter series of doll designs.
Both Lud in the Mist and Hazel’s Farm are in French, but google translate helps me navigate through these gorgeous stories and designs.
Many of Lisbei’s designs are easy to stitch, without too many colour changes and only using full cross stitch; no specialty stitches or fibres. As such I recommend her work for everyone.
Note: If a chart only calls for DMC, you are not restricted to that; you can easily substitute hand dyed floss, metallic, floss, beads etc to personalise your work.
Lisbei’s free designs are only available via her two blogs; Lud in the Mist and Hazel’s Farm. You can subscribe to be notified when she releases a new design. I recommend subscribing to both blogs as she often creates stitchalongs on Lud in the Mist.
Each design has a link to click to open the pattern chart. This will open as a PDF document which you must save to your computer or mobile device. If you do not have a PDF Reader on your computer, you can download the Adobe PDF Reader here.
Lisbei uses a large grid and very easy to see and easy to distinguish floss symbols. She also include floss colours and stitch count. Her charts, however are in colour and in bright opaque colours at that. It is quite easy to distinguish the right colour floss, but this does make it difficult if you wish to mark off your progress. If you wish to print out these designs, you will need a colour printer, as the dark colour backgrounds make it difficult to see the symbols if printed in shades of grey.
Places to Buy
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 Tammy has many hand dyed fabrics that would add a unique element to your stitching. For readers of this site she offers a 10% discount for fabric. Use code PeaceOut during checkout. This code is valid for the month of October 2014.
SewandSo bricks and mortar store that stocks a lot of floss for you to personalise these designs.
Sparklies has a large range of hand dyed fabrics that would add a such a sparkle to your project.
123Stitch is your one stop shop for all types of floss and fabric combinations.
Do you like or loathe coloured symbols? Please let me know in the comments below.
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