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From the Designer
It happened. Time to prepare … for a SAL de Noël full of surprises!!! For sure, the colors are undeniably linked to Christmas … but it’s only the 4th stage that our doubts will be erased !!!
SAL Duration: 3 Dec 2014 – 20 Dec 2014
Why this chart?
Every month the blog Hélène & Mahélia runs a free Stitchalong (SAL). The December SAL is always Christmas themed and will be sent in six parts over the next three weeks. I love these little ornament-sized whimsical designs and thought you might too.
Join the SAL and download the first part. The later parts will be sent to you, but only AFTER you send in a photo of your stitching. That’s right, this is not a collect & forget SAL, this is a show us your progress SAL.
The good news is that you do not need to stitch it immediately, you will receive the next part when you get the earlier part finished, even if it takes your six months to get around to it. The downside to taking your time is that the final product will not be a Mystery.
Hélène & Mahélia do ask that you do not publish photos of your stitching, before the dates listed on their blog. They don’t want you to accidentally spoil the surprise for other stitchers.
These designs are small, simple to stitch and deliberately designed to use up bits and pieces already in your stash. I recommend these stitchalongs to stitchers of all levels who are looking for something whimsical and a community to become a part of.
Hélène & Mahélia try to keep their stitchalongs as simple as possible, so the designs are usually small, full cross stitch with a little backstitching only. The charts are designed to suit any background fabric and do not include specific floss brands or types, but rather give a vague suggestion “light blue” to encourage stitchers to be creative or use what materials they already have in their stash. These Stitchalongs are perfect for those who are considering a “stash ban” or “stash diet” as one of their New Year’s Resolutions.
The first section of the stitchalong is available as a pdf online for you to open and save. The design is small enough that the entire chart fits on one US Letter or A4 page. There is no need to be concerned about overlapping rows for these ornaments.
The floss symbols are produced in black on a coloured background. You can use the symbol or the colour to make sure you are stitching with the right floss.
All directions on the chart are given in both French and English.
As the designs appears to only use whole cross stitch and backstitch, SAL de Noël 2014 can be stitched on any fabric you like. I would suggest looking at some of your offcuts for this.
To stitch SAL de Noël 2014 exactly as designed, you will need:
- Light Green (177 stitches)
- Dark green (73 stitches)
- Dark red (220 stitches)
- Light red (522 stitches)
- Light brown (35 stitches)
- Rose Dawn, such as DMC 761 (49 stitches)
- Pink Pepper, such as DMC 3713 (287 stitches)
- Light gray (183 stitches)
- Light blue (164 stitches)
- Golden (12 stitches)
- White (877 stitches)
- Black ( for backstitching)
- 13 small black beads ( or French Knots )
Any colour or count of fabric you wish to suit the floss colours (stitch count 51 x 75). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.
For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 9½” x 11” or 25 x 29cm or an ornament cut (9 x 13″).
Approximate cost for Project
Approximate cost to stitch SAL de Noël 2014 using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do not include postage):
Note: This SAL is designed to use floss and fabric you already have in your collection, however if you don’t have a collection yet, here are the prices for the items:
Chart: $ free
Floss: $ 6.50
Total: $11.50 ($22.00 AUD or €24.00 or £21.15)
Places to Buy
Colours Down Under stocks all your floss and embellishment needs. Also some plain evenweave and Aida choices.
Colour Cascade Fabrics has a variety of colours to suit your personal style. 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.
SewandSo has the thread in stock and offers a variety of fabrics.
Chromatic Alchemy has many colours to make your project a bold statement or a subtle undertone.
Polstitches stock a variety of fabrics and Dragon floss to personalise your project.
Sparklies “I have several suitable for a Christmas theme in pale blue. Snowy Skies and Glacier are the most popular for these sorts of designs.”
123Stitch stocks all most of your floss and embellishment needs.
Do you like stitching Christmas projects? Will you be joining this Christmas SAL?
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Last Updated: 2 December 2014