What is needed on a Monday – coffee! And what is Monday’s Theme – monochrome! So here is a delicious coffee design for Monochrome Monday! And – I’m giving away the chart!
What is it?
Java, Mocha, Kona, raspberry, cappuccino, café latte, roast, hot hot hot, vanilla, I love coffee, french vanilla, cream + sugar, almond, truffle, caffeine, chocolate, decaf, dry roast, costa rican, swiss, vienna, espresso, mocha, light brew, mug, irish crème, macadamia, beans, hazelnut, southern pecan, Colombian, cinnamon, black, sweet, amaretto.
Why this chart?
After I discovered the chart I had already written up was no longer available for sale anywhere, I had to scramble to find a new pattern for you. This coffee pattern is perfect for a frazzled Monday.
Ursula Michael was one of the first to create these “pictures made from words” and in my mind is the best at it! All of these designs are available via download from CrossStitch.com or a selection of the most popular ones have been printed by Imaginating.
As is true of all monochrome projects, you can stitch this coffee cup in any combination of hand dyed fabric and floss you like. You could even source coffee bean buttons for the handle ….
This design uses full and partial cross stitches and back stitch; I recommend Let’s Do Coffee for determined beginners through to advanced stitchers.
The printed chart by Imaginating is printed double-sided on a single US Ledger (similar to A3) light cardstock, folded in half. The front cover has a photo of the main chart. The back cover has general cross stitch and back stitch instructions and diagrams. You have to buy the chart, or take it out of the plastic bag to find out the materials used in the design.
The inside of the folded chart pack has the chart, floss and fabric requirements and the stitch count.
The design is easy to stitch directly from. There are 10 stitch grid lines and markers to aid your counting and the centre lines are marked on the edges. As this is a single colour chart, there’s no need for differentiation of floss symbols. I do like that the back stitch lines are drawn very dark, so easy to distinguish from the grid lines in the background.
The digital download has the same information as the printed pattern, however the chart itself is printed larger over four US Letter (or A4) pages. There is a shaded three-row overlap on subsequent pages. The cross stitch symbols have been printed in black but the backstitching, including letters has been printed in a red-brown colour. The digital version of the chart also states that you only need one skein of DMC.
I do like the footer that CrossStitch.com add to every page:
The only issue I have with either chart is that the design is apparently stitched in dark red? Neither cover picture look like they are stitched in dark red nor would I expect a coffee design to be stitched in dark red. Shades of brown or beige yes, but dark red?
Let’s Get This Done has been model stitched on 14 count Natural Aida. Given my distaste of partial stitches in Aida I would stitch this on an evenweave; however if you prefer Aida then use that! Use the fabric you are comfortable with.
To stitch the charts exactly as designed, you will need:
1 skein – DMC 814 Very Dark Garnet.
Charles Craft – 14 count Natural Aida (stitch count 122 x 122).
For 14ct Aida or 28ct Evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 15” x 15” or 38 x 38cm or a fat quarter (18 x 27″).
Approximate cost for Project
Approximate cost to stitch Let’s Do Coffee using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do not include postage):
Chart: $ 6.00
Floss: $ 0.50
Fabric: $ 5.40
Total: $11.90 ($29.95 AUD or €11.60 or £13.70)
Places to Buy
CrossStitch.com sells Let’s Do Coffee as an instant digital download.
Imaginating sells Let’s Do Coffee as a printed chart sells the fabric as an extra option.
Colours Down Under has all the threads and fabric in stock. Jo would be happy to order in the individual charts, and offers a 10% discount on the package (chart + floss). Mention this review when ordering.
Colour Cascade Fabrics “A nice light background like Fairytale or Fairies wear boots would look great with a brown thread.” Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 27 February 2015.
Casa Cenina in Spain has this chart in stock as well as a variety of fabrics and floss for your unique creation.
SewandSo has the chart in stock and can kit it up for you.
Polstitches has a variety of hand dyed fabrics and Dragon Floss to make yours a truly unique creation.
Sparklies “Since I have a thread called Rich Coffee it would be a shame not to suggest it. That would go well on any of my neutrals, or even Leo.”
Chromatic Alchemy “This intricate design doesn’t really lend itself to a boldly mottled fabric therefore I have plumped for Dune. This background reminds me of lattes and lets all those delicious words be seen clearly.”
123Stitch has the chart and thread in stock and offers a variety of fabrics.
Under The Sea Fabrics “I think Let’s Do Coffee would be neat on Brown Sugar in an ecru thread.”
I am offering my printed chart of Let’s Do Coffee from Imaginating. As new, still in original packaging. To enter, comment below what floss and fabric combination you would use to stitch this in.
Contest is open to anywhere in the world. The only valid entries are comments below on this post. Comments on social media will not be included.
Contest closes in one week from posting this review midday, 15 December 2014, Melbourne time (UTC+11 hours). Winner will be chosen randomly from the comments.
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