For those who want to stitch some humorous sayings or some beautiful blackwork, I present Kell Smurthwaite of Kincavel Krosses.
What is it?
To set the mood for a good weekend, I present Freebie Fridays; each week a different designer. All sites listed here design their own charts. These charts are copyright to the designers, please do not abuse their generosity.
Why this designer?
Kell has been designing cross stitch and blackwork for at four years with the majority of her designs available for free. Some of her designs can be considered a little subversive, and a tiny fraction do contain actual swear words, so be aware when viewing the site.
Don’t forget to check out Kincavel Krosses range of free blackwork charts. She has a wide variety from sayings with elaborate borders, to biscornus to themed designs, such as this beautiful winter chart.
Most of Kell’s free designs are small and easy to stitch. She does include some specialty stitches in some border designs, but these can be easily learned or replaced with cross stitch or blackwork. Kell enthusiastically encourages stitchers to change colours, floss and mix and match her design components. Looking through the Kincavel Gallery we can see so many variations on designs.
I would recommend Kell’s designs to any body, to any level of stitcher. She has such a broad range of sophistication, stitch count and themes in her designs that I am sure there is something there to suit everyone.
Kincavel Krosses free designs are available via Kell’s website or the Kincavel Krosses Facebook group. Kell doesn’t post her designs to any regular timetable, so I recommend following her blog or joining her Facebook group to hear about new or old designs.
To save any of Kell’s free designs, simply click on the image and it will open up in a new tab or window. Then you save the save that image. How to save the image is dependent up on which device you are using. On a PC, you right-click on the image and select “save image”. All of the images save as .jpg image files.
As can be seen in these samples, all the charts use minimal colour changes and the coloured symbols help keep you on track. The charts all print to an US Letter (8½ x 11″) format and are quite easy to see and stitch from. Most of them designs do not include specific floss brands and types, but rather gives a vague suggestion “holly berry red” to encourage stitchers to be creative or use what floss they already have in their stash.
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. Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Use code: CSReview. Offer ends 6 December 2014.
Casa Cenina in Spain stocks a range of floss and fabrics to stitch this design.
SewandSo bricks and mortar store that stocks a lot of floss for you to personalise these designs.
Chromatic Alchemy ‘s bold bright colours seem almost made for 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.
Is this site of interest to you? Would you stitch any of these designs? Have you stitched any of these designs? I have had some bookmarked for over a year, but I haven’t gotten around to them yet; maybe over the Christmas break.
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Last updated: 13 November 2014