This Monday we have a reminder of who our true friends are. A design in four colours that can be easily customised to you or your friend's tastes or decor.
From the Designer
"A friend is someone who knows everything about us but loves us anyway."
Why this chart?
Every time I look through my Lilipoints stash, I pick up this design first. I love the recipe designs and the chocolate chart, but this friendship chart speaks to me.
The quote “A friend is someone who knows everything about us but loves us anyway” is one I've used for years and has been given to me on so much merchandise; fridge magnets, stickers, and oh so many birthday cards! Ironically the only reason I haven't stitched this design yet is that I can't choose which of my friends to stitch it for!
This is a bright bold design that is composed of only whole cross stitches. It can be stitched on any count of fabric and using any four shades of floss you love. This is a great choice for a first time beginner through to an advanced stitcher.
All of the Lilipoints designs, including Friendship are available as printed charts or kits. I only have charts in my stash, so I will be reviewing that.
The Cover is an A5 (half a US Letter) glossy white cardstock. This cover gives some information such as the chart name in French and the stitch count as well as the photo of the stitched design.
The chart is printed over four panels on a folded glossy A3 page (folded to A5). By printing the chart in sections over four panels, there are no symbols near the creases in the paper. None of the symbols will rub off with repeated folding and unfolding of the chart. Also the glossy paper makes it easy to wipe off muddy cat footprints.
The chart symbols are printed small, but the chart is so simple in design, that you can follow it without much difficulty. There are no overlap rows between the sections. but they are so close together on each side of the folds, that you can still follow along without much difficulty.
All Lilipoints charts include DMC and Anchor numbers, the number of stitches used for each floss, the stitch count, and size of finished stitching in 16ct, 18ct and 22cr fabrics and the fabric used in the model stitch. This information is provided twice in all charts - once in French and then again in English.
All Lilipoints charts have a red circular ink "LILIPOINTS MODELE ORIGINAL" stamped on the fourth quadrant of the chart. Only original and legal copies of the chart have this as a red ink stamp. This stamp is in the fourth quarter of the chart so it can be seen when the chart is folded and placed in its plastic bag.
Although all instructions are printed bilingually in French or English, the charts are not. If the chart includes words, then you will need to be careful to buy the chart with the wording in English or French as you prefer:
To stitch the charts exactly as designed, you will need:
1 skein DMC 166 Moss Green light
1 skein DMC 3740 Violet
1 skein DMC 3805 Pink
1 skein DMC 3853 Autumn Gold
Model stitched on 25ct Zweigart "Raw" floba. (stitch count 194 x 183). The model was stitched with one strand over one thread. This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.
With a three-inch border allowance the fabric size is: 14 x 13½" or 35 x 34cm or a fat eighth (13 x 18")
For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 20” x 19¼” or 51 x 49cm or a fat haf (27 x 36″).
Approximate cost for Project
Approximate cost to stitch this design using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do not include postage):
Chart: $ 12.50
Floss: $ 1.80
Fabric: $ 5.75
Total: $20.05 ($34.00AUD or €22.55 or £16.95)
Places to Buy
Australia:Colours Down Under has all the threads and a variety of plain fabrics in stock. Jo would be happy to order in the chart, and offers a 10% discount on the package (chart + floss). Mention this review when ordering.
Colour Cascade Fabrics has all the DMC and variety of fabrics for you to make this design unique.Tammy suggests using "Fairies wear boots if you want subtle, or if you want bright, My Island Home.
Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 27 February 2015.
Traditional Stitches in Calgary have a selection of floss and fabrics to suit your taste.
Europe:Casa Ceninain Italy stocks most of the Lilipoints designs and accessories. They can order the English language version of this chart in for you. They also stock a variety of fabrics and floss for your unique creation.
United Kingdom:SewandSo has a range of floss and fabrics to make this design uniquely yours.
Crafty Kitten "Cute design. It would work on a lot of colours, If I were stitching it I’d go candytuft, candyfloss, bracken or sunset sky."
Polstitches suggests "Snowy Mountains would add an extra dimension here".
Chromatic Alchemy " have chosen Elsa for Lili Points Friends piece, I feel the purples and pinks in the piece are accentuated by the pastel shades in the fabric and the yellow really pops on the blue!"
Thread Pickerz Silkz suggests "3740 sub to purple twonk, 3085 sub to pink raver, 3853 sub to orange crush and 166 sub to pistachio"
United States:123Stitch has the chart in stock and can kit it up for you.
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 can order this chart in for you. They have all the recommended materials in stock to kit this up for you.
Fiberlicious "Lily points embraces so much meaning within a small little chart. Friend can be anyone, from your parent, your partner, your childhood neighbor/classmates to your pet. To honor friendship and love, and for the fact that Valentines is coming, I would suggest using Je t’aime ltd edition to stitch different hearts and sayings. Spread the love! This collection is only available from now until Feb 15"
Under the Sea Fabrics Leslie suggests "Iced Grapes or Sugar Plum Fairies would be warm enough purples to contend with all the warm colors. For something a little wild, Lily pad would be stunning.
Who would YOU stitch this design for and what colours would you use?
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Last Updated: 19 January 2015