2015 Lucie Heaton for DMC FREE Fairy SAL


Hi I’m Rebekah and Mel’s asked me to review this stitchalong I’m running. If bright and fun fairies appeal to you, come and join us at 2015 Lucie Heaton for DMC FREE Fairy SAL Facebook Group.

2015 Lucie Heaton for DMC FREE Fairy SAL

What is it?

Last year, 2014,  Lucie Heaton published these small fairies for free, in conjunction with DMC, one per month.  This is a stitchalong on Facebook, arranged with the designer’s approval. Just join the Facebook group and jump right in there’s no other sign-up required. Please note that January’s fairy is listed as Snowdrop Fairy.

SAL Duration: 1 Jan 2105 – 31 Dec 2015

Lucie Heaton Fairies

Group member Dyah Baiton has kindly created a collage of the fairies rearranged to suit the Southern Hemisphere seasons. THANKS DYAH!

Why these charts?

I came up with the idea of a SAL last year when the fairies were being released. I waited until they were all published so we could rearrange the months to suit the southern hemisphere seasons.

I love the size of them, (a small, easy finish is a good motivator and provides a break from working on other big projects). The stick figure styling combined with fun bright colours of the designs immediately appealed to me and knew a lot of people would be attracted to them as a  SAL too.

Additionally, the fairies have a limited colour scheme allowing many people to stitch from their floss stash. Oh, and I LOVED that they are free! Always a sure-fire way to get people into a SAL.

January Fairy Photo courtesy of Minnie Gray
January Fairy
Photo and stitching courtesy of Minnie Gray

Review

Easy as pie to stitch, each fairy requires very few colour changes and very few confetti style stitches. The chart is easy to enlarge on a digital device but printed on B&W some of the symbols become hard to see if you print as scaled (A4) so I recommend cutting and printing an enlarged version when in Black and White.

There’s no markers to denote the centre of each fairy and no block count but owing to the small size of them it’s not necessary. Each design varies in size, some tall and some small, but all fit within a maximum stitch count of 40 x 40. The size variations are also not an issue if you want to stitch them all together; most are balanced in the grid and naturally centre themselves within the 40 x 40 design area.

My Experience

Rebekah Lee – I’m stitching the 12 squares on 11ct Aida over one and cutting them into 7″ blocks to make into a quilt. I’m using the Festive Fairy (colours changed) as the centre block of an additional fifth row, with a block showing my name on one side and one with the year on the other.

November Fairy in Progress Photo and stitching courtesy of Rebekah Lee. I am using the November Fairy as a New Year's Celebration Fairy.
November Fairy in Progress
Photo and stitching courtesy of Rebekah Lee.
I am using the November Fairy as my January block in light of the New Years eve fireworks.

 

Dyah Baiton – To me it’s a really easy stitch, I usually find Lucie’s designs (these particular type of fairies) in Cross Stitch Crazy magazines, that I think are more for beginner stitchers as the charts are free from fractional or other specialty stitches. Charts are easy to follow, no dramas. I was going to add Kreinik blending filament to the wings and the sparkles on the wands, but my fabric is so overpowering, the added glitter did not stand out, so stitched as is. I found similar fairies in festive theme in my old Cross Stitch Crazy magazines, I think I’ll stitch a few for ornies 🙂

November Fairy Photo courtesy of Dyah Baiton. Dyah has repurposed the November Fairy into a New Year's Celebration Fairy.
November Fairy
Photo and stitching courtesy of Dyah Baiton.
Dyah has re-purposed the November Fairy into a New Year’s Celebration Fairy.

Materials Required

To stitch the charts exactly as designed, you will need:

Various Skeins of DMC

 

1 skein each of 26 DMC colours. As these charts are available for free from The DMC website, recommended threads are DMC.

 

You can easily use whatever floss you have in your stash, the charts are small and easy and don’t need much thread. This means you can use remnants from kits and loose ends you have lying around with ease. You don’t need to worry about having exact colour matches as each design uses bold and contrasting colour blocking.

Any count fabric. You can stitch these as single blocks for ornaments or combine to form a large calendar (stitch count  of each is at most 40 x 40). These designs can be stitched over 2 or over 1.

Charles Craft - Antique White
Charles Craft – Antique White

To stitch a single block on 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 9” x 9”  or  23 x 23cm  or  an ornament cut (9 x 13″).

To stitch a Calendar that is three months across and four months down on 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance and 1″ between blocks) fabric size is: 17” x 21”  or  43 x 53cm  or  a fat quarter (18 x 27″).

Approximate cost for Project

Approximate cost to stitch the single calendar of these small fairies using DMC and plain fabric (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do  not include postage):

Charts:  free – available at DMC Creative World Inspirations Page
Floss:    $7.20 – assume 16 different DMC colours
Fabric: $11.85 – Evenweave Fat Quarter

Total: $26.25  ($43.40 AUD or €24.00  or  £20.15)

Places to Buy

DMC Creative World Inspirations Page have offered these charts out free on their web page.  The fairy charts are individually named and you will have to look for them within the index on the left hand side. Please NOTE: January’s fairy is called Snow Drop Fairy. If you join the Facebook group I have arranged all the links in chronological order in the pinned post at the top of the group.

If, for any reason, you cannot access these fairies on the DMC page, they are each available at a small fee on Lucie Heaton’s fairies page.

Australia:

Colours Down Under has all the threads and a variety of plain fabrics in stock.

Colour Cascade Fabrics “I think a nice subtle colour behind these as there are so many colours in the different fairies, so Clouds, Fairies Wear Boots, or Fairytale should work well”. Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 27 February 2015.

Europe:

Casa Cenina in Italy 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 “the little fairies – assuming you’re going to stitch them all on one piece January 2015 ltd ed. Individually they’d work on so many different colours.”

Polstitches has a range of Dragon Threads and hand dyed fabrics for you to make this design unique.

Sparklies “I think either Misty Morn or Spring Greens would suit these little Fairies nicely.”

Chromatic Alchemy “I chose Khione for the fairy medley…a neutral subtle fabric that enhances all the different colours in these cute little ladies without overpowering them. ”

United States:

123Stitch has the thread in stock and offers a variety of fabrics.

Stitches n Things has a variety of threads and fabrics for you to stitch up your fairies.

Fiberlicious has a range of gradient coloured cottons and silks to stitch your fairies.  Fiberlicious has a 15%  off sale until Jan 11.  Nguyen offers an extra discount of 5% for readers of Cross Stitch Review (20% in total). Just let Nguyen know you read this site when you place your order.

Under the Sea Fabrics “The DMC Fairy would be really pretty on Shimmering Seas. It’s a warm blue that will compliment not compete with the fairy.”

Discussion

Do you like theses fairies, would you stitch them, will you join us?

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Last Updated: 6 January 2015

 

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Free Designs: Cyberstitchers

Today we have 1,282 free designs for Freebie Friday. Also check out the new Sales page and note that the donations button is now working.

Eastern Rosella by Jerry Van Horn
Eastern Rosella by Jerry Van Horn

What is it?

To set the mood for a good weekend, I 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?

Cyberstitchers isn’t a designer so much as a group of designers all sharing their work and knowledge.  Although not that active now, Cyberstitchers has helped cross-stitchers worldwide since 2003.  There is a wealth of information on the website that is still very useful today including Free Patterns, a collection of illustrated Finishing Techniques, Message Boards for you to ask questions, Charity Listings to help you find a cause to support with your stitching, the searchable Cross Stitch Patterns Directory to help you find the next project to stitch, and a variety of Stitching Tools to help with your projects.

Halloween Quaker 2013 by San Man Originals
Halloween Quaker 2013 by San Man Originals

In the past 7 years there have been free designs offered by notable designers such as Barbara Ana Designs,  Helga Mandl Designs, Lucie Heaton, San-Man Originals and Seba Designs.

Blackwork Maze by Benu Demirel of Seba Designs
Blackwork Maze by Benu Demirel of Seba Designs

Cyberstitchers Pattern Copyright Restrictions are as follows:

Cyberstitchers.com has received permission from the designers of these patterns to post for download from this site. The patterns may be used for personal use only and are not to be resold, posted to any other site, or printed for distribution. You may not sell any projects created from these patterns unless the profits are for a charitable organization. The charts can not be used directly or indirectly in any way to generate profits or for free project packets. Only patterns stitched from the charts can be sold provided the profits are donated to charity.

Cyberstitchers - Monarch Butterfly
Cyberstitchers – Monarch Butterfly

Review

Cyberstitchers free designs are all available on the Cyberstitchers free Designs page. Some of them are also available on the designer’s own home page, but that differs for each designer.

Cyberstitchers - pattern page
Cyberstitchers – pattern page

On the Cyberstitchers free page, each design has three download formats:

  • .PAT format is a pattern format used by PCStitch computer program, you can download a free PCStitch Viewer to open these files.
  • .MCPAT format was created by myriaCross.com; many differing stitching programs use this format.
  • .PDF (Portable Document Format) is a file format that has captured all the elements of a printed document as an electronic image that you can view, navigate, print, or forward to someone else. PDF files are created using Adobe Acrobat , Acrobat Capture, or similar products. You can download the free Adobe PDF Viewer to open these files.  Many e-readers can also read .pdf files making this the most versatile format of the three options.
When Someone you Love by Lorraine Clarke
When Someone you Love by Lorraine Clarke

Most of the designs on CyberStitchers free page are under 150 x 150 stitch count and composed of only a few colours.  The .pdf patterns print out as two pages.  Page one is the chart, the second page lists the author, stitch count, recommend fabric, fabric size for that fabric and the floss key.

The larger charts can feel a little squished when printed out as one page.  You may wish to work these designs directly from your laptop or tablet where it is easy to increase the grid size. Cyberstitchers use floss symbols on a coloured background; it is 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.

Many of these charts can be easily customised to stitch in hand dyed floss or add metallic floss or beads or change the background fabric.

Plan Ahead by Judi Utter
Plan Ahead by Judi Utter

Places to Buy

Australia:

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 a  wide range of hand dyed fabrics that would add a unique element to your stitching. She offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 6 December 2014.

Europe:

Casa Cenina in Spain stocks a range of floss and fabrics to stitch this design.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo bricks and mortar store that stocks a lot of floss for you to personalise these designs.

Chromatic Alchemy has a range of bold bright fabrics that seem very suited to some of these designs.

Polstitches has some elegant Dragon floss and her own range of fabrics that could do justice to these designs.

Sparklies has a  large range of hand dyed fabrics and floss that would add a such a sparkle to your project.

United States:

123Stitch is your one stop shop for all types of floss and fabric combinations.

Discussion

Have a look through the Cyberstitchers free designs page and let me know in the comments; which design would you stitch? There are over 1200 free designs, you might need a fresh cup of coffee 🙂

Feedback

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Last Updated: 5 December 2014

 

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