About the Designer
Catherine has long been a professional graphic designer before becoming a cross-stitch designer. Her patterns are very clearly structured with generally a square shape and a vibrant colour palette. In fact, each design by Catherine is not only a wonderful picture you can frame to decorate your home but also a composition of multiple patterns you can choose from to embellish the work of your choice. It is likely you will end up bewitched by the style of the “Lady Fairy”!
What is it?
Milk Minou (or Milk Kitty in English) is a cross stitch design of a small black cat circling and then knocking over a bottle of milk, designed by Catherine of Madame la Fée. This is an earlier design and quite different from the box sampler style she now favours.
Why this chart?
I love cats; I have two furry supervisors watching me type. I love the cat in this design, each pose seems so natural. This design also invokes a nostalgia for a lost era of milk being delivered in glass bottles early in the morning. It is a strip or vignette that brings a smile to my face every time I see it.
Milk Minou is a straight forward design of whole cross stitch in one or two strands of DMC floss. This design is stitched on 14ct Aida with the usual two strands of floss. The empty part of the bottles are stitched using one strand to be reminiscent of the transparency of glass.
I recommend Milk Minou for black cat lovers of all levels of stitching.
Madame la Fée designs are all available as printed charts; most are also available as kits and some (mostly the newer designs) are available as PDF downloads.
Milk Minou is available as a printed chart or kit.
The Milk Minou chart pack is printed on good quality white A4 (or US Letter) paper. The cover is printed on a light cardstock and has an image of the design and the stitch count. The image is quite small so I can’t be sure, but I think the image is a computer mockup.
The chart is printed over four pages. This is because the 10 x 10 grid lines (and thus the symbols) are printed quite large and easy to see. The chart however, does not have any overlap rows between the pages, so you might want to stick you pages together or count carefully.
The floss symbols are shown on coloured backgrounds. For this design, being mainly shades of off-white and black, the coloured backgrounds work. The differing shades of grey help to show the differing symbols in the milk bottles. The shaded backgrounds do not impact on my ability to mark off my stitching.
The grid lines are printed in blue, but you could easily make a working copy in just black and white. IF you buy this design second-hand, do check you have blue grid lines, and thus an original copy of the design.
The next page lists the stitch count, the type of fabric used in the model stitch, the size of the design on a standard range of fabric counts and instructions. The instructions include basic cross stitching advice as well as information specific to this design.
I bought my printed chart direct from Madame la Fée and all the instructions are in French only. Some of the resellers state their copies have instructions in French and English. The PDF downloads have instructions in English only.
The back page lists the floss colours required; these are offered in DMC and Anchor for you to choose from. I would have preferred the fabric information to also be on the back cover, but the stitch count is on the front cover and the colour and type of fabric is really up to the stitcher to choose.
The design was model stitched on 14 count “natural” Aida, so you can choose which fabric and colour that appeals to you.
To stitch the charts exactly as designed, you will need:
1 skein each DMC 150, 169, 310, 3024, 3072, white.
14ct Aida or 28 count Natural Evenweave (stitch count 289 x 80). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.
For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 27” x 12” or 68 x 30cm or a fat quarter (18 x 27″).
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: $ 16.00
Floss: $ 2.70
Total: $30.55 ($48.00 AUD or €25.10 or £20.25)
Places to Buy
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 a variety of fabrics for you to make this design unique. Caitlin recommends Forbidden Fruit and Violet Rays.
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.
Casa Cenina in Italy stock a variety of fabrics and floss for your unique creation.
SewandSo has a range of floss and fabrics to make this design uniquely yours.
Chromatic Alchemy “As Milk Minou is black and white it’s crying out for a bright fabric to really make it pop. I have chosen to show this cute kitty’s antics on both Antares and Al’s Darkmagic but I’m sure it would work on lots of fabrics.”
Crafty Kitten “Hehe, cute! I think I might go for daybreak the bottles and the cats would show up well for it, and it’s an early morning scene (unless you want curdled milk from leaving it out in the sun!). Sunrise is another that I’d be tempted by. If you wanted something more similar to the background on the design then Jurassic Sands.”
Sparklies “I wanted something mid-toned but fresh for this so that both the black and white would stand out. So I’ve gone with Buttercup Joy, Tropicana or Scorpio hopefully to suit various tastes :)”
Thread Pickerz Silkz Eileen has been updating the Thread Pickerz Silkz website. She offers 10% off each silk thread as it is added back into the collection.
For readers of this site, she offers an extra 10% discount if you use the code: Xstitchreview
123Stitch has the thread in stock and offers a variety of fabrics.
ABC Stitch Therapy has this chart in stock.
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 has the recommended materials in stock to kit this up for you.
Do you like Milk Minou? Would you stitch it on a neutral colour or a vibrant?
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Last Updated: 26 February 2015