Each weekend we spotlight something that helps us as a stitcher. The first item up is the Cross Stitch Design and Fabric Viewer. formerly known as the Mirabilia Viewer.
The Viewer allows you to pick a cross stitch design and shows you what it would look like on a variety of fabrics.
The Cross Stitch Design and Fabric Viewer is a personal project managed, updated and maintained by Dana Oliver Smith for the use and pleasure of the stitching community. As Dana keeps the site updated with new designs and fabrics as they come out, the Viewer is justifiably limited to eight prolific designers and thirteen fabric dyers.
The Designers are:
- Alessandra Adelaide Needleworks (AAN)
- Chatelaine – Martina Weber
- Joan Elliott Designs
- Lavender & Lace / Butternut Road / Told in a Garden
- Nora Corbett
- Passione Ricamo
- Teresa Wentzler
The Dyers are:
- Colour Cascade Fabrics
- Country Stitch Kiwi
- Crafty Kitten
- Hand Dyed Fabrics by Steph
- Permin or Wichelt Plain Linen
- Picture This Plus Fabrics
- Polstitches Fabrics
- Sparklies Fabrics
- Sunny Dyes Fabrics
- Under the Sea Fabrics
- Wichelt Hand dyed Jobelan
- Zweigart Linen
However, if you have a favourite designer you would love to see in the Viewer you can always email Dana.
The design images are quite small and may not show the intricacies of the pattern, especially any metallic or beading embellishments.
Update March 2015: The Viewer has undergone an extensive rewrite and the design images are now much larger. I love this new size and such a clean interface!
Please note: The fabric pictures are only a rough indication; colours and extent of mottling change with every different fabric and may show quite differently on your screen.
That said, spend a relaxing few hours playing around the Cross Stitch and Fabric viewer discovering which combinations you would like to see come alive under your needle.
So this brings us the end of the first week of Reviews. How has it gone? Would you refer your friends to this site? Do you have a chart, stitchalong or designer you are just hoping I will review? Do you want your favourite shop or dyer listed here?
Unfortunately I’m not a mind reader, nor do I play one on TV, so please please please comment below and let me know what you think.
Did you like this review? Did it contain all the expected information? Is there anything you would like added or removed from the reviews? Do you know of a particular chart or designer you want to see featured here? If so, please head to the Suggestions page and let me know.
Was this read worth a cup of coffee?
Last updated: 3 March 2015 – to include updated links to Viewer and Chatelaine websites.