Marquise by Passion Bonheur

Today is my 100th substance-filled post for Cross Stitch Review.  Reading the backlog will keep new members busy for this lovely Monday morning!  Today’s review is Marquise by Passion Bonheur.

Marquise Cover Page - Photo taken with my phone, scanner issues again.
Marquise Cover Page – Photo taken with my phone, scanner issues again.

From the Designer

Whether from Versailles or any other palace …
Whether the 18th century or any other time …
For the most romantic embroidered works:
an elegant and refined “Marquise” .

This is a hymn to the woman, refined and elegant.  A nice design to make into a hat box, bag or jewellery box for the dressing table.

The chart comes with a purple satin ribbon to embellish the umbrella and shiny silver thread to brighten the jewellery.

(original in French: translated via Google Translate)

Marquise - Stitched model
Marquise – Stitched model

Why this chart?

Stéphanie of Passion Bonheur (or Passion Happiness in English) is another new-to-me French designer. She has a diverse range of charts, from teddy bears to alphabets, to kitchen and food designs to seasonal, but it is, as always, the fashion designs that attract me.

I love playing dress-ups, whether for a costume party or historical re-enactment,it does not matter.  The costumer in me loves all the diverse elements in this design, the shoes, the fan, the hat box, the jewellery and of course the dress.  The mask and candelabra are so evocative of romance.

I also love the stitched shadows on ever item, to help it stand out from the page; subtle but effective.

This is such a versatile chart; individual elements could be stitched for cards, small box lids and the like.  In this series is the companion piece, Queen of Hearts.  Some motifs or floss colour sequences could be mixed and matched from the two designs.

Marquise uses whole cross stitch and backstitch only; it is suitable for a beginner to advanced stitcher.

Marquise - Close-up of Design
Marquise – Close-up of Design

Review

Although a few Passion Bonheur charts are available via digital download,  most are available as printed chart packs only.  Marquise is a printed chart pack with included silver metallic floss and a purple satin bow (for the parasol).

Silver thread and purple bow
Silver thread and purple bow

Considering that the silver floss is only used to backstitch the jewellery, there’s a lot of extra silver floss included!

The Passion Bonheur printed charts are available with English or French designs.  Stéphanie was kind enough to send me the chart pack with English instructions.

The chart pack includes a cover page, one page colour chart, four-page colour chart, four-page black & white chart, back page of instructions and materials and the aforementioned floss and bow.

All of the pages in the chart pack are A4 or US Letter pages.  The Cover page is on a light card stock to offer some weight and stiffness to the package.  This cover has a computer mock-up of the final design and lists the stitchcount. A photo of a finished stitched version is available on  Stéphanie’s blog.

The one page colour chart is too small to stitch directly from, but it is invaluable to use to correctly place all the motifs.

The first four-page diagram provides black symbols on coloured backgrounds. As all the symbols are capital letters, the coloured squares are necessary to easily differentiate between the symbols.  This does however make it very difficult if you prefer to mark off your progress on your chart.

There are no overlap rows between the pages, but the 10×10 grid is numbered, so you can use those numbers to help keep your pace as you move from one page to the next.

The centre of the design is at the intersection of all four pages. However as this design uses large swathes of single colours, this intersection is not a large issue.

The second four-page chart is black symbols on white. However, there is no underlying grid, just black symbols on a complete white background. The lack of grid work and the similarity in shape of the symbols, make this chart very difficult to stitch from.  However, it does make the backstitching stand out.  I believe this second four-page chart is provided for the backstitching. Each backstitching line is provided in a different colour and very easy to see on this chart.

The back cover is the page that differs in French or English.  This page contains the stitch count, size of design, model stitch fabric, size of fabric needed to framing. It also lists the various backstitch instructions and locations for each colour of backstitch, how to embellish your work, and the floss list and symbol key.

Materials Required

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

1 skein each DMC 205, 209, 210, 211, 310, 335, 469, 471, 550, 962, 963, 3022, 3716, 3821, 3822, 3837, 3841, 3852, B5200.

Chart pack includes silver metallic floss and a purple ribbon.

14ct Aida or 28 count Natural Evenweave  (stitch count 180 x 180). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.

For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 19” x 19”  or  48 x 48cm  or  a fat half (27 x 36″).  If you cut the margins to 2½” all way around, you can fit this on a fat quarter (18 x 27″).

28ct Natural/Raw Linen
28ct Natural/Raw Linen

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: $ 15.85
Floss:  $    8.55
Fabric: $11.85

Total: $36.25  ($62.40 AUD  or  €43.05  or  £34.45)

Places to Buy

Passion Bonhour sells her charts direct around the world.  Your local Needlework Store can order in any of her charts for you.

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 suggests “Misty Mountain Hop or Silver Springs. I love today’s design, I will probably buy it!”

Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 27 February 2015.

Canada:

Traditional Stitches in Calgary carry a selection of floss and fabrics to suit your taste.

Europe:

Casa Cenina in Italy stocks Passion Bonheur designs and can easily order this chart for you.  Casa Cenina also stock a variety of fabrics and floss for your unique creation.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo stocks Passion Bonheur designs and can easily order this chart for you.  SewandSo also has  a range of floss and fabrics to make this design uniquely yours.

Chromatic Alchemy  “I have chosen Maeve for Marquise. This classy piece deserves an understated yet classy fabric. The metallics will certainly sparkle on this colour!

Crafty Kitten suggests “Moondust or foggy morning if you want something closeish to the background they’re on.  I would be tempted by Februarys ltd ed as well for a bit of purple on purple.  The pinks I have I think the pink detailing would be lost on so I’d hesitate to recommend them. ”

Sparklies “Slightly Scarlet or Slightly Lilac would add a subtle background glow to tone with the colours in the piece.”

Thread Pickerz Silkz are currently undergoing maintenance as Eileen updates her website.  She offers 10% off each silk thread as it is added back on the website.

United States:

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

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.

Fiberlicious “This design reminds me so much of my childhood playing with Victorian outfits. Those old times we only have dresses made of cardboard. I’m so happy to see these lovelies again, especially in cross stitch. I think it would look great with Shades of pink and purple in Gradation collection, simple yet elegant.”

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Last Updated: 9 February 2015