From the Designer?Clair de Lune, Under the Moonlight. The subject is very romantic and seductive ... but I do not tell you more ... Sign-up closes: 2 Nov 2014 SAL Duration: 3 Nov 2014 - 14 Jun 2015
Why this chart?I am a sucker for a stitch-a-long (SAL), especially a Mystery stitch along where you have no idea what the resultant piece will look like. Passione Ricamo has run two similar Mystery stitch alongs before and I loved the results of both of them.
ReviewMystery Stitch alongs are a gamble. I generally find that if you like the majority of a designer's work, then you are likely to enjoy their mystery SAL. It is up to each stitcher to decide if the risk is worth it to you. Passione Ricamo gives very little away about the nature of her stitch alongs. It is not until after you sign up that you receive a Welcome Pack which lists the floss, embellishment and fabric options. As the Stitch along is starting in three weeks, I have permission to discuss the floss, embellishment and fabric options here. To join in the SAL you need to buy the chart pack. There is a secret Facebook group for those who wish to join. This is not mandatory, but there are already many conversations discussing fabric choices, fabric sizes, bead options and general stitching questions. It is communities like this that keep us encouraged and thrilled about a design when we start to feel jaded and that other new start looks enticing! We will receive the Under the Moonlight chart in sections from November 2014 to May 2015. The sections will only arrive via email so you will either print each section out yourself or work directly from a tablet. The Welcome Pack includes a diagram of the section outlines and the dates we will receive each section. Laura provides each chart section twice, once in black and white and another in colour. Both contain the symbol key or legend. The black and white chart is the main chart to stitch from. Each new section will include a one-row overlap to help in lining up your stitched sections and minimising errors. The overlap row is shaded grey so you don't accidentally stitch it again. Also on the black and white chart, Laura provides the backstitching lines in various colours, so it is easy to determine which section is to be outlined in which floss. In a chart such as this where there are many different threads, it could be easy to mistake one chart symbol for another. The colour chart is very useful to quickly check your stitching, e.g. if you are stitching the correct green symbol or the incorrect but similar purple symbol.
Materials RequiredTo stitch the chart exactly as designed, you will need: 1 skein each - DMC 155, 156, 160, 210, 211, 310, 311, 321, 333, 335, 340, 341, 433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 470, 471, 472, 632, 646, 647, 676, 677, 729, 746, 747, 758, 775, 777, 801, 807, 819, 838, 905, 907, 938, 945, 951, 3021, 3023, 3024, 3041, 3371, 3743, 3746, 3747, 3756, 3765, 3766, 3770, 3820, Ecru 2 skeins DMC 645 - Very Dark Beaver Grey 1 spool Kreinik #4 Very Fine Braid 9294 - Periwinkle
Approximate cost for ProjectIf you have stitched any of the previous Passione Ricamo Mystery stitch alongs, you will have many of these threads and embellishments already in your stash. Listed below is the approximate cost to stitch the Under the Moonlight project if you are new to Passione Ricamo designs and are buying items at retail prices. Please note these approximations do not include postage or the optional extra floss. If you are interested in stitching this design now, there are places who are offering embellishment packs (see further below). Chart: $16.30 Floss: $62.80 Fabric: $46.00 Total: $125.10 ($219.20 AUD or £132.60)
Places to BuyAustralia: Colours Down Under stocks all your floss and embellishment needs. Also some plain evenweave and Aida choices. Colour Cascade Fabrics is running a floss and fabric pack for this Stitch Along, contact Tammy for more information. For readers of this site she offers a 10% discount. Use code PeaceOut during checkout. Code valid for the month of October 2014.
For DiscussionAre you stitching Under the Moonlight? Leave a link to your photo album in the comments so we can all see the varieties of fabric and floss you have chosen.
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