Under the Moonlight by Passione Ricamo

Another Mystery stitch-along for SAL Tuesday.  It's that time of year, when the 2015 stitch-a-long are arranged and sign ups are still open. Passione Ricamo - Under the Moonlight

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. Passione Ricamo stitch alongs are large and need time and attention if you wish to keep up; at times it must take precedent over other stitching projects.  However, like all stitch alongs it is quite fine to lag behind, stitching at your own pace, many of us do. Under the Moonlight  includes metallic threads and many beads. I would consider it suitable for an adventurous beginner or intermediate stitcher. There will be floss replacement options given for the metallics and beads for those stitchers who prefer to use all cottons.
Passione Ricamo - Under the Moonlight Mystery Stitchalong
Under the Moonlight

Review

Mystery 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 Required

To 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 1 card each Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid: PB01, PB09, PB10, PB12, PB22,  PB66, PB72, PB204,  PB205, with optional PB201. Dawn is using PB201 in her model stitch of Under the Moonlight.   5 packets Mill Hill Glass Beads 00479 - White   2 packets Mill Hill Glass Beads  02009  - Ice Lilac Any suitable dark fabric of any type - some examples are shown below. (stitch count 215 x 299). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1. For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3" border allowance) fabric size is: 22" x 28"  or  55 x 70 or  a half yard (27 x 36").

Approximate cost for Project

If 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 Buy

Australia: 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. United Kingdom: Crafty Kitten is offering an embellishment pack for the Stitch Along and is offering a 10% discount on fabric if you buy at the same time: Polstitches is also offering floss, embellishment and fabric packs for this stitch along and a 25x27 cut of fabric (cheaper than a half yard): SewandSo stocks all of your DMC floss and a variety of fabric choices. Sparklies has a wide choice of colours to choose from if you wish to make your piece unique with hand dyed fabric. United States: 123Stitch stocks all most of yourfloss and embellishment needs. Crazy Annies is offering an embellishment pack for this Stitch Along. Silkweavers has the following fabric suitable for this stitch along Steph's Fabbys has the following fabric suitable for this stitch along Under the Sea fabrics makes the following fabrics which are suitable for the stitch along

For Discussion

Are 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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Cross Stitch Design and Fabric Viewer

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: The Dyers are: 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.

Discussion

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.

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Last updated: 3 March 2015 - to include updated links to Viewer and Chatelaine websites.