R-71 by Rovaris

Finally, a monochrome for Monochrome Monday!

R-71 A home is not complete without a cat

From the Designer

A Home is not complete without a Cat.

Why this chart?

R-71, variously called “Home” or “A home is not complete” or “without a cat” is from my stash. I have three cats so you can understand why I would have a few designs on this theme.

I adore Livia Rovaris’s redwork designs.  They are in all full cross stitch, no partial or specialty stitches, so you are free to stitch this anyway you want.  You can change the cat silhouette colours to match your own, the wording colours to suit yourself. You can stitch this to frame, as a pillow, on the side of a tote bag or even with wool through your chicken wire or  mesh fence!

A project this versatile is a great project for beginners and expert stitchers alike.



Rovaris and JL Grandsire are the only designers I know who identify their charts by a code and not a name. Hence all the various names this chart can be found under when scouring online shops.

R-71 chart is printed in black over two sheets of white A3 (11.7″ x 16.5″) paper.  The first page includes the chart title, the type and number of threads used and the stitch count.  The second page is only the bottom section of the chart.  There are no overlap rows, so you will need to count carefully to match both sides of the design.

Usually charts are  drawn on a 10 x 10 grid; the tenth row is drawn with a slightly thicker line to help with counting.  The R-71 chart by Rovaris is drawn on a straight grid. This means counting and counting again to make sure of correct placement.  Or you could freestyle it and not care how close the words are to each other or the cat motif.  The beauty of this design is that it is suitable for both approaches.

The chart pages are folded into quarters and placed inside the small plastic bag with the small front cover. The top chart page is folded so that the chart title, the type and number of threads used and the stitch count are visible through the back of the bag.

The Materials required section lists: DMC 815, stitch 157 x 150, 13 threads. I was initially confused in thinking that the 13 threads meant 13 skeins of floss.  After contacting Livia I learned that this is the metric version on 32ct evenweave (32 holes per inch = 13 threads per centimetre).  I apologize for the confusion.

 Materials Required

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

5 skeins – DMC 815 – Medium Garnet


Rovaris does not list any specific fabric for R-71 (stitch count 157 x 150). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.

For 16ct Aida or 32ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is:
16″ x 15½”  or  40 x 39cm  or  a fat quarter (18 x 27″).

Approximate cost for Project

Approximate cost to stitch the R-71 chart using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do  not include postage):

Chart: $ 14.00
Floss:  $    2.20
Fabric: $18.80

Total: $35.00    ($47.00 AUD or £31.50)

Places to Buy


Colours Down Under has all the Dinky Dyes threads in stock and on sale. 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 stocks Rovaris charts and has a variety of fabrics suitable.  For readers of this site she offers a 10% discount for fabric. Use code PeaceOut during checkout. This code is valid for the month of October 2014.

From Italy With Love stocks this chart and a range of hand dyed threads and fabrics that would suit this design.

United Kingdom:

Cross Stitch Heaven has this chart in stock and offers a variety of threads and fabrics.

Sparklies suggests Barely Bronzed, Dr Smith’s Tonic, Oatmeal or Parchment from her range of fabrics.

United States:

123Stitch stocks all DMC and a variety of fabric choices.

Stitch and Frog has the R-71 chart in stock and stocks a variety of fabric choices.


How would YOU stitch this chart?


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