No stitchalong today, instead I present this elegant and classic Judaica wedding sampler designed by Sandy Orton for Kooler Design Studio. Also don't forget this week's giveaway.
From the Designer
We are proud to offer this wonderful Judaica design by Sandy Orton. This design has the classic quote from the Song of Songs, “I am my beloved, and my beloved is mine”, and has an alphabet included for personalization as an heirloom wedding announcement. One of our most ornate and classically elegant designs in a monochromatic theme of beautiful blues is once again available.
Why this chart?
I am my Beloveds is beautiful, from the three shades of the same colour to the mix of blackwork and cross stitch. I love that the design includes an alphabet to personalise this as a wedding sampler, but also the alphabet is beautiful on its own and can be used for any design where you want to add in your own word, such as a birth sampler.
Don't be afraid of the blackwork in this sampler; blackwork can be stitched as just plain back stitch. Just be careful where you carry your threads on the back of the piece as they may be seen as shadows on the front, especially if you stitch this on an open-weave fabric.
Similarly there a French Knots in this design. I loathe French Knots but as I've been repeatedly told, that's just because I've never learned how to do them properly. Mary Corbet gives a great tutorial here.
Otherwise, feel free to do what I do, add beads instead. I would recommend Mill Hill 02091 Purple Blue Beads or Mill Hill 03053 Purple Passion Antique Beads.
I am my Beloveds is a combination of whole cross stitch, blackwork, French Knots and charting your words (names and date) to fit within the given limits. I would recommend this beautiful design to an intermediate to advanced stitcher.
front cover page with a computer mock-up of the design and explicit permission to make a working copy of the chart
one page listing the floss key and number of skeins required per floss, stitch count and fabric size on a variety of standard fabric counts
One page of general stitching instructions including diagrams for cross stitch, back stitch and a variety of other specialty stitches. Also general instructions on how to start a cross stitch design and how to clean and care for it when you have finished the stitching.
the eight page chart in landscape format. Everything other than the chart is printed in portrait format.
one last page which includes the alphabet and blank grid for you to work out the spacing and patterning required for the names or other words you wish to add.
The website lists "12 pages 14 Count, 12-1/2w X 13-1/8h". if you want the specific stitch count or the number of colours (and skeins) you need to buy the chart.
The three symbols used in the chart are a filled-in large circle, an open square and a downward pointing arrow, all easy to see and decide which is which. The back stitch is denoted in thick red lines over the background grid, very easy to see and work from. Each subsequent page of the chart has a three-row shaded overlap to help you mark your place.
The background is a 10-row grid with the vertical middle point marked on page one and the middle point marked on page three. I really wish more designers would mark the middle lines on the page that has the centre point!
I am my Beloveds is stitched in DMC on 18ct Antique White Aida. As there are no partial stitches this design can easily be stitched over one or over two on any count of fabric you like. Just remember to alter the size of your French Knots (or beads) to suit the fabric size.
To stitch the chart exactly as designed, you will need:
6 skeins DMC 333 Very Dark Blue Violet
2 skeins DMC 340 Medium Blue Violet
3 skeins DMC 3747 Very Light Blue Violet
18ct Antique White or Aida (stitch count 175 x 184). Fabric need is: 16” x 16” or 40 x 41 cm or a fat quarter (18 x 27″).
For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 19” x 19” or 47 x 48cm or a fat half (27 x 38″).
Approximate cost for Project
Approximate cost to stitch I am My Beloveds using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do not include postage):
Floss: $ 4.95
Fabric: $ 7.20
Total: $24.10 ($38.80 AUD or €25.10 or £23.20)
Places to Buy
Kooler Design Studio sells digital downloads and printed charts worldwide. Printed charts are also available via your local needlework store.
Australia:Colours Down Under has all the threads and a variety of white and off white 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 has a variety of fabrics for you to make this design unique. Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 27 February 2015.
OzStitch has all the threads and a variety of white and off white fabrics in stock.
Europe:Casa Ceninain Spain can order this chart in for you. They also stock a variety of fabrics and floss for your unique creation.
United Kingdom:SewandSo can order this chart in for you. They have all the floss and fabric in stock.
Polstitches has a range of Dragon Threads and hand dyed fabrics to further personalise your design.
Sparklies has a variety of her own hand dyed fabrics and floss to make this design uniquely yours.
Chromatic Alchemy "I am my Beloveds was quite a challenge for an overlay, I have chosen both Ashardalon Breathes and Demeter for this as I think it looks amazing on either of these fabrics and I can't decide on a favourite!"
United States:123Stitch has the thread in stock and offers a variety of fabrics.
Do you like designs that combine Cross Stitch and Blackwork?
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Last Updated: 16 December 2014