Free Designs: Cyberstitchers

Today we have 1,282 free designs for Freebie Friday. Also check out the new Sales page and note that the donations button is now working.

Eastern Rosella by Jerry Van Horn
Eastern Rosella by Jerry Van Horn

What is it?

To set the mood for a good weekend, I thought we would have Freebie Fridays; each week presenting a different designer.  All sites listed here design their own charts. These designs are copyright to the designers, please do not abuse their generosity.

Why this designer?

Cyberstitchers isn’t a designer so much as a group of designers all sharing their work and knowledge.  Although not that active now, Cyberstitchers has helped cross-stitchers worldwide since 2003.  There is a wealth of information on the website that is still very useful today including Free Patterns, a collection of illustrated Finishing Techniques, Message Boards for you to ask questions, Charity Listings to help you find a cause to support with your stitching, the searchable Cross Stitch Patterns Directory to help you find the next project to stitch, and a variety of Stitching Tools to help with your projects.

Halloween Quaker 2013 by San Man Originals
Halloween Quaker 2013 by San Man Originals

In the past 7 years there have been free designs offered by notable designers such as Barbara Ana Designs,  Helga Mandl Designs, Lucie Heaton, San-Man Originals and Seba Designs.

Blackwork Maze by Benu Demirel of Seba Designs
Blackwork Maze by Benu Demirel of Seba Designs

Cyberstitchers Pattern Copyright Restrictions are as follows:

Cyberstitchers.com has received permission from the designers of these patterns to post for download from this site. The patterns may be used for personal use only and are not to be resold, posted to any other site, or printed for distribution. You may not sell any projects created from these patterns unless the profits are for a charitable organization. The charts can not be used directly or indirectly in any way to generate profits or for free project packets. Only patterns stitched from the charts can be sold provided the profits are donated to charity.

Cyberstitchers - Monarch Butterfly
Cyberstitchers – Monarch Butterfly

Review

Cyberstitchers free designs are all available on the Cyberstitchers free Designs page. Some of them are also available on the designer’s own home page, but that differs for each designer.

Cyberstitchers - pattern page
Cyberstitchers – pattern page

On the Cyberstitchers free page, each design has three download formats:

  • .PAT format is a pattern format used by PCStitch computer program, you can download a free PCStitch Viewer to open these files.
  • .MCPAT format was created by myriaCross.com; many differing stitching programs use this format.
  • .PDF (Portable Document Format) is a file format that has captured all the elements of a printed document as an electronic image that you can view, navigate, print, or forward to someone else. PDF files are created using Adobe Acrobat , Acrobat Capture, or similar products. You can download the free Adobe PDF Viewer to open these files.  Many e-readers can also read .pdf files making this the most versatile format of the three options.
When Someone you Love by Lorraine Clarke
When Someone you Love by Lorraine Clarke

Most of the designs on CyberStitchers free page are under 150 x 150 stitch count and composed of only a few colours.  The .pdf patterns print out as two pages.  Page one is the chart, the second page lists the author, stitch count, recommend fabric, fabric size for that fabric and the floss key.

The larger charts can feel a little squished when printed out as one page.  You may wish to work these designs directly from your laptop or tablet where it is easy to increase the grid size. Cyberstitchers use floss symbols on a coloured background; it is easy to distinguish the right colour floss, but this does make it difficult if you wish to mark off your progress.  If you wish to print out these designs, you will need a colour printer, as the dark colour backgrounds make it difficult to see the symbols if printed in shades of grey.

Many of these charts can be easily customised to stitch in hand dyed floss or add metallic floss or beads or change the background fabric.

Plan Ahead by Judi Utter
Plan Ahead by Judi Utter

Places to Buy

Australia:

Colours Down Under is a bricks and mortar store that stocks many different types of floss for you to stitch these designs.

Colour Cascade Fabrics Tammy has a  wide range of hand dyed fabrics that would add a unique element to your stitching. She offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 6 December 2014.

Europe:

Casa Cenina in Spain stocks a range of floss and fabrics to stitch this design.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo bricks and mortar store that stocks a lot of floss for you to personalise these designs.

Chromatic Alchemy has a range of bold bright fabrics that seem very suited to some of these designs.

Polstitches has some elegant Dragon floss and her own range of fabrics that could do justice to these designs.

Sparklies has a  large range of hand dyed fabrics and floss that would add a such a sparkle to your project.

United States:

123Stitch is your one stop shop for all types of floss and fabric combinations.

Discussion

Have a look through the Cyberstitchers free designs page and let me know in the comments; which design would you stitch? There are over 1200 free designs, you might need a fresh cup of coffee 🙂

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Last Updated: 5 December 2014

 

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Freedom by Seba Designs

It’s Tuesday, time for another stitch along! This one is Freedom by Banu Demirel of Seba Designs.

Seba Designs - SAL

From the Designer?

Here we go…The design is 110×75 stitches ladies…We need to stitch the border first because I will be publishing the squares and rectangles every week. You will decide where to put the designs. you can rotate, use more than once, literally anything you want. I am recommending evenweave rather than aida as there are speciality stitches, don’t let the name scare you LOL. Just that you will have lines not only around the squares of the fabric (the squares like the ones in aida) but within the squares. You will understand when you see them, I don’t think you would have any difficulties.

For the borders, I would recommend 2 strand of floss and 1 strand for the fillings. The borders would pop. Use a contrasting color for the borders. Dark shades if you will stitch on white, light if you will use dark colored evenweave. You have to emphasise the borders, this way boxes will be more visible.

Why this chart?

You can join in any time, there is no formal registration and no joining costs. Banu is offering this through her Facebook group for us all to join in and have some fun with.  She provides the elements but we have the freedom to choose how we use those elements so our project will be unique, in stitches as well as colour and fabrics.

I am a sucker for a stitch along, and this one is especially marvellous.  We start by stitching the borders in 2 strands of floss. Banu has already released the chart of the borders.

Then each week she will offer designs that will fit one size of the boxes.  You choose which boxes to stitch which design. Banu has already suggested that using the same design in a row looks very pleasing. The charts page for the smallest boxes was released last night.

Some of the blocks will be specialty stitches or blackwork, so I would recommend this piece to an adventurous beginner or seasoned stitcher who wants to craft something unique.

Review

Unlike Mystery Stitch alongs, Seba Designs gives you all the information and a view of how the elements interlock. Just by looking at the above picture you get a good idea of whether this Stitch along is for you.

You DO need to be a member of Facebook to join in, as the chart and design blocks are only available via the Seba Designs Facebook group. The border chart is already available and the design blocks will be posted there weekly.  The group is quite abuzz with this stitch along and there are already many conversations discussing fabric choices, floss types, use of beads and general stitching questions.

As the charts will only be posted on the Facebook group you will need to copy and save them; they will not be sent to you.  Each week’s designs chart is available as a .jpg image file or a PDF document file.  Save whichever suits you the best.  The images may be a little small, so be prepared to enlarge as necessary.

As this chart is designed as a monochrome, there are no colour symbols to differentiate.  However, there is nothing stopping you from stitching each block in a differing colour.

 Materials Required

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

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Floss of one form or another.  Banu recommends stitching a dark floss on a pale background or vice versa.  2 strands for the border and one strand for blocks.

Any evenweave or linen fabric (stitch count 75 x 110). This design is stitched over 2 due to the specialty stitches.

For 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 11½ x 14″  or  29 x 35cm   or  a fat eighth (13 x 18″).

Approximate cost for Project

This will vary wildly depending on which floss brand you use, how many colours, if you include beads and if you use hand dyed fabric.  The costs for stitching this design exactly as drawn (DMC 310 Black on white 28ct fabric) are:

Chart:   free
Floss:   $0.90
Fabric: $5.45

Total: $6.35   ($12.00 AUD or £12.90)

Places to Buy

Australia:

Colours Down Under stocks all your floss and embellishment needs. Also some plain evenweave and Aida choices.

Colour Cascade Fabrics has a variety of colours to suit your personal style. Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 6 December 2014.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo stocks all of your DMC floss and a variety of fabric choices.

Sparklies suggests stitching Black thread on Fire or Sunflowers  OR  White thread on Ink, Pitch or Moonlighting

United States:

123Stitch stocks all most of your floss and embellishment needs.

For Discussion

Will you be joining this stitch along? What are your thoughts on the design and giving us stitchers the power to rearrange the blocks designs to suit ourselves?

Feedback

Did you like this review? Did it contain all the expected information? Is there anything you would like added or removed from the reviews? Do you know of a particular chart or designer you want to see featured here? If so, please head to the Suggestions page and let me know.

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