Today we discuss the defunct SzuLet Creations, and Letty's beautiful, uncomplicated designs.
Stash Antiquities: Welcome to a new class of reviews, for the designers who are no longer in business. These reviews are presented to showcase works that the newer stitchers may not have seen and to have a place to list where they can still be found. Some bricks and mortar cross stitch shops have a few older designs still in stock, so you may find some Szulet Creations charts when poking around. If you do, or if you are a shop owner who has some of these still in stock, please please comment below.
Why this designer?
Leticia Chen stopped designing and closed SzuLet Creations five years ago due to illegal chart theft. Prior to that she had a line of whimsical, uncomplicated designs that could be stitched by any stitcher, from beginners through to advanced stitchers. All her designs are combinations of full cross stitch and back-stitch. She was one of the first to incorporate hand dyed fabrics and later hand dyed threads as part of her designs rather than using them as an adjunct to the main picture.
I have a five or six of SzuLet Creations charts in my stash including one finish (Spotted Butterfly) and one Work in Progress (Excellence).
All of the SzuLet Creations designs were available via Digital download or printed chart. I have both. The content of formats is the same. If you print out your PDF file, it will look the same as the bought printed chart.
The front cover of each chart shows a picture of the stitched model. All of Letty's designs were model stitched before they were released as charts.
The second page lists all the pertinent information; the stitch count, the design size on a standard range of fabric counts, what fabric was used in the model, the floss list and the floss key. Personally I prefer this to be on the back cover of a printed chart, but I'm glad that all the information was provided somewhere.
SzuLet Creations charts are printed in black symbols on white US-Letter (A4) paper. All of the symbols are easy to see and quite easy to differentiate. Letty uses differing size grids for her designs, but all in my stash are large enough to see and stitch from without enlarging.
My only concern is that she uses the relevant floss colour to denote the backstitching. This is great in A Lady's Fancy where the backstitching is in red, but not so good in Spotted Butterfly where the backstitch is in silver.
Due to the large grid and symbol size, each chart is two to four pages in length. Letty did not give any overlap rows between pages, so you have to be careful when changing from one chart page to the next. She did provide a 10x10 grid and gridline numbers to help you keep your place.
The last page in each chart pack has a diagram showing how the chart pages fit together. Letty also also states the following:
You are permitted to make a working copy from the original, but please make sure it gets destroyed after you are done with the project.
All of the SzuLet designs can be stitched over one or over two, so select your favourite Aida or evenweave fabric, some favourite threads and start stitching.
A Lady's Fancy:
1 skein DMC 761 Light salmon
1 skein DMC 840 Beige Brown medium
1 skein DMC 3328 Dark Salmon
1 skein DMC 3727 Antique Mauve
Stitchcount 118 x 113. Modelstitched on Dreams with Angels "Light Desert Rose" 18ct Aida.
1 skein DMC 312
1 skein DMC 322
1 skein DMC 334
1 skein DMC 415
1 skein DMC 762
1 skein DMC 809
1 spool Kreinik Braid 001 Silver
Stitchcount 152 x 93. Modelstitched on Dreams with Angels "Sky" 18ct Aida.
1 skein The Dye is Cast Lilac Dew (similar to DMC 153)
1 skein The Dye is Cast Bamboo (similar to DMC 369)
1 skein The Dye is Cast Nightshade (similar to DMC 3740)
1 skein The Dye is Cast Gold Coin (similar to DMC 3823)
Stitchcount 130 x 146. Modelstitched on Enchanted Fabrics "Hand Painted Sunshine" 32ct evenweave.
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Queen of Fire:
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Equips us to see a reality we have yet to create
2 skeins Carries Creations Jelly Fish
Stitchcount 300 x 146. Modelstitched on Stab & Stash "Blush" 32ct evenweave.
Gradual result of always striving to do better
2 skeins Carries Creations Gold Glow
1 skein DMC 3011
Stitchcount 181 x 60. Modelstitched on Sassy Fabbys "Ocean Fantasy" 32ct linen.
Stitchcount unknown. Modelstitched on Sassy Fabbys "Spring Green" 28ct evenweave
Stitchcount unknown. Modelstitched on Sassy Fabbys "Hyacinth" 28ct evenweave
Stitchcount unknown. Modelstitched on Sassy Fabbys "Lemongrass" 28ct evenweave
Good Luck Knot:
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Good Fortune Knot:
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Stitchcount unknown. Modelstitched on Sassy Fabbys "Into the Sky" 28ct evenweave
Places to Buy
SzuLet Creations ceased cross stitch sales five years ago, however Letty is currently selling off all of her cross stitch stash and that will include her last remaining stock of charts. Look to her Facebook Group for further news.
My Special Stitches - I've never used this online store, but they seem to have some designs in stock.
Hand Dyer Suggestions
As these designs call for hand dyed fabric and floss from companies that are no longer available, some hand dyers have suggested their own take on kitting up the designs. Of course it's easy to tell which was the most popular butterfly!
Colour Cascade Fabrics Tammy suggests using Misty Mountain Hop for Royal Butterfly. Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 27 February 2015.
Chromatic Alchemy "I have chosen just one of these wonderful butterflies to play with and as I'm a sucker for colour it had to be our bright red and yellow friend. I have chosen Halcyon, I feel the blues contrast wonderfully with the yellow and the pinks complement the red."
Crafty Kitten suggests "Royal butterfly candytuft or lavender mist or butterfly blush as fabrics. I'd maybe use twilight shadows as the darker thread and select a DMC to taste for the others."
Sparklies "I chose 'A Ladys Fancy'. I'm not sure how many different colours there are in this but I would suggest Morning Glory for the outline of the butterfly, with Violets & Cornflowers, Sugar Mice and Hunnybunny to fill the various areas, all stitched on Lilac Ice."
Fiberlicious has a range of gradient coloured cottons and silks to stitch your fairies. Fiberlicious has a 15% off sale until Jan 11. Nguyen offers an additional discount of 5% for readers of Cross Stitch Review (20% in total). Just let Nguyen know you read this site when you place your order.
"For the butterfly of Szulet Creations, I would suggest Shades of Purple (for those who like subtle changes in colors) or Sumantra Haze and Spring Breeze (for those who like more variegated). These two last colors are available in silks as well. They can be stitched on either plain white fabric or solid/slightly mottled hand dyed fabrics. Hand dyed flosses might be lost in a piece of hand dyed fabric that has too much color changes."
Thread Pickerz Silks Eileen of Thread Pickerz also kindly offers a 10% discount on her floss to Cross Stitch Review readers. Use code: xstitchreview . This works in conjunction with other offers (such as free postage for spending over £30uk / £70 international) but cannot be used with other discount codes. Code expires 8 January 2016.
“A Lady's Fancy: Fabric Peach Sorbet by Crafty Kitten. The outline colour in Burgundy with Candyfloss as the main colour and Pink Raver for spots/details.”
"Royal butterfly - Main butterfly colour in Amethyst with Pinkple used in the light patches. The border can be done with Purple Twonk and Pinkple (if you want to stay in the purple scheme) or l.u.e. (life universe and everything) with Amethyst details. Something like Lavender Mist or Icicle would be nice as fabric from crafty kitten."
Have you stitched any of these designs? Do you have any of these in your stash (paper or digital)? Can you help supply some of the missing information or cover photos of missing designs?
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Last Updated: 8 January 2015