This week’s Friday Freebie focus is the diverse designs from Talons Aiguilles (Stilettos or High Heels in English).
What is it?
To set the mood for a good weekend, we 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.
When sharing knowledge of a free design, please link back to the designer’s original page. Do not just copy and share the pattern. The designers offer these free from monetary payment; we “pay” for them by visiting the designer’s site, seeing (or purchasing) their other designs, commenting on their blogs and pages and showing them our stitching of their designs. Please do not take and not give back.
From the Designer
Embroidery, travel, children, family, hobby, everything I love … and I’d like to share with you.
Why this designer?
Vava of Talons Aiguilles offers a Free Design Monday (just to be different from all of us Freebie Friday groupies). She has over 300 free designs on offer so there;s sure to be something there to suit everyone.
Her blog is in French but google translate is enough for me to understand each blog post and follow along her crafting adventure.
Most of the designs are simple to stitch and only need a few colours; thus are eminently suited to personalised small gifts. Change the colours, add a hand dyed fabric or embellishments and voilà a completely different project.
Many of the Monday posts Talons Aiguilles include a free chart and often link to other free charts in the same theme.
Click on the téléchargement (Download) button underneath the image of the design you wish to save.
This will show a larger version of the chart which can be saved. How to save the file is dependent up on which device you are using. On a PC, you right-click on the image and select “save image”. All of the images save as .jpg image files.
Vava’s designs are very easy to read; she uses colours instead of symbols, but the colours are very easy to distinguish. In the more complex charts she lists recommended DMC floss, but otherwise you are encouraged to choose your own colours. Vava uses large grids but each design prints out to a single A4 or US Letter sized sheet of paper.
Like all similarly simple-coloured charts, you can easily swap out the DMC for hand dyed floss or add metallic floss or beads or change the background fabric; so many ways to personalise your project.
Places to Buy
Colours Down Under has all the threads and a variety of plain fabrics in stock.
Colour Cascade Fabrics has a variety of fabrics for you to make these design unique. Caitlin chose Vara’s Roses design and recommends Blue Orchid or Every Rose has a Thorn.
Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 27 February 2015.
Traditional Stitches in Calgary have a selection of floss and fabrics to suit your taste.
Casa Cenina in Italy stock a variety of fabrics and floss for your unique creation.
SewandSo has a range of floss and fabrics to make any of these design uniquely yours.
Chromatic Alchemy “I have chosen this cute Easter egg as my Friday freebie pick. I think a dramatic fabric works well with this fun design and have chosen Candy Cane and Electrum to show it off.”
Crafty Kitten “I’m going to go with carnaval. I’m quite fond of masquerade type designs, I looked at it and thought aurora thread on moonlight.
Or white blended with silver thread on Aurora for a completely different look.
It would work very well stitched in black as well maybe on nebula, Ocean Fantasia or orchid, something bright.”
Sparklies “For the freebie I chose Ronde d’Automne. For this piece I would suggest choosing from any of the autumnal fabrics: Autumn Glow, Harvest Blush, Capricorn, Bubblegum or Shades of Autumn, and then either selecting solid shades for the stitching as given (for the busier fabrics) or choosing from my autumnal shades of hand dyed threads: Bleached Copper, Burnt Mahogany, Mahogany, Rich Coffee, Sahara, Shades of Autumn, and Titian.”
Thread Pickerz Silkz Eileen has been updating the Thread Pickerz Silkz website. She offers 10% off each silk thread as it is added back into the collection.
For readers of this site, she offers an extra 10% discount if you use the code: Xstitchreview
123Stitch has the thread in stock and offers a variety of fabrics.
Black Cat Stitchery in Illinois has floss and fabric in stock to make this a project to remember.
Erica is offering a 5% discount for readers of Cross Stitch Review. Coupon code: CSRSPRING15. Offer ends 31 May 2015.
Stitches n Things has ta variety of floss and fabric for you to create your dream project.
Fiberlicious Nguyen selected Carnaval and recommended “Perfect Pansy, Eclectic Eggplant or Caribbean Carnival”
Do you like Talons Aiguilles free designs? Do you like any of the ideas the hand dyers have suggested? Do you like the hand dyers choices and suggestions?
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Last Updated: 27 February 2015