Late November Sales

Thanksgiving is a US tradition, but Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday sales are becoming worldwide shopping traditions.  As such, here are some late November sales you may be interested in.

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123 Stitch

When: 1 December 2014 (Mountain Time, US time)
What: one day Cyber Monday sale on selected items.

123 Stitch

When: Now – 6 Dec 2014 (Mountain time, US time)
What: discount on the following designers and themes:

ABC Stitch Therapy

When: Now – 2 December 2014 (midnight CST, US time)
What: 20% off everything, excludes gift certificates.

Brooke’s Books

When: Now – sold out
What: Bulk lots of Brooke’s Books charts.

Brookes books - wizard of oz

Country Designs

When: Now – 31 December 2014
What: Order any three kits from our website and get the cheapest one FREE.
How: Use the discount code 9999-2014

Crazy Annie’s Stitchin – Cyber Monday

When: 1 December 2014 (midnight to midnight, CST, US time)

  • CHARTS: 20% off regular retails prices. Most are already 10% off so you will get an addt’l 10% off prices listed.
  • KITS: 25% off regular retails prices . Most items are already 10% off…so you will get an addt’l 15% off prices listed.
  • SCISSORS20% off regular retail prices. Most are listed at 10% off already…so you will get an addt’l 10% off prices listed.
  • NEEDLE MAGNETS – NEEDLEMINDERS: 20% off reg retail prices. Most are 10% off already…so you will get an addt’l 10% off the prices listed.
  • Q-SNAPS & Q-SNAP COVERS: On Monday, 12-1-14 all Q-SNAPS and Q-SNAP Covers will be 20% off regular retail prices. Most are listed at 10% off already….so you will get an addt’l 10% off prices listed.

Eclectic Bloke Designs

When: 1 – 2 December 2014
What:  All charts 25% off

European Cross Stitch

When: 27 Nov – 1 December 2014
What: 10% of everything (excludes pdfs)
How:  If you’ve placed an order already or are planning to place one now, please be patient with us!  We have ~400 kit orders to process…that means getting supplies (and more supplies) in, sorting, bagging, assembling bead packs, assembling the kits, processing charges and PP invoices, then shipping…so it takes time!  We’ll try to get your kit to you as soon as possible. If you “need” your order for a Christmas gift, note that in your instructions.  I still can’t guarantee we’ll have it to you in time, but it let’s us know the situation.

Fil’anthrope Broderies

When: now – sold out
What: selected cross stitch charts and kits at 40% off.

Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery

When: now – 3 December 2014 (noon PST US time)
What: We’d like to invite you to take 20% off your *entire* purchase
How: Use promo code THANKS during checkout

Heaven and Earth Designs

When: 29 Nov – 1 December 2014 (midnight to midnight EST, US time)

  • 50% off all charts (excludes special services)
  • 15% off all accessories
  • 15% off all materials packs

Note: Download issues are common during sale periods due to sever loads. If you have an issue, don’t panic, we are happy to help to make sure you receive your order. Just send us an email through the “Contact Us” link on the website, and we will assist you as soon as we can. If, for some reason, the contact form won’t work, feel free to email me direct at

JJs Cross Stitch

When: Now
What: 20% off entire cross stitch order!
How: Enter JJS20 at checkout

Kooler Design Studio

When: this week
What: 50% off all scriptures and hymns designs.

Love Thy Thread

When: Now – 30 November 2014
What: 40% off all charts (excludes ezine).

Needleworker’s Delight / Silkweaver Fabrics

When: 28 Nov – 9 December 2014
What: 25% off entire order
How: Use coupon code FRIDAY14


When: Now – 11 December 2014
What: 50% off  Couchman Downloadable Designs.
How: Use voucher code: PET

Rainbow Stitchery (formerly Laurel’s Stitchery)

When: 28 November – 2 December 2014 (midnight to midnight)
What: 25% off all in-stock flosses (except DMC 6-strand floss)!
40% off all patterns & kits!
75% off all remaining punchneedle & quilting patterns!

Silver Needle

When: Now – next newsletter
What: Join their newsletter and receive 25% off all scissors
How: Add a note when paying to to say you received notice of this sale through their newsletter.

Stitch and Frog

When:  Now – 1 December 2014 (midnight EST, US time)
What: 20% off  Alessandra Adelaide,Amy Bruecken, Barbara Ana Designs, and Imaginating

Stitch NZ

When: Now
What: All our Stitchbow storage items are now on sale for the next few weeks with at less 10% off everything in the range!

Stitcher’s Workshop

When: Now – sold out
WhatAll in stock merchandise is on sale at 30% off.
How: In order to receive the discounts orders must total $10 or more before discount is applied! The shopping cart WILL NOT show the discount but it will be applied before shipping and you will receive an email telling you what we have and what your discount is. If you pay by PayPal, your invoice will show the discount and the items to be shipped so no extra notification will be made. Please note that PayPal invoices are sent after the order is pulled and shipping charges are determined.

Stitches ‘n Things

When: 27 Nov – 1 December (US time)

  1. GIFT CERTIFICATE BONUS SPECIAL:  Receive a 20% Bonus Gift Certificate with Purchase of any Gift Certificate in $25.00 increments. WHAT??? THAT MEANS …When you Purchase a $25.00 Gift Certificate .. you will receive a FREE $5.00 Gift Certificate!! Purchase a $50.00 Gift Certificate & receive a FREE $10.00 Gift Certificate!!
    Purchase a $75.00 Gift Certificate & receive a FREE $15.00 Gift Certificate!!
    Purchase a $100.00 Gift Certificate & receive a FREE $20.00 Gift Certificate!!
    Purchase GC’s in ANY $25.00 increment and receive a FREE GC valued at 20% of that purchased GC .. the “Free” Gift Certificate is for use effective January 2, 2015!!!
    All Gift Certificates are good for one year from date of purchase on anything found at Stitches N Things! And yes, these can be redeemed on-line! We can even SEND YOUR GC VIA E-MAIL to your recipient for you!

  2. 20% OFF STORE WIDE Catalog (excluding anything that is specified as ADVANCE, DMC floss AND Gift Certificates)  —  Your Catalog Order Will NOT reflect the discount but we WILL apply it for you!
  3. IF YOU have us KIT IT UP** for you .. with fabric, fibers, embellishments, etc will be 25% OFF INSTEAD !!
  4. 20% OFF anything listed in the SNT / HOFFMAN MALL Catalog (reminder .. this catalog is NOT the same as our shop catalog .. you will need to enter a password to shop in this catalog .. and then your order placed there will arrive directly in our shop  — Your Catalog Order Will NOT reflect the discount but we WILL apply it for you! )
  5. IF YOU have us KIT IT UP** for you .. with fabric, fibers, embellishments, etc will be 25% OFF INSTEAD !!
  6. Take An Additional 20% OFF anything listed on our Sale pages AND our SNT Classics Sale pages  —  Your Catalog Order Will NOT reflect the discount but we WILL apply it for you!
  7. IF YOU have us KIT IT UP** for you .. with fabric, fibers, embellishments, etc will be 25% OFF INSTEAD !!

Stitching Obsession

When: Now – 18 December 2014
What: Closing down sale, all stock 50% off

Tilton Crafts

When: Now – 31 December 2014

  • Spend $30 or more and receive 35% off (promo code: XMAS-1)
  • Spend $75 or more and receive 50% off (promo code: XMAS-2)

Under the Sea Fabrics

When:  28 November – 1 December 2014 (EST US time)
What: use coupon code BF2014SALE17 to save 17% off your total purchase from the website. I rolled a 20 sided die to come up with the discount.

Wasatch Needlecraft

When: 1 December 2014 (Mountain time, US time)
What: 20% storewide. ALSO an extra 30% off the overstock page

White Willow Stitching

When: Now – sold out
What: Overstock clearance sale of Aida fabrics and white willow design charts.

X’s and Ohs’s

When: 1 – 7 December 2014
What:  Purchase ANY 2 charts and you can select a 3rd one FREE, and we will also give you FREE SHIPPING (in Canada or the US).

Youthful Hands Needlecrafts

When: 3 December 2014 (midnight – midnight
What: 15% off Winter Wonderland fabric

Youthful Hands Needlecrafts

When: Now – 15 December 2014

Note: This post was last updated 2:00pm Melbourne time, 2 December 2014.  For current sales please see the SALES page.


Last updated: 2 December 2014


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Onyria (Castellino) by Tilton Crafts

Time to include the designers of a different type of cross stitch – the art-to-stitch conversions.


What is it?

Onyria is a sketch by Rosanna Castellino using pencils and pastels on paper that has been converted to cross stitch by Shelley Lee of Tilton Crafts.

Why this chart?

Most art-to-stitch designs are fully stitched, in that the background is treated as part of the picture so every square is stitched, culminating in a project comprising thousands of stitches and months if not years to work.

I stayed away from art-to-stitch designs for many years; I am wary of buying from sellers who have grabbed a popular image, run it through a conversion program and sold it for a few dollars.  Unless the picture is in the public domain, this is illegal as well as producing a sub-standard chart.

Decent art-to-stitch designers have legal agreements and licences with the original artists (or artist estates) to use their designs, and worked with them to produce a high quality chart.  Good designers, do not just run the image through a conversion program; they spend many hours looking over the design, tweaking and altering the pattern to produce a better chart.

Tilton Crafts designs are fully licenced, and Shelley is as artist in her ability to create a great cross stitch design, as a look through her customer gallery will attest.

Onyria is a simple design, it is full cross stitch in DMC only; a beginner has the skills to stitch her. However, this is a design that will take you a lot of time to complete. Consider savoring the journey instead of focusing on the completion and you should enjoy this chart.



Tilton Crafts offers their charts as electronic download or in printed form. I have only received Tilton charts in digital format, so that is what I am reviewing. Onyria is a 25 page chart pack in pdf format. Save the design and you can work from the digital chart or print sections as you need, or print it all and store it with the rest of your paper charts; the options are yours.

The Onyria digital download contains:

  • front cover sheet with a mock up of the stitched design
  • instructions on how to stitch and suggestions for the number of threads to use for each count of fabric
  • diagram of where the pages sit in relation to each other
  • cleaning and care notes; washing instructions
  • the symbol key or legend, including the number of skeins needed for each thread
  • the 20 page chart

Confetti stitching is in some ways integral to the art-to-stitch process, changing colours every stitch or second stitch is what allows these charts their level of detail and complexity. However stitching all confetti stitching is  a nightmare!  I believe a good art-to-stitch designer uses her skills to know when to keep the confetti stitching and when to reduce the number of colours used.

Onyria has the requisite confetti stitching in areas that need the extra detail, but has large swathes of the same colours in the background. This allows the stitcher to alternate between seeing the details emerge slowly and feeling accomplished at progressing on the background with more speed.

The chart is printed with black symbols on white paper. Where possible, Shelley has tweaked the chart to produce a variety of symbols to allow for greater visibility.

There are no overlap rows between the pages so you can stitch in rows of 10 stitches across the page, stitch on Magic Guide fabric or grid your fabric or count carefully.  Most stitchers use a combination of these techniques.

Onyria is a full-stitched chart; the finished project is wall-to wall stitching with no fabric showing (except the amount you leave for framing).  As such you can stitch on any fabric that you choose.

 Materials Required

To stitch Onyria exactly as designed, you will need:

1 skein each – DMC 156, 158, 159, 160, 161, 169, 225, 310, 317, 318, 336, 341, 413, 414, 415, 451, 452, 453, 535, 543, 640, 647, 648, 762, 778, 779, 791, 792, 793, 794, 797, 799, 800, 813, 818, 823, 838, 927, 930, 938, 939, 3021, 3024, 3031, 3033, 3041, 3042, 3072, 3325, 3371, 3727, 3740, 3743, 3747, 3752, 3753, 3755, 3756, 3799, 3807, 3838, 3860, 3861

2 skeins – DMC 819

2 skeins – DMC 3865

DMC Magic Guide  – 25 count gridded evenweave (stitch count 250 x 354). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.

For the recommended over 1 stitching on 25ct (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 16″ x 20″  or  41 x 52cm or a fat quarter (18 x 27″).

For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave stitching over 2 (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is:
24″ x 32″  or  61 x 80cm  or  a fat half (27″ x 36″).

18ct Magic Guide Ecru

Approximate cost for Project

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

Chart: $16.00
Floss:  $29.50
Fabric: $11.85

Total: $57.35    ($98.65 AUD or £63.30)

Places to Buy

Tilton Crafts has promo code REVIEWS for 20% off cross stitch charts. Excludes ezines and package deals. This code is valid for the month of October 2014.

Colours Down Under has all the DMC and plain evenweave fabrics in stock.

Colour Cascade Fabrics stocks DMC and 25ct Magic Guide fabric. For readers of this site she offers a 10% discount. Use code PeaceOut during checkout. This code is valid for the month of October 2014.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo stocks DMC, plain evenweave fabrics and DMC Magic Guide fabric.

United States:

123Stitch stocks DMC and plain evenweave fabrics.

For Discussion

Have you stitched (or started to stitch) a Tilton Crafts design? If so, which one and what did you think of the chart? Please leave a link in your comment to your stitching progress 🙂


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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