Rabbit Roundel by The Workbasket

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Rabbit Roundel
Rabbit Roundel

From the Designer

I have always loved paisleys and of course bunnies and the look of patterns together in one colour. I have combined all of these fancies of mine into  decorative roundel. I can hardly wait to design more charts with paisleys. I hope you like them as well as I do.

This chart contains three designs: Bunny roundel, Rabbit Pin Cushion and Paisley Scissor Fob.

Rabbit Pin Cushion and Paisley Scissor Fob
Rabbit Pin Cushion and Paisley Scissor Fob

Why this chart?

The Workbasket are famous for their Quaker and traditional designs. I love the more modern influence of paisley combined with Assisi motifs.  I love the entire series of Roundels by The Workbasket.

These three designs are in all full cross stitch, with no partial or specialty stitches, so you are free to stitch this anyway you want in any colour or count of fabric you want. You can stitch this to frame, as a pillow, on the side of a tote bag or even with wool through your chicken wire or  mesh fence! If you really want to capitalise on the paisley motif, consider stitching this in bold 1960s colours.

When using solid colour floss, there is a preference to stitch the entire line first one way /////////////////// and then stitch the line back the other way \\\\\\\\\\\\\ producing our lovely line of xxxxxxxxx.

if you do that with hand dyed floss, the colour changes will be very subtle. If that is the look you want; that’s how to do it.

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Usually though, the advice is to complete each stitch as you go so our line would be x then x then x then x until we reach the end.  Unfortunately this method can produce a very striped result.  Again if you are looking for stripes; that’s how to do it.

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I prefer my hand dyed pieces to look mottled and not striped or subtle, so I stitch slightly differently; rather than stitching each line, I change up and down lines as I stitch so that the colour changes of the thread are concentrated in one area.

xxxxxxxxx                  xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxxx                  xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

xxxxxxxxx                  xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

So feel free to play with your stitching style and don’t feel constrained to only stitch each line as you come to it.  For the ovals around the frame, I would use the colours of the thread to follow around the oval.

A project this versatile is a great project for beginners and expert stitchers alike.

Workbasket - Rabbit Roundel Closeup

Review

Rabbit Roundel is printed double-sided on a single US Ledger (similar to A3) light cardstock, folded in half.  The front cover has a photo of the main chart.  The back cover has multiple photos of the two smaller designs.  You have to buy the chart, or take it out of the plastic bag to find out the technicalities of the design.

The inside of the folded chart pack contains the three charts, the history of the design and information on the materials and design size.

As these are small designs the charts are printed large enough to directly stitch from.  As these are one colour charts, there’s no need for differentiation of floss symbols.  I do like their use of a solid round • for the floss symbol; very easy to see.

Unfortunately neither the pin cushion nor the scissor fob include information on finishing the designs.  Only the charts are presented and you must find the construction information for yourself elsewhere.

 Materials Required

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

Caron Waterlilies 162 Periwinkle

Caron Waterlilies 162 Periwinkle
1 skein for Bunny roundel (stitched with one strand)
1 skein for both Rabbit Pin Cushion and Paisley Scissor Fob.

Bunny Roundel:
36 count Flax Edinburgh Linen (stitch count 108 x 108). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.  For the recommended, one over two on 36ct linen (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 12” x 12”  or  31 x 31cm  or  a fat eighth (13 x 18″).

For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 14” x 14”  or  35x 35cm  or  a far quarter (18 x 27″)! Also you will need 2 skeins of Caron Waterlilies 162 Periwinkle to stitch two threads.

Rabbit Pin Cushion:
36 count Flax Edinburgh Linen (stitch count 64 x 30).  For the recommended, one over one on 36ct linen fabric size is: 2” x 1”  or  5 x 2cm. Remember to add border fabric .

Paisley Scissor Fob:
36 count Flax Edinburgh Linen (stitch count 29 x 35).  For the recommended, one over two on 36ct linen fabric size is: 2” x 2”  or  4 x 5 cm. Remember to add border fabric .

Zweigart - 36ct Flax

Approximate cost for Project

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

Chart: $ 11.00
Floss:  $    7.00
Fabric: $   8.00

Total: $26.00   ($63.15AUD or €36.00 or £31.50)

Places to Buy

Australia:

Colours Down Under has all the threads 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 6 December 2014.

Europe:

Casa Cenina in Spain stock a variety of fabrics and floss for your unique creation.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo has the thread in stock and offers a variety of fabrics.

Chromatic Alchemy  “Rabbit roundel is lovely, I think it needs a darker background to make it really pop though here it is on permanganate”

Polstitches “Crushed Apple will looks great”.

Sparklies suggests “Summer Skies thread as an alternative to the one suggested, or how about Burnt Mahogany thread on Pumpkin Patch fabric.”

United States:

123Stitch stocks Caron Waterlilies and a variety of fabric choices.

ABC  Stitch Therapy has the chart in stock as well as the floss and fabric.

The Silver Needle stocks this chart and the friendly staff would be happy to kit up this design for you.

Stitching Bits and Bobs has this chart in stock and can offer the floss and a variety of fabrics to match your taste.

Discussion

How would YOU stitch this chart?

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Last Updated: 2 December 2014

 

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