Tywyn Sampler by Charland Designs

An Elegant Sampler for a Wednesday; Tywyn Sampler by Sydney of Charland Designs. Don’t forget the giveaways, there’s something more coming from The Silk Mill!

Tywyn Sampler
Tywyn Sampler

From the Designer

This piece was especially designed as a teaching piece for a workshop in Tywyn, Wales. I loved the medieval “beast” design – adapted from an old, old chart. It seemed the perfect choice for Wales.

Two sets of alphabets are enclosed (Welsh and English). You may choose which ever you please and stitch the rows accordingly. Space is provided for you to add your name, town, and year.

And I loved visiting Wales.  Although the names were unpronounceable, it was a delightful place to visit!

Silver Charm Dragon
Silver Charm Dragon

Why this chart?

I love stitching band samplers. The act of stitching all of those different stitching is just so much fun!

I love trying out new stitches and Tywyn Sampler uses Cross stitch, Backstitch, Herringbone, Long Arm Cross, Upright Cross, Four-sided, Oblong Cross, Pulled Thread, Woven Cross, Hem Stitch, and an unnamed special stitch adapted from a Dutch book.

I also adore the differing colours used in this chart. Finally but most importantly, the fantasy lover in my adores the dragons; both the cross stitched dragon at the top, and the sterling silver charm over the pulled thread.

I love that the design includes so many options for personalization; English or Welsh alphabets, a beaked Celtic bird or a Cormorant bird, and the option to include your name, date and town if you so choose.

Tywyn Sampler uses fairly easy-to-learn specialty stitches and Sydney’s diagrams are very easy to follow.

The only exception to this is the pulled thread section.  If you have not stitched any pulled thread or Hardanger work before, you might want to lookup some You Tube videos and practice on a scrap piece of fabric first.

Given the pulled thread section, I would recommend this for an intermediate or advanced stitcher.


Charland designs are available through your favourite Local Needlework Store as printed charts or partial kits.  I was given the kit as a present from a friend. It has the chart, the sterling silver dragon charm and the floss.

The Tywyn Sampler chart pack includes a cover page, three pages of chart, one page of charting alternatives, and two double-sided pages of directions, and diagrams.

The cover page is printed on a woven white A5 (about half a US Letter) page.  The colour photo image is of the finished stitched design. The rest of the chart pages are in A4 (US Letter) light grey paper, folded in half.

Each of the three pages of the chart include the symbol key or legend on the right hand side of the page.   I like that some floss are included on the symbol key multiple times; once for each time it is used as a different stitch style.

The chart symbols are easy to see and easy to differentiate. Like all band samplers, you MUST refer to the directions before stitching any band.  Some that look like cross stitch on the chart, are actually stitched with different stitch types.

Although not mentioned anywhere, there is an eight-row overlap between these chart pages.  This is not shaded or indicated in any way, so beware.

The chart pages show the English alphabet. The single, alternative page, shows this same alphabet, but spread apart to show where to stitch the Welsh letters.  These Welsh letters are included in a small chart further down the page.

The bottom of the page includes a Celtic design for a cormorant which is only 7 stitches high.  The main chart has the beaked Celtic bird design that is 8 stitches high.

The four pages of directions list for each row: what stitch is to be used, which floss is to be used, and words and pictures to describe how to stitch that row.

With the possible exception of the drawn thread section, these directions, with the chart, make this an easy sampler to stitch.

When all the pages are folded, the last half page that is shown at the back of the packet lists all the information needed to kit up the design.  The stitch count, the fabric used in the model stitch, and which floss is used in the sampler.

Tywyn Sampler recommends 28ct linen to stitch. Given the specialty stitches used in this design, I also recommend this is stitched on evenweave or linen.

Tywyn Sampler
Tywyn Sampler

Materials Required

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

Caron Waterlilies 101 Cherry


1 skein Caron Waterlilies #101 Cherry


Caron Waterlilies 072 Midnight


1 skein Caron Waterlilies #72 Midnight



Caron Wildflower 058 Mocha Rose


1 skein Caron Wildflowers #58 Mocha Rose


Londonderry 45 Cabernet


1 spool Londonderry Linen 50/3 #45 Cabernet

DMC Perle 8 - 644 Light Beige
1 ball DMC perle #8 644 Light Beige



28 count White Cashel Linen  (stitch count 71 x 177). This design is stitched over two, due to the specialty stitches.

28ct White Cashel Linen
28ct White Cashel Linen

28 count White Cashel Linen (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 11” x 19”  or  28 x 48cm  or  a fat eighth (13 x 18″).

Approximate cost for Project

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

Chart: $  6.00
Floss:  $18.00
Fabric: $ 5.75

Total: $29.75  ($39.53 AUD or €19.86  or  £15.77)

Places to Buy

Charland Designs only sells wholesale to Local and Online Needlework Stores.  Their website lists the stores that stock Charland Design charts.


Colours Down Under has the Caron and DMC Perle threads and a variety of plain fabrics 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. Caitlin recommends Golddigger old map Style or Silver Springs for this design.

Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 27 February 2015.


Traditional Stitches in Calgary can order in this chart for you.  They have everything in stock to kit up this design for you!


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

United Kingdom:

SewandSo has  a range of floss and fabrics to make this design uniquely yours.

Chromatic Alchemy “I have chosen Permanganate for the Tywyn sampler. I think it contrasts with the reds in the piece beautifully.”

Crafty Kitten “Being a a dragon fan I really like this.  I would go with a fairly traditional sampler background colour to work with the threads.  So Oatmeal, Just Peachy or maybe Tea Rose, though that one might be a little too pinky to work as well as the other two.”

Sparklies “Sticking with a traditional neutral for this one with either Dr. Smith’s Tonic or Parchment.”

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

United States:

123Stitch has the Caron and DMC Perle threads in stock and offers a variety of fabrics.

Black Cat Stitchery in Illinois has Caron and DMC Perle threads and a range of fabrics 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 can order this chart in for you.  They have the Caron and DMC Perle threads and a variety of fabrics in stock.

Fiberlicious ” Sea Dragon for the Dragon and wording, pumpkin pasties for the rest.”


Do you like stitching band samplers?  Would you stitch this on a neutral fabric or a bold fabric?

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Last Updated: 25 February 2015

Hand Dyed Floss

What is hand dyed floss and how do I use it?

Dinky Dyes silk

Hand Dying techniques

There are many different ways of hand dyeing embroidery floss. Broadly speaking these techniques fall into two categories:

Vat Dyeing – the skeins or hanks of floss are immersed or dipped into a container of liquid dye

Space Dyeing  – where coloured dyes are placed along different parts of the floss skein or hank.

Vat Dyeing is where you make up a liquid solution of pigment or dye, and then you dip part or all if your floss into it, or when you drop your floss into it, giving it a bath. You can tie loose knots in your floss so that the dye penetrates some areas more than others. This is the easiest range of methods for mottled threads or subtle dye variations.

Space Dyeing  is where coloured dyes are deliberately added to specific sections of the floss skein or hank. Usually the dye solution is added to the floss. Space Dyeing methods are mainly used to create colourful rainbow threads.

Dye Types

There are many different types of dyes and pigments used to dye floss.  Some are powders that must be mixed into water or oil, some are already liquid, some are derived from plant materials, or squished insects, others are made in a laboratory.  Some require a “mordant” to hold the colour to the floss, others do not. Often different dye processes are used on synthetic fabrics such as rayon and nylon to those processes used for cotton, silk, cashmere, wool etc.

Every different dyer uses their own type of dying process and dyes or pigments.  This is why some hand dyed threads are colourfast and others are not.  Read the label carefully if you are planning on stitching a large design or a small travel piece, as the threads may not be washable at the end.

Classic Colorworks

Cleaning tips

If you do need to clean an item that has non-colourfast threads on it, here’s how to do it.

  • Turn on the tap over your basin or sink.
  • Use tepid or cold water.
  • Do not put the plug in.
  • Rinse your fabric under the water, thoroughly wetting it.
  • If any colours run, this is usually excess dye leaching from the thread. Leave your stitching under the running water until the water runs clear.

If you put the plug in or swirl this fabric through a basin of standing water then that excess dye lands on your fabric and stains it.  If you leave the water running without a plug then the water carries the free dye down the drain before it can land and stain.

Caron waterlilies

Photographing floss and Colour Vision

The same issues we discussed in the Hand Dyed Fabrics article apply here. There is no possible way for either monitors or printers to accurately reflect the full range of colours that our eyes can see. However, you can often get a good idea of the range and variation in the shading.

Carrie's Silks

Hand Dyed Means Unique

Again as discussed in the Hand Dyed Fabrics article, there are just some variables in the hand dying process  that you can never plan for:  The minerals in the water used in the dye bath, the temperature of the water versus the temperature of the ambient air on the day, the humidity levels or how the floss was dried.  All of these factors can these can subtly change the characteristics of the final piece.

If you are buying variegated threads for a specific project, ALWAYS BUY THE WHOLE AMOUNT OF FLOSS AT THE SAME TIME . Wherever possible, ask that the skeins are supplied from the SAME DYELOT.

This is particularly important if you are planing to stitch a large piece in hand dyed floss, By requesting skeins from the same dyelot, you will know both the shade and patterning will be consistent throughout your piece.

Gentle Arts Sampler Threads  - Reds and Blues

How do you stitch with hand dyed threads

The way you stitch with hand dyed threads makes a significant difference to the finished effect. To show this, I have stitched a sampler to illustrated some of the more common stitching styles.  I have used a skein of Carrie’s Jelly Fish as there are many colour changes.

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Left block and first long strip were stitched:

\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\  then ///////////////// (yes I was taught by a left-hander)

In both the block and the row, some of the colours are barely seen because they are used on the bottom  \\\\ and others are shown more because they are solely used as the top ////,  This can create an unusual look for your piece. I do like the interplay of colours with the yellow over pink add the purple over green.

I’ve only see one pattern that deliberately asked to be stitched that way; “Is it my Eyes” by Susan Saltzgiver. Most of these blocks have the bottom \ in a different floss to the /,  Usually light over dark but sometimes dark over light.

Is it my eyes - Susan Saltzgiver

Middle block and middle strip are stitched one full stitch at a time, so \ then / then \ then /   The rows are stitched:

01, 02, 03 … 09, 10
20, 19, 18 … 12, 11
21, 22, 23 … 29, 30
40, 39, 38 … 32, 31   etc

Although it doesn’t look much different in the block, the row shows how this can lead to a stripey stitched effect.  This method best reflects the real patterning in the hand dyed thread. One such as this:

Fire flower finished

Right Block and third strip were stitched via my way. I’ve developed a habit of stitching two stitches, then going to the next row and stitching the same two stitches, and then back up to the previous row and stitching another two stitches, then down to the next row and stitching two stitches etc.  So the block was stitched like this:

01, 02, 05, 06 … 17, 18
03, 04, 07, 08 … 19, 20
38, 37, 34, 33 … 22, 21
40, 39, 36, 35 … 24, 23
41, 42, 45, 46 … 57, 58
43, 44, 47, 48 … 59, 60 now there are three rows left so
86, 85, 80, 79 … 62, 61
88, 87, 82, 81 … 64, 63
90, 89, 84, 83 … 66, 65

This produces more of a mottled effect instead of stripes:


Or you can throw all of that out the window and cut your hand dyed threads so that you choose where each section of colour goes.  In this case, I stitched the left project using my usual two stitches method.  On the right, I cut the thread so that the colours went where I wanted them to.


Hand dyed thread will always produce an effect that is guaranteed to be unique. No two stitchers will create exactly the same outcome and often this variation creates some truly beautiful finishes. Ultimately, you can stitch with your hand dyed threads any which way you please. It all depends on the effect you want for each project.

Stitched Sampler

Places to Buy

World Wide:

These are threads that are available in most cross stitch stores:

Anchor Multicolours. Anchor Embroidery Floss is spun from the world’s finest 100% Egyptian cotton. Anchor offers you 24 multicolours that are completely washable and offer outstanding colorfastness.

Caron Waterlilies Hand-dyed 12 ply spun silk. 6 yard skeins. Easily divided, use two plies for cross stitch over two threads on 28 count fabric.

Caron Wildflowers A single strand hand-dyed cotton in variegated colors. It has more of a matte finish when stitched.  36 yard skein.

Classic Colorworks (formerly Crescent Colours) A hand dyed floss that begins with 100% cotton DMC six strand floss and gentle fabric dyes designed specifically for cotton. Available in a variety of beautiful colors that work well with cross stitch. 5 yard skeins.

Classic Colorworks (formerly Crescent Colours) Belle Soie Silk Floss These silks are hand dyed with the same creative eye and flair you’ve come to enjoy in their cotton flosses, with a softness unmatched in other silks. They start with a 12-stranded spun silk, and package them into 5-yard skeins.

Dinky Dyes Now based in the United States, Dinky Dyes started in Western  Australia.  Luxurious hand-dyed 6 strand spun silk sold in 8 meter skeins.

DMC Color Variations These give you the look of hand dyed floss with the added quality and reassurance that they are made by DMC. Twenty-four beautiful multi-color and tone on tone shades that are colorfast.

Gentle Art Sampler Threads Six Strand hand over-dyed floss. Sold in 5 yard skeins.

Gloriana This spun silk has silk’s beauty, luster, and shine but doesn’t catch on your hands. Gloriana Silk is soft and remarkably easy to use. 12 strand silk, 6 yard skein.

Gloriana Florimell Au Ver a Soie Soie d’Alger artisan-dyed 7 strand silk by Gloriana Threads. 5 yard skein. Hand-washable in cold water.

Needlepoint Inc Northern Lights 8 Strands. Colourfast. 100% Pure Chinese Silk. Overdyed to create this wonderful range of multicolour silk threads.

Thread Gatherer Silk N Colors 100% silk, 12-ply, 6 yard skeins. Silk N Colors initially separates into 3 groups of 4-ply. Before stitching, separate and put together the desired ply. Cross-stitching: we recommend 1-ply on 30 count or finer, 2-ply on 28 count linen.

Threadworx Overdyed Floss A premium quality, six-strand embroidery floss made from the finest long-staple, 100% Egyptian Giza cotton. Sold in 20 yard skeins.

Threadworx Vineyard Silk Artisan dyed by ThreadworX. 100% Pure Chinese Silk. Twisted. 20 yard skeins.

Valdani  Superb Hand-Overdyed colors in Cotton Floss for the “matte” look. Embroidery Floss Skeins in 6-ply cotton for cross-stitch

Weeks Dye Works Hand Over-Dyed Floss. 5 yard skeins. The colors are variegated enough to be noticeable, yet subtle enough to blend naturally. Because it is pliable, this fiber is perfect for cross stitch and needlepoint on many counts of fabric and canvas.


Colour Streams Colour Streams hand dyed embroidery silk threads are available in 50 glorious overdyed colours.

Cottage Garden Threads Our passion is to produce hand dyed threads inspired by the diversity of colour among the flowers and foliage of a cottage garden.

Primke Threads are hand dyed cotton threads from Australia, they come in 72 colours.

Stitches and Spice is Australia’s only floss hand dyer. There are 56 colours in Naomi’s range and they complement her fabric colours. 5 metre skeins of Hand-dyed 6 stranded 100% cotton.


Annick Abrial creates beautiful hand dyed floss colours. 100% cotton, 6 strands stranded, hand-painted, which are capable of steam ironing. The colors are guaranteed in time and are 8 metre skeins.

Rainbow Fingers  I’m a fiber artist living in France that has a passion for dyeing also.

The Silk Mill Our silk is 100% pure Chinese monofilament silk thread. The thread comes in skeins of six strands of 6.5 metres long, with a total skein length of 39 metres. There are 700 shades of silk to choose from.

Romy’s Creations Overdyed DMC floss in beautiful colours.


Nina’s Threads 100% stranded cotton threads, hand dyed with professional dyes, for embroidery and cross stitch. 8 meters / skein. Rinsed in neutral scent after dye.

South Africa:

Chameleon Threads are individually hand-dyed in South Africa using cotton, rayon and pure silk.

House of Embroidery Un-dyed cotton threads are imported from Europe and un-dyed silk is imported from Japan. Our threads are dyed in South Africa, using European dyes.

United Kingdom:

Crafty Kitten These threads are dyed to match our fabric colour range.  Each skein is 5m in length. These threads have been hand-dyed on high quality DMC white stranded embroidery cotton.

Jodyri Designs Hand dyed cotton threads priced at 99p per 8m skein. These cannot be guaranteed to be colourfast

Polstitches Dragon Floss has some wonderful thread names.  6 strand cotton, 8 metre skeins.

Rainbow Girl Each item is unique, and cannot be reproduced. I use a low water immersion technique with procion dyes. Every item is thoroughly rinsed and washed in Synthrapol, after dyeing, but I cannot guarantee that they are colourfast.

Sparklies All my threads are full skeins of DMC, hand dyed to an overdyed finish. Currently these are mostly two-tone, but I hope to expand the range to include multi-tone colours in the future.

Stef Francis 6-strand cotton, length 10m.  12 strand Silk, length 6m.

Thread Pickerz Silkz Here you will find wonderful silks to help make your cross stitch projects stand out. Each silk skein has 50 single strand lengths of approx 0.96m in length.

United States:

Carrie’s Creation Threads All threads are 100% cotton DMC,  and available in either the 6 strand cotton, the premium weight floss known as Floche, or Silk!

Dragonfly Lotus Produces hand dyed silk and wool threads.

Fiberactive Organics Our Shop Specializes in hand-dyed organic cotton products. We use low impact Fiber-Reactive Dyes to achieve the most vivid and fade resistant colors for all your project’s needs.

Fiberlicious  is a Facebook only dyer. Cotton floss is 6 strands and 10 yards long (approx).Silk has 50 single strands of 1.2m long which is 60 m in total. They are dyed with variation of colors (not colorfast). My silk is Pure silk (Flat Silk, 2 plies), not processed silk with polyester so it’s pretty soft and delicate.

Garibaldi’s Needle Works is an ebay only store that produces beautiful mottled fabrics and threads.

Hand Dyed Fibers by Vicki Clayton. Silk floss comes in two sizes. Regular silk floss is about the same size as DMC. Premium floss is much thicker and has single strand coverage over 2 on 28 ct. – 32 ct. You can use the drop down box to choose which type of floss you would like. Vicki is swamped with orders and has taken down her floss pages for a couple of weeks.

Mo’s Sale a Facebook supplier that now has her own website. Often releases new colours in themes such as MockingJay and Harry Potter.

Rumple Beary Rumors On Facebook and Etsy.  My skeins are hand measured and dyed/painted, so each will vary.  10 yards each of 6 strand cotton embroidery floss  Most times you will get a bit more than 10 yards. My threads are hand painted/dyed on a DMC base white thread and are variegated.

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe On Ebay and Etsy. My floss is 20, one yard pieces, per skein.


Did I miss any good dyers?  Please comment below and I will add them to the list. Also, what article do you want next weekend?


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Last updated: 13 December 2014


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Yo Ho Ho by Effervescent Designs

For Throwback Thursday we have a pirate!  Also don’t forget the giveaway for Let’s Do Coffee. Finally check out the Sales page as some end soon, including the special offer from OzStitch on Pharoah’s Hound and Pharoah’s Pet.

You Ho Ho by Effervescent Designs

From the Designer

I saw these little “pixel dolls” posted in signature blocks on online message boards wherever I went, once I started expanding my stitching community horizons. Unfamiliar with the trend, I thought, “Oh, those are cute,” and then got distracted by something else – until one day I followed a link posted with someone’s signature doll straight to Doll on the Hill Factory. I was amazed. I started to experiment with these beauties and quickly realized that while I might not use them for their intended purpose, I most certainly could spend the rest of my life stitching them. Considering their popularity, it occurred to me that others might feel as I do. I contacted Susanne Ohlsson, who has graciously allowed me to translate her art into needlework and share with you. We both hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed creating them.

What is it?

Yo Ho Ho is a cross stitch by Elizabeth Beeton of Effervescent Designs, based on a digital doll image from Susanne Ohlsson of Doll on the Hill Factory.

Why this chart?

Although digital dolls are out of fashion now they were huge in 2008 and Doll on the Hill Factory had the widest range of dolls and clothing; all at high-resolution (for the time) with some dolls being some rather elegant or risqué!

Elizabeth of Effervescent Designs did chart up four DHF dolls before life took her in another direction; Mlle Musketeer, Operetta, Water Goddess, and Yo Ho Ho.

You Ho Ho is stitched with a mix of DMC floss, hand dyed floss, metallics and Perle cotton. It is all whole cross stitch with a little back stitch and a little straight stitch. I would recommend this design for intermediate to advanced stitchers.  However, if you are a beginner and have patience, you too can stitch this wonderful design.

Yo Ho Ho

Yo Ho Ho was first released as a printed chart in 2008. When Elizabeth wound up Effervescent Designs a few years later, she decided to release all her designs as PDF files.


The Yo Ho Ho PDF chart pack includes:

  • Cover page with image of stitched model, licensing information and the name of the model stitcher (nice touch!)
  • One page of fabric requirements and floss key
  • One page of stitching instructions for this chart
  • The sixteen page chart

Unfortunately the website gives no information except for a cover image. I suppose that Elizabeth is working on the assumption that if you have sought out her designs, then you already know what you are getting into.

The chart is sixteen pages long because each chart page displays a maximum of  66 x 83 stitches.  Some pages are smaller and as this design has no background, there are five pages without any symbols to stitch at all.  The chart includes a three-row shaded overlap on subsequent pages, a 10 stitch grid and clearly marks the middle point to help you start and then keep your place.

The chart symbols are printed in black on white and are very easy to see.  Unfortunately Elizabeth uses capital and lower case letters for her symbols so at times there are difficult to differentiate from each other.  I recommend highlighting the symbol you are planning to stitch and then mark over it again in a different colour when you have stitched it.

The chart uses straight stitch as the rigging for the sailing ship in the background. Elizabeth describes how to use this stitch in her instructions.

This chart is deliberately designed for a hand dyed fabric so you can use the recommended Silkweavers “Days Gone By” or anything else that takes your fancy. This design can be stitched over two or over one.

Materials Required

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

1 skein each DMC 161, 300, 301, 304, 310, 347, 356, 372, 400, 435, 612, 640, 647, 680, 738, 775, 779, 793, 800, 801, 814, 842, 890, 918, 934, 936, 948, 3012, 3374, 3362, 3363, 3364, 3371, 3770, 3772, 3773, 3774, 3787, 3790, 3799, 3801, 3821, 3864, B5200.

Waterlilies 001- Sandstone


1 skein Caron Waterlilies 001 Sandstone



Kreinik 4 - 001HL Silver hi Lustre


1 spool Kreinik #4 braid 001HL Silver Hi Lustre


1 spool Kreinik #4 braid 001J Japan Silver

 071 Misty Gold


1 spool Kreinik #4 braid 071 Misty Gold



102 Vatican Gold


1 spool Kreinik #4 braid 102 Vatican Gold



105C Antique Silver Cord


1 spool Kreinik #4 braid 105C Antique Silver Cord


102 Vatican Gold


1 spool Kreinik #4 braid 202HL



1 spool Kreinik #4 braid 3202 Cat’s Eye

DMC Perle 12 - Ecru


1 ball DMC #12 perle cotton Ecru



28 count Silkweaver “Days Gone By”  (stitch count 146 x 253). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.

For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 16½” x 24¼”  or  42 x 61cm  or  a fat quarter (18 x 27″).

Days Gone By
Days Gone By

Approximate cost for Project

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

Chart: $   5.99
Floss:  $ 50.30
Fabric: $20.00

Total: $76.30  ($140.74 AUD or €104.34  or  £80.66)

Places to Buy

Effervescent Designs can only be easily bought as digital downloads from Elizabeth’s site.  The good news is that they are all at very good prices.


Colours Down Under has all the threads and a variety of fabrics in stock.

Colour Cascade Fabrics suggests Fairytale or Golddigger from her range.  Hmm Golddigger sound like a perfectly named fabric!  Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 27 February 2015.

OzStitch  has all the threads and a variety of fabrics in stock.


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

United Kingdom:

SewandSo has all the floss in stock and a variety of fabrics.

Polstitches has a range of Dragon Threads and hand dyed fabrics for you to make this design unique.

Sparklies suggests Dr Smith’s Tonic or Summer Skies from her range of fabrics.

Chromatic Alchemy  “I’ve picked Tigers Eye for Yo Ho Ho, it reminds me of old maps and scrolls, perfect for this pirate lady.”

United States:

123Stitch has the thread in stock and offers a variety of fabrics.

Under the Sea Fabrics has a range of fabrics that would suit this design.


Did you or do you still use Dolls in your signature or on Bulletin Boards? If so, please share your dolls below.


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.

Last Updated: 11 December 2014


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