Most of My Money by Forever in my Heart

Today’s Throwback Thursday is a sentiment that many of us can agree with. This was again selected from my stash by a member of the Melbourne Madness Stitching group. Most of my Money by Lynda Orme of Forever in My Heart Designs.

Forever in My Heart - Most of My Money Cover

From the Designer

It’s probably best not to calculate the amount of money we have spent on our passions, but rather we should count it as feeding our souls and satisfying a need that must be fulfilled. Here’s to cross stitch and chocolate and money well spent!

Just Another Button Company has tons more buttons you could add to the ones I’ve chosen. Pick as many or as few as you like. My husband made me stop adding chocolate buttons or I’m afraid I would have covered the piece in those darling chocolate drops! Of course, the thread I chose matched the darling spools so perfectly, I found myself wanting to sprinkle a few more here and there. Don’t be shy if you think yours needs more. It will be fine to personalize your stitching with what makes you happy.

Why this chart?

I think this is my life motto. As regular readers can attest, I have a several lifetimes worth of cross stitch stash in my home; even after several large sales in the past years. My closest friends can attest to my chocolate addiction.

As long as I can stitch a full thread on my current project and eat a piece of chocolate a day I consider my life fulfilled.

Most of My Money is composed of whole cross stitch with buttons; it can be stitched on Aida or evenweave, using the recommended hand dyed or plain floss, with or without buttons. I recommend this design for beginner to advanced stitchers alike.

Forever in My Heart - Most of My Money (2)

Review

Forever in My Heart designs were only ever available as printed charts.  Most of My Money is printed in black on a folded, double-sided Mauve A3  (US Ledger) card. The front cover has a photograph of the finished, framed cross stitch glued on.

The inside of the leaflet has the chart, floss key/legend, stitching instructions and helpful hints to attach the buttons.

The symbols are small and difficult to discern on the mauve background. However as each word is stitched in a different colour (and therefore different symbol), there’s no concerns about differentiating symbols within each word.

The chart is printed across the fold, so with repeated use, these symbols may rub or flake off. I highly recommend making an enlarged working copy to stitch from, especially if you like to mark off your progress as you stitch. The mauve background may cause difficulties in photocopying on a black and white printer (a common and possibly intentional anti-piracy measure) so I recommend you use a colour copier or scanner for your working copy.

Lynda included placement numbers for the buttons used on the design. I appreciate a designer who lists out exactly where each embellishment is to be attached if we intend stitching the design exactly like the model. Some stitchers can eyeball placement from the cover photo; some are not that confident. I appreciate a designer that understands this.

The back cover lists all the materials needed to kit up the design; the stitch count, the fabric used in the model, the floss used and how many skeins of each, and the codes for the buttons.

Lynda also lists the sources for each of these materials and where to obtain the frame used in the model. Finally she also gives personal thanks to the framers, her husband, the model stitcher, the button company and Hershey’s chocolates for:

“Thanks for the best 50th chocolate birthday ever! It has been Hershey Bars with almonds that got me through my celiac sprue diagnosis, so I thank you from the bottom of my heart for my treats that have no wheat, barley or rye in them!”

Obviously this designer has a deep connection to her subject!

Materials Required

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

CC Apple Fritter

 

2 skeins Classic Colorworks Apple Fritter

 

 

CC Purple Aster

 

2 skeins Classic Colorworks Purple Aster

 

 

CC Shamrock

 

2 skeins Classic Colorworks Shamrock

 

 

CC Chocolate Cream Pie

 

2 skeins Classic Colorworks Chocolate Cream Pie

 

JabCo -  nh1029.ML Large Mulberry Spool

 

1 JabCo nh.1029.ml large Mulberry Spool button

 

JabCo - nh1029 EL Large Eggplant Spool

 

1 JabCo nh.1029.el large Eggplant Spool button

 

JabCo - nh1029 AL Large Avocado Spool

 

1 JabCo nh.1029.al large Avocado Spool button

 

JabCo - nh1029.ms Small Mulberry Spool

 

3 JabCo nh.1029.ms small Mulberry Spool buttons

 

JabCo - nh1029 ES Small Eggplant Spool

 

3 JabCo nh.1029.es small Eggplant Spool buttons

 

JabCo - nh1029 AS Small Avocado Spool

 

3 JabCo nh.1029.as small Avocado Spool buttons

 

JabCo - 4527.M Medium Chocolate Drop

 

8 JabCo 4527.m medium Chocolate Drops buttons

 

JabCo - 4527s Small Chocolate Drop

 

3 JabCo 4527.s small Chocolate Drops buttons

 

28 count Picture This Plus Legacy Cashel linen (stitch count 157 x 197). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.

Picture This Plus "Legacy"
Picture This Plus “Legacy”

For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is:   20¼” x 17¼”  or  51 x 44cm  or  a fat quarter (18 x 27″).

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: $     10.00
Floss:  $     17.60
Buttons: $34.00
Fabric: $    26.00

Total: $87.60 ($109.70 AUD or $110.35 CAD or €90.65 or £63.55)

Places to Buy

Unfortunately Forever in my Heart designs is no longer in business. Some Local Needlework stores may have some Lynda’s designs still in stock. It always pays to ask your favourite store.

Australia:

Colours Down Under has all the threads and a variety of plain fabrics in stock. Jo would be happy to order in the Just Another Button Company buttons for you.

Colour Cascade Fabrics has a variety of fabrics for you to make this design unique. Caitlin recommends Fairy Tale or Yellow Moon.

Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 30 June 2015.

Canada:

Traditional Stitches in Calgary have a selection of floss and fabrics to suit your taste. They would be happy to order in the Just Another Button Company buttons for you.

Europe:

Casa Cenina in Italy have the floss and beads in stock.  They also have a variety of alternative fabrics for your unique creation.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo has the floss and beads in stock.  They also have a variety of alternative fabrics for your unique creation.

Chromatic Alchemy  “Lovely fun designs this week, and Most of my Money fits the theme too. I have chosen Serpentine for this wonderfully quirky piece!”

Crafty Kitten has a variety of fabrics and the threads to stitch this project.

Sparklies “Oh yes, I know this only too well! Clearly with this design you can change the colours to suit yourself and your fabric, but if using the original colours then I think either Primrose or Spring Greens would look good.”

Thread Pickerz Silkz  “I would use Earth, Bottle green, Red velvet and Ocean nebula as the main colours for the words. For the sweets I would use up left over threads I had in my stash.”

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 all the recommended materials in stock to kit up your chart.

ABC Stitch Therapy in Texas has some Forever in My Heart designs in stock.

Black Cat Stitchery in Illinois has all the recommended materials in stock to kit up your chart.

Erica is offering a 5% discount for readers of Cross Stitch Review.  Coupon code: CSRSPRING15. Offer ends 31 May 2015.

Everything Cross Stitch in Ohio has some Forever in My Heart designs in stock.

Stitches n Things in Michigan has some Forever in my Heart Designs in their “SNT Classics” section. They also have  all the recommended materials in stock to kit up your chart.

Fiberlicious “this saying is so TRUE! Raunchy Rainbow for “Cross stitch”

Shades of Brown/Gold or Honey Dip (silks) for “Chocolate”

Shades of blue for the rest”

Under the Sea Fabrics Leslie recommends Blush and Bashful from her range of fabrics.

Discussion

Do you like meta designs?  Cross stitch designs for cross stitchers about cross stitching?

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Last Updated: 26 March 2015

Love Creates Magic by Moonflower Designs

Love Creates Magic by Patty Hurwitz is a spot of happiness for a Monday morning.

Love Creates Magic
Sorry  still having scanner issues – will upload a better picture shortly.

By the Designer

Love is a positive force with unlimited powers! Let us all show it by being kind to everyone we meet.

Continue reading “Love Creates Magic by Moonflower Designs”

Antiquity: Who Knew

Today we discuss the defunct !?Who Knew?! designs distributed by Picture This Plus from 2005-2012.

Ocean Daughter
Ocean Daughter

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 Who Knew charts when poking around. If you do, or if you are a shop owner who has some of these still in stock, please comment below.

Who Knew - Wild Fairy Lights Cover

Why this designer?

!?Who Knew?! designs were incredibly popular and have become more so now they are out of print.  At one time or another I had five of these designs in my stash, although I can only find one at the moment.

These designs were charted for cross-stitch under licence by Picture This Plus.   They used Alison Tanner’s Mermaid and Garden Fairy stencils which were available at the time from Stensource International (which is now part of Quilting Creations).

The original images are copyright Alison Tanner, the resultant cross stitch designs are copyright !?Who Knew?!

Although the images are from another source, I love !?Who Knew?! choice of colour and fabric combination.  These are monochrome but not Black & White.

These charts are mostly whole cross stitch only.  Ocean Curiosity uses backstitch to denote fireworks and Autumn Fairy uses metallic floss in one strand in the fairy wings.  Other than that, it is two strands of the same thread all the way through.

These designs are quite simple to stitch and relatively small. I would recommend these from beginner through to advanced lovers of fairies or mermaids.

Who Knew - Autumn Fairy Cover

Review

!?Who Knew?! charts were only released as printed charts.  All charts were printed on good quality heavy paper. The front and back covers are coloured, as are any backstitch lines.

Initial charts had photographs stuck down with glue on the front cover pages.  Later copies had images printed on the front cover page.  All pages were always printed on good-quality heavy paper.

The charts are printed in black symbols on white pages.  Although these were relatively small designs, they were printed over multiple pages, making the symbols easy to see.  As these designs are mostly monochrome, the few symbols are easy to differentiate.

Each subsequent page has a three-row overlap to help you keep your place.

With these multi-page charts, some pages have numbers in each corner and this can be confusing if you haven’t seen this before.

In the top left of each page is written “Page 1” (or whatever page of the chart it is.

In the other three corners are numbers in parentheses ( ).  These numbers denote which chart page lies directly in that direction.

So the number in the top right denotes which chart page sits directly to the right of the one you are working on.

The the number in the bottom left denotes which chart page sits directly below.

The number in the bottom right denotes which chart page sits to the right of the chart page directly below the one you are working on. So in a six-page chart :

Page 1                                Page 2

Page 3                                Page 4

Page 5                               Page 6

 

Page 1 would have these in each corner:

Page 1       (2)

(3)                (4)

The back cover lists all the information we need to kit up and stitch this design: 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.

All of the !?Who Knew?! designs can be stitched over one or over two, so select your favourite Aida or evenweave fabric, some favourite threads and start stitching.

Gallery

Who Knew - Autumn Fairy

Autumn Fairy:
2 skeins (20yd) Threadworx 1042 Desert Sunset (NN 129 Sequoia)
1 spool Kreinik Blending Filament 021 Copper

Stitch count 103 x 135.
Model stitched on Picture This Plus “Midas” 28ct Cashel

Who Knew - Ocean Curiosity

Ocean Curiosity:
6 skeins Gentle Arts 0240 Midnight
1 card Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid PB68 Black Opal

Stitch count 169 x 248.
Model stitched on Picture This Plus “Dwarf” 32ct Belfast linen.

Who Knew - Ocean's Daughter

Ocean Daughter:
8 skeins Classic Colorworks Bejeweled

Stitch count 149 x 159.
Model stitched on Picture This Plus “Crystal Lagoon” 32ct Belfast.

Who Knew - Ocean Treasure

Ocean Treasure:
6 skeins Weeks Dye Works 1285 Twilight
1 card Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid PB03 Gold

Stitch count 198 x 125.
Model stitched on Picture This Plus “Crystal Loch” 32ct Belfast.

Who Knew - Ocean Whisper

Ocean Whisper:
unknown skeins of Dinky Dyes 136 Sea Grass

Stitch count unknown.
Model stitched on Picture This Plus “Lagoon” 28ct Cashel linen.

Who Knew - Wild Fairy Light

Wild fairy light:
5 skeins Gentle Arts 0310 Claret
1 spool Kreinik Blending Filament 042 Confetti Fuchsia

Stitch count 111 x 168.
Model stitched on Picture This Plus “Fresco” 28ct Cashel linen.

Places to Buy

Picture This Plus stopped selling !?Who Knew?! designs in November 2012. If you know of any store who has any of these designs in stock, please comment below.

Hand Dyer Suggestions

Some hand dyers have suggested alternatives for a different look or feel to these designs.

Crafty Kitten “Wild fairy light – stitch on Dawnblush (or vintage petals) with Moonlight threads for a slightly different look.

Or if you wanted more a tone on tone, stitch on Moonlight with Twilight Shadows thread.

Colour Cascade Fabrics “Ocean Treasure (I adore mermaids I found it so hard to only send you a few pics Sorry) Mermaid Song, After the Rain, Deep Water & Oceans”

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

Fiberlicious “Ocean Daughter: I’d suggest using Mermaid of Atlantis to stitch Mermaid, Sea Moss to stitch the plants and fishes.

Ocean Whisper: Ocean Ridge for the background and water flows. Sea Moss for the plants. Sea Dragon/Mermaid of Atlantis for the mermaid

Ocean Treasure: Moonlit water or shades of blue with Gold Kreinik and beads.

Ocean Curiosity: Ocean Ridge for the mermaid and castle. Sea Moss for the plants

Autumn Fairy: Autumn Wreath, Fallen lea, Flamboyant Fall or Apricot Sunshine.

Wild Fairy Light: Carnation Cluster/Camelia or Mystical Garden for the whole design or just the flower. You can add Hawaiian Hibicus which is a pastel rainbow colors into her wings to bring out the dreamy looking of the chart.

Sparklies “I chose Ocean Treasure which I think would look wonderful on Gina’s Delight.”

Chromatic Alchemy “I think Ocean Curiosity looks wonderful on Cirrus which can be used equally well as either a seascape or a brooding sky.”

Thread Pickerz Silkz suggests using “Ocean nebula or tropical teal” for any of the mermaid charts.

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

Discussion

Have you stitched any of these designs? Do you have any of these in your stash?  Can you help supply some of the missing information or cover photos of missing designs?

Which other vanished Designer would you like me to showcase? Comment below and I will try to find something suitable.

If you like this review of !?Who Knew?! designs, please share it with your friends or groups.

Last Updated: 19 February 2015

Deja Brew by AuryTM Designs


This is probably the first day back at work after the Festivities for many people, so I thought I’d offer you some coffee and a giveaway for two lucky winners.

Deja Brew

From the Designer

Deja Brew: the feeling you’ve had this coffee before.

I love double meaning phrases and I love coffee, mixing both was kind of a natural transition, I have 6 designs that belong to that series already stitched and ready to be released.

What is it?

Deja Brew is the first chart in the Coffee Definitions series by Aury Torres of AuryTM Designs; the second is Survivors.

Why this chart?

I won this chart in 2013 in a Norden Crafts weekly giveaway. Unfortunately due to a miscommunication, I did not receive the chart, however Deb Koch of Stitches n Things saw this and sent me a free copy! This year I resolve to stitch more gifted charts.

I love definitions, sayings, demotivational posters; anything word-related, especially a good play on words!  It must be the old-school librarian in me, remembering showing children how to use a dictionary in the days before Google was a verb; tempered of course by my off-beat sense of humour.

Deja Brew is a relatively undeceptive design with only four colours; two in the cup and two in the wording. This small design also only uses whole cross stitch, so I happily recommend it for beginner to advanced caffeine addicts alike.

Deja Brew

Review

AuryTM Designs are only available as printed charts. Deja Brew is a small design and thus is printed on a one glossy white double-sided US Letter (or A4) sheet of paper.

The front side has a large colour photo of the framed, finished stitching. It also lists the stitch count, size of the design on 28ct fabric and names the fabric used in the model.

The reverse side contains the chart and floss key. As the design is quite straightforward the chart is large enough to stitch from. If there were more colours in the cup I might have to squint a little to see them, but there are only two colours and they are in vastly different symbols so the chart works well at the size it is. In fact, all four symbols are easily differentiated.

I love that the chart pack is only one page as this means that all the information required to kit up the chart is available to read before you buy the chart. Also there are no concerns about lining up chart sections on a one-page chart.

Materials Required

To stitch Deja Brew exactly as designed, you will need:

GAST - 7060 Picnic Bsket

 

1 skein Gentle Art 7060 Picnic Basket

 

GAST - 7084 Espresso Bean

 

1 skein Gentle Art 7084 Espresso Bean

 

 

CC Toasted Marshmallow

 

1 skein Classic Colorworks Toasted Marshmallows

 

CC Wavy Navy

 

1 skein Classic Colorworks Wavy Navy

 

 

28 count Wichelt Lambswool (stitch count 75 x 102). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.

Wichelt - Lambswool Linen

For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 11½” x 13½”  or  29 x 34cm  or  a fat eighth (13 x 18″).

Approximate cost for Project

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

Chart: $ 6.00
Floss: $ 8.40
Fabric:$ 5.15

Total: $19.55  ($33.80 AUD or €18.85 or  £18.40)

Places to Buy

AuryTM Designs does not sell direct to the public, but Aury has offered two copies of her Deja Brew chart to Cross Stitch Review members.  For details on the giveaway see below.

Australia:

Colours Down Under has all the threads and a variety of 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 “I would choose Golddigger or Silver Springs, or even a lightened version of Brown Sugar”. Tammy also offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 27 February 2015.

Europe:

Casa Cenina in Italy can order in Deja Brew for you.  They also stock a variety of fabrics and floss for your unique creation.

United Kingdom:

Chromatic Alchemy  “I personally would be really tempted to stitch this one on Prismatic….it looks like my brain feels when I get that déjà brew feeling But for those looking for something a little less psychedelic I’ve also chosen Dune.”

Crafty Kitten suggests “Fall Foliage or Oatmeal” from her range of fabrics.

SewandSo has all the recommended floss and fabric in stock.

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

Sparklies “Oatmeal is perfect for this one.”

Thread Pickerz Silks “For a similar colour scheme as shown I would use autumn and werewolf for words, polar and deep blue sea for the cup.”

“Or as a brighter colour scheme Polar and amazon parrot for cup with the words in sunset and horizon”

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.

United States:

123Stitch has the chart and all recommended materials in stock for you to kit this up immediately.

Stitches n Things has the chart and recommended materials in stock to kit this up for you.

Fiberlicious “Ohh I love Deja Brew, well I am a coffee maniac. I would suggest to use Shades of Brown or Tumbleweed for this design.”  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.

Under the Sea Fabrics “I think Deja Brew would be lovely on Brown Sugar or Burnt Bronze.”

Giveaway

Aury Torres of AuryTM is kindly offering autographed copies of Deja Brew to two Cross Stitch Review readers.  To enter simply comment below.

Contest is open to anywhere in the world. Whilst we love comments and sharing via social media, only comments on this post will be eligible for entry.

Mel will use her trusty digital magic eight ball to decide the two lucky readers and then contact the winners and AuryTM Designs.

Contest closes TWO weeks from Publish; midday, 19 January 2014, Melbourne, Australia time (UTC+11 hours).

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Last Updated: 5 January 2015

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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:

Angle-of-Love-Finished

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.

Summary

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.

Australia:

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.

France:

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.

Italy:
Romy’s Creations Overdyed DMC floss in beautiful colours.

Poland:

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.

Discussion

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Last updated: 13 December 2014

 

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