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Yo Ho Ho by Effervescent Designs

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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.


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Last Updated: 11 December 2014


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