Ambra of Cloudsfactory is another designer of extreme cuteness. I have watched her previous year-long SALs with appreciation, and I am pleased to review her 2015 SAL: Zodiac Sampler.
As a naughty nod to the festive season, Mel’s asked me to review one of my favourite seasonal stitches. We and Tea Party Revolution are offering a discount on the chart and a giveaway (because…umm….FESTIVE SEASON!) Looks below for details – The snow leopard may kill you with cute!
From the Designer
Meet Jingle Bells, Kandi Kane’s… “partner” – he was finished the 10th of December (2008), so it pretty much hot off the presses and just as hot as he is a new design from Lilly Kitten for Christmas 08! (Received from Lilly Kitten on the 9th!)
What is it?
Tea Party revolution’s designs are available exclusively through ETSY. She has a variety of patterns of varying levels of ‘social acceptability’, many are more ‘appropriate for a variety of environments’ than Jingle Bells! Her designs are based on Lilly Kitten’s art.
Why this chart?
Now before anyone get’s offended at ‘objectifying’ men, I should point out that ‘Jingle bells’ is the second of Tea Party Revolution’s patterns that I’ve stitched. I’ve already finished and framed ‘Been Naughty‘. So in my defense, I’m gender neutral in my objectification.
I’m stitching Jingle Bells because it tickles my wicked sense of humour. Amongst all the lights, glitter, hype, marketing and drama of the festive season, my day is made just a bit brighter by a topless man with a collar and leash around his neck. (Can I get a ‘Hell yeah’? Who’s with me?)
I love Tea Party Revolution’s (TPR) charts. The big, cartoon-like art is easy and relaxing to stitch. Thread your needle with black and set off on the outline…SIMPLE!!! Then fill in the outline with big, bold, festive colours. It’s just what I need during these busy days when we’re pulled in so many directions.
The pattern uses standard DMC and full crosses…SIMPLE!!!!! The hardest decision you’ll have to make is what fabric to choose.
Jingle Bells is a WIP. He’s my go-to piece when I can’t face anything more complicated than ‘needle up-turn-needle down-repeat’.
I started him in February this year and was making good progress until I was distracted by another, prettier (better cheekbones), more challenging piece.
The simple design means that this pattern can carry off a more dramatic fabric and I’ve chosen an opalescent pale green hand-dye (Silkweaver 28ct Lugana Opalescent Spring Garden).
The pattern is provided via digital download. The pack is 9 pages (8 pattern and a floss/symbol list) and is black and white. If you print out your patterns, you may need to enlarge the pattern as the sheets are 75 X 85 stitches which is just on the edge of too small to work from. The sheets have a three row overlap on two edges and the symbols are clear and unambiguous.
The thread list provides estimated number of skeins. If I were going to make any changes to this pattern, I’d be tempted to add a metallic yellow to Jingle’s bells and I’ve often wondered whether his tattoos would benefit from a black silk thread rather than the standard DMC, to give a touch of richness.
I’d absolutely recommend this to a ‘beginning stitcher with adult sensibilities’.
To stitch the charts exactly as designed, you will need:
Some skeins each of DMC 307, 310, 317, 321, 413, 415, 436, 437, 444, 445, 498, 666, 699, 700, 701, 702, 703, 712, 738, 739, 754, 758, 762, 797, 798, 973, 3771, 3799, 3801
1 skein DMC Satin S5200 – Snow White (formerly DMC Rayon 35200 – Snow White)
Any count Aida or Evenweave (stitch count 186 x 279). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1. For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 19½” x 26” or 49x 66cm or a fat half (27 x 36″). You could squeeze this on a fat quarter but you would have to reduce your margins to 2″ only on either side of your fabric for framing.
Approximate cost for Project
Approximate cost to stitch Jingle Bells using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do not include postage):
Chart: $ 40.00
Floss: $40.20 (assumed 3 skeins of each DMC colour)
Total: $103.89 ($177.45 AUD or €159.60 or £116.45)
Places to Buy
Tea Party Revolutions sell their charts via PDF download or paper chart worldwide. For readers of this site, Jo is offering a 30% discount on any of her charts. Use code: REVIEW30. Offer ends 31 January 2015.
Colours Down Under has all threads and a variety of fabrics in stock.
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 27 February 2015.
Casa Cenina in Spain stock a variety of fabrics and floss for your unique creation.
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 have a range of fabrics to make this design sparkle.
Chromatic Alchemy “I have a shortlist of two for Been Naughty and Jingle Bells. I think Quiescence with spots is a nice subtle background that complements the pieces. However subtle these patterns are not, so for the brave stitchers I would recommend Radioactive for an ‘in your face’ look!”
123Stitch has the thread in stock and offers a variety of fabrics.
To help you get into the spirit of the season (and perhaps add a little naughty to your nice if you feel so inclined), Tea Party Revolution are giving away one of her Christmas designs. To enter, tell me how you celebrate the holiday season where you are.
Contest is open to anywhere in the world. Whilst we love comments and sharing via social media, only comments on this post which include an answer to the giveaway question will be eligible for entry.
Julie will select her favourite answer and Mel will contact the winner and Tea Party Revolutions.
Contest closes TWO weeks from Publish; Midday, 7 January 2014, Melbourne time (UTC+11 hours).
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Last Updated: 24 December 2014