Medieval Mermaid by Midsummer Night Designs

This is an older design but has so many options for personal interpretation. Medieval Mermaid by Deborah Thorpe of Midsummer Night Designs.

Midsummer Night Designs - Medieval Mermaid Cover

From the Designer

I love mermaids (if you’ll notice, I even put one in my Adam and Eve piece) and thought this might be a different look than what I’ve seen in other mermaid designs. The quote is from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. It’s all in one color, which makes it easy to stitch, and uses Gentle Art’s Shaker Threads, Black Raspberry Jam.

What is it?

My gentle Puck, come hither. Thou rememberest
Since once I sat upon a promontory
And heard a mermaid on a dolphin’s back
Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath
That the rude sea grew civil at her song
And certain stars shot madly from their spheres
To hear the seamaid’s music?

Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Act 2, Scene 1)

Why this chart?

It’s Shakespeare, it’s mermaids, it’s a declaration of the beauty of singing. What is not to love?

In some medieval printed books illustrations were provided by woodcuts; the image of the mermaid and boat is reminiscent of an early woodcut style.

I am also, as regular readers are no doubt aware, very fond of monochrome and stylised designs. Like so many other designs, this one can easily be personalised for your taste with a change in colour, or colours and fabrics.

Medieval Mermaid is simple whole cross stitch; I can recommend this design for an absolute beginner through to an advanced lover of Shakespeare and medieval illustrations.

Midsummer Night Designs - Medieval Mermaid


The chart pack for Medieval Mermaid has a front and back cover on US Letter (A4) light yellow cardstock.  The front cover has a photo of the stitched design glued on.

The back cover has all information we want to kit up the project, stitch count, fabric used for the model, size of the design, floss used and how many skeins of floss. Succinct but includes everything we need.

The chart is shown in black on page of white US Letter (A4) paper, sandwiched between the covers.  The chart page has only the chart; as there is only one colour of floss and only whole cross stitch, there is no need for stitching instructions or a symbol key.

Although the chart is easy to see on the single page, I would be tempted to enlarge the design to mark off my progress.  The symbols are a little too small for my ham-fisted use of a highlighter.

Materials Required

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

GAST 7021 Black Raspberry Jam


4 skeins Gentle Art Sampler Threads (GAST) 7021 Black Raspberry Jam

I love this thread colour! Perfectly named.


Lakeside Linens 32ct Double Pearled Barley Linen (stitch count 113 x 230). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1. Stitched with the recommended two strands of floss over two threads, with 3″ border allowance, fabric size is:

13¼” x 20½”  or  33 x 52cm  or  a fat quarter (18″ x 27″).

Lakeside Linen Pearled Barley
Lakeside Linen Pearled Barley

For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 14¼” x 22½”  or  36 x 57cm  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: $   8.00
Floss:  $    8.00
Fabric: $11.85

Total: $27.85  ($45.80 AUD or €26.00  or  £21.40)

Places to Buy

From the designer in November 2014:
“About 5 years ago, my computer hard drive died. Yes, some of my patterns were saved on an external hard drive but not all and frankly, not the ones I really wanted. At the time I was going through a rough bout of empty nest syndrome as both my children left home for college at the same time. It took a while to get used to it and I was thoroughly down about it and not up to doing anything about my patterns until this year actually. And suddenly, I got bitten by the stitching bug again and here I am, back and hopefully not forgotten. My plan is to open an Etsy shop soon. In fact, I thought it would be later this month but issues with framing have cropped up and that timeline will have to be pushed further away.”

Hopefully Deborah still plans to open that Etsy shop, and bring out those 8 new designs she discusses in her blog.


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

Colour Cascade Fabrics Tammy suggests ” After the Rain or Dark Fantasy” from her range of fabrics.

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


Traditional Stitches in Calgary have a selection of floss and fabrics to suit your taste.


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 Sayge for medieval mermaid, I think this colour evokes a vintage feel that is perfect for this piece.”

Crafty Kitten “That’s another one that I would probably put on an antique neutral shade, so Oatmeal (again), Vintage Petals, Faded Olive or Tea Rose”.

Sparklies “To keep the ‘olde worlde’ feel of this piece, but give a sea coloured background I would choose Pisces or Maelstrom.”

Thread Pickerz Silkz suggests “Black orchid or lue ”

United States:

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

Black Cat Stitchery in Illinois has floss and fabric 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 has the recommended materials in stock to kit this up for you.

Fiberlicious Another beautiful design! I suggest using:
Mermaids of Atlantis for the ocean
Sea dragon for the mermaid
Storm brewing for the stars
Shades of brown for the ship
Moonlit water for the fish
Ocean Ridge for the sayings and border.


If you like this design, or any others by Midsummer Night Designs, I suggest you contact Deborah via her blog and let her know.

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Last Updated: 5 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


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.


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.


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.”


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:


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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Griper’s Club by Waxing Moon Designs

A fun little stitch for a Tuesday. Remember if there’s anything you are hoping I will review, please drop me a line a let me know.

Waxing Moon - Griper's Club
Waxing Moon – Griper’s Club

From the Designer

Official member of the Gripe-About-Everything Club!

Why this chart?

I have had this chart in my stash since it was first released in 2005. I really should get organised enough to stitch it already! The sentiment of this chart really appeals because I have often been a griper so I should stitch this to warn people.

This was also one of the first charts I bought that used hand dyed threads or included any form of embellishment. As this design is wording on a neutral background you could change very easily change the colours to suit yourself and your decor.

This chart is mainly whole cross stitch and back-stitch, but does include a few quarter stitches and of course the charm placement. I recommend Griper’s Club for a confident beginner through to an advanced stitcher. if you like sassy sayings and have someone to stitch this for, then stitch it!

Griper's Club
Griper’s Club


Griper’s Club is only available as a printed chart with charms included. The cover is a buff US Letter (8½” x 11″) cardstock folded in half.  There is a photograph of the finished design glued to the front cover.

The back cover includes all the information I need to kit up this chart; stitch count, approximate size when stitched in 28ct, hand dyed floss colours and DMC equivalents, fabric used in the model.  I love this, I could kit up the entire project while still in the store!

The chart is printed in black on white paper; an oddly sized paper of 8½”  x 16″, trifolded. The floss symbols are large and easy to see; also easy to differentiate. Due to the oddly sized paper, the chart is printed in its entirety on the one sheet.  There is no need to match up sections or worry that you might have lost a page.

Griper’s Club can be stitched on Aida or evenweave.  Given my distaste of partial stitches in Aida I would stitch this on an evenweave; however if you prefer Aida then use that!  Use the fabric you are comfortable with.

Materials Required

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

0210 - Blue Jay


1 skein Gentle Arts Sampler Thread Blue Jay (similar to DMC 931)

0420 - Gold Leaf


1 skein Gentle Arts Sampler Thread Gold Leaf (similar to DMC 3852)


0440 Maple Syrup


1 skein Gentle Arts Sampler Thread Maple Syrup (similar to DMC 3781)

7028 - Grape Leaf


1 skein Gentle Arts Simply Shaker Grape Leaf (similar to DMC 367)


7037 - Freedom


1 skein Gentle Arts Simply Shaker Freedom (similar to DMC 3750)



Wichelt 28 count Flax Cashel linen  (stitch count 85 x 180). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.

For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 12” x 19”  or  31 x 48cm  or  a fat quarter (18 x 27″). If you reduce your border allowance to 2½”, you could squeeze this on to a fat eighth (13′ x 18″)

Wichelt - Flax

Approximate cost for Project

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

Chart: $   8.00
Floss:  $ 10.00
Fabric: $15.65

Total: $33.65  ($37.90 AUD or €28.75 or  £28.00)

Places to Buy

Waxing Moon Designs does not sell direct to the public, but your local or online needlework store can order this chart in for you.


Colours Down Under has all the 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. Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 6 December 2014.


Casa Cenina in Spain can order this chart in for you.  They also stock a variety of fabrics and floss for your unique creation.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo can order this chart in for you and then kit it up.

Sparklies suggests that this design would suit one of her neutral fabrics such as Barely Bronzed, Parchment, Dr Smith’s Tonic or Oatmeal.

Chromatic Alchemy  “Gripers club looks like a fun stitch and I think it deserves a fun fabric, I think it pops on this ice dyed pink fabric, I love dyeing these as you never quite know what you’re going to get!”

Chromatic Alchemy - Ice Dye
Chromatic Alchemy – Ice Dye

United States:

123Stitch can order this chart in for you.  They  stock a variety of fabrics and floss for your unique creation


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Last Updated: 18 November 2014


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