Audrey by Cross Stitching Art

Enough with the simple few colours, time for a project you can get your teeth into.

Audrey, My Fair Lady
Audrey, My Fair Lady

What is it?

A design inspired by Audrey Hepburn’s role in My Fair Lady. Tatiana created this design from her own sketch.

Why this chart?

Audrey, My Fair Lady from Tatiana of Cross Stitching Art is a chart from my personal stash. This is the kind of intermediate design that I adore. I love stitching the different colours and watching the design come to life under my needle. And of course there’s always the age-old dilemma of “do you stitch the face first or last?”

Audrey has all the elements of a great stitching project: hand dyed fabric, backstitching to give clarity, metallic thread for that sparkle, beads for some textural highlights and enough DMC colours changes to provide some depth while also maintaining enough blocks of single colour that you can load your needle with a strand of floss and stitch the entire strand to the project, before switching colours.

There are very few partial stitches in Audrey (only used to give her face a more defined shape) and the metallics and beads are clearly marked. I would happily recommend this design for an adventurous beginner or an intermediate stitcher.

Audrey, My Fair Lady
Audrey, My Fair Lady

Review

I am undecided about the Cross Stitching Art packaging. The gold envelope is elegant and the chart nestles beautifully inside it, however, I cannot see the information I need to kit up the project. I need to buy and open the packet or look up the details on the Cross Stitching Art website.  Reflecting further, maybe most stitchers purchase over the Internet and thus the information is better provided on the website instead of the backside of the envelope.

The Audrey chart is printed in black on a yellow A3 (11.7″ x 16.5″). The printing is in large bold type and both the chart and the instructions are easy to see. So easy to stitch at midnight – sometimes I wish the holes in the fabric were this big 🙂

Each side of the A3 sheet has half of the chart and the instructions. The stitching instructions are printed on both sides of the paper so all information is at hand regardless of where you are stitching. The chart however uses slightly more than half the page, so you cannot fold the paper in the middle to clip the chart to a smaller stand or binder. I presume this is so the design cannot be easily copied.

The second side of the chart has a clearly marked two-row overlap. Again this ensures all information is at hand.

Printing the chart double-sided on the paper seems the popular choice for designers. The printing is to a professional standard, there is no bleed through of one side to the other, however if you mark off your chart as you stitch, you may need to make a working copy.

 Materials Required

To stitch Audrey, My Fair Lady exactly as designed, you will need:

1 skein each – DMC 317, 318, 340, 341, 413, 414, 632, 754, 760, 775, 801, 818, 926, 928, 938, 948, 967, 3328, 3747, 3752, 3756, 3799, white

Audrey DMC threads

2 spools – Kreinik #4 Very Fine Braid 011HL – Gun Metal Hi Lustre

1 Packet – Mill Hill Glass Beads 00479 – White

1 Packet – Mill Hill Glass Beads 02014 – Black

1 Packet – Mill Hill Glass Beads 02097 – Bahama Blue

Under the Sea Fabrics – 32 count jobelan Angelic (stitch count 88 x 201). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.  For 16ct Aida or 32ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 12″ x 19″  or  30 x 48cm  or  a fat quarter (18 x 27″).

Under the Sea Fabric - Angelic on Jobelan
Angelic (on Jobelan)

Approximate cost for Project

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

Chart: $15.00
Floss:  $12.60
Fabric: $20.00

Total: $47.60    ($73.45 AUD or £41.25)

Places to Buy

Australia:
Colours Down Under has all the has the floss and all the embellishments in stock. Jo would be happy to order in the chart, and offers a 10% discount on the package (chart + floss + embellishments). Mention this review when ordering.

Colour Cascade Fabrics Tammy recommends Fairies Wear Boots from her range of fabrics.  Colour Cascades also stocks the floss and all the embellishments for Audrey and offers to order in the chart. For readers of this site she offers a 10% discount. Use code PeaceOut during checkout. This code is valid for the month of October 2014.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo have all the materials for Audrey in stock, however they do substitute a plain evenweave for the hand dyed fabric the chart calls for.

Sparklies suggests Lavender Blue or Lilac Ice from her range of fabrics.

 United States:

123Stitch has the chart, floss and all the embellishments in stock.

Silkweavers suggest Elegance from their line

Under the Sea Fabrics produces the Angelic fabric as well as many others.

Cross Stitching Art sell the chart directly from her website.

For Discussion

When stitching figurines like this, do you aim to do the head as soon as possible and feel better when she has a face? Or are you happy to do the clothes and leave the head and face until last?

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Last Updated: 13 December 2014

 

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Peace Wheel by Ink Circles

OK I wanted to start with a Monochrome Monday, but as a friend pointed out, three colours do not make a monochrome.  So this is then for Almost-Monochrome Monday.

Ink Circles - Peace Wheel

From the Designer

This design was inspired by Kolam or Rangoli paintings, which are a most unusual and transient form of art found in India and many other Asian countries. They are drawn by hand using powdered rice or rock directly onto the ground. The artist frequently starts with a matrix of dots, then creates a path of twisty turny lines that weave around and between the dots. When the wind, rain, and walkers take their toll, the design is swept away and replaced by a new one, usually before sunrise every day.

Kolams are drawn as a blessing and welcome to all visitors. They are thought to bring prosperity to the household and keep evil spirits away. Mathematicians and anthropologists alike have been fascinated by and study the diverse designs. Me too.  I hope this stitched homage brings peace and prosperity to your home.

Why this chart?

Peace Wheel is in my personal stash. I love monochrome or near monochrome designs. These projects are so versatile; they can be customised in size, fabric type and colour palette to suit your decor or as a way to use those odd one-off fabrics and floss we’ve bought simply because we fell in love with the colours! Grab a few of your favourite skeins and that odd bit of fabric and play around until you have a combination you like.

There are no partial stitches or speciality stitches, so this project can be easily completed on any fabric count. It looks to be a great project for beginners and expert stitchers alike.

Finally, I love the story behind Peace Wheel and feel we could all use some more peace and prosperity in our lives.

Peace Wheel
Peace Wheel

Review

I love the way Tracy packages Ink Circles designs. The charts are printed in black on US Letter (9 x 11″) white paper, housed within a clear plastic ziploc bag. The cover page is on heavy card stock to give some stiffness to the packet.

The design symbols provide maximum clarity; both visible on the page and sufficiently disparate.  Even stitching in poor light at midnight (not that any of us do that) you shouldn’t get your colours muddled up.

Every successive page has a clearly marked three row overlap. There’s no need to tape pages together to work out where the next stitch goes.

All the pertinent information about the Peace Wheel design is on the last page, easily visible through the clear plastic. So you know the recommended fabric and floss, the number of skeins needed, the stitchcount and estimated size of the design in 28ct, 32 and 40ct fabrics.

As this design was stitched using hand dyed silks, Tracy provides a close DMC number for you to substitute with cottons or another brand of silks.  As we know, hand dyed threads and fabrics are variegated or mottled, even when appearing to be a single colour, so there will never be an exact DMC match.

I only have one quibble with the Peace Wheel chart pack; the chart has been printed double-sided.  It has been professionally done so that neither side shows through, and reducing paper usage is better for the environment, however if you mark off your chart as you stitch, you will need to make a working copy.

 Materials Required

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

3 skeins – Dinky Dyes Silk 072 – Cabernet (similar to DMC 327)

1 skein – Dinky Dyes Silk 142 – Gidgee (similar to DMC 733)

3 skeins – Dinky Dyes Silk 147 – Down Under Blues (similar to DMC 336)

Picture This Plus – 32 count Chalice (stitch count 171 x 171). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.

For 16ct Aida or 32ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 17″ x 17″  or  43 x 47cm  or  a fat quarter (18 x 27″).

Chalice
Chalice

Approximate cost for Project

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

Chart: $16.00
Floss:  $28.00
Fabric: $26.50

Total: $70.50    ($77.50 AUD or €59.60 or £44.15)

Places to Buy

Australia:

Colours Down Under has all the Dinky Dyes threads in stock and on sale. 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 the Peace Wheel chart in stock and Tammy recommends Gold Digger Old Map Style from her range of fabrics.  For readers of this site she offers a 10% discount for chart and fabric. Use code PeaceOut during checkout. This code is valid for the month of October 2014.

Europe:

Casa Cenina in Spain stocks the Peace Wheel chart, Dinky Dye silks and some fabrics to stitch this design.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo stock the Dinky Dyes floss and a range of fabrics.

Polstitches Jo says “I love the idea of Jacobean Sampler Linen for that one and would look fab with Dragon Floss 98 Blackberry Twist.”

Sparklies suggests Barely Bronzed or Dr Smith’s Tonic from her range of fabrics.

United States:

123Stitch is a one-stop-shop for all materials listed.

Dinky Dyes sells a floss pack for this design.

Ink Circles, where Tracy sells her charts.

Giveaway

To celebrate the first review on this site, I’m going to give away my Peace Wheel chart. To enter, comment below why you would like this chart and what, if any, changes would you make to it.

Contest is open to anywhere in the world. The only valid entries are comments below on this post.  Comments on social media will not be included.

Contest closes in one week from posting this review. Winner will be chosen randomly from the comments.

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Last updated: 25 November 2014