Free: Happiness is Cross Stitching

Today’s Freebie Friday is Lynn B’s wonderful blog Happiness is Cross Stitching. Full of small designs there should be something to keep everybody happily stitching away or sewing together over the weekend.

Mini Cats series
Mini Cats series

 

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Tea by Alessandra Adelaide (AAN)

A two-toned almost-monochrome for Monochrome Monday.  Let’s skip the Monday morning coffee, opting for Tea instead.

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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