Rendezvous Paris by The Silver Lining

Rendezvous Paris is a silhouette  for Monochrome Monday by Marc Saastad of The Silver Lining.  Also don’t forget to check out our current giveaways and discounts.

Rendezvous Paris Cover
Rendezvous Paris Cover

From the Designer

This bridge is one of my favourite paces in the City of Paris! It shows the view from Pont Alexandre III (Alexander III bridge) towards The Eiffel Tower at dusk! A must see when in Paris!

This design is dedicated to James Dod of California for coming up with the perfect title for this design!

Deja Vu (Statue of Liberty) is a companion piece in the same style, using the same floss and fabric.

Why this chart?

The Silver Lining is best known for Marc Saastad‘s fabulous flower designs.  Marc uses both DMC and Anchor floss to get just the right shades for these botanical beauties.

Rendezvous Paris is almost the antithesis of Marc’s other work.  Instead of multiple floss colours on a neutral fabric, Rendezvous Paris is one floss on a fabulous hand dyed fabric.

Rendezvous Paris is a very straightforward design using one shade of floss, stitched using whole cross stitch and backstitch only.  This design can be stitched over two or over one.  Marc suggests different backstitch instructions and amounts of floss for stitching 1 over 1 or 2 over 2.

This is a great design for Romantic Stitchers of all levels; it is a perfect design for those wanting to use a hand dyed fabric for the first time.

Rendezvous Paris
Rendezvous Paris

Review

The Silver Lining’s designs are only available as printed charts. Rendezvous Paris is printed on light grey US Letter paper.  The front cover is a light cardstock in grey with a photo of the stitched design glued to it.

More recent chart packs may have an image of the stitched design printed on the cover. My copy is from when the design was first released in 2007.

The light grey paper may be a deterrent for piracy and is an easy way to find if you have a legitimate copy of this chart.  The design is very easy to see, the light-grey paper does not impact my ability to see or stitch from the design.

The six-part chart is great to stitch from.  The floss symbol and backstitch lines are very to see and the chart is printed large so you can easily stitch and mark off your progress. The centre point of the design is marked if you are a centre-starter.

The chart does not include any overlap rows on any pages. You may need to stick the pages together to make sure accuracy of stitching. Otherwise, count, count and count again.

Also part five and six of the chart are only partial pages so they are both printed on the last page. The bottom of The Eiffel Tower is at the cross over of part four and part six, so there is also a small image of the Tower on the last page to help with placement.

The back cover of the chart pack lists the stitch count, the model stitch fabric, the chart page layout, the floss colour used.

This chart is deliberately designed so it can be stitched over 2 or over 1 on 28ct fabric.  The design size and number of floss skeins required are given for both options.

Materials Required

To stitch Rendezvous Paris exactly as designed, you will need:

DMC 413 - Pewter Grey

Anchor 401 (similar to DMC 413 Pewter Grey).

two skeins for 1 over 1
five skeins for 2 over 2

 

28 count Crossed Wing “Starry Night” Cashel Linen (stitch count 119 x 195). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.

To stitch one over one on 28ct linen (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 10” x 13”  or  25 x 33cm  or  a fat eighth (13 x 18″).

Crossed Wing - Starry Night
Crossed Wing – Starry Night

To stitch the regular two over two on 28ct linen (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 15” x 20”  or  37 x 51cm  or  a fat quarter (18 x 27″).

Approximate cost for Project

Approximate cost to stitch this design, 2 over 2,  using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do  not include postage):

Chart: $   8.00
Floss:  $    2.45
Fabric: $30.00

Total: $40.45  ($52.40 AUD or €39.45  or  £28.95)

Places to Buy

The Silver Lining sells their charts and some fabrics all around the world.  Rendezvous Paris is on sale.

Australia:

Colours Down Under has the DMC equivalent floss 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 the DMC equivalent floss in stock.  Caitlin suggests “Into the mystic or Candy” from the Colour Cascade range of fabrics.

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

Canada:

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

Europe:

Casa Cenina in Italy can order in this chart for you. They  stock both Anchor and DMC and a variety of fabrics for your unique creation.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo can order in this chart for you. They  stock both Anchor and DMC and a variety of fabrics to make this design uniquely yours.

Chromatic Alchemy  “I have two choices for rendezvous in Paris. First up is Quiescence with spots, this is pretty close to the original fabric but more like an early sunset with the pinks and blues still lingering in the sky.

My second choice is Maelstrom, this is more evocative of a cloudy night sky, if I was going to use this fabric I would light up the lamps with some lovely variegated orange/yellow floss for a wonderful splash of colour.”

Crafty Kitten  “Quite a lot of colours would work for this and give different effects. The ones I would go for are: February’s Ltd Ed, Moonlight, Evening Sky, Oceanic Fantasia and Daybreak.

Dawn Blush or Sunrise would give a totally different feeling to the piece as well.”

Sparklies“no questions here, either Moonlighting or Dusk would really work for this lovely piece”

Thread Pickerz Silkz 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 can order in this chart for you. They stock They  stock both Anchor and DMC floss and can order in the Crossed Wing “Starry Night” fabric for you.

Black Cat Stitchery in Illinois as the DMC equivalent floss and a variety of other had dyed fabrics in stock to make yours 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 chart, the equivalent DMC and the fabric all in stock; in short they can kit this up and send it right out to you!

Fiberlicious suggests “Black Rose silks or Silvermoon silks in darkest shade”.

 

Discussion

Are you more likely to stitch Rendezvous Paris or one of Marc’s botanical beauties?

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Last Updated: 23 February 2015

 

Spanish Rouge by Sampler Cove

I’ve been asked by Mel, as someone who loves samplers and who is currently stitching Sampler Rouge if I would do a review.

Sampler Cove - Spanish Rouge Coveer

What is it?

The Designer of Spanish Rouge is Diane Jourdan, an American who, until recently, lived in Thailand and who created the Sampler Cove company. For those who are, or were, members of the Yahoo group, The Sampler Life, you will recognise her as Thai Di.

Diane makes no comment as to what drew her to design this other than to refer to it as a Spanish Inspired Sampler. Sadly she is no longer designing although has recently returned to live in the US in her retirement. Hopefully she will at some point reverse her decision and design again. We can but hope.

Why this chart?

I was drawn to stitching Spanish Rouge as it looked complicated but in fact isn’t. I loved the overall look of it and as it has a companion piece Spanish Bleu, I could see them both hanging on my wall. Spanish Bleu is also stitched in only two colours.

This particular chart and the Au Soie threads to stitch were a gift to me from Mel sometime ago so my stitching of it is doubly pleasurable knowing that it was given in friendship.

The chart has several specialty stitches but none of them difficult and there are explicit and well drawn how-to diagrams by Valerie Vejrostek. The original model was stitched with one thread on 36ct with Vikki Clayton Hand Dyed Fibers in Diane’s Rouge (especially created for this piece) and Heartwood.

This, and indeed, any of Sampler Cove charts would be suitable for anyone who stitches, be they beginners or experts.

Sampler Cove - Spanish Rouge

 Review

As far as I am aware it is only possible to purchase printed charts of any of the Sampler Cove designs and, as Diane has stopped designing, they are becoming a little more difficult to find.

The chart comes on A4 paper of good quality. It is printed in black and white and there is a three-line overlap on each sheet.

Each part of the design is denoted by a number and correlates with the instructions which come on a separate sheet. The stitch diagrams are large and easy to follow.

There are 12 pages to the design and each is clearly marked. The chart is a 10 x 10 grid although the individual lines cannot be seen clearly; you have to pay attention to the stitch placement.

I have made working copies but it is not really necessary if you prefer to stitch direct from the chart.

My Experience

I am thoroughly enjoying stitching this chart. I did change the dividing stitch pattern as I preferred something plainer and I’m stitching over two, not over one, but then this is what stitching is about; making each design unique to yourself.

Although this design is called Spanish Rouge there is no need to keep to red. I’ve always felt that perhaps purple and yellow, or better still turquoise and orange stitched on black would be good. The latter would be in keeping with the Moors influence in Spain, especially in places like Alhambra.  The more I think about it the more I wish I had. I’m getting very tempted to do it on black.

I am now three-quarters of a way through this sampler. If you would care to watch it’s progress you are welcome to peruse my blog.

Thank you for asking me to do this review Mel. I hope I haven’t frightened all your followers away.

Spanish Rouge by Sampler Cove Kay's Work in Progress Photograph  and stitching courtesy of Kay Jones.
Spanish Rouge by Sampler Cove
Kay’s Work in Progress
Photograph and stitching courtesy of Kay Jones.

Materials Required

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

10 skeins Vikki Clayton Hand Dyed Fibers in Diane’s Rouge (especially created for this piece)

10 skeins Vikki Clayton Hand Dyed Fibers in Heartwood.

OR

soie-au-ver-a-soie-945

 

5 skeins AVAS Soie d’Alger Silk 945

 

 

soie-d-alger-946

 

5 skeins AVAS Soie d’Alger Silk 946

 

 

No amounts are given but I have used 5 skeins of each, stitching one thread over two on 32ct.

OR

DMC 814 Very Dark Garnet

 

5 skeins DMC 814 Very Dark Garnet (estimated)

 

DMC 815 Garnet Medium

 

5 skeins DMC 815 Medium Garnet (estimated)

 

Lakeside Linen 36 count “Magnolia” Edinburgh Linen  (stitch count 181 x 284). For 36 count fabric  (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 16¼” x 22”  or  41 x 56cm  or  a fat quarter (18 x 27″).

Lakeside Linen 32ct  Magnolia
Lakeside Linen 32ct Magnolia

For 28ct evenweave stitched over two (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 19” x 26½”  or  48 x 67cm  or  a fat half (27 x 36″).

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: $22.00
Floss:  $45.00
Fabric: $11.85

Total: $78.85  ($114.35 AUD  or  €63.00  or  £57.00)

Places to Buy

Sampler Cove is no longer in business, but at present this is still an easy chart to find.  Check the stores mentioned below.

Australia:

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

Colour Cascade Fabrics ” I would choose FairyTale or Fairies Wear Boots for this one”

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

Canada:

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

Europe:

Casa Cenina in Italy stock a variety of fabrics and floss for your unique creation.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo has  everything in stock to stitch up this design!

Chromatic Alchemy  ” Spanish Rouge looks lovely on a few of my fabrics whilst using the recommended floss. Each colour I’ve chosen gives the piece a different feel. ”

Crafty Kitten “I’d go with just peachy or oatmeal.  I was going to say tea rose, but I think the finer detailed bits will get a little lost on it.”

Sparklies suggests “I have no red threads in my range so I decided to go inverse on this one. White or cream thread on Aries or Etain would make it a different while maintaining the red theme.”

Thread Pickerz Silkz suggests “P3 and Mauve” from her range of silks.

United States:

123Stitch has the chart and fabric in stock.

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 a variety of fabric and floss in stock for your to create your unique vision.

Discussion

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Last Updated: 3 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

Review

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.

Australia:

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.

Europe:

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.”

Giveaway

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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Hooked on Christmas by Handblessings

A chart and charms Christmas-themed almost monochrome for Monochrome Monday. The winners of last Monday’s chart Christmas Bellpull by jar Designs are: Kim C and Kay J. There will be new competitions in 2015.  The first one will be via the Cross Stitch Review Facebook page, so make sure you like us 🙂

Handblessings - Hooked on Christmas

From the Designer

Several years ago I saw a comic strip where the main character said he was hooked on fall. I thought, “that’s me”. I love fall. That got me thinking about what other things my friends and I are hooked on. That was the beginning of the very popular Hooked on series. The Hooked ons are a lot of fun to design and I keep adding to them.

I have to admit I’m hooked on Christmas! I love the religious side of Christmas. I love the gift giving, the decorating, the tree, making ornaments, the memories, the time with family and friends … I love Christmas. There are a lot of us Christmas lovers. Let’s celebrate our love of this wonderful time of the year by hanging this proclamation up all year. Merry Christmas stitching. Eileen

Why this chart?

I admit, I love the Hooked On series. I love the simplicity of stitching combined with the charms. Eileen Gurak of Handblessings has an eye for the perfect charms for each design.

Hooked on Christmas has a very Victorian Christmas feel to me, from the font used for Christmas to the classic red and white colour theme to the charm motifs. This chart is about the nostalgia of Christmases of yesteryear.

Hooked on christmas is a small design and a quick stitch using only two colours and whole cross stitch; no back stitch or specialty stitches.  Once the stitching is complete, the charms can really be added wherever you feel they suit – this chart allows a fair bit of space around the charms and many are of similar size so you can place them where you wish. I recommend this design for everyone who loves Christmas, from a complete beginner through to an advanced stitcher.

Hooked on Christmas
Hooked on Christmas

Review

The Handblessings Hooked on series are only available as “chart & charms” packs; printed chart with all the metallic or plastic charms included. Handblessings does not sell spare charms or list where she obtains them from, so if you want to stitch this twice, you will need to buy the chart twice or source your own charms.

The Christmas chart pack is printed on white US Letter (similar to A4) paper.  The front page is printed on light cardstock and includes a colour photo of the completed design. The pack also includes a small ziplock pouch containing the charms.

The back cover includes all the information you need to stitch the design, the stitch count, fabric count and colour, floss list and legend, along with stitching notes for using charms and metallic thread.

The floss list includes “treasure braid” which I assume is Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid, but the chart does not state which colour of treasure braid to use. The website does not have any reference to metallic threads so I suspect this was a typo.

The chart is printed on one US Letter (A4) page using black symbols on white paper. The design is small and the two colours used in different areas of the chart, so the chart is easy to see and stitch from without enlarging. Eileen has used a 10-row grid and clearly marked the middle point of the design.

The chart does not show the anchor points for the charms  Instead Eileen directs you to “use the [cover] picture as a guideline for the placement of charms”. Fortunately there is plenty of room around the charm areas so exact placement is not a necessity.

My experience

I started this design last week. Due to the reference to “treasure braid” and thinking that a metallic sparkle might add to the Victorian feel of this piece, I pulled out a card of PB10 White Pearl and started stitching with that.  All was going well until I remembered that while I love the finished look of a piece stitched in metallic I don’t actually like the process of stitching with metallics, so I unfortunately dropped this in favour of a different project.  I will get back to it when I decide what colour to stitch the border in.  I’m thinking a variegated green as I’m not a fan of pink.

Hooked on Christmas - Mel's WIP
Hooked on Christmas – Mel’s WIP

 Materials Required

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

DMC Perle 8 - B5200 Snow White

 

1 ball DMC Perle #8 – B5200 Snow White.

 

 

Weeks Dye Works - 4109 Love

 

1 skein Weeks Dye Works 4109 Love

 

Wichelt 28ct Victorian Red (now Christmas Red) Lugana (stitch count 104 x 56). With (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 13½” x 10”  or  34 x 25cm  or  a fat eighth (13 x 18″). If you cut your framing border slightly you could squeeze this on an ornament cut of 9 x 13″

Wichelt - Christmas Red 28ct Lugana

Approximate cost for Project

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

Chart: $ 13.00
Floss:  $   4.90
Fabric: $ 5.75

Total: $23.65  ($33.75 AUD  or  €29.60  or  £19.15)

Places to Buy

Australia:

Colours Down Under can order in the chart and materials for you. Jo offers 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 27 February 2015.

Europe:

Casa Cenina in Italy stocks a variety of fabrics and floss for your unique creation.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo  stock a variety of fabrics and floss for your project.

Polstitches has a variety of hand dyed fabrics and Dragon Floss to make yours a truly unique creation.

Sparklies has her own range of floss and fabrics that would suit this design.

Chromatic Alchemy  “I like Hooked on Christmas on Permanganate, a deep, rich colour to accentuate the white stitching and those beautiful silver charms.”

United States:

123Stitch can order in this chart for you. They have the thread and fabric in stock.

Crazy Annie’s has this chart in stock, and has extra charm packs for sale for $10.00

Discussion

What fabric and floss combination would YOU use to stitch this design? What colours mean Christmas to you?

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Last Updated: 22 December 2014

 

 

I am my Beloveds by Kooler Design Studio

No stitchalong today, instead I present this elegant and classic Judaica wedding sampler designed by Sandy Orton for Kooler Design Studio. Also don’t forget this week’s giveaway.

Kooler - I am my Beloveds

From the Designer

We are proud to offer this wonderful Judaica design by Sandy Orton. This design has the classic quote from the Song of Songs, “I am my beloved, and my beloved is mine”, and has an alphabet included for personalization as an heirloom wedding announcement. One of our most ornate and classically elegant designs in a monochromatic theme of beautiful blues is once again available.

Why this chart?

I am my Beloveds is beautiful, from the three shades of the same colour to the mix of blackwork and cross stitch. I love that the design includes an alphabet to personalise this as a wedding sampler, but also the alphabet is beautiful on its own and can be used for any design where you want to add in your own word, such as a birth sampler.

Don’t be afraid of the blackwork in this sampler; blackwork can be stitched as just plain back stitch.  Just be careful where you carry your threads on the back of the piece as they may be seen as shadows on the front, especially if you stitch this on an open-weave fabric.

Similarly there a French Knots in this design. I loathe French Knots but as I’ve been repeatedly told, that’s just because I’ve never learned how to do them properly. Mary Corbet gives a great tutorial here.

Otherwise, feel free to do what I do, add beads instead.  I would recommend Mill Hill 02091 Purple Blue Beads or Mill Hill 03053 Purple Passion Antique Beads.

I am my Beloveds is a combination of whole cross stitch, blackwork, French Knots and charting your words (names and date) to fit within the given limits.  I would recommend this beautiful design to an intermediate to advanced stitcher.

kooler - I am my Beloved Personalisation

Review

I am my Beloved’s is available as a digital download or a printed chart. I have the PDF file.

The digital chart pack, in one PDF file includes:

  • front cover page with a computer mock-up of the design and explicit permission to make a working copy of the chart
  • one page listing the floss key and number of skeins required per floss, stitch count and fabric size  on a variety of standard fabric counts
  • One page of general stitching instructions including diagrams for cross stitch, back stitch and a variety of other specialty stitches. Also general instructions on how to start a cross stitch design and how to clean and care for it when you have finished the stitching.
  • the eight page chart in landscape format.  Everything other than the chart is printed in portrait format.
  • one last page which includes the alphabet and blank grid for you to work out the spacing and patterning required for the names or other words you wish to add.

The website lists “12 pages 14 Count, 12-1/2w X 13-1/8h”.  if you want the specific stitch count or the  number of colours (and skeins) you need to buy the chart.

The three symbols used in the chart are a filled-in large circle, an open square and a downward pointing arrow, all easy to see and decide which is which. The back stitch is denoted in thick red lines over the background grid, very easy to see and work from.  Each subsequent page of the chart has a three-row shaded overlap to help you mark your place.

The background is a 10-row grid with the vertical middle point marked on page one and the middle point marked on page three.  I really wish more designers would mark the middle lines on the page that has the centre point!

I am my Beloveds is stitched in DMC on 18ct Antique White Aida. As there are no partial stitches this design can easily be stitched over one or over two on any count of fabric you like.  Just remember to alter the size of your French Knots (or beads) to suit the fabric size.

Materials Required

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

DMC 333 Very Dark Blue Violet

 

6 skeins DMC 333 Very Dark Blue Violet

 

DMC 340 Medium Blue Violet

 

2 skeins DMC 340 Medium Blue Violet

 

DMC 3747 - Very Light Blue Violet

 

3 skeins DMC 3747 Very Light Blue Violet

 

 

18ct Antique White or Aida  (stitch count 175 x 184). Fabric need is:  16” x 16”  or  40 x 41 cm  or  a fat quarter (18 x 27″).

18ct Antique White Aida
18ct Antique White Aida

For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 19” x 19”  or  47 x 48cm  or  a fat half (27 x 38″).

Approximate cost for Project

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

Chart: $11.95
Floss:  $   4.95
Fabric: $  7.20

Total: $24.10  ($38.80 AUD  or  €25.10  or  £23.20)

Places to Buy

Kooler Design Studio sells  digital downloads and printed charts worldwide. Printed charts are also available via your local needlework store.

Australia:

Colours Down Under has all the threads and a variety of white and off white 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 27 February 2015.

OzStitch  has all the threads and a variety of white and off white fabrics in stock.

Europe:

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.  They have all the floss and fabric in stock.

Polstitches has a range of Dragon Threads and hand dyed fabrics to further personalise your design.

Sparklies has a variety of her own hand dyed fabrics and floss to make this design uniquely yours.

Chromatic Alchemy  “I am my Beloveds was quite a challenge for an overlay, I have chosen both Ashardalon Breathes and Demeter for this as I think it looks amazing on either of these fabrics and I can’t decide on a favourite!”

United States:

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

Discussion

Do you like designs that combine Cross Stitch and Blackwork?

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Last Updated: 16 December 2014

 

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