River Spirits by Fire Wing

Today we have two almost-monochromes for Monochrome Monday. Two River Spirits from Eva Horne of Fire Wing Designs.

River Spirits

From the Designer

These two dragons are made using what I call “medallions”, circles of various sizes that contain abstract designs.  The medallions are creations of my imagination and have no meaning.  Dragons in eastern mythology tend to be long, with small legs, long whiskers and horns.  They are often associated with rivers and weather.  I decided that these first two would be river spirits.  I called them Yalong and Min, named for two of the larger upstream tributaries of the Yangtze, which is the largest river in China and the third largest river in the world

Why this chart?

River Spirits is from my stash. I adore Eva’s use of colour and her unique style. I have many of her more intricate patterns in my collection. Each of the River Spirit dragons are a full-size chart; you are not getting two mini-designs here.

Like all monochrome (or almost-monochrome) designs you can stitch these two designs in any colour on any fabric.  Yalong and Min are both stitched in whole cross stitch only; no fractional stitches, no backstitch, no specialty stitches. These can be stitched on any colour and count of fabric.

Due to only using complete crosses, I recommend these designs for everyone with an interest in Eva’s style, from enthusiastic beginner to advanced stitcher.

River Spirits
River Spirits

Review

I love the River Spirits packaging. The charts are printed in black on US Letter (8½ x 11″) white paper, housed within a clear plastic ziplock bag. The cover page is on light card stock to add a little stiffness to the packet.

The design symbols are quite small but they are quite distinct from each other.  You may need to enlarge the design if working at night or when tired. Breaking each design into small discrete pieces (the medallions) makes River Spirits an easy process to work through.

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 River Spirits designs is on the last page, easily visible through the clear plastic. So you know the recommended fabric and floss, the several yards of floss needed, the stitch count and estimated size of the design in 14ct fabric. Eva also lists provides a page layout for each design chart and notes that the “Aurora” fabric used in the Min model “is a very variable color cloth. No two pieces will be the same”.

Although these designs were stitched using hand dyed floss, Eva does not list DMC equivalents. Instead she suggests that you use a floss colour of your own choosing.

 Materials Required

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

Yalong:

Threadworx 01025 - Blue Navy

2 skeins of 20 yards (or 5 skeins of 5 yards) – ThreadworX 01025 – Blue Navy

 

GAST - 0312 - Currant

 

1 skein – Gentle Arts (GAST) 0312 – Currant

 

Picture This Plus – 28 count Haven (stitch count 309 x 140). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.

For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is:  28¼” x 16″  or  72 x 41cm  or  a fat half (27  x 36″).

If you reduce your margin size to 2″ you can fit this on a fat quarter: 18″ x 27″

PTP Haven

Min:

GAST - 0240 - Midnight

 

5 skeins – Gentle Arts (GAST) 0240 – Midnight

 

CC - Cool Azul

 

2 skeins – Classic Colorworks (formerly Crescent Colours)  – Cool Azul

 

Picture This Plus – 28 count Haven (stitch count 309 x 140). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.

For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 28¼” x 16″  or  72 x 41cm  or  a fat half (27  x 36″).

If you cut your margin size to 2″ you can fit this on a fat quarter: 18″ x 27″

PTP Aurora

Approximate cost for Project

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

Chart: $ 12.00
Floss:  $ 31.00
Fabric: $52.00

Total: $91.00    ($109.50 AUD or £65.25)

Places to Buy

Australia:

Colours Down Under has all the threads 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 River Spirit, Tammy recommends Rocket Queen.For readers of this site she offers a 10% discount on all orders. Use code PeaceOut during checkout. This code is valid for the month of October 2014.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo offers a variety of threads and fabrics.

Polstitches Jo recommends  these “would look great on Serenade or Sky High with Dragon Floss 53 Playful Pixie or 98 Blackberry Twist”

Sparklies suggests Misty Morn or Snowy Skies for Yalong and Fire or Innocent Princess for Min.

United States:

123Stitch stocks all items for you to complete these designs.

Picture This Plus has the chart and all fabrics in stock

Discussion

How would YOU stitch either of these charts? Would you change the colours to mirror River Spirits from your country or mythology?

Feedback

Did you like this review? Did it contain all the expected information? Is there anything you would like added or removed from the reviews? Do you know of a particular chart or designer you want to see featured here? If so, please head to the Suggestions page and let me know.

Was this read worth a cup of coffee?


R-71 by Rovaris

Finally, a monochrome for Monochrome Monday!

R-71 A home is not complete without a cat

From the Designer

A Home is not complete without a Cat.

Why this chart?

R-71, variously called “Home” or “A home is not complete” or “without a cat” is from my stash. I have three cats so you can understand why I would have a few designs on this theme.

I adore Livia Rovaris’s redwork designs.  They are in all full cross stitch, no partial or specialty stitches, so you are free to stitch this anyway you want.  You can change the cat silhouette colours to match your own, the wording colours to suit yourself. You can stitch this to frame, as a pillow, on the side of a tote bag or even with wool through your chicken wire or  mesh fence!

A project this versatile is a great project for beginners and expert stitchers alike.

R-71
R-71

Review

Rovaris and JL Grandsire are the only designers I know who identify their charts by a code and not a name. Hence all the various names this chart can be found under when scouring online shops.

R-71 chart is printed in black over two sheets of white A3 (11.7″ x 16.5″) paper.  The first page includes the chart title, the type and number of threads used and the stitch count.  The second page is only the bottom section of the chart.  There are no overlap rows, so you will need to count carefully to match both sides of the design.

Usually charts are  drawn on a 10 x 10 grid; the tenth row is drawn with a slightly thicker line to help with counting.  The R-71 chart by Rovaris is drawn on a straight grid. This means counting and counting again to make sure of correct placement.  Or you could freestyle it and not care how close the words are to each other or the cat motif.  The beauty of this design is that it is suitable for both approaches.

The chart pages are folded into quarters and placed inside the small plastic bag with the small front cover. The top chart page is folded so that the chart title, the type and number of threads used and the stitch count are visible through the back of the bag.

The Materials required section lists: DMC 815, stitch 157 x 150, 13 threads. I was initially confused in thinking that the 13 threads meant 13 skeins of floss.  After contacting Livia I learned that this is the metric version on 32ct evenweave (32 holes per inch = 13 threads per centimetre).  I apologize for the confusion.

 Materials Required

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

5 skeins – DMC 815 – Medium Garnet

 

Rovaris does not list any specific fabric for R-71 (stitch count 157 x 150). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.

For 16ct Aida or 32ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is:
16″ x 15½”  or  40 x 39cm  or  a fat quarter (18 x 27″).

Approximate cost for Project

Approximate cost to stitch the R-71 chart using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do  not include postage):

Chart: $ 14.00
Floss:  $    2.20
Fabric: $18.80

Total: $35.00    ($47.00 AUD or £31.50)

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 stocks Rovaris charts and has a variety of fabrics suitable.  For readers of this site she offers a 10% discount for fabric. Use code PeaceOut during checkout. This code is valid for the month of October 2014.

From Italy With Love stocks this chart and a range of hand dyed threads and fabrics that would suit this design.

United Kingdom:

Cross Stitch Heaven has this chart in stock and offers a variety of threads and fabrics.

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

United States:

123Stitch stocks all DMC and a variety of fabric choices.

Stitch and Frog has the R-71 chart in stock and stocks a variety of fabric choices.

Discussion

How would YOU stitch this chart?

Feedback

Did you like this review? Did it contain all the expected information? Is there anything you would like added or removed from the reviews? Do you know of a particular chart or designer you want to see featured here? If so, please head to the Suggestions page and let me know.

 

Was this read worth a cup of coffee?



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.

Feedback

Did you like this review? Did it contain all the expected information? Is there anything you would like added or removed from the reviews? Do you know of a particular chart or designer you want to see featured here? If so, please head to the Suggestions page and let me know.

Was this read worth a cup of coffee?

 

Last updated: 25 November 2014