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

Stitching get togethers

This is a post that I’ve wanted to put together for a while now, and I need your help.  Yes you!  And you too!

get together -creative commons

In my working life, I tended to move cities (err more like States) every three or so years.  And every time I moved into a new area I wondered if there were other cross stitchers or general crafting groups locally so I could meet some people.

So, with your help, we are going turn this into an International Community Page of get-together for everyone to use to find or start a local stitching group in their area.

I will start.  Please post any details of any groups you know about that meeting regularly or occasionally.

Continue reading “Stitching get togethers”

Getting to Know You

I woke up today to the news of Leonard Nimoy’s passing; he was an actor, a photographer, an artist but most importantly a man who honoured others. one who saw beauty where others did not.

Nigel has updated us on Neil’s (of  Electric Bloke Designs) fight against cancer:

Neil fights so hard, but has very little time now. We love him so much and keep him as safe and as comfortable as we can with the superb dedication of the home hospice and community nurse. He looks out of his bed at the garden and the first signs of spring and to the left of the French doors we have hung our picture of “Shades of Strength”, the cross-stitch he will never complete now…but in time I will and I hope and pray it provides strength! I don’t know what the next few days will bring so I am updating you now while he sleeps.

All of which brings me to mind of friends, family, stitchers and designers that have been lost to us.

Needle and Thread

So this weekend, instead of presenting an informative article, I’m turning the site over to you.

Tell me about yourself, show a picture of your favourite stitched piece (either finished or still a work in progress), tell me who your favourite designers, hand dyers, shops are.  Do you get together with other stitchers or are you physically alone in this passion of ours.

Tell me anything you like. Comment on each other’s comments.  Let’s get a good discussion going!

 

Milk Minou by Madame la Fée

Milk Minou is an earlier design from Madame la Fée, quite simple but very lovely.

 Milk Minou Cover
Milk Minou Cover

About the Designer

Catherine has long been a professional graphic designer before becoming a cross-stitch designer. Her patterns are very clearly structured with generally a square shape and a vibrant colour palette. In fact, each design by Catherine is not only a wonderful picture you can frame to decorate your home but also a composition of multiple patterns you can choose from to embellish the work of your choice. It is likely you will end up bewitched by the style of  the “Lady Fairy”!

What is it?

Milk Minou (or Milk Kitty in English) is a cross stitch design of a small black cat circling and then knocking over a bottle of milk, designed by Catherine of Madame la Fée. This is an earlier design and quite different from the box sampler style she now favours.

Why this chart?

I love cats; I have two furry supervisors watching me type.  I love the cat in this design, each pose seems so natural. This design also invokes a nostalgia for a lost era of milk being delivered in glass bottles early in the morning. It is a strip or vignette that brings a smile to my face every time I see it.

Milk Minou is a straight forward design of whole cross stitch in one or two strands of DMC floss. This design is stitched on 14ct Aida with the usual two strands of floss.  The empty part of the bottles are stitched using one strand to be reminiscent of the transparency of glass.

I recommend Milk Minou for black cat lovers of all levels of stitching.

Milk Minou
Milk Minou

Review

Madame la Fée designs are all available as printed charts; most are also available as kits and some (mostly the newer designs) are available as PDF downloads.

Milk Minou is available as a printed chart or kit.

The Milk Minou chart pack is printed on good quality white A4 (or US Letter) paper.  The cover is printed on a light cardstock and has an image of the design and the stitch count.  The image is quite small so I can’t be sure, but I think the image is a computer mockup.

The chart is printed over four pages. This is because the 10 x 10 grid lines (and thus the symbols) are printed quite large and easy to see. The chart however, does not have any overlap rows between the pages, so you might want to stick you pages together or count carefully.

The floss symbols are shown on coloured backgrounds.  For this design, being mainly shades of off-white and black, the coloured backgrounds work.  The differing shades of grey help to show the differing symbols in the milk bottles.  The shaded backgrounds do not impact on my ability to mark off my stitching.

The grid lines are printed in blue, but you could easily make a working copy in just black and white.  IF you buy this design second-hand, do check you have blue grid lines, and thus an original copy of the design.

The next page lists the stitch count, the type of fabric used in the model stitch, the size of the design on a standard range of fabric counts and instructions. The instructions include basic cross stitching advice as well as information specific to this design.

I bought my printed chart direct from Madame la Fée and all the instructions are in French only.  Some of the resellers state their copies have instructions in French and English. The PDF downloads have instructions in English only.

The back page lists the floss colours required; these are offered in DMC and Anchor for you to choose from.  I would have preferred the fabric information to also be on the back cover, but the stitch count is on the front cover and the colour and type of fabric is really up to the stitcher to choose.

The design was model stitched on 14 count “natural” Aida, so you can choose which fabric and colour that appeals to you.

Materials Required

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

1 skein each DMC 150, 169, 310, 3024, 3072, white.

14ct Aida or 28 count Natural Evenweave  (stitch count 289 x 80). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.

Aida - Natural
Aida – Natural

For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 27” x 12”  or  68 x 30cm  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: $ 16.00
Floss:  $    2.70
Fabric: $11.85

Total: $30.55 ($48.00 AUD or €25.10  or  £20.25)

Places to Buy

Madame la Fée sells the printed chart and kit of this design all around world. It is not yet listed as option in her PDF shop, but it is still listed in her 2015 catalogue.

Australia:

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. Caitlin recommends Forbidden Fruit and Violet Rays.

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  a range of floss and fabrics to make this design uniquely yours.

Chromatic Alchemy “As Milk Minou is black and white it’s crying out for a bright fabric to really make it pop. I have chosen to show this cute kitty’s antics on both Antares and Al’s Darkmagic but I’m sure it would work on lots of fabrics.”

Crafty Kitten “Hehe, cute! I think I might go for daybreak the bottles and the cats would show up well for it, and it’s an early morning scene (unless you want curdled milk from leaving it out in the sun!).  Sunrise is another that I’d be tempted by.  If you wanted something more similar to the background on the design then Jurassic Sands.”

Sparklies “I wanted something mid-toned but fresh for this so that both the black and white would stand out. So I’ve gone with Buttercup Joy, Tropicana or Scorpio hopefully to suit various tastes :)”

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

ABC Stitch Therapy has this chart 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 the recommended materials in stock to kit this up for you.

Discussion

Do you like Milk Minou?  Would you stitch it on a neutral colour or a vibrant?

If you liked the review, please consider sharing it with your friends, groups or customers.

Last Updated: 26 February 2015

The Phoenix by Dracolair Creations

Rising from the ashes … The Phoenix by Sarah Wu of Dracolair Creations

Dracolair - The Phoenix Cover

From the Designer

The Phoenix is a symbol of transformation and rebirth. It is born anew to rise from the ashes of what came before. This mystical bird features in many culture’s mythology.

Why this chart?

Given my chronic pain issues, I could say the phoenix symbol holds a special place in my heart.  But the reality is I have had this chart in my stash long before my permanent migraine took hold.  I love Dracolair’s designs and I adore their take on this mythology.

This phoenix is usually depicted as having its wings outstretched.  Dracolair’s Phoenix has the wings curled in.  It looks more like a butterfly emerging from its cocoon, still in the state of becoming.  I love the action feel to the piece with the grey swirls and fire droplets.

The Phoenix a complicated design to stitch; many blended threads, many partial stitches, much backstitch, varying weights and types of metallic floss and some beads.  This design is stunning when completed, but it could be a challenge for a beginner stitcher.

Given the large amount of partial stitches, I recommend that this design be stitched on evenweave (or linen).

The Phoenix
The Phoenix

Review

The Dracolair Creations designs are only available as printed leaflets.

The Phoenix chart pack is printed on a light apricot coloured card stock.  Every page is printed on US Letter sized, apricot coloured, card stock.

The cover had a photograph of the completed design glued to it. The inside front cover explains how to stitch the various types of partial stitches used in this design.

The chart is printed over four separate pages.The front side of each page shows the cross stitch symbols. The backside of each page shows the same, but includes the backstitch lines.

The cross stitch symbols are printed quite lightly in grey on each page. The grid work is too small to clearly see the partial stitch symbols in the light grey on the apricot background.  If you have any sight issues or are working in low-level light, you will need to darken and enlarge the chart to stitch from.

The backstitch lines are also printed in black.  Differing types of lines (solid, dashed, wavy) are used to denote the differing colours to be used for each backstitch.

There are no overlaps rows on any page, however the numbered 10 x 10 grid does help keep your place when changing pages.  As is usual with a four-page chart, the very middle of the chart is at the intersection of all four pages.  I would really prefer if designers realised that this is difficult for the stitchers who start in the middle of the design.

The inside back cover of the chart pack has the symbol key.  Almost all symbols used blended threads. This area also lists backstitch instructions and the five different backstitch line types.  Thankfully the instructions do list where the line types are used on the chart.

The back cover includes all the information we need to kit up this design; the stitch count, the recommended fabric, the design size on a number of standard fabrics, a diagram showing where each chart page fits within the design, the complete floss and beads list. Sarah also provides an email address so you can contact her if you have any issues.

Materials Required

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

1 skein each DMC 221, 223, 317, 318, 355, 356, 414, 415, 435, 436, 437, 452, 453, 676, 677, 729, 902, 921, 945, 950, 951, 976, 3024, 3033, 3721, 3722, 3774, 3776, 3778, 3826, 3860

Kreinik Cord - 021C Copper Cord

 

1 spool Kreinik Cord – 021C Copper

 

 

Kreinik Cord - 080C Garnet

 

1 spool Kreinik Cord – 080C Garnet

 

 

Kreinik 4 - 221 Antique Gold

 

1 spool Kreinik 4 – 221 Antique Gold

 

 

Rainbow Gallery Hi-Lights H637 Maroon

1 card Rainbow Gallery Hi-Lights – H637 Maroon

(or substitute with one thread DMC 902 Very Dark Garnet and 1 thread Kreinik Cord – 080C Garnet)

Mill Hill - 42030 Petite Victorian Copper

 

1 packet Mill Hill Beads 42030 Petite Victorian Copper

 

 

Dracolair Creations coffers a specialty pack of the four metallic threads used in this design:

Phoenix Specality Pack
Phoenix Specality Pack

28 or 32 Silkweaver Sparkling Sundown evenweave  (stitch count 152 x 198).   For 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is:  17” x 20¼”  or  43 x 52cm  or  a fat half (27 x 36″).

Silkweavers - Sundown
Silkweavers – Sundown

Sarah of Dracolair recommends “For grey fabric try ‘Sterling’ by Picture this Plus.”

PTP - Sterling
PTP – Sterling

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: $ 12.50
Floss:  $ 23.05
Fabric: $48.75

Total: $84.30 ($123.25 AUD  or  €97.80  or  £77.30)

Places to Buy

Dracolair Creations sell the printed chart and the specialty metallics pack worldwide.

Australia:

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  can order in the chart for you.  They stock the Kreinik DMC and Kreinik threads.  Tammy recommends “Fairytale, Sorcerer or Silver Springs” from her 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 this chart in for you.  They stock all the floss and a variety of fabrics for your unique creation.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo  can order this chart and any fabric for you. They have all the floss and beads in stock!

Chromatic Alchemy  ” I have chosen Flavian sky for the Phoenix, I think this fabric has the perfect amount of drama for this stunning design.”

Crafty Kitten can order in this chart for you. Dawn recommends “Jurassic sands or Tea Rose will be closest to the fabric colour.  For something really striking though I’d be tempted by ember – it would need a floss toss though as the oranges might be too close.”

Sparklies “Given the muted colours used in the design I think a muted background would work better than something bright and fiery, so I would suggest either Slightly Rosy or Dr. Smith’s Tonic.”

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.

United States:

123Stitch can order this chart in for you.  They have most of the threads and the recommended 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 most of the threads and the recommended fabric in stock.

Discussion

Does the Phoenix symbolism mean anything to you? Do you have something in your life that you would stitch a Phoenix over?

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Last Updated: 18 February 2015.