Some fun optical illusions for a Wednesday. Do You See What I See? by Funk and Weber This design was chosen by a member of the Melbourne Madness stitching group.
From the Designer
You won’t believe your eyes! Eleven optical illusions to tease and please.
1. Impossible Cube. You can stitch this, but can you build it?
2. Variation of White’s Illusion. Are the vertical stripes one colour or two? Stitch it and see! I see a secondary illusions, too. Do the centre stripes appear to diverge at the bottom of the heart?
3. Impossible figure. Cover the red part of this figure and view the green, then cover the green. How do the parts fit together?
4. Bezold colour illusion. Can you believe the words “needle” and “thread” are the same colour. You’ll stitch it, so your brain will know, but good luck convincing your eyes!
5. Colour after-image. Stare at the black knot in the centre of the apple for 30 seconds, then sift your gaze to the white border. Do you see a red apple?
6. Impossible stairs. Is it uphill or down?
7. Illusory figure. Do you see a white triangle? You wont stitch it, Normally, lines and shapes are te figures seen, but here the background takes shape.
8. Müller-Lyer illusion. Which line is longer? Count the stitches; they are the same length.
9. Neon colour spreading. Do you see a blue square? The square is an illusionary figure, and the blue from the circles is perceived to spread over the square.
10. Hering’s Illusion. Are the red lines parallel or do they bow in the middle?
11. What do you see? Coloured blocks? Letters? This is an auditory illusions, too. Say the words out loud. What does the message really say?
Why this chart?
Illusions have always fascinated me; how even when we KNOW how the trick is done, our eyes and brains are sometimes still fooled!
Seriously I’m looking at the charts of some of the sections and flipping over to the front picture and still thinking “Nah! That can’t be right!” White’s Illusion heart, I’m looking at you!
I love this chart as it illustrates eleven of the most famous optical illusions. Each illusion can be stitched as a small gift for fellow illusion lovers or for younger members of our family to puzzle over.
The Hering’s Illusion (red parallel lines) are stitched in straight stitch with DMC Perle 8, everything else is the usual mix of whole cross stitch and backstitch in DMC cotton floss.
Do You See What I See? is a groups of eleven very simple designs of whole cross stitch, backstitch and straight stitch. All of the complexity is created within our brains. I recommend this chart for beginner to advanced illusion lovers alike.
Do You See What I See? is only available as a printed chart. This may change at some point if enough people request a digital copy.
The chart booklet is printed on a double-sided folded US Ledger (similar to A3) card stock. The front cover shows a photograph of the stitched design.
The inside of the booklet has the chart; printed in portions left and right to avoid the fold. There is a shaded two-row overlap on the second part of the design to help keep your place.
The floss symbols are printed large enough to see, follow and mark off the design. The backstitch and straight stitch lines are printed in heavy black and very easy to discern against the grid lines.
Most of the design elements are printed in swathes of single colour. The only issue I could see in determining the different symbols would be in the Bezold colour illusion (Needle and Thread). But even there, the background is very repetitive and easy to stitch without constantly referring back to the chart.
The back cover of the chart pack has the stitch count and design size on a variety of standard fabrics, as well as the fabric used in the model stitch. It also has the joint floss list and symbol legend/key, and the stitching instructions.
Jen Weber has even included an alphabet if you wish to stitch your initials and date on the design.
Finally the back cover includes all the descriptions for the illusions. If you want to know the history behind each illusion, have a look through Wikipedia.
To stitch the charts exactly as designed, you will need:
1 skein each DMC 158, 209, 321, 498, 550, 699, 702, 704, 726, 783, 815, 818, 893, 900, 971, 996, 3837, 3839.
2 skeins DMC 310 Black – for the border
1 ball DMC Perle #8 550 Very Dark Violet – for the Hering’s Illusion (red parallel lines)
1 ball DMC Perle #8 666 Bright Christmas Red – for the Hering’s Illusion (red parallel lines)
28 count White Evenweave (stitch count 100 x 149).
For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 13¼” x 17” or 34 x 43cm or a fat eighth (13 x 18″).
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):
Floss: $ 14.40
Total: $30.15 ($52.20 AUD or $36.60 CAD or €49.80 or £34.75)
Places to Buy
Funk & Weber sell direct to the public as well as to your favourite Local or Online Needlework store.
As Jen & Mike live in Alaska, they cannot post printed leaflets from 17 November 2014 until 16 April 2015, so definitely contact your favourite store or Arctic Needle in Anchorage to buy this chart.
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 says “With all of those beautiful colours I think it needs a more neutral back ground so my choices as Silver springs and fairytale.”
Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 30 June 2015.
Traditional Stitches in Calgary have a selection of floss and fabrics to suit your taste.
Casa Cenina in Italy stock a variety of fabrics and floss for your unique creation.
SewandSo has a range of floss and fabrics to make this design uniquely yours.
Chromatic Alchemy “Illusions is a fun design and as such a bolder more vibrant background will work well too. I have chosen Radioactive and Ashardalon Breathes as examples for this one.”
Crafty Kitten has a variety of fabrics and the threads to stitch this project.
Sparklies “I think the touch of insanity in this piece affected my brain because it decided that the most fun colours to suggest for this piece were Scorpio or Innocent Princess, and who am I to deny my inner nutter! :D”
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
123Stitch has the thread in stock and offers a variety of fabrics.
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 in Missouri has this chart in stock and everything needed to kit it up!
Under the Sea Fabrics recommends Emerald Grotto from her range of beautiful fabrics.
Do you like optical illusions? Which is your favourite or most memorable?
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Last Updated: 18 March 2015