From the Designer
Feline Queen’s regal cat is based on a drawing by the great French art nouveau artist, Théophile Steinlen. He was a cat lover, and a master at capturing the essence of a cat in drawings, paintings, and posters. I have added a pedestal befitting a queen, and the shade of an overhanging trellis. Feline Queen is available in counted cross stitch chart, handpainted needlepoint canvas, and as a complete cross stitch kit.
Why this chart?
Well yes Feline Queen is yet another cat chart. I have so many (hangs head in shame). I love the style that influenced this design, I love Théophile Steinlen‘s various cat art style especially his famous Art Nouveau series for Le Chat Noir cabaret.
The three designs I own are all whole cross stitch only and have large swathes of single colour. They use DMC floss on your choice of background. I recommend these charts for a beginner to advanced art history lover.
Art-stitch designs are available as printed charts or whole kits.
My printed chart had a green paper cover with a photograph of the finished stitching glued to it.
The Feline Queen chart is printed over two pages. There are no overlap rows between the pages, so you will need to stick your pages together or count carefully when moving between chart pages.
The symbols are clear and easy to read. The chart is printed large enough that I can easily view and mark off my progress. The symbols are easily distinguished and many are used in isolation (that is there are whole sections stitched in one colour).
The back page of the chart pack has all the information needed to kit up and then stitch the chart. It has the joint floss list & symbol key / legend in DMC, Anchor and J&P Coates, backstitching instructions, the stitch count, the size of the design on a variety of standard fabrics, and the fabric it was model stitched on.
The design has been model stitched on evenweave, but as it is composed of whole cross stitches, you could easily stitch this design on Aida or whatever count or style of fabric you like.
To stitch the charts exactly as designed, you will need:
1 skein DMC 310 Black
1 skein DMC 676 Old Gold Light
1 skein 834 Golden Olive Very Light
3346 Hunter Green
3348 Yellow Green Light
3803 Mauve Medium Dark
3829 Old Gold Very Dark
28 count Buttercup Meran Evenweave (stitch count 177 x 129). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.
For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 19” x 15” or 48 x 39cm 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):
Floss: $ 3.15
Total: $26.00 ($42.45AUD or $34.85 or €26.55 or £20.85)
Places to Buy
Art-stitch sell the printed charts and kits worldwide. The kits prices direct from Art-Stitch are cheaper than buying the individual pieces from your Local Needlework Shop because they only include the cut of fabric and the amount of floss you need instead of a full fat quarter and full skeins of floss.
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 Hole in the sky or 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 can order in this chart for you. They stock a variety of fabrics and floss for your unique creation.
SewandSo can order in this chart for you. They have a range of floss and fabrics to make this design uniquely yours.
Chromatic Alchemy “I like Feline Queen on Frost. This very important kitty needs demands an interesting yet subtle background, Frost creates that interest without detracting from her ladyship.”
Crafty Kitten ” Cute, I think that fabric colour is retired which is why you can’t find it, I’m not 100% certain of that but I can’t see it in my Zweigart catalogue. The closest I have in my range is probably just peachy.
Other colours that are soft which would work well are Spring blossom and Dawnblush.
I like sunset sky as well for something a bit different.”
Sparklies ” Nothing too mad for this piece. Given the Egyptian nature of the design I think Parchment would be perfect to make it look like a scroll.
Alternatively, for that desert feel, how about Kynance.”
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 the DMC in stock and a range of fabrics for your unique style.
Fiberlicious recommends: “Rose petal for the frame
Honey dip and shades of brown for the table
Black Rose for the cat
and Dark green for the leaves
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Last Updated: 12 March 2015