A very beautiful and very out of print chart for Throwback Thursday. Fleeting Moment by Bobbie Ashley of Vintage Bliss Designs. This design was chosen for review by a member of the Melbourne Madness stitching group.
From the Designer
With the rose the butterfly’s deep in love,
A thousand times hovering round;
But round himself, all tender like gold,
The sun’s sweet ray is hovering found.
— Heinrich Heine
Why this chart?
I love Vintage Bliss designs; I have gathered every one I could get my hands on and I’m not letting them go until I’ve stitched them.
Fleeting Moment is a small design but one the most exquisite small pieces I had seen in 2007. The use of silks, metallics, bead and that wonderful crystal charm all on hand dyed fabric – such a gorgeous jewel of a design.
Being small this piece could easily be used for a box lid or as a keepsake to house wedding invitations and replies.
Fleeting moment uses whole cross stitch, backstitch and a couple of elongated Smyna Crosses. It is the use of beads, silks and metallics on evenweave fabric that increase the difficulty level of this project. I recommend it for adventurous beginners to advanced stitchers.
Vintage Bliss Designs were only ever available as printed charts; most as chart and charm booklets.
I adore the Vintage Bliss Designs packaging. Printed on a foolscap sheet of card folded. Some of the designs with multiple pages included a small piece of Velcro to keep the booklets shut.
Each booklet includes a red ribbon tied through the front cover and a plastic hanging tab glued to the back cover so the designs could be hung on hooks in the stores.
The front cover of Fleeting Moment has a photograph of the finished design glued to it.
As Fleeting Moment is a small design, it is printed on the inside left of the booklet.
The inside right has the stitch count, the model stitch fabric, the size of the completed design and the size of the fabric used. This area also includes all stitching instructions, a diagram on how to stitch the Elongated Smyna Cross and contact details for all of the companies whose materials were used in the design.
The crystal charm is inside a small ziplock bag that is stapled to the inside back cover.
The back cover relists the stitch count (but not the model stitch fabric). This area also has the symbol key for the floss and beads used in the design, listing DMC equivalents where appropriate.
Due to the uniqueness of the booklet designs, it is easy to determine when you have an original Vintage Bliss Designs booklet. Make sure it is on the printed card stock, has the red ribbon on the front, the plastic hanger on the back and the charm inside.
The chart is small but easy to follow. All backstitching and specialty stitches are shown in purple. The only issue I have with this chart is that the background grid is printed in such a very faint blue that it completely disappears in some sections. The chart symbols and backstitch lines are very dark and clear but it is sometimes difficult to place them within the grid.
To stitch the charts exactly as designed, you will need:
1 skein Needlepoint Inc silk 103 Pansy Purple Range (similar to DMC 3834)
1 spool Kreinik Blending Filament 095 Starburst
1 packet Mill Hill Beads 03004 Eggplant
1 packet Mill Hill Beads 03050 Champagne Ice
1 packet Mill Hill treasures 13013 Round Bead – Amethyst AB
3 packets Mill Hill treasure 13078 Rondele Amethyst AB
Picture This Plus 28 count Jazz Cashel Linen (stitch count 73 x 54). This design is not recommended for Aida due to the Elongated Smyna Cross.
For 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 11¼” x 10” or 29 x 25cm or a fat eighth (13 x 18″).
If you reduce your margins to 2½” each side, then you can fit this onto an ornament cut (9 x 13″).
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: $ 8.00
Floss: $ 34.15
Total: $55.40 ($105.45 AUD or $34.00 CAD or €55.25 or £15.77)
Places to Buy
Vintage Bliss Designs has completely closed down. Please scour your local, not-so-local and online needlework stores and comment below if you find this design for sale anywhere.
Colours Down Under has all the floss, beads and treasures and a variety of plain fabrics in stock.
Colour Cascade Fabrics has a variety of fabrics for you to make this design unique. Caitlin recommends Sucker Train Blues or Sink the Pink.
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 “Vintage bliss is a beautiful design, I have chosen Elsa and Fandango for it. I think both these colours work well but give an entirely different feel to the piece.”
Crafty Kitten has a variety of fabrics and the threads to stitch this project.
Sparklies “A pretty design which would look lovely on Baby Blue or Primrose. Harebell is close to the one the model is stitched on”
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 “Shades of green for the motifs and Shades of purple/ African Violets for the butterflies!”
Alternatively Dreamy Dusk and Sumantra Haze for the butterflies!
Mo’s Sale suggests using Searching for Elsa and Hades floss and recommends pairing them with Linen 32ct BA10 or Aida 18ct A15 from her fabric range.
Under the Sea Fabrics recommends “Blush and Bashful or Ice Princess”
Would you stitch such an opulent piece that is so small? Does the size attract you into trying something so beautiful? Or do you prefer to expend that much time and energy on larger projects?
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Last Updated: 9 April 2015