This week’s Friday Freebie site is the wonderful French blog Chez Mamigoz by Soazic Oger.
What is it?
To set the mood for a good weekend, we have Freebie Fridays; each week presenting a different designer. All sites listed here design their own charts. These designs are copyright to the designers, please do not abuse their generosity.
When sharing knowledge of a free design, please link back to the designer’s original page. Do not just copy and share the pattern. The designers offer these free from monetary payment; we “pay” for them by visiting the designer’s site, seeing (or purchasing) their other designs, commenting on their blogs and pages and showing them our stitching of their designs. Please do not take and not give back.
From the Designer
Everything to do with anything, but do it well. Free cross stitch, detailed tutorials, bistro or exotic food, ecology-economy. The expertise of Mamigoz just for you. (Translated from French)
Why this designer?
Soazic Oger by Chez Mamigoz offers a free design with many of her blog posts. She shares cooking recipes, her stitching and her designs. Each year she offers a themed series of designs. This year it’s her Turtles, the year before it was the Adventures of Goz.
Chez Mamigoz has hundreds of diverse free designs on offer so there’s sure to be something there to suit everyone.
Her blog is in French but google translate is enough for me to understand each blog post and follow along her crafting adventures.
Most of the designs are simple to stitch and only need a few colours; so you can choose your favourite floss shades, and stitch up a small card, a book mark or a band for a towel, a series of turtles on an afghan or a name plate from of her alphabets or one of the dozens of biscornu designs on offer.
Soazic Oger offers hundreds of free designs on the Chez Mamigoz website; designs so diverse that everyone should find something to stitch.
Soazic offers a Menu on the right hand side of the website titled “Grilles Gratuites” (English translation: Free Charts). All the posts that offer or discuss her free charts are in the subheadings below that title.
To access the free charts, open the blog post that you might be interested in. The post will usually show a stitched up design and the chart. Click on the chart.
This usually brings out a popup of a slightly larger version of the chart which can be saved. How to save the file is dependent up on which device you are using. On a PC, you right-click on the image and select “save image”. All of the images save as .jpg image files.
Soazic’s charts are very easy to read; she uses colours instead of symbols, but you are encouraged to choose your own colours. Vava uses large grids but each design prints out to a single A4 or US Letter sized sheet of paper.
Chez Mamigoz charts do not include floss lists, or stitch counts or give any fabric recommendations. Most of these designs are small (under 80 x 80 stitches) and use whole cross stitch only, so these can be stitched with any floss on any fabric that suits you.
Chez Mamigoz – Great Heart of Love
Places to Buy
These designs can be found free on the Chez Mamigoz site.
Colours Down Under has a variety of plain and hand dyed threads and a variety of plain fabrics in stock.
Colour Cascade Fabrics has a variety of fabrics for you to make these design unique. Caitlin chose “Violet Mask Heart on either Misty Mountain Hop or Wicked Garden”
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 any of these designs uniquely yours.
Chromatic Alchemy “I have chosen three of the turtles for my freebie pick this week….there are so many of these and they are all amazing! So many themes to choose too, you can literally spend hours just looking at these little guys! first up is Tortue Brodeuse on Amarinthine.
Next is Tortue Rapetou….he’s a naughty one so needs something a bit darker, here he is on Maelstrom.
And finally Tortues Drapeau Anglais. This one I’ve paired with Flavian skies.”
Crafty Kitten “Halloween tortoise. I would stitch it on Fallen Leaves or Hint of Autumn”
Sparklies “ I had a time and half choosing something. In the end I settled on the Stocking Advent Calendar because after all, it’s a lot of stitching, and if you start now you might just have it finished in time for Christmas. For a traditional look use opalescent Dr. Smith’s Tonic, or for something more wintry there’s Snowy Skies, also in opal for the extra festive sparkle.”
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 has ta variety of floss and fabric for you to create your dream project.
Fiberlicious “I love the Libre Pentaball biscornu with speciality stitches! It’s simple yet very pretty. I would suggest to use Pumpkin pasties or shades of gold to mix with Rose petals in this design. ”
Do you like Chez Mamigoz free designs? Do you like any of the ideas the hand dyers have suggested? Do you like the hand dyers choices and suggestions?
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Last Updated: 13 March 2015