Free: Gancedo

This week’s Friday Freebie focus is the diverse designs from Isabel Gancedo and the Antique Pattern Library. This review was slated to be published a couple of weeks ago but technicalities intervened, so some hand dyers have taken the opportunity to add floss and fabric choices to more designs! I want to stitch them all!

Gancedo - Le Jour
Gancedo – Le Jour

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.

On April 14th, 230 school girls were kidnapped from the Chibok Government Secondary School by Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria. 276 remain missing.
On April 14th, 230 school girls were kidnapped from the Chibok Government Secondary School by Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria. 276 remain missing.

Why this designer?

Gancedo charts some of her designs from Public Domain images; these are copyright free (usually copyright expired) designs and can be used by anyone.  Gancedo cites the original source (usually from inside the Antique Pattern Library) so you can check the status of the original image yourself.   She then offers her charts of these designs copyright free.

I love the Antique Pattern Library!  As shown by previous design choices, I love medieval woodcut or linocut designs and I adore the flexibility of monochrome designs.

However most of these designs were originally designed for filet lace or other forms of embroidery and the Antique Pattern Library only has scans of the original pages.

For example, this is the original page for La Jour pictured above.

A page from: Wolf et Dupeyron, ed., Le filet ancien au point de reprise II, Paris.
A page from: Wolf et Dupeyron, ed., Le filet ancien au point de reprise II, Paris.

Isabel Gancedo spends time, cleaning up the original image and the creating a cross stitch chart from it.

Although it is quite possible to stitch a design from the original source. I appreciate that Isabel Gancedo has spent time making it easier for me.

Review

All Isabel Gancedo‘s charts are only available from her website.  The Antique Pattern Library has scans of the Copyright Free source images.  You can certainly use the original scans if you wish to replicate Isabel’s work.

To access the free charts, scroll through the website until you find a design you might be interested in.  Click on the chart.

This opens a new page showing a small image of the design, a statement of the original source of the design and it’s copyright status and a link to the PDF chart by Gancedo.

You can click on the small image of the design to bring out a popup of a larger image if you want a closer look.

Clicking on the word “Chart”  at the bottom left of screen will open the PDF document of the chart pack. This can be saved the same as you save any other document on your device.

Gancedo‘s charts are very easy to read; she uses colours instead of symbols, but you are encouraged to choose your own floss. All of her designs use whole cross stitch only, so these can be stitched with any floss on any fabric that suits you.

Gancedo‘s charts do not include stitch counts or give any fabric recommendations.  However all designs use numbered gridlines. You can use these grid numbers to find the stitch count and the size of the design on your chosen fabric.

If the chart is too large for one page, the later pages have a three-row shaded overlap to help keep your place.

For the rare multicoloured design, Gancedo still only uses coloured squares instead of symbols, but she does include a key or legend for DMC floss on the last page.

The original publication was black and white only; the colours were added to make the graphs look prettier on the screen. Th. de Dillmont, ed., Album de broderies au point de croix, Brustlein & Co., 1890. archive.org. Chart by gancedo.eu.
The original publication was black and white only; the colours were added to make the graphs look prettier on the screen. Th. de Dillmont, ed., Album de broderies au point de croix, Brustlein & Co., 1890.

Places to Buy

All Isabel Gancedo‘s charts are only available from her website.  The Antique Pattern Library has scans of the Copyright Free source images.

Australia:

Colours Down Under has a variety of threads and plain fabrics in stock to recreate any of these designs.

OzStitch has a variety of threads and plain fabrics in stock for you to personalise any of these designs.

Colour Cascade Fabrics has a variety of floss and fabrics for you to make any of these designs unique. Caitlin chose All over 09 and recommends any of these designs on My Island Home or Sorcerer.

I love the all over designs; each is so versatile.

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.

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  “I have chosen Oriental garden as my pick, it just sang to me when I was looking through the pages and pages of stunning designs! I have decide to show it on Sakura, an appropriate choice I think.”

“I have decided to play with a different design from the gancedo site. I adore the traditional Chinese figures, here is the lady shown on Sakura.”

Crafty Kitten “There are some lovely designs here.  I’ve picked Rectangle 32; it’s a thistle.  I would stitch it in Twilight Shadows thread I think on Moonlight for a silhouette type effect.

It would also work well on Moondust with the same thread. ”

Sparklies “So many to choose from, and so many I’m tempted by. The first is People 28: Le Jour which would look lovely stitched in a very dark blue thread on Caribbean Blue.

The second is Animals 15: Medieval Hunting Scene stitched in either black or a very very dark green on Flidais or Sunlit Forest.”

People 25: Druidess Gathering Mistletoe stitched with Burnt Mahogany on Barely Bronzed

Animals 06: Out of Africa + kangaroos, all of which would look perfect stitched on 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

United States:

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.

Stitch and Frog in Georgia has floss and fabric in stock to create a unique project.

Stitches n Things in Michigan has the DMC in stock and a range of fabrics for your unique style.

Fiberlicious “I’d like to choose Square 81. For this lovely design, I’d use Dreamy Dusk/Cuckoo on Cherry tree for the border, Perfect Pansy and Shades of green for the flowers and leaves. I think this will be my next stitching project! It would make a beautiful mini cushion!”

Or perhaps Spring Blossoms for the border, Shades of Green for the leaves and Carnation Cluster for the flowers :-)”

Mo’s Sale has a variety of silk and cotton floss or Aida and evenweave fabrics to make your designs memorable.

Under the Sea Fabrics“I’d love to see The Music Lesson in white on Witching hour”

Discussion

Do you like Gancedo‘s free designs? Which would you stitch?  Do you like any of the designs and ideas the hand dyers have suggested?

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Last Updated: 10 April 2015