Free: Solaria Gallery

And to finish our week of sweetness, here are free designs by Stoyanka Ivanova of Solaria Gallery.

Red Faberge Valentine Heart
Red Faberge Valentine Heart

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.

Spring Rose
Spring Rose

About the Designer

Stoyanka is from Bulgaria – a beautiful country in south-eastern Europe. She is an architect and a chief assistant – professor in the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy in Sofia, Bulgaria, where she teaches courses on Programming, Computer Graphic and Computer Aided Design.

In the same time she draws since she was a little girl. Now she is excited of the history, the beauty of the ancient art and this is the main object of some of her artworks. Some of them are in private collections in Bulgaria and Europe, and she adapted other part of them to cross-stitch designs, which are very popular among the stitchers in the world. As a needlework designer she found a way to share her love to the Art with many other people.

This year her name and pastel works were listed in the book ‘BEST OF WORLDWIDE ARTISTS working in Charcoal, Pastel & Pencil – Volume I’ by Kennedy Publishing ( www.bestofartists.com ).

Bouquet of Violets
Bouquet of Violets

Why this designer?

Stoyanka sells most of her designs via printed charts and kits on her Solaria Gallery website or electronically via Patterns Online.   Her free designs are representative of her different art subjects.  If you like any of her designs, you should be able to find a freebie that shows you how Stoyanka converts her art to cross stitch.

I love the Solaria Gallery free designs because they are small and yet so beautiful.  Many are suitable for cards or biscornus, while others create beautiful framed pieces.

I have long admired her unique portrait style and after reviewing her free designs, I might just have to purchase medieval princess or Scheherazade.

Finally, her website is beautifully arrayed and easily understandable in English, Bulgarian or Russian.

Portrait of a Girl in Black and White
Portrait of a Girl in Black and White

Review

The most recent free designs are available on the Free Designs page of the Solaria Gallery website.  If you want any of her older free designs, these can be sent out to you when you buy one of her printed charts or kits.

To open and download the free designs:

  1. Click on the small picture of the design you are interested in
  2. This opens up another window, click on the gold “Download PDF Pattern” button.
  3. This will open the PDF file. Save the file in your usual way; on a PC that is right-click “save as”, on a tablet, hold your finger down on the PDF.

The art to stitch designs have a cover page showing a small computer mock-up of the design, the stitch count, a diagram of how the chart pages fit together and a combined list of DMC floss needed for the design and symbol key.

The chart is provided using black symbols on a white background. The symbols are very easily to distinguish and are printed quite large and very easy to see.  There are no overlap rows between the pages, but the grid is marked out in a 10-stitch numbered grid to help you keep your place.

Monochrome designs do not offer a colour option, you are expected to select your own floss and fabric colours.  The symbols used on these is quite easy to see.

Smaller designs (usually under 80 x 80 stitches) list everything on the same page; a very small computer mock-up of the design, the stitch count,stitch instructions and a combined list of DMC floss and symbol key.

Most of the designs, large and small are whole cross stitch only.  The main exception being the blackwork designs which are in backstitch.

Solaria - Spring Rose 2004
Spring Rose 2004

Places to Buy

Many of Stoyanka’s free designs are available on the Free Designs page of the Solaria Gallery website.

Solaria Gallery “For Sale” designs are available via printed charts and kits on her Solaria Gallery website or electronically via Patterns Online.

Australia:

Colours Down Under is a bricks and mortar store that stocks many different types of floss for you to stitch these designs.

Colour Cascade Fabrics suggests “Spring Rose 2004 on Dreams or Silver Springs.”

Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 27 February 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 any of these designs uniquely yours.

Chromatic Alchemy  “I have chosen spring bouquet for my freebie overlay this week. I’m anxiously waiting on the daffodils to bloom as it will signify the start of spring and countryside bursting back into life. They also reassure me that we are leaving that awful cold behind (sorry I’m not a winter lover). I think this gorgeous spray looks lovely on Halcyon which itself reminds me of hyacinths….bring on the spring!”

Crafty Kitten “Pretty rose design.  I might actually stitch it on Moondust, I think it would look nice on a grey (and it’s a little freebie so screams experiment a bit!).  For the more obvious choices Candyfloss or Cherry Blossom.”

Crafty Kitten has a Valentine’s Sale this weekend.  Now until midnight 15 February 2015 (UK time).

10% off everything on the website (apart from FOTM). This discount does not apply to any of the limited editions available through Facebook.

Sparklies “I chose the six spring flowers with the green backgrounds and borders. They would look great stitched together on Spring Greens or Sunlit Forest, allowing you to choose how much of the green you filled in yourself.”

Thread Pickerz Silkz are currently undergoing maintenance as Eileen updates her website.  She offers 10% off each silk thread as it is added back on the website.”

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.

Stitches n Things has the recommended materials in stock to kit any of these up for you.

Fiberlicious “I choose Red Faberge Valentine Heart. I’d use Fuchsia Bloom in Valentines collection to stitch the centre and mix it with Gold Kreinik and Mill Hill beads to get the bling effect! Like Royal Heart!”

Discussion

Which is your favourite Solaria Gallery design; free or for sale?  Have you stitched any of her designs?

What sort of free designs would you like me to showcase? Comment below and I will try to find something suitable. If you liked the review, please share it with your friends or groups.

Last Updated: 13 February 2015