Grafitie by A Mon Ami Pierre (AMAP)

An elegant yet modern design for Throwback Thursday.  Unfortunately my scanner has given up the ghost so I will update this post with a scan of the front cover when I can. Also the Donations Button is working again now if you feel like spreading a little Christmas cheer (or contributing towards a working scanner). AMAP - Graffitie

From the Designer

Here is a model that can be embroidered on any fabric backing. If you embroider in petit point you can make a pretty case for mobile phone ... it is a proposed idea.  Translation of French provided by Google Translate.

What is it?

Unfortunately a mon ami Pierre (AMAP) is gone now, but a few of her fabulous charts are still available, including Graffitie; a portrait of a lady with swirls or tattoos over her body.  This is a companion piece to Medusa.

Why this chart?

I love a mon ami Pierre's (AMAP) modern cross stitch patterns.  She used lots of different styles, but this is the one I was drawn to.  As her website is no more, check out Pinterest to see her diversity; from traditional to regional to modern. Jackye Derhay Renahy of a mon ami Pierre stopped designing and closed her business in early 2014 due to thieves sharing her charts illegally. Graffitie has only ever been sold as a printed chart. Legal copies have a rubber stamp of a cat's face in red ink on the chart. Graffitie is at heart a simple design, few colours and all full cross stitch; no backstitch partial stitches or specialty stitches. I recommend this design to stitchers of all ages who want something a little different.
Graffitie
Graffitie

Review

Graffitie is printed in black on A3 or US Ledger white paper, folded in quarters. Added to this is a small A5 or Half Letter coloured cover page. The cover page is of very light stock and gives some stability to the packet.  The card stock has a coloured image of the finished project along with fabric suggestions and size in pink ink.  I'm not sure if the pink ink is a measure against piracy or just Jackye's style. On Graffitie, the text is pink with a grey border, on Medusa, the writing is in orange with an orange border.  All of the instructions are provided in French, but Google translate can offer a good enough translation. The floss key is on the chart itself and folded to be inside the packet. You have to purchase the design to see what materials are needed. Fortunately more online needlework shops are including this information in their websites. The chart page, when unfolded includes the chart, the floss key and a repeat of the fabric suggestions, stitch count an fabric sizes from the front cover.  the chart page also has the stamped red cat's face to ensure the legitimacy of your copy. The chart is printed in one piece on the unfolded paper, therefore the chart symbols are printed across the folds. These symbols will wear off with repeated use and folding of the chart. The chart and symbols are printed quite large and easy to see and easy to differentiate. The grid is marked off in rows of ten but Jackye does not highlight the centre of the design.

Materials Required

To stitch the charts exactly as designed, you will need: 1 skein each - DMC 310, 318, 453, 552, 554, 720, 721, 741, 918, 928, 3774. Also gold metallic thread of your choosing. Any count Aida or evenweave in White or Cream (stitch count 93 x 181). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1. For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 13” x 19”  or  32 x 48cm  or  a fat quarter (18 x 27″). If you cut your margins a little, this will squish onto a fat eighth (13 x 18"). As Jackye suggested, if you stitch this one over one or on a much smaller count, you can turn this design into a mobile phone case.

Approximate cost for Project

Approximate cost to stitch Graffitie using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do  not include postage): Chart: $11.00 Floss:  $   4.40 Fabric: $ 7.85 Total: $23.25  ($35.50 AUD or €29.10  or  £25.45)

Places to Buy

a mon ami Pierre is now out of business but a few French business still retain some of her stock. Otherwise look around bricks and mortar stores that may carry older European charts. Australia: Colours Down Under has all the threads and a variety of white and off white fabrics in stock. Colour Cascade Fabrics has a variety of fabrics for you to make this design unique. Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 6 December 2014. Europe: Brodenvie in France has this chart in stock. Broderie Passion in France has this chart in stock. Casa Cenina in Spain stock a variety of fabrics and floss for your unique creation. United Kingdom: SewandSo has the chart in stock and can kit it up for you. Polstitches "Tudor rose or Regency Sampler linen just to add a sense of elegance" Sparklies "I think Slightly Lilac or Slightly Violet would work well with this piece." Chromatic Alchemy  “ I like Graffitie on Khione....classy and understated, it really helps accentuate those lovely bursts of colour.”
United States: 123Stitch has the thread in stock and offers a variety of fabrics.

Discussion

What is your favourite a mon ami Pierre design?

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5 thoughts on “Grafitie by A Mon Ami Pierre (AMAP)”

  1. Mel, it’s a shame that designers are closing their business because of illegal file sharing, especially if the charts were only available in paper in the first place and thus had to be scanned before it could be uploaded and shared. The lengths they will go through! 🙁

    Back on the topic of this chart: It’s not my regular style, but after looking a few times, I’m drawn more into it and keep discovering interesting shapes in the design. I think it would be lovely with a subtle variegated thread on hand painted fabric.

    Keep these coming! As a new stitcher (2-3 years), I love Throwback Thursdays as I learn alot. You even enabled me with the Terrence Nolan designs, and I was lucky enough to score a few on a FB group!!

    1. Oh Nice score – if they have any left let me know please, I’m always on the lookout for the rest of the Dimples Designs! Thanks also for your kind words, I really appreciate it!

      As for Design thieves – don’t get me started!

    2. Isn’t she such a naughty enabler Nordly! I’m also newish to stitching (5ish years) and love how she keeps surprising me with new designers.

  2. Adoro los diseños de A mon ami Pierre. He comprado bastantes este año, incluído Graffitie. Es un diseño que me fascinó desde que lo vi. Entonces supe que tenía que plasmar su imagen en una bonita tela de lino.

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