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From the Designer
Official member of the Gripe-About-Everything Club!
Why this chart?
I have had this chart in my stash since it was first released in 2005. I really should get organised enough to stitch it already! The sentiment of this chart really appeals because I have often been a griper so I should stitch this to warn people.
This was also one of the first charts I bought that used hand dyed threads or included any form of embellishment. As this design is wording on a neutral background you could change very easily change the colours to suit yourself and your decor.
This chart is mainly whole cross stitch and back-stitch, but does include a few quarter stitches and of course the charm placement. I recommend Griper’s Club for a confident beginner through to an advanced stitcher. if you like sassy sayings and have someone to stitch this for, then stitch it!
Griper’s Club is only available as a printed chart with charms included. The cover is a buff US Letter (8½” x 11″) cardstock folded in half. There is a photograph of the finished design glued to the front cover.
The back cover includes all the information I need to kit up this chart; stitch count, approximate size when stitched in 28ct, hand dyed floss colours and DMC equivalents, fabric used in the model. I love this, I could kit up the entire project while still in the store!
The chart is printed in black on white paper; an oddly sized paper of 8½” x 16″, trifolded. The floss symbols are large and easy to see; also easy to differentiate. Due to the oddly sized paper, the chart is printed in its entirety on the one sheet. There is no need to match up sections or worry that you might have lost a page.
Griper’s Club can be stitched on Aida or evenweave. Given my distaste of partial stitches in Aida I would stitch this on an evenweave; however if you prefer Aida then use that! Use the fabric you are comfortable with.
To stitch the charts exactly as designed, you will need:
1 skein Gentle Arts Sampler Thread Blue Jay (similar to DMC 931)
1 skein Gentle Arts Sampler Thread Gold Leaf (similar to DMC 3852)
1 skein Gentle Arts Sampler Thread Maple Syrup (similar to DMC 3781)
1 skein Gentle Arts Simply Shaker Grape Leaf (similar to DMC 367)
1 skein Gentle Arts Simply Shaker Freedom (similar to DMC 3750)
Wichelt 28 count Flax Cashel linen (stitch count 85 x 180). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.
For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 12” x 19” or 31 x 48cm or a fat quarter (18 x 27″). If you reduce your border allowance to 2½”, you could squeeze this on to a fat eighth (13′ x 18″)
Approximate cost for Project
Approximate cost to stitch Griper’s Club using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do not include postage):
Chart: $ 8.00
Floss: $ 10.00
Total: $33.65 ($37.90 AUD or €28.75 or £28.00)
Places to Buy
Waxing Moon Designs does not sell direct to the public, but your local or online needlework store can order this chart in for you.
Colours Down Under has all the threads and a variety of plain fabrics in stock. Jo would be happy to order in the chart, and offers a 10% discount on the package (chart + floss). Mention this review when ordering.
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.
Casa Cenina in Spain can order this chart in for you. They also stock a variety of fabrics and floss for your unique creation.
SewandSo can order this chart in for you and then kit it up.
Sparklies suggests that this design would suit one of her neutral fabrics such as Barely Bronzed, Parchment, Dr Smith’s Tonic or Oatmeal.
Chromatic Alchemy “Gripers club looks like a fun stitch and I think it deserves a fun fabric, I think it pops on this ice dyed pink fabric, I love dyeing these as you never quite know what you’re going to get!”
123Stitch can order this chart in for you. They stock a variety of fabrics and floss for your unique creation
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Last Updated: 18 November 2014