What is it?Le Challigraphe or The Catligrapher is a painting by Séverine Pineaux translated into cross stitch by Nimuë.
Why this chart?I have loved Nimuë's work for a long time, her small fairies and fantasy portraits are unique in the world of cross stitching. Her work is art-to-cross stitch, but she adds texture with embellishments, metallic threads and specialty stitches. Le Challigraphe speaks to my love of cats and word play. Le Challigraphe is not a project for the faint-hearted, it has a lot of colour changes, half stitches, back-stitch, stem stitch, free hand stitching, metallic threads, beads and charms. If, however, you are passionate about this design, you will produce a wonderful work of art.
ReviewThe Le Challigraphe chart is on a single large sheet of buff paper (23½ x 16½" ), folded three times, and nestled inside the glossy cover. The back cover lists in French and in English, the materials needed, the stitch count and the finished project size. The chart is printed with large easy to see and easy to discern symbols. All the back-stitch and stem stitch is printed in differing colours to easily identify which floss to use. Nimuë provides diagrams for the different stitches used and instructions on how and where to stitch each one. There are markers on the chart for placement of the beads and charms. All instructions are in French and English. The only issue I have with this chart pack is the size of the chart; 23½ " x 16½" or 60 x 43cm is a large, unwieldy sheet of paper. With some of the areas needing close attention and folds across the chart, I highly recommend you make a working copy to stitch from. Note: Nimue is a French designer, so she uses some materials I. Her designs that are not easily accessible outside of France such as the Tonkin floss and the Tout a Loisirs beads and charms.
Materials RequiredTo stitch Le Challigraphe exactly as designed, you will need: 1 skein each - DMC 154, 310, 336, 414, 433, 611, 612, 676, 680, 739, 746, 792, 842, 869, 938, 3023, 3024, 3064, 3371, 3721, 3740, 3781, 3790, 3807, 3820, 3834, 3864, white. 1 card - Tonkin 1015 - Lime Green 1 card - Tonkin 1016 - Yellow 3 - Bronze Button Charms 3 - 6mm Black Pearls Zweigart - 32 count linen Natural (stitch count 149 x 125). Due to the speciality stitches, this design is best stitched over 2. For 32ct evenweave (with 3" border allowance) fabric size is: 15½" x 14" or 39x 35cm or a fat quarter (18 x 27"). If you reduce the margin size to 2" all way around, you can fit this on a fat eighth (13" x 18").
Approximate cost for ProjectApproximate cost to stitch Le Challigraphe using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do not include postage): Chart: $25.00 Floss: $34.00 Fabric: $20.00 Total: $79.00 ($104.00 AUD or £56.75)
Places to BuyNimuë offers various options for buying direct: chart only, full kit or just the specialty threads and embellishments for Le Challigraphe. Sajou sells the Tonkin specialty thread. Australia: Colours Down Under has all the has the DMC 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 Tammy recommends Fairies Wear Boots from her range of fabrics. Colour Cascades also stocks the DMC for Le Challigraphe. For readers of this site she offers a 10% discount. Use code PeaceOut during checkout. This code is valid for the month of October 2014.
For DiscussionWould you be interested in stitching an embellished piece like this? Would you search for all the special threads and embellishments or would you replace these with items from your own stash or more easily available?
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