This week’s reviews are all from designers who sell on Etsy. Today’s designer was chosen by Rebecca Schang and the design was chosen by Melissa Hicks; A Little Spark of Madness by AdLeones (translation: to León)
From the Designer
Robin Williams…comedy genius, award-winning actor, and one of the kindest humans/aliens anyone ever met. Take it from a man whose madness enchanted the world, and remember to feed the little spark of it that’s in you.
Why this chart?
You’re only given a little spark of madness … if you lose that, you are nothing. Robin Williams.
Very sound advice given in the midst of a stand-up comedy routine in 1977. Many of our good comedians discuss universal truths under the guise of humour.
This one particularly resonates as I see so many people hide their talents or tank their grades to “fit in”. Your little spark of madness could be in the artistic fields, the dramatic arts or in science or maths. Whatever it is, whatever gives you passion, nurture it, don’t be an unhappy drone for your entire life.
A Little Spark of Madness is a great reminder to let our individuality blossom.
Little Spark of Madness uses whole cross stitch, backstitch and two French Knots; stitched in DMC and metallic threads on White Aida fabric. I recommend this chart for any level of stitcher who wants a reminder of great comedian or who wants encouragement in their passionate endeavours.
All of AdLeones’ designs are available to buy as PDF files through her Etsy store. She does not sell printed copies or kits.
I have linked the images on this page to a current listing of Little Spark of Madness that is for sale. If you click on these links and see a “this item has been sold” message, just click on AdLeone’s shop link and look for the new listing for A Little Spark of Madness or any other design that takes your fancy.
When you buy A Little Spark of Madness, you will receive an email that sends you back to a webpage. This webpage has the download links for all charts that you purchased.
Alternatively, you can always find the download links in your Etsy profile under “Purchases and Reviews”
You can download the design as many times as you need after purchase. This is perfect for those who like to keep their cross stitch patterns in multiple backup locations OR as a recovery for those who don’t and lose them all.
The Little Spark of Madness PDF chartpack is seven pages long. The front cover has a computer mockup of the finished design.
The second page has all the instructions for stitching this chart, and the stitch count.
Next are the four pages of the chart. Each subsequent page includes a three-row shaded overlap to help you keep your place.
The floss symbols are shown with on a coloured backgrounds. These are an immense help to differentiate between two similar symbols when they are on completely different colours; however as the coloured backgrounds are quite dark, you will need to print the chart in colour to see some of the symbols.
Back stitching is also shown as a variety of coloured lines; another reason to print off your chart in colour.
The last page of the chart pack has everything needed to stitch Little Spark of Madness; stitch count, preferred fabric, design size on the preferred fabric, and the combined floss list and symbol key.
As Little Spark of Madness is stitched with whole cross stitches only, it is suitable to stitch on Aida or evenweave fabric.
To stitch the charts exactly as designed, you will need:
1 skein each DMC 310, 350, 414, 552, 702, 726, 798, 809, 820, 954, 3705.
1 spool Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid PB01 Bright Gold.
16 count White Aida (stitch count 104 x 159). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.
For 16 count Aida or 32ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 13” x 16″ or 32 x 41cm or a fat eighth (13 x 18″).
For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 13½” x 17½” or 34 x 44cm or a fat eighth (13 x 18″).
Approximate cost for Project
Approximate cost to stitch this design using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do not include postage):
Chart: $ 6.50
Floss: $ 8.00
Total: $19.70 ($38.30 AUD or $37.25CAD or €24.55 or £23.70)
Places to Buy
AdLeones sells her PDF electronic charts worldwide via her Etsy store. She does not sell printed charts or finished items.
Colours Down Under has all the threads and a variety of plain fabrics in stock.
Colour Cascade Fabrics has all the threads in stcok and a variety of fabrics for you to make this design unique. Caitlin recommends Peaches or Welcome to the Jungle.
Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 30 June 2015.
Traditional Stitches in Calgary have all the floss in stock and a selection of fabrics to suit your taste.
Casa Cenina in Italy stock all the floss and a variety of fabrics for your unique creation.
SewandSo stock all the floss and a variety of fabrics to make this design uniquely yours.
Chromatic Alchemy “Little spark of Madness is quite a poignant piece especially considering where the quote came from. I have chosen to pair it with Demeter as it accentuates all the colours and gives the design a happy feel that I think this piece deserves.”
Crafty Kitten ” I love the colours in this, but the design has quite a lot of them so I would go for a fairly simple hand dyed. Cotton Clouds, Icicle or Tea Rose are my first choices.”
Sparklies ” I think something subtle would be best for this, either Slightly Lilac or Slightly Scarlet would work best with the colours in the design.”
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
123Stitch has the DMC thread in stock and offers a variety of fabrics.
Black Cat Stitchery in Illinois has the DMC floss in stock and can order in the Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure braid. Erica also has 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 in Michigan has all the floss in stock and a range of fabrics for your unique style.
Fiberlicious “I really admire this sayings from Robin William, I think it’s absolutely brilliant. I’d choose Dreamy Dusk or Moonlit Water to set the Floral Border,
Blue Masquerade for the smaller wording and
Raunchy Rainbow or Hawaiian Sunset for the bold statements.
Under the Sea Fabrics Leslie recommends Looking Glass from her range of fabrics.
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Last Updated: 31 March 2015