Luna Moth by Sandra Paradise

An older chart, but a beautiful rendition of a form of Lepidoptera. Luna Moth by Sandra Paradise, for Stitcher’s World magazine.

Luna Moth Cover

From the Magazine

The enchanting beauty of the luna moth is perfectly rendered in this exquisite cross-stitch design by Sandra Paradise. Shimmering threads  and sparkling beads give this design wonderful dimension. Mount it in a rich, deep frame or shadowbox and display it with the proper lighting, and your “Luna Moth” will come to life with a magical, shimmering glow.

What is it?

Luna Moth was first  published in the March 2004 issue of Stitcher’s World magazine (now known as Cross-Stitch & Needlework magazine).

Why this chart?

I love collecting magazines; I have almost full runs of a couple of titles where there is at least one chart per issue that I want to stitch; not that I will get to stitch them all in this lifetime.

Of the other magazines, there will be one chart I love in every three or four issues, and of course that is the issue I miss.  Or I find a new designer I love and scour back issues to find other designs by them. The older the magazine issue, the more difficult it is to find.

Just Cross Stitch‘s response is to sell a decade of magazines on one DVD.  Cross-Stitch & Needlework sells selected charts as PDF downloads via Herrschners.

However they do it, I am glad that so many older charts are available once again.

Luna Moth is a complex chart of DMC, metallic floss and hundreds of beads.  I would recommend this design for an experienced stitcher.

However if you are a beginner who has fallen in love with this design, follow the chart instructions and exercise patience and you should create a beautiful project.

Luna Moth

Review

This chart seems to be a digitization of the magazine pages.  As such it has all the benefits and flaws from the parent magazine.

The cover page of the chart is a the glossy photo of the finished stitched design from the magazine. Page two is the bulk of the chart and the stitching instructions. Page three is the rest of the chart and the materials box.

As pages 2 and 3  were originally the left and right sides of a magazine spread, there are no overlapping rows to help you keep your place.

The floss symbols are printed in black on coloured backgrounds. Unfortunately as the majority of the floss are varying shades of green/yellow, the changes in background colours are slight; the symbols are crucial to knowing which floss to use.

The bead symbols are printed in coloured circles on a white background, so the beads are easy to differentiate from the floss.

As this was printed for a magazine, there is only one copy of the chart.  This means that the floss symbols, back stitch lines and bead symbols are overlaid on top of each other creating a very busy chart.  I highly recommend enlarging this design to stitch from.

Also please take note of the stitching instructions.  This design recommends that you stitch the beads on before you backstitch; opposite to how most of us work.  For this design, we want the backstitch to curve around the beads to achieve the right look.

This is a beautiful design, but it will take time and patience to follow the chart and instructions.

Georgian Lady is stitched in Anchor on cream linen. The materials box offer DMC alternatives for the Anchor floss used.

Materials Required

To stitch the charts exactly as designed, you will need:

1 skein each DMC 315, 327, 472, 676, 734, 743, 745, 783, 891, 900, 951, 3042, 3776, 3803, 3820, 3825.

Kreinik Cord - 021C Copper Cord1 spool Kreinik Blending Filament 021HL Copper Hi Lustre.

The chart recommends using two strands of blending filament, I recommend using the newer #4 braid or #4 cord.

Mill Hill - 00374 Rainbow

 

1 packet Mill Hill Rainbow beads

 

 

Mill Hill 02031 Citron

 

1 packet Mill Hill 02031 Citron beads

 

 

Mill Hill 02033 Brilliant Orange

 

1 packet Mill Hill 02033 Brilliant Orange beads

 

Mill Hill 02011 Victorian Gold

 

1 packet Mill Hill 02011 Victorian gold beads

 

 

28 count Cream linen  (stitch count 125 x 226). This design can be stitched on Aida or over two on evenweave or linen.  I do not recommend this design on a smaller count of fabric or over one on evenweave due to the size of the beads.

Zweigart Cream 28ct Cashel Linen
Zweigart Cream 28ct Cashel Linen

For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 15” x 22”  or  38 x 57cm  or  a fat quarter (18 x 27″).

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: $   2.99
Floss:  $ 14.16
Fabric: $11.85

Total: $29.00  ($60.45 AUD  or  $34.00 CAD  or  €19.86  or  £15.77)

Places to Buy

Herrschners sells downloadable charts from back issues of Cross-Stitch and Needlework (previously known as Stitcher’s World and The Stitchery).

Otherwise you can find this chart in the March 2004 issue of Stitcher’s World.

Australia:

Colours Down Under stock everything to kit up this design.

OzStitch stock everything to kit up this design.

Colour Cascade Fabrics has the floss, beads and their own range of fabrics for you to make this design unique. Caitlin recommends Forbidden Fruit or Raspberry Beret.

Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 30 June 2015.

Sewitall offer a range of hand dyed and printed fabrics to suit your needs.

Canada:

Traditional Stitches in Calgary stock everything to kit up this design.

Italy:

Casa Cenina in Italy stock everything to kit up this design.

Eclypse’s Colors recommed “Green Musk” from her range of fabrics.

New Zealand:

Country Stitch “The Luna Moth would look amazing on a very soft coloured fabric, with or without the added bling of opalescent fabrics and using the recommended threads. Blue Ice, New Dawn or Wisteria

or a very soft green such as half-strength Applemint or Honeydew. It’s an intricate design, so the fabric needs to be a bit understated to help draw the eye to the amazing design.”

United Kingdom:

SewandSo stock everything to kit up this design.

Chromatic Alchemy  “I have decide to show Luna Moth on Nuriels’ Forest. This subtle colour allows the wonderful beads and metallics to shine without overpowering them.”

Crafty Kitten has a variety of fabrics and the threads to stitch this project.

Jodyri Designs produce a wonderful range of floss and fabric in all colours.

Sparklies “I’ve chosen Moonlighting because moths come out at night,

but I also think it would look good on Cancer.”

Thread Pickerz Silkz  produce a wonderful range of hand dyed silk colours.

“it is my 2nd anniversary of thread pickerz and I have a few things going on including a prize draw (being drawn on the 1st May) to win an AAN Butterfly chart. Anyone who purchases from my site in the month of april will get their name put into the prize draw.”

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

United States:

123Stitch stock everything to kit up this design.

Black Cat Stitchery in Illinois stock everything to kit up this design.

Erica is offering a 5% discount for readers of Cross Stitch Review.  Coupon code: CSRSPRING15. Offer ends 31 May 2015.

Stitch and Frog in Georgia stock everything to kit up this design.

Stitches n Things in Michigan stock everything to kit up this design.

Fiberlicious has a great variety of cotton and silk flosses that could look superb on this design.

Garibaldi’s Needle Works “Such a pretty pattern!  So many colors can be used with this.  To make sure the moth is the focal point, I’d stick with a lighter color.  You can easily use purples, berry colors, or even blues.  I think I would recommend “Forget Me Not”, a light blue color, or “Wisteria”.

If someone is really wanting to make this stand out, they can use a darker purple or blue as well to compliment the golden-yellow tones of the moth.  We also carry our “Vintage” color which would stay along the lines of the cream color used in the pattern.”

Mo’s Sale has a variety of silk and cotton floss or Aida and evenweave fabrics to make your designs memorable.

Sunny*Dyes has the largest range of and-painted fabrics I have ever seen.  There is bound to be something there to suit you for this design.”

Under the Sea Fabrics has a vibrant mix of hand painted and dyed fabrics for your design.

Discussion

Do you read and save magazines, or are you too busy with designer direct charts?

If you like this review, please consider sharing it with your friends, groups, newsletters. etc. Just make sure to include a link back here.

Last Updated: 23 April 2015