Touch of the Wilderness by Brittercup

The winner of the Art of Simplicity design was Julie B.

Brittercup - Wilderness

 

From the Designer

There are two charts in this leaflet: Buck and On the Hunt.

Why this chart?

I love Brittercup designs; the minimalist creatures full of character and that cute love heart in every one.  Brittercup excels at using slightly mottled threads and fabric to give life to what could easily become cartoonish figures.

There is minimal back stitch, no partial stitches, nothing but while cross stitch to allow the design and hand dyed materials to shine through. This is a great design for beginners as it looks so much more impressive than it is.

Touch of the Wilderness
Touch of the Wilderness

Review

The Touch of Wilderness chart pack is indicative of an older style of packaging.  It is a double-sided print on US-Ledger heavy cardstock, folded in half to US Letter size. The cardstock is stiff enough to stand on a display shelf and does not need a plastic bag as there are no separate pages to hold together.

The design symbols are listed on the inside of the folded cardstock.  As there are no bags or external packaging, there’s no need to keep this information on the back cover.

Each chart has the creatures in heavy block symbols while the background symbols are printed in a paler grey.  While this highlights the animals, it is more difficult for the stitcher to see the differences in the symbols used in the background of the design.

The larger Wilderness design, Buck, is charted over the inside of the pack.  The chart is printed in two sections with a whitespace margin over the middle fold.  There is no printing on the fold line, so concern that the symbols will be affected by repeated opening and closing of the chart. The bottom section of the Buck chart has a two-row overlap to help you keep your place in the design.

The On the Hunt chart is on the back cover.  It is a little inconvenient that the only floss symbol key/legend is on the inside of the chart pack. So you do have to flip back and forth when stitching this smaller design.

As these designs were stitched using hand dyed floss, Michelle has listed DMC and Anchor equivalents.

 Materials Required

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

GAST - 0720 - Victorian Pink

1 skein – GAST 0720 – Victorian Pink (similar to DMC 962)

 

GAST - 7003 Shutter Green

 

1 skein – GAST 7003 – Shutter Green (similar to DMC 3362)

 

GAST - 7007 - Cidermill Brown

 

2 skeins – GAST 7007 – Cidermill Brown (similar to DMC 435)

GAST - 7013 - Green Apple

 

1 skein – GAST 7013 – Green Apple (similar to DMC 3364)

GAST - 7015 - Sarsparilla

 

1 skein – GAST – 7015 – Sarsparilla (similar to DMC 359)

GAST - 7019 - Pomegranate

 

1 skein – GAST 7019 – Pomegranate (similar to DMC 347)

 

GAST - 7042 - Raven

 

2 skeins – GAST 7042 – Raven (similar to DMC 310)

 

Wichelt - Queen Anne's LaceWichelt – 32 count Queen Anne’s Lace (Buck stitch count 143 x 162 and On the Hunt stitch count 104 x 94). These designs can be stitched over 2 or over 1.

For 16ct Aida or 32ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric sizes would be:

Buck: 15″ x 16″  or 38 x 41cm

On the Hunt: 13″ x 12″  or 32 x 30cm

Both Wilderness designs could fit together on a single fat quarter (18 x 27″).

Approximate cost for Project

Approximate cost to stitch the Peace Wheel chart using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do  not include postage):

Chart: $7.50
Floss:  $18.00
Fabric: $17.50

Total: $43.00   ($54.75 AUD or £42.85)

Places to Buy

Australia:
Colours Down Under has all the Gentle Arts threads in stock and 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 Gold Digger Old Map Style or Welcome to the Jungle from her range of fabrics.  For readers of this site she offers a 10% discount for fabric. Use code PeaceOut during checkout. This code is valid for the month of October 2014.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo has all the threads and fabric in stock and would be happy to order in the chart,

Sparklies suggests Harvest Blush, Oatmeal or Parchment from her range of fabrics.

United States:

123Stitch stocks the recommended threads and fabrics and can order in the chart for you.

Discussion

Would you stitch this design?  Why or Why not?

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R-71 by Rovaris

Finally, a monochrome for Monochrome Monday!

R-71 A home is not complete without a cat

From the Designer

A Home is not complete without a Cat.

Why this chart?

R-71, variously called “Home” or “A home is not complete” or “without a cat” is from my stash. I have three cats so you can understand why I would have a few designs on this theme.

I adore Livia Rovaris’s redwork designs.  They are in all full cross stitch, no partial or specialty stitches, so you are free to stitch this anyway you want.  You can change the cat silhouette colours to match your own, the wording colours to suit yourself. You can stitch this to frame, as a pillow, on the side of a tote bag or even with wool through your chicken wire or  mesh fence!

A project this versatile is a great project for beginners and expert stitchers alike.

R-71
R-71

Review

Rovaris and JL Grandsire are the only designers I know who identify their charts by a code and not a name. Hence all the various names this chart can be found under when scouring online shops.

R-71 chart is printed in black over two sheets of white A3 (11.7″ x 16.5″) paper.  The first page includes the chart title, the type and number of threads used and the stitch count.  The second page is only the bottom section of the chart.  There are no overlap rows, so you will need to count carefully to match both sides of the design.

Usually charts are  drawn on a 10 x 10 grid; the tenth row is drawn with a slightly thicker line to help with counting.  The R-71 chart by Rovaris is drawn on a straight grid. This means counting and counting again to make sure of correct placement.  Or you could freestyle it and not care how close the words are to each other or the cat motif.  The beauty of this design is that it is suitable for both approaches.

The chart pages are folded into quarters and placed inside the small plastic bag with the small front cover. The top chart page is folded so that the chart title, the type and number of threads used and the stitch count are visible through the back of the bag.

The Materials required section lists: DMC 815, stitch 157 x 150, 13 threads. I was initially confused in thinking that the 13 threads meant 13 skeins of floss.  After contacting Livia I learned that this is the metric version on 32ct evenweave (32 holes per inch = 13 threads per centimetre).  I apologize for the confusion.

 Materials Required

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

5 skeins – DMC 815 – Medium Garnet

 

Rovaris does not list any specific fabric for R-71 (stitch count 157 x 150). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.

For 16ct Aida or 32ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is:
16″ x 15½”  or  40 x 39cm  or  a fat quarter (18 x 27″).

Approximate cost for Project

Approximate cost to stitch the R-71 chart using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do  not include postage):

Chart: $ 14.00
Floss:  $    2.20
Fabric: $18.80

Total: $35.00    ($47.00 AUD or £31.50)

Places to Buy

Australia:

Colours Down Under has all the Dinky Dyes threads in stock and on sale. 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 stocks Rovaris charts and has a variety of fabrics suitable.  For readers of this site she offers a 10% discount for fabric. Use code PeaceOut during checkout. This code is valid for the month of October 2014.

From Italy With Love stocks this chart and a range of hand dyed threads and fabrics that would suit this design.

United Kingdom:

Cross Stitch Heaven has this chart in stock and offers a variety of threads and fabrics.

Sparklies suggests Barely Bronzed, Dr Smith’s Tonic, Oatmeal or Parchment from her range of fabrics.

United States:

123Stitch stocks all DMC and a variety of fabric choices.

Stitch and Frog has the R-71 chart in stock and stocks a variety of fabric choices.

Discussion

How would YOU stitch this chart?

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Needlework Show

Each weekend we spotlight something that helps us as a stitcher. or perhaps in this case a stasher.  This weekend is the biannual Needlework Show, formerly known as the Online Needlework Show.

Needlework Show - Logo

The Needlework Show is an online trade show, where you can see new and favorite designs from a variety of designers.  You then order any designs you love via your local needlework shop or favourite online needlework shop..

The Needlework Show is organised and maintained by Cindy Ward of European Cross Stitch and was originally envisaged as a trade show for the rest of us. Usually only shop owners and staff can attend trade shows, and many stitchers around the world do not have needlework conventions we can easily travel to.  This show benefits stitchers in that we can all attend (from the comfort of our own home no less)!

This hybrid show also benefits the shop owners in that they can receive orders from stitchers during the Show.  The biggest risk for shop owners during traditional closed trade shows is that they can’t be sure what will sell or what will be very popular so they need to guess at what to buy or how many of a design to buy.  Not to mention the hassle of lugging all that new merchandise home!  Here they can receive orders from stitchers during the weekend and know what to buy at the end of the event.

Some shops offer discounts for Needlework Show orders placed during the show weekend. For example, Crazy Annie’s is offering 20% off and ABC Stitch Therapy is offering 10% off.

Note: I would be careful using the Show’s Retail Shop pages to find shops to order through.  The Australian shops page is rather out of date.

Needlework Show - Dinky Dyes partial page

The Designers participating in the Needlework Show vary from year to year and I think this weekend’s show is one of the smallest I have seen in a long while.  However, you can still see new and popular designs from:

  • A Kitty Kats Original
  • Agnes Delage-Calvert
  • Barbara Ana Designs
  • Barrani Design Studios
  • Bloom Woodworks
  • blu cobalto
  • Brodeuse Bressane
  • Carousel Charts
  • Cherished Stitches
  • Cody Country Crossstitch
  • Cross Stitch Wonders
  • Cross Stitching Art
  • Cuore e Batticuore
  • Designs by Lisa
  • Dessins DHC
  • Dinky Dyes
  • Dutch Treat Designs
  • Em-Li’s Threads of Gold
  • Erica Michaels Designs
  • Fabric Flair
  • Faby Reilly Designs
  • Fern Ridge Collections
  • Filigram
  • Gentle Pursuit Designs
  • Gingerbread Girl Designs
  • Handblessings Patterns
  • Heart’s Content
  • HINZEIT
  • Just A Thought
  • Ladybug Designs
  • LaMonica Designs
  • Lilli Violette
  • Linen Sampler
  • Long Dog
  • Marie-Anne Rethoret
  • Mani di Donna
  • Moira Blackburn
  • MTV Designs
  • Muriel Berceville
  • My Big Toe Designs
  • Needle Bling Designs
  • Needle’s Notion
  • Northern Expressions Needlework
  • Patches ‘n Planks
  • Perette Samouiloff
  • Praiseworthy Stitches
  • Puffin & Company
  • Red Gate Stitchery
  • Reflets de Soie
  • Retromantic
  • Scarlet Quince
  • Seba Designs
  • Sekas & Co
  • Ship’s Manor
  • Shop Around the Corner
  • Stitches and Spice
  • Stitching Pretty
  • Stitching Studio
  • Sudberry House
  • Sweetheart Tree
  • Tam’s Creations
  • Tempting Tangles
  • Threedles Needleart Design
  • Vickery Collection
  • X’s & Oh’s

Carefully check the bottom of each page as some designers and stores are offering free charts or door prize competitions. So this weekend, have a look through the Needlework Show and see what new items tempt you.

 

So this brings us the end of the second week of Reviews. How has it gone? There’s been some site issues with accessing older content, so I’ve removed the static front page and added a calendar widget in the left side margin (viewable on the website – not yet on the mobile version) which should help.

Would you refer your friends to this site? Do you have a chart, stitch along or designer you are just hoping I will review? Do you want your favourite shop or dyer listed here? Please please comment below and let me know.

Free Designs: Jean Louis Grandsire

I love Tuesdays – that is when I receive my JL Grandsire email with links to each week’s free charts.

JL Grandsire

What is it?

To set the mood for a good weekend, I also thought we would have Freebie Fridays; each week presenting a different designer.  All sites listed here design their own charts. These designs are copyright to the designers, please do not abuse their generosity.

Why this designer?

Jean Louis Grandsire was at one time a major designer for Anagram Diffusions which distributed his charts in printed format. Several years ago, Jean Louis decided to run his own website and offer his charts as digital downloads.  Designs that used to cost $25.00 (€19.50) can now be bought for $6.50 (€5.00) or less.  Many older stitchers would remember his Quatre Saisons design:

JL Grandsire - Quatre Saisons - four seasons

As well as for sale charts, Grandsire offers a couple of free new charts each week. You have that week to download any of them. After the week has finished, these charts are sold for $1.30 (€1.00). He also offers a different chart each week via his email list only, so consider subscribing to view all the downloadable content.

I love JL Grandsire’s diversity of designs, both in subject and complexity of designs. Each design however is simple to stitch, using full cross stitch and back stitch only. Change the colours, add a hand dyed fabric and voilà a completely different project.

Women

These designs are all suitable for beginner stitchers. Just reflect on your levels of patience if you choose a large design.

Review

JL Grandsire’s charts (both free and for sale) are only available via his site www.broderie.net.  Subscribe to his site to be notified of each week’s new releases and the email-only free chart. The site is in French but he copies important information into English, and google translate is enough for me to gather the gist of anything else.

You can save each week’s free designs by clicking on the: cliquez ici yellow link under the each picture. This will save a .zip file to your computer. You will need an unzip program to open this file into a pdf.

JL Grandsire - Winter Walk

Places to Buy

Australia:

Colours Down Under is a bricks and mortar store that stocks many different types of floss for you to stitch these designs.

Colour Cascade Fabrics Tammy has a  wide range of hand dyed fabrics that would add a unique element to your stitching. For readers of this site she offers a 10% discount for fabric. Use code PeaceOut during checkout. This code is valid for the month of October 2014.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo bricks and mortar store that stocks a lot of floss for you to personalise these designs.

Sparklies has a  large range of hand dyed fabrics that would add a such a sparkle to your project.

United States:

123Stitch is your one stop shop for all types of floss and fabric combinations.

Discussion

Have a look through the Creations Jean Louis Grandsire site and let me know in the comments; which is your favourite design?

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Unicorn by Teresa Wentzler

For today’s Throwback Thursday, I thought I would revisit one of my favourite designers, Teresa Wentzler.

Teresa Wentzler - Unicorn

From the Designer?

Deep in the night forest, a wandering unicorn comes upon a cobblestone path winding through an overgrown courtyard. His attention is caught by music…someone singing?…. and, curious, he cautiously approaches an open window…

This is my only design adapted from a piece of my finished artwork: a pen and ink drawing. I wanted to work on the challenge posed by using color on black, since black is notorious for absorbing or “bleaching-out” colors used on it. I wanted to impart the drama of a night time scene, and, of course, to highlight the mysterious nature of this most elusive of creatures: the unicorn…

Why this chart?

Of all the Teresa Wentzler charts I saw and loved in the 1990s, this is the one design I have never seen stitched.  I love stitching on black and I love the bold colours.

However as this is a Teresa Wentzler design there are blended colours, many fractional stitches, frequent colour changes and back stitch; this is a chart for an intermediate to advanced stitcher.

Unicorn was first available in the mid 1990s as a tri-fold cardboard hand drawn chart.  It was then converted in 2000 into a typed chart as part of the Best of Teresa Wentzler Fantasy Collection book.  Finally it is now available as a digital download from Patterns Online.

Note: to read files from Patterns Online, you need to download their Pattern Viewer. Even then, you cannot see the actual pattern on your screen, you need to print it out.  I simply print to PDF to create a file of the chart.

 Review

I have Unicorn in both the book and the Patterns Online chart in my stash. (I had the hand-drawn tri-fold chart for over a decade too).  Formatting aside, each option provides the same chart; your project will be the same regardless which source you stitch from.

Both the book and the Patterns Online chart contain the blended threads key/legend and a diagram and instructions for stitching the fractional stitches. Both have a one-row overlap between chart pages.

The Patterns Online chart has presented the chart in six large easy-to-read sections and provides a materials list; easier to pull the skeins needed. The back stitch is only provided in black outlines, but there are instructions for colour selection.

The book version of the chart is only in four sections, but it is still very easy to see. The back stitch lines are drawn in the four different colours so it is easy confirm colour section.

The Patterns Online website is outmoded, but they offer a superior chart; larger symbols, included floss list and it is cheaper than trying to find an out-of-print book.

 Materials Required

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

Unicorn TW

 

1 skein each – DMC 310, 311, 315, 316, 317, 319, 320, 336, 367, 368, 413, 414, 451, 452, 469, 470, 471, 500, 501, 502, 520, 522, 535, 552, 610, 611, 612, 645, 646, 791, 823, 838, 839, 840, 844, 890, 924, 930, 931, 934, 935, 936, 937, 938, 939, 3011, 3012, 3013, 3021, 3031, 3041, 3042, 3051, 3052, 3053, 3362, 3363, 3364, 3371

Zweigart - 25ct Lugana Black

 

Zweigart – 25 count Black Lugana (stitch count 176 x 141). This design is stitched over 2.

For 25ct Black evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is:
21″ x 18″  or  53x 45cm  or  a fat quarter (18 x 27″).

Approximate cost for Project

Approximate cost to stitch Unicorn using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do  not include postage):

Chart: $    7.00
Floss:  $  26.00
Fabric: $13.30

Total: $46.30   ($82.10 AUD or £54.60)

Places to Buy

Australia:

Colours Down Under has all the DMC in stock.

Colour Cascade Fabrics stocks DMC and recommends Purple Haze or Riders on the Storm. For readers of this site she offers a 10% discount for this fabric. Use code PeaceOut during checkout. This code is valid for the month of October 2014.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo stocks DMC and black lugana.

Sparklies recommends Ink or Pitch from her range of fabrics.

United States:

123Stitch stocks DMC and black lugana.

Discussion

Would you stitch this design? Do you know someone who has? Leave a link to a photo of the stitched piece or work in progress in the comments below.

Feedback

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