Onyria (Castellino) by Tilton Crafts

Time to include the designers of a different type of cross stitch – the art-to-stitch conversions.

Onyria

What is it?

Onyria is a sketch by Rosanna Castellino using pencils and pastels on paper that has been converted to cross stitch by Shelley Lee of Tilton Crafts.

Why this chart?

Most art-to-stitch designs are fully stitched, in that the background is treated as part of the picture so every square is stitched, culminating in a project comprising thousands of stitches and months if not years to work.

I stayed away from art-to-stitch designs for many years; I am wary of buying from sellers who have grabbed a popular image, run it through a conversion program and sold it for a few dollars.  Unless the picture is in the public domain, this is illegal as well as producing a sub-standard chart.

Decent art-to-stitch designers have legal agreements and licences with the original artists (or artist estates) to use their designs, and worked with them to produce a high quality chart.  Good designers, do not just run the image through a conversion program; they spend many hours looking over the design, tweaking and altering the pattern to produce a better chart.

Tilton Crafts designs are fully licenced, and Shelley is as artist in her ability to create a great cross stitch design, as a look through her customer gallery will attest.

Onyria is a simple design, it is full cross stitch in DMC only; a beginner has the skills to stitch her. However, this is a design that will take you a lot of time to complete. Consider savoring the journey instead of focusing on the completion and you should enjoy this chart.

Onyria
Onyria

Review

Tilton Crafts offers their charts as electronic download or in printed form. I have only received Tilton charts in digital format, so that is what I am reviewing. Onyria is a 25 page chart pack in pdf format. Save the design and you can work from the digital chart or print sections as you need, or print it all and store it with the rest of your paper charts; the options are yours.

The Onyria digital download contains:

  • front cover sheet with a mock up of the stitched design
  • instructions on how to stitch and suggestions for the number of threads to use for each count of fabric
  • diagram of where the pages sit in relation to each other
  • cleaning and care notes; washing instructions
  • the symbol key or legend, including the number of skeins needed for each thread
  • the 20 page chart

Confetti stitching is in some ways integral to the art-to-stitch process, changing colours every stitch or second stitch is what allows these charts their level of detail and complexity. However stitching all confetti stitching is  a nightmare!  I believe a good art-to-stitch designer uses her skills to know when to keep the confetti stitching and when to reduce the number of colours used.

Onyria has the requisite confetti stitching in areas that need the extra detail, but has large swathes of the same colours in the background. This allows the stitcher to alternate between seeing the details emerge slowly and feeling accomplished at progressing on the background with more speed.

The chart is printed with black symbols on white paper. Where possible, Shelley has tweaked the chart to produce a variety of symbols to allow for greater visibility.

There are no overlap rows between the pages so you can stitch in rows of 10 stitches across the page, stitch on Magic Guide fabric or grid your fabric or count carefully.  Most stitchers use a combination of these techniques.

Onyria is a full-stitched chart; the finished project is wall-to wall stitching with no fabric showing (except the amount you leave for framing).  As such you can stitch on any fabric that you choose.

 Materials Required

To stitch Onyria exactly as designed, you will need:

1 skein each – DMC 156, 158, 159, 160, 161, 169, 225, 310, 317, 318, 336, 341, 413, 414, 415, 451, 452, 453, 535, 543, 640, 647, 648, 762, 778, 779, 791, 792, 793, 794, 797, 799, 800, 813, 818, 823, 838, 927, 930, 938, 939, 3021, 3024, 3031, 3033, 3041, 3042, 3072, 3325, 3371, 3727, 3740, 3743, 3747, 3752, 3753, 3755, 3756, 3799, 3807, 3838, 3860, 3861

2 skeins – DMC 819

2 skeins – DMC 3865

DMC Magic Guide  – 25 count gridded evenweave (stitch count 250 x 354). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.

For the recommended over 1 stitching on 25ct (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 16″ x 20″  or  41 x 52cm or a fat quarter (18 x 27″).

For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave stitching over 2 (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is:
24″ x 32″  or  61 x 80cm  or  a fat half (27″ x 36″).

18ct Magic Guide Ecru

Approximate cost for Project

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

Chart: $16.00
Floss:  $29.50
Fabric: $11.85

Total: $57.35    ($98.65 AUD or £63.30)

Places to Buy

Tilton Crafts has promo code REVIEWS for 20% off cross stitch charts. Excludes ezines and package deals. This code is valid for the month of October 2014.

Australia:
Colours Down Under has all the DMC and plain evenweave fabrics in stock.

Colour Cascade Fabrics stocks DMC and 25ct Magic Guide fabric. 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.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo stocks DMC, plain evenweave fabrics and DMC Magic Guide fabric.

United States:

123Stitch stocks DMC and plain evenweave fabrics.

For Discussion

Have you stitched (or started to stitch) a Tilton Crafts design? If so, which one and what did you think of the chart? Please leave a link in your comment to your stitching progress 🙂

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Under the Moonlight by Passione Ricamo

Another Mystery stitch-along for SAL Tuesday.  It’s that time of year, when the 2015 stitch-a-long are arranged and sign ups are still open.

Passione Ricamo - Under the Moonlight

From the Designer?

Clair de Lune, Under the Moonlight.  The subject is very romantic and seductive … but I do not tell you more …

Sign-up closes:  2 Nov 2014
SAL Duration: 3 Nov 2014 – 14 Jun 2015

Why this chart?

I am a sucker for a stitch-a-long (SAL), especially a Mystery stitch along where you have no idea what the resultant piece will look like. Passione Ricamo has run two similar Mystery stitch alongs before and I loved the results of both of them.

Passione Ricamo stitch alongs are large and need time and attention if you wish to keep up; at times it must take precedent over other stitching projects.  However, like all stitch alongs it is quite fine to lag behind, stitching at your own pace, many of us do.

Under the Moonlight  includes metallic threads and many beads. I would consider it suitable for an adventurous beginner or intermediate stitcher. There will be floss replacement options given for the metallics and beads for those stitchers who prefer to use all cottons.

Passione Ricamo - Under the Moonlight Mystery Stitchalong
Under the Moonlight

Review

Mystery Stitch alongs are a gamble. I generally find that if you like the majority of a designer’s work, then you are likely to enjoy their mystery SAL.  It is up to each stitcher to decide if the risk is worth it to you.

Passione Ricamo gives very little away about the nature of her stitch alongs.  It is not until after you sign up that you receive a Welcome Pack which lists the floss, embellishment and fabric options. As the Stitch along is starting in three weeks, I have permission to discuss the floss, embellishment and fabric options here.

To join in the SAL you need to buy the chart pack. There is a secret Facebook group for those who wish to join. This is not mandatory, but there are already many conversations discussing fabric choices, fabric sizes, bead options and general stitching questions. It is communities like this that keep us encouraged and thrilled about a design when we start to feel jaded and that other new start looks enticing!

We will receive the Under the Moonlight chart in sections from November 2014 to  May 2015.  The sections will only arrive via email so you will either print each section out yourself or work directly from a tablet. The Welcome Pack includes a diagram of the section outlines and the dates we will receive each section.

Laura provides each chart section twice, once in black and white and another in colour. Both contain the symbol key or legend.

The black and white chart is the main chart to stitch from. Each new section will include a one-row overlap to help in lining up your stitched sections and minimising errors. The overlap row is shaded grey so you don’t accidentally stitch it again.  Also on the black and white chart, Laura provides the backstitching lines in various colours, so it is easy to determine which section is to be outlined in which floss.

In a chart such as this where there are many different threads, it could be easy to mistake one chart symbol for another. The colour chart is very useful to quickly check your stitching, e.g. if you are stitching the correct green symbol or the incorrect but similar purple symbol.

 Materials Required

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

 

1 skein each – DMC 155, 156, 160, 210, 211, 310, 311, 321, 333, 335, 340, 341, 433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 470, 471, 472, 632, 646, 647, 676, 677, 729, 746, 747, 758, 775, 777, 801, 807, 819, 838, 905, 907, 938, 945, 951, 3021, 3023, 3024, 3041, 3371, 3743, 3746, 3747, 3756, 3765, 3766, 3770, 3820, Ecru

 

2 skeins DMC 645 – Very Dark Beaver Grey

1 spool Kreinik #4 Very Fine Braid 9294 – Periwinkle

1 card each Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid: PB01, PB09, PB10, PB12, PB22,  PB66, PB72, PB204,  PB205, with optional PB201. Dawn is using PB201 in her model stitch of Under the Moonlight.

 

5 packets Mill Hill Glass Beads 00479 – White

 

2 packets Mill Hill Glass Beads  02009  – Ice Lilac

Any suitable dark fabric of any type – some examples are shown below. (stitch count 215 x 299). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.

For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 22″ x 28″  or  55 x 70 or  a half yard (27 x 36″).

Approximate cost for Project

If you have stitched any of the previous Passione Ricamo Mystery stitch alongs, you will have many of these threads and embellishments already in your stash. Listed below is the approximate cost to stitch the Under the Moonlight project if you are new to Passione Ricamo designs and are buying items at retail prices. Please note these approximations do not include postage or the optional extra floss. If you are interested in stitching this design now, there are places who are offering embellishment packs (see further below).

Chart:  $16.30
Floss:   $62.80
Fabric: $46.00

Total: $125.10   ($219.20 AUD or £132.60)

Places to Buy

Australia:

Colours Down Under stocks all your floss and embellishment needs. Also some plain evenweave and Aida choices.

Colour Cascade Fabrics is running a floss and fabric pack for this Stitch Along, contact Tammy for more information. For readers of this site she offers a 10% discount. Use code PeaceOut during checkout. Code valid for the month of October 2014.

United Kingdom:

Crafty Kitten is offering an embellishment pack for the Stitch Along and is offering a 10% discount on fabric if you buy at the same time:

Polstitches is also offering floss, embellishment and fabric packs for this stitch along and a 25×27 cut of fabric (cheaper than a half yard):

SewandSo stocks all of your DMC floss and a variety of fabric choices.

Sparklies has a wide choice of colours to choose from if you wish to make your piece unique with hand dyed fabric.

United States:

123Stitch stocks all most of yourfloss and embellishment needs.

Crazy Annies is offering an embellishment pack for this Stitch Along.

Silkweavers has the following fabric suitable for this stitch along

Steph’s Fabbys has the following fabric suitable for this stitch along

Under the Sea fabrics makes the following fabrics which are suitable for the stitch along

For Discussion

Are you stitching Under the Moonlight? Leave a link to your photo album in the comments so we can all see the varieties of fabric and floss you have chosen.

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Art of Simplicity by Designs by Lisa

Entires for last week’s Peace Wheel chart giveaway are now closed. The winner will be contacted shortly and their name listed in the Giveaways page.

Designs by Lisa - Art of Simplicity

From the Designer

“Master the art of simplicity…and every day will be beautiful.”

Why this chart?

Art of Simplicity is again from my stash. Whenever my mind and my life become over-cluttered I remember this edict.  This sentiment reflects a quieting of the mind that mirrors the act of cross stitching. Two colours, one image, a block of single colour wording; the project is simple and elegant.

The use of the butterfly motif reminds me of another Designs by Lisa chart which states “if nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies”

While I love the quiet colours used in the model, this small piece is easily adapted to your personal style. Using no fractional stitches or specialty stitches, Art of Simplicity can be stitched on any fabric type or count. So search through your stash, find a relaxing fabric and start stitching.

Art of Simplicity does use backstitching for the wording. Backstitching is easy to do, but if you are stitching a dark colour on a light or thin fabric, do take note of where you threads carry across the back, as these could be visible once the project is framed.

Art of Simplicity
Art of Simplicity

Review

Art of Simplicity is printed on US Letter (9 x 11″) heavy white cardstock.  The cover is printed in colour, but the chart on the reverse side is printed in black.

The butterfly motif is printed using one symbol, the backstitching is printed in bold black lines; both very easy to see.  This is a very easy pattern to follow for stitchers of all levels.

All the pertinent information about the Art of Simplicity design is on the back cover, easily visible through the clear plastic; the recommended fabric and floss, the stitch count and estimated size of the design in the 28ct fabric.

The designer did not list any DMC thread substitutions for the Thread Gatherer silk floss.  This may be because the variegated thread has shades of so many colours in it, that it is difficult to decide which would be the dominant hue. Also, as this design comprises a single floss butterfly and some wording, the butterfly could be stitched in almost any colour floss you choose.

The main quibble I have with the Art of Simplicity chart is that the pattern is printed over the folded centre line. Through regular wear and folding, the print on the fold line can wear off.

 Materials Required

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

Thread Gatherer - SNC099 - Moon Rose

1 skein – Thread Gatherer Silk ‘n Colours 099 – Moon Rose

DMC 3041

 

1 skein – DMC 3041 – Antique Violet

 

 

Wichelt - Ivory

Wichelt – 28 count Ivory Jobelan (stitch count 96 x 126). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.

For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is:
13″ x 15″  or  33 x 39cm  or  a fat eighth (13 x 18″).

Approximate cost for Project

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

Chart: $7.00
Floss:  $8.34
Fabric: $5.75

Total: $21.09    ($33.91 AUD or £24.95)

Places to Buy

Australia:
Colours Down Under has floss and fabric 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 some DMC floss in stock and a wide choice of fabric colours. For readers of this site she offers a 10% discount. Use code PeaceOut during checkout. Code valid for the month of October 2014.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo stocks all of your DMC cottons, Thread Gatherer silks and Wichelt fabrics.

Sparklies suggests Slightly Summer or Lilac Ice from her range of fabrics.

 United States:

123Stitch is a one-stop-shop for all materials listed.

Giveaway

As I believe we all need a little more simplicity and tranquility in our lives (and its aids in my simplification of my life project) I am going to give away my Art of Simplicity chart. To enter, comment below why you would like this chart and what, if any, changes would you make to it.

Contest is open to anywhere in the world. The only valid entries are comments below on this post.  Comments on social media will not be included.

Contest closes in one week from posting this review (midday, 20 October 2014, Melbourne time (UTC+11 hours). Winner will be chosen randomly from the comments.

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Cross Stitch Design and Fabric Viewer

Each weekend we spotlight something that helps us as a stitcher. The first item up is the Cross Stitch Design and Fabric Viewer. formerly known as the Mirabilia Viewer.

The Viewer allows you to pick a cross stitch design and shows you what it would look like on a variety of fabrics.

The Cross Stitch Design and Fabric Viewer is a personal project managed, updated and maintained by Dana Oliver Smith for the use and pleasure of the stitching community. As Dana keeps the site updated with new designs and fabrics as they come out, the Viewer is justifiably limited to eight prolific designers and thirteen fabric dyers.

The Designers are:

The Dyers are:

However, if you have a favourite designer you would love to see in the Viewer you can always email Dana.

The design images are quite small and may not show the intricacies of the pattern, especially any metallic or beading embellishments.

Update March 2015: The Viewer has undergone an extensive rewrite and the design images are now much larger.  I love this new size and such a clean interface!

 

Please note: The fabric pictures are only a rough indication; colours and extent of mottling change with every different fabric and may show quite differently on your screen.

That said, spend a relaxing few hours playing around the Cross Stitch and Fabric viewer discovering which combinations you would like to see come alive under your needle.

Discussion

So this brings us the end of the first week of Reviews. How has it gone? Would you refer your friends to this site? Do you have a chart, stitchalong or designer you are just hoping I will review? Do you want your favourite shop or dyer listed here?

Unfortunately I’m not a mind reader,  nor do I play one on TV, so please please please comment below and let me know what you think.

Feedback

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Last updated: 3 March 2015 – to include updated links to Viewer and Chatelaine websites.

Free Designs: BD Couture

Brigitte of BD Couture designs and displays a free cross stitch design every Friday.

BD Couture - Stained Glass
Bridgette Dadaux – Stained Glass

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?

Brigitte of BD Couture has provided her Free Cross Stitch Friday designs since  2008. Brigitte is an all-round crafter; cross stitch, embroidery, crochet, knitting and patchwork. Her blog showcases her interests in the fibre arts as well as her design and creations.

Her  blog is in French but google translate is enough for me to follow each story and wonder at the crafts she discusses.

I have presented BD Couture as the first Freebie Friday because of the diverse nature of Brigitte’s designs.

BD Couture - Dogs and Cats
Dogs and Cats

Most of the designs are simple to stitch and only need a few colours; thus are eminently suited to personalised small gifts. Change the colours, add a hand dyed fabric, mix and match the motifs and voilà a completely different project.

As these designs are mainly small without any specialty elements, they are suitable for any level stitcher. It’s the personalization that will make your project stand out.

Review

BD Couture Friday free charts are only available via Brigitte’s blog.  You can subscribe to be notified when a new design is released.

You can save the newer designs to your picture folder by simply clicking on the picture and saving it. It will save as a .jpg picture file. which you can print out or view it onscreen at any time.

The oldest charts, however, link to a pdf file.  Unfortunately sometimes these links are broken so we cannot retrieve the file.  Fortunately she has so many designs, you can easily find a substitute.

BD Couture - Heart

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 BD Couture free designs and let me know in the comments; which is your favourite design?

Feedback

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Last updated: 11 November 2014