OK I wanted to start with a Monochrome Monday, but as a friend pointed out, three colours do not make a monochrome. So this is then for Almost-Monochrome Monday.
From the Designer
This design was inspired by Kolam or Rangoli paintings, which are a most unusual and transient form of art found in India and many other Asian countries. They are drawn by hand using powdered rice or rock directly onto the ground. The artist frequently starts with a matrix of dots, then creates a path of twisty turny lines that weave around and between the dots. When the wind, rain, and walkers take their toll, the design is swept away and replaced by a new one, usually before sunrise every day.
Kolams are drawn as a blessing and welcome to all visitors. They are thought to bring prosperity to the household and keep evil spirits away. Mathematicians and anthropologists alike have been fascinated by and study the diverse designs. Me too. I hope this stitched homage brings peace and prosperity to your home.
Why this chart?
Peace Wheel is in my personal stash. I love monochrome or near monochrome designs. These projects are so versatile; they can be customised in size, fabric type and colour palette to suit your decor or as a way to use those odd one-off fabrics and floss we’ve bought simply because we fell in love with the colours! Grab a few of your favourite skeins and that odd bit of fabric and play around until you have a combination you like.
There are no partial stitches or speciality stitches, so this project can be easily completed on any fabric count. It looks to be a great project for beginners and expert stitchers alike.
Finally, I love the story behind Peace Wheel and feel we could all use some more peace and prosperity in our lives.
I love the way Tracy packages Ink Circles designs. The charts are printed in black on US Letter (9 x 11″) white paper, housed within a clear plastic ziploc bag. The cover page is on heavy card stock to give some stiffness to the packet.
The design symbols provide maximum clarity; both visible on the page and sufficiently disparate. Even stitching in poor light at midnight (not that any of us do that) you shouldn’t get your colours muddled up.
Every successive page has a clearly marked three row overlap. There’s no need to tape pages together to work out where the next stitch goes.
All the pertinent information about the Peace Wheel design is on the last page, easily visible through the clear plastic. So you know the recommended fabric and floss, the number of skeins needed, the stitchcount and estimated size of the design in 28ct, 32 and 40ct fabrics.
As this design was stitched using hand dyed silks, Tracy provides a close DMC number for you to substitute with cottons or another brand of silks. As we know, hand dyed threads and fabrics are variegated or mottled, even when appearing to be a single colour, so there will never be an exact DMC match.
I only have one quibble with the Peace Wheel chart pack; the chart has been printed double-sided. It has been professionally done so that neither side shows through, and reducing paper usage is better for the environment, however if you mark off your chart as you stitch, you will need to make a working copy.
To stitch the chart exactly as designed, you will need:
3 skeins – Dinky Dyes Silk 072 – Cabernet (similar to DMC 327)
1 skein – Dinky Dyes Silk 142 – Gidgee (similar to DMC 733)
3 skeins – Dinky Dyes Silk 147 – Down Under Blues (similar to DMC 336)
Picture This Plus – 32 count Chalice (stitch count 171 x 171). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.
For 16ct Aida or 32ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 17″ x 17″ or 43 x 47cm or a 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):
Total: $70.50 ($77.50 AUD or €59.60 or £44.15)
Places to Buy
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 has the Peace Wheel chart in stock and Tammy recommends Gold Digger Old Map Style from her range of fabrics. For readers of this site she offers a 10% discount for chart and fabric. Use code PeaceOut during checkout. This code is valid for the month of October 2014.
Casa Cenina in Spain stocks the Peace Wheel chart, Dinky Dye silks and some fabrics to stitch this design.
SewandSo stock the Dinky Dyes floss and a range of fabrics.
Polstitches Jo says “I love the idea of Jacobean Sampler Linen for that one and would look fab with Dragon Floss 98 Blackberry Twist.”
Sparklies suggests Barely Bronzed or Dr Smith’s Tonic from her range of fabrics.
123Stitch is a one-stop-shop for all materials listed.
Dinky Dyes sells a floss pack for this design.
Ink Circles, where Tracy sells her charts.
To celebrate the first review on this site, I’m going to give away my Peace Wheel 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. Winner will be chosen randomly from the comments.
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Last updated: 25 November 2014