A small design with a great chance to try some specialty fibres. Also a giveaway!
Why this chart?
Bees are in the news lately as they are a huge pollinator and declining bee populations means declining flowers and food …
Also my name is Melissa which means honeybee … so I’ve always been attracted to charts of the cute little insects.
And their honey – I love so many different flavours of honey! If you’ve over ever eaten a blended honey, try a single flower, like strawberry or yellow boxwood. Their tastes are dramatically different.
I love Quaker Bee in particular because it marries the primitive tone-on-tone quaker motifs with a honeybee stitched in modern Fuzzy Stuff and Wisper. Both of which are fuzzy floss. Wisper is most often used in Santa Claus’ beard or fur linings for clothes.
This effects really brings out the bee, it is as if the bee is in front of a wallpaper.
The chart uses the same lettering in the alphabet border and the initials to the right of the bee. It is very easy to substitute your own initials to personalise your stitched project.
Given the specialty floss, I would recommend this design to an adventurous beginner or really anyone who wants an excuse to try new threads.
The front page has a large colour photo of the framed, finished stitching glued to it.
The second page is the chart; printed small to fit on a single page. the symbols are small, but the colours are used in separate areas, so there is no real need to differentiate them. If the colours shared areas, then I would highly recommend enlarging the pattern as I have to squint to differentiate between the • and the ♥.
You many want to enlarge your working copy if you like to mark off your progress with a highlighter or other thick marker. However, I love that the chart is a single page, as there is no concerns about lining up chart sections.
The third page is the back of the chart pack. It includes the stitch count, the fabric used in the model and a combined floss list and symbol key. I love that this chart pack shows everything you need to kit up the project before you open the pack.
As Quaker Bee uses whole cross stitch only, it can easily be stitched on Aida or evenweave fabric. I would not suggest stitching this over one on evenweave as the shape of the bee would be lost under the fuzzy threads.
To stitch the charts exactly as designed, you will need:
1 skein DMC 783 Medium Topaz
1 skein DMC 3371 Black Brown
1 card Rainbow Gallery Fuzzy Stuff FZ23 Gold
1 card Rainbow Gallery Wisper W99 Black
28 count Picture this Plus Moonglow linen (stitch count 101 x 140). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.
For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave/linen (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 13¼” x 16” or 34 x 41cm or a fat eighth (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: $ 10.00
Floss: $ 6.30
Total: $29.55 ($43.15 AUD or $38.10 CAD or €30.65 or £23.20)
Places to Buy
AuryTM Designs does not sell direct to the public, but you can buy her charts from your favourite local or online needlework stores. Also I am giving away my copy of this chart; see below for details.
Colours Down Under has all the threads (including the Rainbow Gallery specialty threads) and a variety of plain fabrics 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.
OzStitch has the DMC and Rainbow Gallery Wisper in stock. They also stock a variety of white and off white fabrics.
Colour Cascade Fabrics stocks the DMC and a variety of fabrics for you to make this design unique. Caitlin recommends Clouds or Silver Springs.
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.
Traditional Stitches in Calgary have a selection of Aury TM charts in stock and can happily order in Quaker Bee for you. They also stock all the threads (including Rainbow Gallery) and have a choice of fabrics to suit your taste.
Stitch-it Central in Ingersoll have Quaker Bee in stock.
Casa Cenina has Quaker Bee in stock and can kit it up for you!
Country Stitch “This one just begs to be stitched on a fabric with lovely yellow undertones, but still in the neutral range. Something like Bourbon or Toitoi,
or for those who like more mottled fabrics, Apple Blossom or Hokey Pokey.
Depending on the fabric choice, it might be necessary to go for a darker thread than 783 – so 782 or 781 so that the fabric doesn’t suck the life out of the gold-toned thread.”
SewandSo stock all the floss and a range of fabrics to make this design uniquely yours.
Chromatic Alchemy “I have decided to show Quaker bee on Nimbus. It is a lovely pale fabric but with a bit of interest to really make the elements of the design stand out.”
Crafty Kitten has a variety of fabrics and the threads to stitch this project.
Sparklies “To keep with the sampler theme of this design I would choose a neutral colour background. I think either Barely Bronzed or Dr. Smith’s Tonic would set this off well.”
Thread Pickerz Silkz “I would go for golden luxury and jet black or coal along with the Rainbow Gallery threads to complete this little hard worker.”
“it is my 2nd anniversary of thread pickerz and I have a few things going on. I have a sale up on all my threads untill 14th, (with many new colours being added at the start of the week). I am also having 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
123Stitch has the thread in stock and offers a variety of fabrics.
Black Cat Stitchery in Illinois has all the floss in stock and a range of fabric 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.
Stitch and Frog in Georgia have Quaker Bee in stock, and on sale for 40% off. They also stock the DMC floss and Picture This Plus fabric.
Stitches n Things in Michigan have Quaker Bee and all the threads in stock. They also have a range of fabrics to suit your unique style.
Fiberlicious “Honey, Honey Lavender and Black Rose in silks
or Shades of Brown and Shades of Gold in cottons”
Mo’s Sale “I choose Philip and Licorice for the cotton floss”
And for the fabric Monaco 28 D8
Sunny*Dyes Teri suggests any of the following “antiqued parchment, sunny daze, woodlands, snickerdoodles, huntress, meadow”
Under the Sea Fabrics recommends Apollo for Quaker Bee
I am offering my chart pack of this beautiful design away to one reader. To enter, comment below as to why you want to stitch this design.
Whilst we adore comments and sharing via social media, only comments on this post will be eligible for entry.
Contest closes FOUR weeks from Publish; midday, 12 May 2015, Melbourne, Australia time (UTC+10 hours).
Last Updated: 14 April 2015