From the Designer
The A-Maze-ing Desserts Collection is a series of 10 Mandala type designs inspired by delectable desserts found anywhere from your own kitchen to the finest restaurants in the world.
What’s really amazing about them is they are guaranteed to be fat-free, lo-cal and too good to pass up! The Mandalas also have Mill Hill Beads added for that extra sweetness; what I like to call the “whip cream on top” or the “icing on the cake!”
Use your imagination. Just because this design is called Red Velvet Cake and the model is stitched in hues of red and crème doesn’t mean you can’t select an entirely different color palette of your own. You can even stitch it monochromatic (all in one color) if you like.
Why this chart?
I received this chart, floss and beads as a Christmas present from Julie Dollery this past Christmas. She knew I loved the look of the A-Maze-ing Desserts Collection and I hate pink, so she bought me the pinkest of the collection. I truly love my best friends!
Julie also knows I love Red Velvet Cake, the real stuff that made with beet juice, not the fake coloured cake.
I love single colour palette designs and those that provide texture to their piece. This is mostly found in canvas-work so I am very happy to see the tradition alive in the cross stitch world.
This design is stitched solely in luscious soft Dinky Dye silks and Mill Hill beads on hand dyed fabric. The design uses only full cross stitch and beads. The A-Maze-ing Desserts Collection are wonderful designs for first-timers to try hand dyed floss. The stitching in large blocks of colour give you time and space to play and find your own hand dyed stitching style.
All Glendon Place designs including Red Velvet Cake are only available as printed charts.
Red Velvet Cake is a US Letter booklet; pages of US Ledger (A3) stapled in the middle and folded in half. The outside four pages are a card stock and the inner four pages are a sheet of white paper.
The front cover has a photo of the finished design. The next six pages (including inside pages of front and back cover) are the chart, while the back cover lists the materials used and where to buy them from.
The chart is printed in black symbols on a white background; the symbols are large and easy to differentiate. There is an obviously grey-background three-row overlap on each subsequent page. You can easily stitch direct from the chart booklet.
I love that the floss are denoted by typographic symbols, but the beads by numerals. This is becoming an industry standard practice and I am pleased. This means I can tell at a glance whether I need to look to floss, or if that section has beads; I alter my work flow to accommodate the beads.
The last chart page also includes stitching instructions and a diagram showing where each page fits into the overall design. The stitching instructions include how to stitch with hand dyed floss and how to attach the beads.
The back cover lists everything we need to know to kit up this design; the stitch count, fabric used in the model, size of the design, size of fabric to purchase, list of floss including number of skeins of each colour, chart symbols, where to buy the recommended materials, and even where the model was framed.
Red Velvet Cake has everything you want in a chart; large clear symbols, full instructions and helpful hints and complete materials lists on the back cover so if you are in a bricks and mortar store, you can kit this baby up before taking it home. For the online stitchers, Glendon Place lists the floss and fabric required and even includes links so you can kit up the project right there on their website.
To stitch the charts exactly as designed, you will need:
2 skeins Dinky Dyes Natural
3 skeins Dinky Dyes 140 Pilbara
2 skeins Dinky Dyes 166 Kununurra
2 skeins Dinky Dyes 180 Red Jasper
2 skeins Dinky Dyes 199 Choco Cherry
2 skeins Dinky Dyes 204 Flesh
1 skein Sullivans 45221 (similar to DMC 819). This is only used to attach the beads.
2 packets Mill Hill beads 02035 Shimmering Apricot
2 packets Mill Hill beads 03021 Royal Pearl
2 packets Mill Hill beads 03049 Rich Red
2 packets Mill Hill beads 03057 Cherry Sorbet
Picture This Plus 28 count Opal Cashel Linen (stitch count 198 x 198). This design can be stitched over 2 on 28ct evenweave or over 1 on 14ct Aida. I would not recommend stitching over one on 28ct as the beads will be too large.
For 14ct Aida or 28ct linen (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 20¼” x 20¼” or 51 x 51cm or a fat half (27 x 36″).
Glendon Place recommends reducing the border to 2″ so this design will fit on 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):
Floss: $ 62.85
Total: $104.85 ($157.10 AUD or €119.60 or £77.20)
Places to Buy
Glendon Place sells the printed charts, fabric and floss kits worldwide. The kits prices direct from Catkin are cheaper than buying the individual pieces from your Local Needlework Shop because they only include the cut of fabric and the amount of floss you need instead of a full fat quarter and full skeins of floss.
Colours Down Under has all the 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.
Colour Cascade Fabrics has the chart in stock and recommends Golddigger, FairyTale or Silver Springs from their fabrics.
Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 27 February 2015.
Traditional Stitches in Calgary have everything in stock for you to buy and kit up this chart.
Casa Cenina in Italy has this chart, the floss pack and the beads in stock for you.
SewandSo can order in this chart for you. They have the floss and beads in stock and can offer a range of alternative fabrics.
Chromatic Alchemy “I have included a dark and a light option for Red Velvet Cake, it’s amazing how different they make the piece look! The dark fabric is Permanganate and the light is Nuriel’s Forest.”
Crafty Kitten has the chart and floss in stock. Dawn suggests “Jurassic sands, latte (evenweave), just peachy or oatmeal are the ones I’d go for and maybe chocolate orange for something a bit different!”
Sparklies suggests “Oatmeal or Barely Bronzed would be suitable neutrals for this one”
Thread Pickerz Silkz are currently undergoing maintenance as Eileen updates her website. She offers 10% off each silk thread as it is added back on the website.”
123Stitch has everything in stock for you to buy and kit up this chart.
Black Cat Stitchery in Illinois has this chart, the floss pack and the beads in stock for you. Erica is offering a 5% discount for readers of Cross Stitch Review. Coupon code: CSRSPRING15. Offer ends 31 May 2015.
Stitches n Things have the chart and silk floss in stock for you.
Dinky Dyes offer a floss pack for Red Velvet Cake.
Fiberlicious “I adore Glendon Place’s Dessert series. Red Velvet Cake is a chart to die for! I’d suggest using Peony Blush, Fuchsia Bloom and Strawberry Truffle in Valentines Collection (either cotton or silk) to make the design stand out a little bit more, brighter and yummier :D”
Picture This Plus is a one stop shop for Red Velvet Cake chart, fabric, floss and beads. They sell the recommended fat quarter of “Opal” fabric.
Would you stitch one of the A-Maze-ing Desserts collection? Which would be your favourite?
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Last Updated: 11 February 2015