Today we have a beautiful piece of non-representational art.
What is it?
Why this chart?
I adore Ahmad Dari’s calligraphy; watch the video on his site to see the fluidity and beauty of his style. This is such a different style to anything else I have seen in the cross stitching world. I love these and hope to acquire more of them in the future.
The Amour chart from Fil’anthrope is a conversion of Dari’s Arabic calligraphy with the French word Amour above it. On the reverse side is the same chart but with the English word Love above it.
As the calligraphy section is art-to-stitch, Fil’anthrope have used blended threads for a smooth transition of some colours. They have also altered the number of threads used in differing parts of the chart to give a textural component. The calligraphy is stitched using between one and three threads. the eyelet stitch is in two threads and the wording in one thread.
Given the blended threads, eyelet stitch, and varied numbers of threads, I would recommend this for an intermediate or advanced stitcher.
The Amour chart pack is a single sheet of A3 white paper, folded three times, and nestled inside the glossy cover. The front cover lists in French and in English, the size of the finished project, and the material it was stitched on.
Unfortunately you have to open the pack to see what floss is needed to stitch this work of art. The also website does not include this information.
The chart symbols are printed in shades of red, black or grey to aid in differentiating between them. Unfortunately some of the symbols are used in both red and black, but denoting different floss colours. I presume this is an anti-piracy measure, but it does make it difficult for us to making a working copy to stitch from.
Speaking of which, the symbols are very small on this chart, you will probably need to make an enlarged copy to easily see and mark off the colour changes in the calligraphy.
The Eyelet Stitch diagrams are in four different colours to easily denote which threads to use. The Eyelet stitch does not come with a diagram. The description “The eyelets are created using backstitches, which all originate from the same centre, creating the eye” doesn’t seem enough if you have not used this particular stitch before. Try googling for an instructional video or a great diagram.
The chart is two-sided with one side mirroring the other. One side has the chart (with the word Amour), floss key and instructions in French; the reverse side has the same in English.
Fil’anthrope Broderies prefers to use Aurifil floss. Aurifil is an Italian company and their cotton floss is very similar is strength and size to sewing thread. It is easy to use three strands of Aurifil thread on 32ct, but I wouldn’t like to do the same with DMC floss.
To stitch Amour exactly as designed, you will need:
1 skein Aurifil Allegro 2510 – Very Light Lilac (similar to DMC 211)
1 skein Aurifil Allegro 2524 – Light Grey Mauve (similar to DMC 3042)
1 skein Aurifil Allegro 2525 – Majorelle blue (similar to DMC 340)
1 skein Aurifil Allegro – 2540 – Lilac (similar to DMC 3837)
1 skein Aurifil Allegro – 2545 – Dark Lilac (similar to DMC 550)
1 skein Aurifil Allegro – 2710 – Ice Blue (similar to DMC 3841)
1 skein Aurifil Allegro – 2715 – Sky Blue (similar to DMC 3325)
1 skein Aurifil Allegro – 2725 – Columbia Blue (similar to DMC 799)
1 skein Aurifil Allegro – 2730 – Cobalt Blue (similar to DMC 798)
1 skein Aurifil Allegro – 2770 – Soft Blue (similar to DMC 157)
1 skein Aurifil Allegro – 2780 – Ultramarine (similar to DMC 820)
1 skein Aurifil Allegro – 2692 – Black (similar to DMC 310)
For 32ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is:
12½” x 15½” or 32 x 39cm or a fat eighth (13 x 18″).
Approximate cost for Project
Approximate cost to stitch Amour using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do not include postage):
Total: $76.75 ($96.80 AUD or €67.55 or £44.55)
Places to Buy
Fil’anthrope Broderies offers various options for buying direct: chart only, full kit or just the specialty threads and embellishments for Amour.
The full kit price only includes the amount of each thread needed for the chart, instead of buying full skeins. So the chart is a considerably cheaper option if you do not intend to use Aurifil Allegro cotton threads in your regular stitching.
Full Kit: $44.80 ($51.85 AUD or €36.00 or £28.25)
I have one of Fil’anthropes other kits and the floss is presorted onto individual cards and so far there has been ample amounts of each floss color provided.
Colours Down Under has the DMC equivalents and a range of fabrics in stock. Jo would be happy to try to order in this chart and offers a 10% discount on the package (chart + floss). Mention this review when ordering.
Colour Cascade Fabrics Tammy has the DMC equivalents and a range of fabrics in stock. Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 6 December 2014.
Casa Cenina in Spain stocks a variety of fabrics and floss for your unique creation.
Chromatic Alchemy “Fil’anthrope looks lovely on Morganella my dark purple fabric”.
SewandSo has the DMC equivalents and a range of fabrics in stock.
Sparklies suggests Slightly Lilac or Slightly Violet from her range of fabrics.
123Stitch has the DMC equivalents and a range of fabrics in stock.
Would you be interested in buying the kit for to experience working with an unusual floss, or would you prefer to stitch this in DMC?
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