Before My Morning Coffee by Artecy

Art to Stitch Wednesday featuring Artecy.  Also as the November Sales finish, the Christmas sales start so I have created a new SALES page.  Bookmark it or check it out as I will update it regularly as I hear of new Sales.

Artecy - Before my morning coffee

From the Designer

Before my morning coffee …. I might as well be a dog.

What is it?

Before my morning coffee is an original Roosevelt the Cat artwork by Gail Gastfield translated into cross stitch by Tereena Clarke of Artecy.

Note: Please respect our artists. Your work will be a labour of love for months and years to come. Buy from reputable designers such as those reviewed on this site. They support the artists who produce the original works. By buying cheap art-to-stitch designs, you are likely buying from a designer who is not paying royalties or licensing and the chart is likely to be low quality. Without support, our artists cannot thrive. Your time, and theirs are worth more.

Why this chart?

I bought this chart for a cat-loving friend of mine’s birthday a few years ago.  I liked it so much, I bought a second copy for myself.  Also Tereena is a local Australian designer and I like to support local where possible.

Tereena of Artecy is one of the most prolific Art to Stitch designers I have known. Her work is featured on her own Artecy website, Patterns Online, CrossStitch.com and Kustom Krafts.   Tereena has been designing cross stitch patterns for the last 14 years.  In the last two years, her husband, an artist, has assisted with her designing process; prior to this, all charts on the Artecy site were designed or converted by Tereena. All of her art-to-stitch charts are fully licensed.

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. The background in Before My Morning Coffee is so simple that it is easily removed. You can stitch this on a hand dyed fabric of your own choice to cut the stitching time and add to the complexity of the design.

Before My Morning Coffee is a simple design, it is full cross stitch in DMC only; a beginner has the skills to stitch it. However, this is still a large design, so pace yourself and enjoy the journey.

Artecy - Before My Morning Coffee

Review

All of the Artecy Cross Stitch designs are available as PDF downloads or printed charts. My copy of Before My Morning Coffee is the 18 page PDF digital download. Simply save yiour downloaded PDF file 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 Before My Morning Coffee chart pack contains:

  • front cover sheet with a mock-up of the stitched design, stitch count and approximate size (in inches) of the finished design on 14ct, 16ct and 18ct. Also includes the artist licence information.
  • one page of instructions on how to stitch art-to-stitch design.
  • the twelve page chart.
  • two pages of the DMC floss symbol key or legend, in DMC floss number order.
  • two pages of the DMC floss, listing both the number of stitches and number of skeins required for each DMC colour.

Artecy provides black symbols on a white background.  Tereena suggests starting in the middle of the pattern; there are no overlap rows from preceding 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 combine these techniques.

The chart format is large; it only shows 55 x 78 stitches per page. This is easy to see and stitch from. Tereena carefully selects the variety of symbols to maximise ease of differentiating them on the page.  Again, you can almost see the design due to the symbol choice.  The background is simple; large swathes of the same colours.  However the cat’s fur is by necessity a riot of different colours and symbols. This is confetti stitching at its worst, but you would expect that for drawn animal fur.

Although the stitchcount is listed on the front page, the two pages of floss list can only be seen once you buy and open the chart pack. Nor does Artecy list the floss needed on the website.

Before My Morning Coffee is a cute whimsical design that would give any cat lover a smile.  You can fully stitch the background or use a hand dyed fabric; it is your choice.

Materials Required

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

1 skein each: DMC 152, 159, 160, 161, 169, 223, 310, 315, 318, 336, 353, 356, 402, 415, 452, 747, 758, 760, 762, 778, 792, 797, 798, 799, 803, 814, 815, 819, 820, 823, 902, 918, 938, 939, 3042, 3713, 3721, 3722, 3727, 3743, 3770, 3776, 3778, 3779, 3807, 3827, 3830, 3856, 3857, 3858, 3859, 3860, 3861, 3865.

If you wish to stitch the background, you will also need:
2 skeins each DMC 809, 3839
3 skeins DMC 3838
5 skeins DMC 3840

14ct Aida or 28 count White or Cream Evenweave  (stitch count 198 x 230). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.

For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 20” x 22½”  or  51 x 57cm  or  a fat half (27 x 36″).

Approximate cost for Project

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

Chart:  $  9.95
Floss:    $29.05
Fabric: $20.00

Total: $59.00  ($102.50 AUD or €84.05  or  £59.27)

Places to Buy

Tereena sells this chart via many online stores including ArtecyPatterns Online and CrossStitch.com. Artecy are having a 20% off all charts Christmas sale, so if you buy from Artecy or CrossStitch.com. you can save 20% on the pattern price.

 Australia:

Colours Down Under has all the threads and a variety of white and off white fabrics in stock. Jo would be happy to order in the printed chart, and offers a 10% discount on the package (chart + floss). Mention this review when ordering.

Colour Cascade Fabrics has a variety of fabrics for you to make this design unique. Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 6 December 2014.

Europe:

Casa Cenina in Spain stock a variety of fabrics and floss for your unique creation.

United Kingdom:

Colray Crafts provides a variety of kits for this and other Artecy designs.

SewandSo can offer all your DMC and fabric needs.

Chromatic Alchemy  “Oh wow it works on quite a few….it depends I guess whether you want a moody background or not. I can’t decide between them lol! They all look good to me!  I think I would definitely remove the background though imagine how much quicker it would be to stitch”.

Polstitches “with a removed background blue moon would add some real depth”

Sparklies “Harebell or Rain would work quite well if you didn’t want to stitch the background.”

United States:

123Stitch has the thread in stock and offers a variety of fabrics.

Discussion

Have you stitched an Artecy design? What do you think of Tereena’s charting?

Feedback

Did you like this review? Did it contain all the expected information? Is there anything you would like added or removed from the reviews? Do you know of a particular chart or designer you want to see featured here? If so, please head to the Suggestions page and let me know.

Last Updated: 3 December 2014

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Calypso (Lynch) by Heaven and Earth Designs

Art to Stitch Wednesday and yes we have finally arrived at the most well-known fantasy art-to-stitch site, Heaven and Earth Designs (HaED).

HaED - Calypso
HaED – Calypso

What is it?

Calypso is a watercolour by Jo Lynch translated into cross stitch by Michele Sayetta of Heaven and Earth Designs.

Note: Please respect our artists. Your work will be a labour of love for months and years to come. Buy from reputable designers such as those reviewed on this site. They support the artists who produce the original works. By buying cheap art-to-stitch designs, you are likely buying from a designer who is not paying royalties or licensing and the chart is likely to be low quality. Without support, our artists cannot thrive. Your time, and theirs are worth more.

Why this chart?

I’ve always loved Jo Lynch’s artwork, especially her watercolour animals.  She also “donates a portion of her sales to help various animal charities and shelters, and works with one group in particular, Art 4 Critters , in which she is now a co-leader. Each year she donates some paintings and artwork to animal groups to sell during fundraisers.” Very inspiring.

Michelle Sayetta and her site Heaven and Earth Designs are well-known for licensing fantastic artists and then investing over 60 hours into each artwork, designing and tweaking to give stitchers the best possible art-to-stitch chart. Heaven and Earth have been in business twelve years and that experience shows in their charts.

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.

Calypso is different; smaller than the average art-to-stitch chart and and with no background so stitchers can choose any background they like to personalise their vision.

Calypso is a simple design, it is full cross stitch in DMC only; a beginner has the skills to stitch it. However, this is still a large design, so pace yourself and enjoy the journey.

Calypso
Calypso

Review

Heaven and Earth designs are available as printed charts or digital downloads.  All designs are available in regular or large format.  My copy of Calypso is a digital download of the large chart format. Calypso is a 16 page chart pack in digital 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 Calypso chart pack contains:

  • front cover sheet with original artwork, stitch count and finished sizes for 25ct fabric counts and the artist licence information.
  • one page of instructions on how to stitch art-to-stitch design.
  • three pages of the DMC floss symbol key or legend, in DMC floss number order.
  • thee pages of the DMC floss, listing both the number of stitches and number of skeins required for for each DMC colour.
  • the 8 page chart

Heaven and Earth Designs provide black symbols on a white background.  Each successive chart page includes a three-row shaded overlap from earlier pages. Michelle carefully selects the variety of symbols to maximise ease of differentiating them on the page.  Again, you can almost see the design due to the symbol choice.

The larger chart format shows only 65 x 80 stitches per page. The standard charts use 80 x 98 stitches per page; so the symbols on the larger chart pack are easier to see.  I recommend buying the larger chart pack if you suspect the design includes many colour changes (confetti stitching).

When Calypso was first released in 2009, Heaven and Earth Designs recommended stitching this design in silk floss created by Vicki Clayton of Hand Dyed Fibers.  Vicki’s silks to DMC chart is listed here.

Although the stitchcount is listed on the front page, the three pages of floss list can only be seen once you buy and open the chartpack.  Due to this, Heaven and Earth Designs provide the floss list on the website.

Calypso is a bold fun design with no background stitching; as such you can stitch on any fabric that you choose.

Materials Required

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

1 skein each DMC 150, 152, 156, 159, 160, 162, 169, 209, 225, 315, 334, 367, 371, 402, 413, 517, 524, 550, 554, 580, 598, 606, 666, 676, 700, 704, 720, 740, 741, 742, 775, 780, 781, 791, 792, 794, 796, 797, 798, 799, 807, 809, 813, 814, 817, 819, 820, 825, 826, 842, 890, 891, 898, 900, 921, 932, 936, 946, 947, 966, 970, 971, 972, 993, 995, 996, 3042, 3072, 3325, 3743, 3747, 3752, 3761, 3765, 3766, 3805, 3808, 3810, 3814, 3832, 3835, 3836, 3842, 3843, 3845, 3852, 3853, 3861, 3865, Ecru.

25 count White linen (stitch count 245 x 121). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.  Stitched  over one with the a 3″ border allowance, fabric size needed is:  16″x 11″ or 40 x 28cm  or a fat eight (13 x 18″)

For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 24” x 15”  or  60 x 38cm  or  a fat quarter (18 x 27″).

Approximate cost for Project

Approximate cost to stitch Calypso  using the recommended DMC floss stitch over one 25count fabric (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do  not include postage):

Chart: $19.00
Floss:  $ 39.60
Fabric: $  7.70

Total: $66.30  ($130.00 AUD or €114.60  or  £84.70)

Places to Buy

Heaven and Earth Designs sell globally, both pdf digital charts and printed charts. Both in regular and large formats.

Australia:

Colours Down Under has all the threads and a variety of white and off white 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 a variety of fabrics for you to make this design unique. Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 6 December 2014.

Europe:

Casa Cenina in Spain can order this chart in for you.  They also stock a variety of fabrics and floss for your unique creation.

United Kingdom:

Colray Crafts provides kits for this and other Heaven and Earth Designs.

Cross Stitch Heaven provides kits for Heaven and Earth Designs, contact Donna about kitting up Calypso if you are interested.

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

Sparklies “For this one, given the fabulous colours in the design, I would stick with either Ink or Pitch.”

Polstitches “earthen colours always enhance colour so would love to see it on Polstitches Heirloom”

Chromatic Alchemy  “Calypso is a stunning design with wonderfully rich colours, a dark fabric will really make him/her shine, shown here on Nox.”

United States:

123Stitch has the thread in stock and offers a variety of fabrics.

ABC Stitch Therapy has the chart and all materials in stock.

Discussion

Do you like Jo Lynch’s designs – would you stitch them in DMC or hand dyed silk floss?

Feedback

Did you like this review? Did it contain all the expected information? Is there anything you would like added or removed from the reviews? Do you know of a particular chart or designer you want to see featured here? If so, please head to the Suggestions page and let me know.

Last Updated: 26 November 2014

 

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Owlexander (Wood) by Colour Cascade Designs

Art to Stitch Wednesday.  Owlexander is an illustration by Jenny Wood that has been converted to cross stitch by Tammy Verdon of Colour Cascade Designs.

Colour Cascade Fabrics & Designs - Owlexander

From the Designer

A customer of mine sent me a link to Jenny Woods art page on Facebook, I loved her style of quirky and very Australian art. When I was scrolling through her page, I found a post Jenny had made about how these drawing got her through her chemotherapy sessions, so of course I had to contact her. Jenny is currently battling breast cancer, but without fail there is a new piece of art on that page every single week! She is truly an inspiration, and I am so glad she has allowed me to use her artwork in this format.

Why this chart?

Jenny’s story inspired me, the art is fully licensed, I trust Colour Cascades to create a great chart and I don’t have to stitch the background!

I am wary of buying from sellers who snatch a popular image, quickly run it through a conversion program and sell the result for a few dollars.  Unless the picture is in the public domain, this is illegal as well as producing a sub-standard chart.

Good art-to-stitch designers such as Colour Cascade Designs have legal agreements and licences with the original artists (or artist estates) to use their designs, and work with them to produce high quality charts.  They 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.

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 years of work. Projects such as Owlexander, do not have a stitched background, and so could be stitched in less time.  You can also choose a hand dyed fabric to complement or contrast; a fabric that completes the design without needing 100% stitched coverage.

Owlexander is a simple design, it is full cross stitch in DMC only; a beginner has the skills to stitch him. However, this is a design that will take you months or even years to complete. Consider savoring the journey instead of focusing on the completion and you should enjoy him.

Colour Cascade - Owlexander
Colour Cascade – Owlexander

Review

Colour Cascade Designs offers their charts as electronic download or in printed form; I have only bought the electronic downloads.  Owlexander is a 54 page chart pack in pdf format. Save the pdf 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 Owlexander digital download has:

  • front cover sheet with a mock-up of the stitched design, the stitch count and size (in inches and centimetres) of the design stitched in 25ct.
  • instructions on how to stitch and suggestions for the number of threads to use for each count of fabric
  • the 49 page chart; each page includes a diagram of where that page sits in the overall chart and a three-row overlap from earlier pages to aid in keeping your place
  • cleaning and care notes; washing instructions
  • the symbol key or legend, in DMC numbered order
  • The floss key including the length of each floss needed

Tammy of Colour Cascade designs is in the process of updating her chart packs.  Previously the Owlexander chart was only 30 pages. The updated version is the same chart, but the symbols are printed larger and more crisp and can be more easily seen on the page. Tammy has also changed some of the symbols to give greater differentiation; reducing the likelihood of stitching with the wrong shade of floss. I love these changes and urge you to contact Tammy to receive updates of your chart files as she converts them.

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!  Owlexander has the requisite confetti stitching in areas that need the extra detail such as the feathers, but also has large swathes of the same colours in his suit jacket. This allows you as stitcher to alternate between seeing the details emerge slowly and feeling accomplished at progressing through other sections with speed.

Most art-to-stitch projects recommend to stitch one-over-one on 25 count fabric. As these designs only use whole cross stitch, I strongly recommend that you stitch on the fabric count you prefer and are used to.  You are probably going to spend a long while stitching this project, don’t make it more difficult by using a stitch style or count that you are not comfortable with.

 Materials Required

To stitch Owlexander exactly as designed, you will need:

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1 skein each – DMC 168, 169, 310, 317, 318, 413, 415, 451, 452, 535, 646, 647, 648, 762, 844, 928, 3072, 3371, 3756, 3799, 3865, 3866, white

DMC 939 - Very Dark Navy Blue

 

4 skeins – DMC 939 – Dark Navy Blue

 

 

DMC Magic Guide  – 25 count gridded evenweave (stitch count 330 x 422). 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: 19″ x 23″  or  49 x 59cm  or  a fat half (27 x 36″). If you narrow your margins slightly you can squish it on a fat quarter (18 x 27″)

For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave stitching over 2 (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 30″ x 36″  or  75 x 92cm  or  a full yard (36″ x 55″).

18ct Magic Guide Ecru
18ct Magic Guide Ecru

Approximate cost for Project

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

Chart: $13.05
Floss:  $11.10
Fabric: $26.00

Total: $50.15   ($78.00AUD or £41.75 or €46.80)

Places to Buy

Colour Cascade Designs stocks this chart, and can kit it up for you

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

Colour Cascade Fabrics is a one-stop shop for buying and kitting up Owlexander.  Tammy recommends My Island Home or Emerald City from her range of fabrics. Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 6 December 2014.

Europe:

Casa Cenina in Spain stocks DMC, and a range of fabrics to stitch this design, including DMC Magic Guide fabric.

United Kingdom:

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

Sparklies suggests Oatmeal, Parchment or Dr Smith’s Tonic from her range of fabrics.

United States:

123Stitch stocks DMC and a variety of fabrics.

For Discussion

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

Feedback

Did you like this review? Did it contain all the expected information? Is there anything you would like added or removed from the reviews? Do you know of a particular chart or designer you want to see featured here? If so, please head to the Suggestions page and let me know.

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Fractal 267 by Cross Stitch Collectibles

Art-to-stitch conversion Wednesday.  I really should come up with a better name for this – any ideas?

Cross Stitch Collectibles - Fractal 267 Time Swirl

 

What is it?

Fractal 267 was created by PureGuitarFury, who added it to the royalty-free image site Dreamstime where it was picked up and converted to cross stitch by Cross Stitch Collectibles.

Why this chart?

Fractal 267 was one of the first art-to-stitch patterns I bought. Anyone who watches Doctor Who or the old Time Tunnel program can see why.

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.

This particular design uses mainly white, winter white and black with 21 shades of grey to give depth and definition to the project.  If you use a fabric that is white, winter white or black, you can skip those stitches saving you a lot of time.

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

Cross Stitch Collectibles use fractal designs from royalty-free image sites such as dreamstime, and they clearly spend much time and effort to produce a clean chart.

Fractal 267 is a simple design, it is full cross stitch in DMC only; a beginner has the skills to stitch it. However, this is a design that will take a long time to complete, so settle yourself in for the journey.

Fractal 267
Fractal 267

Review

Cross Stitch Collectibles offer their charts via DVD, electronic download or in printed form. I have only received Cross Stitch Collectible charts in digital format, so that is what I am reviewing. Fractal 267 is a 34 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 Fractal 267 digital download contains:

  • front cover sheet with original artwork, stitch count and finished sizes for standard fabric counts
  • the symbol key or legend, including the number of skeins needed for each thread
  • instructions on how to stitch such a large project and a diagram of where the pages sit in relation to each other
  • Care and Washing Instructions (via DMC)
  • the 30 page chart

This design has large swathes of white and black; however running this design through an art-to-stitch computer program would create a pattern littered with single stitches of almost white or almost black. It is testament to Cross Stitch Collectibles 17 years experience in this field, that their charts are not like this.  They have gone through the computer generated pattern and changed these swathes back to complete black or white to offer a cleaner pattern and more striking finished project.

The chart is printed with black symbols on white paper.  Cross Stitch Collectibles use a small dot for Black DMC 310, however all the other floss colours use capital letters as the symbols.  As these letters are all the same height and similar width it is often difficult to identify between them; take E and F as an example of symbols used side by side. I would recommend enlarging the chart for clearer readability between symbols.

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.

Fractal 267 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. You could stitch this on white fabric so to skip the white stitches if you chose.

 Materials Required

To stitch Fractal 267 exactly as designed, you will need:

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1 skein each – DMC 168, 169, 317, 318, 413, 414, 451, 535, 645, 646, 647, 712, 844, 3799, 3866

 

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2 skeins each – DMC 415, 648, 762, 928, 3072, 3371

 

DMC 3865

 

6 skeins – DMC 3865 – winter white

 

DMC White

 

9 skeins – DMC white

 

DMC 310

 

11 skeins – DMC 310 – black

 

 

 

DMC Magic Guide  – 25 count gridded evenweave (stitch count 300 x 310). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.

For over 1 stitching on 25ct (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 18″ x 18½”  or  46 x 47cm or a fat quarter (18 x 27″).

For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave stitching over 2 (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 27½” x 28″  or  70 x 72cm  or  a fat half (27″ x 36″).

18ct Magic Guide Ecru

Approximate cost for Project

Approximate cost to stitch Fractal 267 using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do  not include postage):

Chart: $16.00
Floss:  $ 23.35
Fabric: $11.85

Total: $51.20    ($84.50 AUD or £53.65)

Places to Buy

Cross Stitch Collectibles sells the digital download charts and charts on DVD.

Australia:
Colours Down Under has all the DMC and some 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:

Colray Crafts provides kits for all Cross Stitch Collectibles fractal charts.

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

Sparklies stocks a range of hand dyed fabrics that could suit this chart.

United States:

123Stitch stocks DMC and plain evenweave fabrics.

For Discussion

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

Feedback

Did you like this review? Did it contain all the expected information? Is there anything you would like added or removed from the reviews? Do you know of a particular chart or designer you want to see featured here? If so, please head to the Suggestions page and let me know.

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Maiko XL (Rich) by Love Thy Thread

This design could be a Monochrome Monday, or an art-to-stitch Wednesday. Sorry – couldn’t make that one alliterate.  Any suggestions?

Love Thy Thread - Maiko XL
Love Thy Thread – Maiko XL

What is it?

Maiko is a sketch by Sabine Rich converted to cross stitch by Bev of Love Thy Thread.

Why this chart?

Maiko is available as a sketch chart, an extra-large (XL) sketch chart, and as a colour chart.  Today’s review is of Maiko XL, the extra-large sketch 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.

Sketch designs are different; just as detailed but because you are only stitching the pencil outlines there are no colour changes and many less stitches. You can also choose a hand dyed fabric to complement or contrast your project.

Love Thy Threads only uses licensed images. Bev works with her artists, her conversion program and her own innate artistry to produce high quality charts. The results can be seen in her stitching Gallery.

Maiko 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 still take a lot of time to complete. Consider savoring the journey instead of focusing on the completion and you should enjoy this chart.

Love Thy Thread - Maiko

Review

Love Thy Threads offers their charts as electronic download or in printed form; I have only have the digital format. Maiko XL is a 124 page chart pack in pdf format. Save the pdf 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 Maiko chart pack includes:

  • front cover sheet with a mock up of the stitched design, stitch count and size of completed project using 25ct fabric and a link to the artist’s page.
  • a page of instructions on how to stitch
  • the 120 page chart
  • instructions and symbol key
  • Number of floss skeins required for each colour.

Each page of the chart includes a diagram of indicating where this page fits within the overall pattern. There is a two-row overlap on each page; a great help when there is so much un-stitched space in this design.

The chart is printed with black symbols on white background. The symbol used is a large, dark, filled in circle which is very easy to see. The chart is very detailed and shown quite large resulting in a lengthy 120 page pack. Each page has only a 60×80 grid, a very generous layout size. Other designers provide pages containing grids up to 120X160 making symbols difficult to identify without enlarging the page.

Like most art-to-stitch projects, it is recommended that Maiko XL is stitched one-over-one on 25 count fabric. As these designs only use whole cross stitch, I strongly recommend that you stitch on the fabric count you prefer and are used to.  You are going to spend a while stitching this project, don’t make it more difficult by using a stitch style or count that you are not comfortable with.

 Materials Required

To stitch Maiko XL exactly as designed, you will need:

DMC 844

 

19 skeins – DMC 844 Pepper Black

 

Zweigart - 25ct Lugana White

White – 25 count evenweave (stitch count 535 x 857). 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: 28″ x 41″  or  70 x 103cm  or  a full yard (36 x 55″).

For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave stitching over 2 (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 47″ x 67″  or  113 x 171cm.

Approximate cost for Project

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

Chart: $16.10
Floss:  $  8.40
Fabric: $45.90

Total: $70.50    ($111.10 AUD or £53.10)

Places to Buy

The chart is only available direct from Love Thy Threads.

Australia:

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

Colour Cascade Fabrics stocks DMC and a range of hand dyed fabrics. 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.

Sparklies suggests “Slightly Scarlet to suggest cherry blossom, as this is an oriental design”.

United States:

123Stitch stocks DMC and plain evenweave fabrics.

For Discussion

Have you stitched (or started to stitch) a Love Thy Threads 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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