Enough with the simple few colours, time for a project you can get your teeth into.
What is it?
A design inspired by Audrey Hepburn’s role in My Fair Lady. Tatiana created this design from her own sketch.
Why this chart?
Audrey, My Fair Lady from Tatiana of Cross Stitching Art is a chart from my personal stash. This is the kind of intermediate design that I adore. I love stitching the different colours and watching the design come to life under my needle. And of course there’s always the age-old dilemma of “do you stitch the face first or last?”
Audrey has all the elements of a great stitching project: hand dyed fabric, backstitching to give clarity, metallic thread for that sparkle, beads for some textural highlights and enough DMC colours changes to provide some depth while also maintaining enough blocks of single colour that you can load your needle with a strand of floss and stitch the entire strand to the project, before switching colours.
There are very few partial stitches in Audrey (only used to give her face a more defined shape) and the metallics and beads are clearly marked. I would happily recommend this design for an adventurous beginner or an intermediate stitcher.
I am undecided about the Cross Stitching Art packaging. The gold envelope is elegant and the chart nestles beautifully inside it, however, I cannot see the information I need to kit up the project. I need to buy and open the packet or look up the details on the Cross Stitching Art website. Reflecting further, maybe most stitchers purchase over the Internet and thus the information is better provided on the website instead of the backside of the envelope.
The Audrey chart is printed in black on a yellow A3 (11.7″ x 16.5″). The printing is in large bold type and both the chart and the instructions are easy to see. So easy to stitch at midnight – sometimes I wish the holes in the fabric were this big 🙂
Each side of the A3 sheet has half of the chart and the instructions. The stitching instructions are printed on both sides of the paper so all information is at hand regardless of where you are stitching. The chart however uses slightly more than half the page, so you cannot fold the paper in the middle to clip the chart to a smaller stand or binder. I presume this is so the design cannot be easily copied.
The second side of the chart has a clearly marked two-row overlap. Again this ensures all information is at hand.
Printing the chart double-sided on the paper seems the popular choice for designers. The printing is to a professional standard, there is no bleed through of one side to the other, however if you mark off your chart as you stitch, you may need to make a working copy.
To stitch Audrey, My Fair Lady exactly as designed, you will need:
1 skein each – DMC 317, 318, 340, 341, 413, 414, 632, 754, 760, 775, 801, 818, 926, 928, 938, 948, 967, 3328, 3747, 3752, 3756, 3799, white
2 spools – Kreinik #4 Very Fine Braid 011HL – Gun Metal Hi Lustre
1 Packet – Mill Hill Glass Beads 00479 – White
1 Packet – Mill Hill Glass Beads 02014 – Black
1 Packet – Mill Hill Glass Beads 02097 – Bahama Blue
Under the Sea Fabrics – 32 count jobelan Angelic (stitch count 88 x 201). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1. For 16ct Aida or 32ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 12″ x 19″ or 30 x 48cm or a fat quarter (18 x 27″).
Approximate cost for Project
Approximate cost to stitch Audrey, My Fair Lady using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do not include postage):
Total: $47.60 ($73.45 AUD or £41.25)
Places to Buy
Colours Down Under has all the has the floss and all the embellishments in stock. Jo would be happy to order in the chart, and offers a 10% discount on the package (chart + floss + embellishments). Mention this review when ordering.
Colour Cascade Fabrics Tammy recommends Fairies Wear Boots from her range of fabrics. Colour Cascades also stocks the floss and all the embellishments for Audrey and offers to order in the chart. 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.
SewandSo have all the materials for Audrey in stock, however they do substitute a plain evenweave for the hand dyed fabric the chart calls for.
Sparklies suggests Lavender Blue or Lilac Ice from her range of fabrics.
123Stitch has the chart, floss and all the embellishments in stock.
Silkweavers suggest Elegance from their line
Under the Sea Fabrics produces the Angelic fabric as well as many others.
Cross Stitching Art sell the chart directly from her website.
When stitching figurines like this, do you aim to do the head as soon as possible and feel better when she has a face? Or are you happy to do the clothes and leave the head and face until last?
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Last Updated: 13 December 2014