Evening Flight by Alchemy Stitchcraft

Today we have a timeless chart; tranquil in looks, with Hardanger!

Alchemy Stitchcraft - Evening Flight

From the Designer

Design features a flight of colourful hot air balloons, worked in a variety of counted thread stitches, using solid-coloured and overdyed cottons, metallic threads and beads, against a sunset sky of Hardanger, pulled and drawn thread clouds. This is a companion to Summer Skies.

Combining Cross Stitch, Counted Thread Embroidery, Hardanger, Beadwork, Silk Ribbon Embroidery and more, our clear diagrams and instructions are designed to help the Cross Stitcher explore the world of speciality stitching.

Why this chart?

I love the design, the hot air balloons against a dusk sky; it looks so calm and peaceful.  I adore the hardanger and drawn thread clouds. Change the colour of the backing board and you can really change the look of this piece.  Instead of light blue peeking from inside the clouds, imagine a white or black or hand coloured sunset…

Christine Wilkins produced the Alchemy Stitchcraft range of designs in the early 2000s. Most of her designs used drawn thread work and specialty stitches to crate wonderful pieces of art.

Evening Flight uses Rice Stitch, Elongated Cross Stitch, Modified Rhodes stitch, Satin stitch, Bargallo, Rhodes Star, Partial Eyelets, Straight Stitch, Diagonal Satin stitch,Kloster Blocks, Woven Bars, Dove’s Eyes, Honeycomb stitch, Drawn thread, Hemstitching, Herringbone stitch, Woven Bars, Square Filets, Window stitch, Cable Stitch and Wave stitch as well as the usual whole cross stitch and back-stitch.

Due to the number and type of specialty stitches, I recommend this for an intermediate or advanced stitcher.

Alchemy Stitchcraft - Evening Flight Closeup


Alchemy Stitchcraft designs were only ever available as printed charts.  May charts included optional “goody bags” which contained specialty threads and beads used in the design.

The Evening Flight chart pack included the cover page, one page of the chart and four pages of stitching instructions.

The one page chart is very small, too small to discern the individual cross stitch symbols.  This chart was produced as an adjunct to the stitching instructions.

The four pages of stitching instructions include the stitch count and size of finished design on 28ct fabric, the floss and fabric used in the model and instructions on the design.

These instructions tell you where to start stitching, which floss to use and the stitch style to use. Each stitch style is explained with words and two-colour diagrams. Although these are succinct in their explanation, I believe they are sufficiently detailed for the intermediate level stitcher.  If you are completely new to Hardanger I suggest you check out some YouTube videos, such as this one:

If your eyesight is not up to the such detailed work on 28ct fabric, feel free to use 22ct Hardanger fabric or any other count of evenweave. This design is not recommended for Aida due to the drawn thread work.

Materials Required

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

Threadworx 1150 Funky Lilac

1 skein of ThreadworX 1150 Funky Lilac (previously Needle Necessities 191 Harlequin)


Anchor 008 Light Salmon

1 skein Anchor 008 Salmon Light (similar to DMC 3824)


Anchor 068 Medium Light Raspberry

1 skein Anchor 068 Medium Light Raspberry (similar to DMC  3687)


Anchor 110 Medium Lavender1 skein Anchor 110 Medium Lavender (similar to DMC 208)


Kreinik 4 - 242HL Magenta Sunset


1 spool Kreinik #4 Very Fine Braid  242HL Magenta Sunset Hi Lustre



Kreinik 4 - 9192 Light Peach


1 spool Kreinik #4 Very Fine Braid 9192 Light Peach


Kreinik Silk Serica - 6123 Light Dusty Lavender1 spool Kreinik Silk Serica 6123 Light Dusty Lavender

Kreinik Silk Bella - 6123 Light Dusty Lavender1 spool Kreinik Silk Bella  6123 Light Dusty Lavender

Mill Hill 03057 Cherry Sorbet
1 packet Mill Hill Beads 03057 Cherry Sorbet
28ct Silkweavers “Dusk” Cashel linen (stitch count 54 x 120). This design can only be stitched over 2 due to the specialty stitches.

For 28ct evenweave or linen (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 10” x 15”  or  25 x 37 cm  or  a fat eighth (13 x 18″).

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: $10.70
Floss:  $ 23.70
Fabric: $  5.75

Total: $40.15 ($61.55 AUD or €46.45 or  £33.60)

Places to Buy

Alchemy Stitchcraft will sell the Charts and Goody Bags direct to the public if you cannot find them any other way.  Email Christine and let her know which designs you are interested in.

The optional extra “Goody Bags” for Evening Flight are great value:

Goody Bag A: £1.60  ($2.45 US)
ThreadworX 1150 Funky Lilac (previously Needle Necessities 191)
Mill Hill Beads 03057 Cherry Sorbet

Goody Bag B: £11.50 ($17.60 US)
ThreadworX 1150 Funky Lilac (previously Needle Necessities 191)
Mill Hill Beads 03057 Cherry Sorbet
10 x 15″ piece of 28ct Silkweavers “Dusk” Cashel linen

Goody Bag B
Goody Bag B



Colours Down Under has some of 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 suggests ” Barbie Girl or Pretty In Pink”.

Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 27 February 2015.

Traditional Stitches in Calgary has some of the threads and a variety of fabrics in stock.


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

United Kingdom:

SewandSo has a range of floss and fabrics to make this design uniquely yours.

Crafty Kitten “That’s a lovely design, I would go with Evening Sky, Sunset Sky (probably this one) or Apricot Sunset.”

Polstitches Needs a little light fabric i would say possibly Dawn Chorus or the new Raindrops!

Chromatic Alchemy  “I have paired Evening Flight with Halcyon, it reminds me of those glorious pink-hued evening autumn skies but it is also subtle enough to not steal the show from that wonderful cutwork!”

Thread Pickerz Silkz “I would use a selection of complimentary colours maybe grapes and wine, amethyst and candyfloss.”

United States:

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

Black Cat Stitchery in Illinois has floss and fabric in stock 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.

Stitches n Things has some of the recommended materials in stock for you.

Wasatch Needlecraft can order in the chart and has some floss and fabrics available in stock.

Fiberlicious “This is such an amazing hardanger design! It screams freedom and adventure. The balloon reminds me a lot of a Pixar’s animation called “Up”. I would suggest using Poppyfield, Hummingbird and Apricot Sunshine (silks) to stitch this beautiful design.”

Silkweaver Fabrics has the recommended Dusk in stock.

Under the Sea Fabrics “I’d use Witching Hour for a night sky or Shimmering Seas for a warm sunny sky affect.”


Would you stitch this chart?  Do you love or loathe those that have more than just whole cross stitches?

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Last Updated: 22 January 2015