Free Designs: Kincavel Krosses

For those who want to stitch some humorous sayings or some beautiful blackwork, I present Kell Smurthwaite of Kincavel Krosses.

Kincavel Krosses - Money can't buy happiness but it can buy stash and that's kind of the same thing
Stash

What is it?

To set the mood for a good weekend, I present Freebie Fridays; each week a different designer.  All sites listed here design their own charts. These charts are copyright to the designers, please do not abuse their generosity.

Why this designer?

Kell Smurthwaite of Kincavel Krosses offers designs for sale as well as her freebies. Some of her for sale patterns are quite profound with the proceeds of some going to Cancer Research UK.

Kell has been designing cross stitch and blackwork for at four years with the majority of her designs available for free. Some of her designs can be considered a little subversive, and a tiny fraction do contain actual swear words, so be aware when viewing the site.

kincavell - dear-santa-sampler

Don’t forget to check out Kincavel Krosses range of free blackwork charts. She has a wide variety from sayings with elaborate borders, to biscornus to themed designs, such as this beautiful winter chart.

miniature winter blackwork band sampler
miniature winter blackwork band sampler

Most of Kell’s free designs are small and easy to stitch.  She does include some specialty stitches in some border designs, but these can be easily learned or replaced with cross stitch or blackwork. Kell enthusiastically encourages stitchers to change colours, floss and mix and match her design components. Looking through the Kincavel Gallery we can see so many variations on designs.

I would recommend Kell’s designs to any body, to any level of stitcher.  She has such a broad range of sophistication, stitch count and themes in her designs that I am sure there is something there to suit everyone.

Have a Stitchtastic Day
Have a Stitchtastic Day

Review

Kincavel Krosses free designs are available via Kell’s website or the Kincavel Krosses Facebook group. Kell doesn’t post her designs to any regular timetable, so I recommend following her blog or joining her Facebook group to hear about new or old designs.

To save any of Kell’s free designs, simply click on the image and it will open up in a new tab or window. Then you save the save that image.  How to save the image is dependent up on which device you are using. On a PC, you right-click on the image and select “save image”. All of the images save as .jpg image files.

Do what you love love what you do
Do what you love
love what you do

As can be seen in these samples, all the charts use minimal colour changes and the coloured symbols help keep you on track.  The charts all print to an US Letter (8½ x 11″) format and are quite easy to see and stitch from.  Most of them designs do not include specific floss brands and types, but rather gives a vague suggestion “holly berry red” to encourage stitchers to be creative or use what floss they already have in their stash.

Places to Buy

Kincavel Krosses free designs are only available via Kell’s website or the Kincavel Krosses Facebook group.

Australia:

Colours Down Under is a bricks and mortar store that stocks many different types of floss for you to stitch these designs.

Colour Cascade Fabrics Tammy has many hand dyed fabrics that would add a unique element to your stitching. Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Use code: CSReview. Offer ends 6 December 2014.

Europe:

Casa Cenina in Spain stocks a range of floss and fabrics to stitch this design.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo bricks and mortar store that stocks a lot of floss for you to personalise these designs.

Chromatic Alchemy ‘s bold bright colours seem almost made for these designs.

Sparklies has a  large range of hand dyed fabrics that would add a such a sparkle to your project.

United States:

123Stitch is your one stop shop for all types of floss and fabric combinations.

Discussion

Is this site of interest to you?  Would you stitch any of these designs? Have you stitched any of these designs?  I have had some bookmarked for over a year, but I haven’t gotten around to them yet; maybe over the Christmas break.

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Last updated: 13 November 2014

Free Designs: Dork Stitch

For your inner Dork, Geek, Gamer, Anime lover (or those you know and love) I offer Dork Stitch, not your average cross stitch charts.

Ryou - Clannad; After Story
Ryou – Clannad; After Story

What is it?

To set the mood for a good weekend, I also thought we would have Freebie Fridays; each week presenting a different designer.  All sites listed here design their own charts. These designs are copyright to the designers, please do not abuse their generosity.

Why this designer?

Allison (aka missy-tannenbaum) started designing anime cross stitch cross stitch on DeviantArt in 2007.  In 2009 she started Dork Stitch to expand her repertoire and has designed small cross stitch patterns of characters from movies, TV shows, Anime, Cartoons, and video games ever since.  There is no regularity to her generosity; when she has the time to create and post new designs, she offers them free. All she asks, is that if you stitch one of her creations, you send her a photo.

Dork Stitch is helpfully arranged under original content titles, so even if you haven’t a clue about Samurai Shodown you can still find patterns to stitch for those that do. Seriously, check out her extensive range of categories!

Samurai Shodown - Mina Makajina
Samurai Shodown – Mina Makajina

Allison specialises in making small retro 8-bit figures such as this Avengers series:

Most of Allison’s designs are small and only consist of whole cross stitch, so they can easily be stitched on Aida, in beads or on plastic canvas (for those who want to play with their figurines). Some designs have a few colours they are only used for a few stitches, but with small designs, they are needed to give the identifying characteristics. I recommend Dork Stitch’s designs for everyone.

Note: If a chart only calls for DMC, you are not restricted to that; you can easily substitute hand dyed floss, metallic, floss, beads etc to personalise your work.

Peppy & George from The Artist
Peppy & George from The Artist

Review

Allison’s free designs are only available via her blog; Dork Stitch. You can subscribe to her RSS feed or if you have a Blogger account, you can follow her blog.  Do to the erratic nature of Allison’s postings, I recommend book marking her site and checking it now and then.

Each post on her blog contains one or more charts; these are shown as small images. Clicking on these will show a larger file which can be saved. These images are .png files but don’t worry, they are as easy to use as .jpg images.

Software has changed over the many years Allison has been designing so some charts will appear differently. Some designs are simple black symbols on white background.  Other software provides a 10 stitch grid line and ruler and shows the symbols on variant grades of grey background.  This gives the ease of following a particular floss colour (like a colour chart) but without losing the ability to mark off as you stitch.

 

All of the charts use a large grid and easy to see symbols. They all come with a floss key/legend, design notes and colour mockup of the finished project.

Places to Buy

Allison’s designs are available for free through her Dork Stitch blog.  She also has some older designs available through her DeviantArt page.

Australia:

Colours Down Under is a bricks and mortar store that stocks many different types of floss for you to stitch these designs.

Colour Cascade Fabrics Tammy has many hand dyed fabrics that would add a unique element to your stitching. Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Use code: CSReview. Offer ends 6 December 2014.

Europe:

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

United Kingdom:

SewandSo bricks and mortar store that stocks a lot of floss for you to personalise these designs.

Sparklies has a  large range of hand dyed fabrics that would add a such a sparkle to your project.

United States:

123Stitch is your one stop shop for all types of floss and fabric combinations.

Discussion

Is this site of interest to you?  Would you stitch any of these designs?

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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Free Designs: Hazel’s Farm

As the end of October marks a holiday known by a number of names including Halloween, I thought it was time to celebrate the work of Lisbei. Lud-in-the-Mist is Lisbei’s lifestyle and stitching blog. Hazel’s Farm is an offshoot where Lisbei puts all of her free charts.

Hazels Farm - Belladonna
Belladonna

What is it?

To set the mood for a good weekend, I also thought we would have Freebie Fridays; each week presenting a different designer.  All sites listed here design their own charts. These designs are copyright to the designers, please do not abuse their generosity.

Why this designer?

Lisbei offers her charts free via her offshoot blog Hazel’s Farm. There is no regularity to her generosity; when she feels like creating a new free design, she offers it free. All she asks, is that if you stitch one of her creations, you send her a photo.

Hazel’s Blog is helpfully arranged into categories so you can easily find her entire Harry Potter series of doll designs.

Hazels Farm - Hermione
Hermione

Both Lud in the Mist and Hazel’s Farm are in French, but google translate helps me navigate through these gorgeous stories and designs.

Many of Lisbei’s designs are easy to stitch, without too many colour changes and only using full cross stitch; no specialty stitches or fibres.  As such I recommend her work for everyone.

Note: If a chart only calls for DMC, you are not restricted to that; you can easily substitute hand dyed floss, metallic, floss, beads etc to personalise your work.

Review

Lisbei’s free designs are only available via her two blogs; Lud in the Mist and Hazel’s Farm. You can subscribe to be notified when she releases a new design. I recommend subscribing to both blogs as she often creates stitchalongs on Lud in the Mist.

Each design has a link to click to open the pattern chart. This will open as a PDF document which you must save to your computer or mobile device. If you do not have a PDF Reader on your computer, you can download the Adobe PDF Reader here.

Lisbei uses a large grid and very easy to see and easy to distinguish floss symbols. She also include floss colours and stitch count.  Her charts, however are in colour and in bright opaque colours at that. It is quite easy to distinguish the right colour floss, but this does make it difficult if you wish to mark off your progress.  If you wish to print out these designs, you will need a colour printer, as the dark colour backgrounds make it difficult to see the symbols if printed in shades of grey.

Hazels Farm - Pippa

Places to Buy

Australia:

Colours Down Under is a bricks and mortar store that stocks many different types of floss for you to stitch these designs.

Colour Cascade Fabrics Tammy has many hand dyed fabrics that would add a unique element to your stitching. For readers of this site she offers a 10% discount for fabric. Use code PeaceOut during checkout. This code is valid for the month of October 2014.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo bricks and mortar store that stocks a lot of floss for you to personalise these designs.

Sparklies has a  large range of hand dyed fabrics that would add a such a sparkle to your project.

United States:

123Stitch is your one stop shop for all types of floss and fabric combinations.

Discussion

Do you like or loathe coloured symbols? Please let me know in the comments below.

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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Free Designs: Ccarine

Ccarine runs a stitching and lifestyle blog and occasionally designs cross stitch projects and offers them free on her blog.

Ccarine - Xmas freebie

What is it?

To set the mood for a good weekend, I also thought we would have Freebie Fridays; each week presenting a different designer.  All sites listed here design their own charts. These designs are copyright to the designers, please do not abuse their generosity.

Why this designer?

Ccarine is another designer who offers her charts free via her website. There is no regularity to her generosity; when she feels like creating a new free design, she offers it free.

She has quite helpfully arranged all her free designs into categories so we can view them without looking through her entire blog.  This is a snippet of her 2006 round-up:

ccarine - 2007 charts

Ccarine’s blog is in French but google translate is enough for me to follow each story. I do urge you read her whole blog, as she discusses other forms of embroidery and her wonderful pet birds.

Ccarine - blackwork

 

Many of Ccarine’s designs are simple to stitch,  most are monochrome or only need a few different colours,  the designs complexity makes them very interesting. I would recommend beginners to experienced stitchers alike to peruse Ccarine’s archives as there is sure to be design or two to tempt you.

Review

Ccarine’s free charts are only available via her blog.  You can subscribe to be notified when a new design is released.

Each design has a link to click to open the pattern chart. This will open as a PDF document which you must save to your computer or mobile device. If you do not have a PDF Reader on your computer, you can download the Adobe PDF Reader here.

Ccarine’s designs are very easy to read; she uses a large grid and very easy to see and easy to distinguish floss symbols. Like all good designers, she also include floss colours, stitch count, and the size of each design in a variety of standard fabrics.  The last is very important as some of her designs are quite large.

ccarine - 2010 charts

Places to Buy

Australia:

Colours Down Under is a bricks and mortar store that stocks many different types of floss for you to stitch these designs.

Colour Cascade Fabrics Tammy has a  wide range of hand dyed fabrics that would add a unique element to your stitching. For readers of this site she offers a 10% discount for fabric. Use code PeaceOut during checkout. This code is valid for the month of October 2014.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo bricks and mortar store that stocks a lot of floss for you to personalise these designs.

Sparklies has a  large range of hand dyed fabrics that would add a such a sparkle to your project.

United States:

123Stitch is your one stop shop for all types of floss and fabric combinations.

Discussion

Have a look through Ccarine’s archives and let me know in the comments; which design would you stitch?

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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Free Designs: Jean Louis Grandsire

I love Tuesdays – that is when I receive my JL Grandsire email with links to each week’s free charts.

JL Grandsire

What is it?

To set the mood for a good weekend, I also thought we would have Freebie Fridays; each week presenting a different designer.  All sites listed here design their own charts. These designs are copyright to the designers, please do not abuse their generosity.

Why this designer?

Jean Louis Grandsire was at one time a major designer for Anagram Diffusions which distributed his charts in printed format. Several years ago, Jean Louis decided to run his own website and offer his charts as digital downloads.  Designs that used to cost $25.00 (€19.50) can now be bought for $6.50 (€5.00) or less.  Many older stitchers would remember his Quatre Saisons design:

JL Grandsire - Quatre Saisons - four seasons

As well as for sale charts, Grandsire offers a couple of free new charts each week. You have that week to download any of them. After the week has finished, these charts are sold for $1.30 (€1.00). He also offers a different chart each week via his email list only, so consider subscribing to view all the downloadable content.

I love JL Grandsire’s diversity of designs, both in subject and complexity of designs. Each design however is simple to stitch, using full cross stitch and back stitch only. Change the colours, add a hand dyed fabric and voilà a completely different project.

Women

These designs are all suitable for beginner stitchers. Just reflect on your levels of patience if you choose a large design.

Review

JL Grandsire’s charts (both free and for sale) are only available via his site www.broderie.net.  Subscribe to his site to be notified of each week’s new releases and the email-only free chart. The site is in French but he copies important information into English, and google translate is enough for me to gather the gist of anything else.

You can save each week’s free designs by clicking on the: cliquez ici yellow link under the each picture. This will save a .zip file to your computer. You will need an unzip program to open this file into a pdf.

JL Grandsire - Winter Walk

Places to Buy

Australia:

Colours Down Under is a bricks and mortar store that stocks many different types of floss for you to stitch these designs.

Colour Cascade Fabrics Tammy has a  wide range of hand dyed fabrics that would add a unique element to your stitching. For readers of this site she offers a 10% discount for fabric. Use code PeaceOut during checkout. This code is valid for the month of October 2014.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo bricks and mortar store that stocks a lot of floss for you to personalise these designs.

Sparklies has a  large range of hand dyed fabrics that would add a such a sparkle to your project.

United States:

123Stitch is your one stop shop for all types of floss and fabric combinations.

Discussion

Have a look through the Creations Jean Louis Grandsire site and let me know in the comments; which is your favourite design?

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.

Was this read worth a cup of coffee?