Christmas by jar Designs

A Christmas-themed mostly monochrome for Monochrome Monday. And a giveaway for TWO lucky commenters.

The winner of last week’s The Ursula Michael “Coffee” words chart by Imaginating is Clare Turner. Congratulations Clare.

jar Designs - Christmas
jar Designs – Christmas

What is it?

Christmas is a chart and hand dyed floss pack from jar Designs.  Although jar Designs still have their webpages up, there is no way to contact them to buy their charts.  Some cross stitch stores such as Colours Down Under do have a few copies of this chart still in stock.

Why this chart?

I was first asked to stitch this chart as a store model for Colours Down Under a few years ago.  The proprietor at the time was adding the DMC, beads and linen band fabric to make kits of this design.

The jar Designs hand dyed floss is no longer available but it can be substituted with any hand dyed floss in a red/green combination or in fact any colours you prefer.  Many people choose colour themes for their Christmas decorating and this design could easily be converted to your colours.

This is a relatively quick stitch but it does use back stitch and beads. The backstitched holly leaves and beaded holly berries are in isolation away from the main design, so you will need to know some techniques to start and finish these. If you prefer you can replace the beads with French Knots. Either way I would recommend this design for an adventurous beginner through to advanced stitcher.

jar Designs - Christmas

Review

jar Designs were only ever available as printed charts.  Some such as Christmas also included jar Designs hand dyed floss.

The Christmas chart pack is printed on white US Letter (similar to A4) paper, folded in half.  The front page is printed on glossy paper and includes a colour photo of the design.

The back cover includes all the information you need to stitch the design, the stitch count fabric used in the model, and design size in a standard range of fabric counts. Also lists the floss and beads required and the special instructions for stitching the design. I wish all designers provided this information in such an easy to see format,

The chart is printed across two pages. Each page includes a five-row shaded overlap, so it doesn’t matter if you stitch from the top down or the bottom up.   The floss symbols are printed quite large and the blackwork lines are quite dark against the background grid so this is an easy chart to see and follow.

The stitching instructions even include a suggested floss colour to stitch the beads on. This floss colour, DMC 902 matches the Mill Hill 00367 beads quite well.

The only issue I have with the chart lists an incorrect stitch count and the vertical middle point is wrong.  The correct width of the chart is 49 wide, not 90.  The mid-point is 24½, not 28½. When stitching on a banded fabric, as I did, 4 stitches too far to the left is quite obvious.

My experience

I have now stitched this design twice.  Once several years ago as a shop model for Colours Down Under and then again this month for myself.

I love stitching the main body of this design. The letters stitch up very quickly and you can have a lot of fun with a hand-dyed floss choosing your starting point for each letter so the floss changes travel around the letter as if you were writing them.

The holly leaves were a bit of  pain as I have not yet developed a mess-free technique to starting and finishing single strands.  The pin-head start which works so well for cross stitch looked a little too bulky for the singe strand back stitch.  In the end I did the time-consuming “leave a long tail and make your stitches cover it” technique.  Similarly I anchored the stitching thread for the beads under the back stitch threads.  It’s  bit of  mess but it works and the beads stay in place.

I discovered that the mid-point was off when I first stitched this design for Colours Down Under.  Of course I didn’t notice until I was stitching the holly leaves and noticed that some of the right hand ones didn’t quite fit, while there was masses of room on the left hand side.

I remembered this when I pulled out the second kit at the Melbourne Christmas Stitching Get together. I then discovered that I had already started the stitching way back when and I assumed I had fixed the mistake.  Reached the holly leaves this time and discovered, nope, still not centred. Oh well.  It’s stitched and I love it.  That’s the main thing. Plus this way, anyone who see it will stare at it for a few minutes not being able to put their finger on why it looks subtly wrong …..

My finished piece - now to turn it into a bell pull
My finished piece – now to turn it into a bell pull

 

Materials Required

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

jar designs - Christmas

 

1 skein jar Designs Christmas.  Any red/green combination hand dyed thread would work. Can also use DMC 4042 Very Merry.

DMC 3362 Dark Pine Green

 

 

1 skein DMC 3362 Dark Pine Green (for the holly leaves)

DMC 902 Very Dark Garnet

 

 

1 skein DMC 902 Very Dark Garnet (to attach the beads – or to attach as French Knots)

Mill Hill 00367 Garnet

 

 

1 packet  Mill Hill Beads 00367 Garnet

 

 

Zweigart 28 count Sand Quaker Cloth  (stitch count 49 x 215). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.

For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 10” x 21½”  or  24 x 55cm  or  a fat quarter (18 x 27″).

28ct Sand Quaker Cloth
28ct Sand Quaker Cloth

If you wish to stitch this design as a bell pull you need 4″ wide 28ct linen or aida banding, at 21″ length (the extra is to wind around the bell pull rods).

Approximate cost for Project

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

Chart: $    8.25
Floss:  $    3.55
Fabric: $11.85

Total: $23.65  ($40.95 AUD  or  €22.45  or  £16.55)

Places to Buy

jar Designs no longer seem to be in business, however a few stores have old stock such as Colours Down Under.

Australia:

Colours Down Under has the chart and all materials in stock.  Jo offers 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 27 February 2015.

OzStitch  has all the threads and a variety of fabrics in stock.

Europe:

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

United Kingdom:

SewandSo  stock a variety of fabrics and floss, including the DMC 4042 Christmas floss for your project.

Polstitches suggests Colonial sampler linen from her range of fabrics.

Sparklies has a range of threads and fabrics to make this sparkle!

Chromatic Alchemy  “I can’t decide between Elsa and Candy Cane! Elsa is more subtle with the cool colours that make you think of winter yet Candy Cane is just so Christmassy it would make a perfect background for a festive decoration.”

United States:

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

Giveaway

I am offering both of my printed charts of jar Designs Christmas. The first winner will get the DMC threads and beads from the kit (there was enough from the first kit to do both bellpulls.  The second winner will receive the chart only.

To enter, comment below what floss and fabric combination you would use to stitch this and why?

Contest is open to anywhere in the world. The only valid entries are comments below on this post.  Comments on social media will not be included.  Contest closes in one week from posting this review midday, 22 December 2014, Melbourne time (UTC+11 hours). Winner will be chosen randomly from the comments.

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Last Updated: 15 December 2014

 

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Let’s Do Coffee by Ursula Michael

What is needed on a Monday – coffee!  And what is Monday’s Theme – monochrome!  So here is a delicious coffee design for Monochrome Monday! And – I’m giving away the chart!

Ursula Michael - Let's do Coffee

What is it?

Java, Mocha, Kona, raspberry, cappuccino, café latte, roast, hot hot hot, vanilla, I love coffee, french vanilla, cream + sugar, almond, truffle, caffeine, chocolate, decaf, dry roast, costa rican, swiss, vienna, espresso, mocha, light brew, mug, irish crème, macadamia, beans, hazelnut, southern pecan, Colombian, cinnamon, black, sweet, amaretto.

Why this chart?

After I discovered the chart I had already written up was no longer available for sale anywhere, I had to scramble to find a new pattern for you.  This coffee pattern is perfect for a frazzled Monday.

Ursula Michael was one of the first to create these “pictures made from words” and in my mind is the best at it! All of these designs are available via download from CrossStitch.com or a selection of the most popular ones have been printed by Imaginating.

As is true of all monochrome projects, you can stitch this coffee cup in any combination of hand dyed fabric and floss you like. You could even source coffee bean buttons for the handle ….

This design uses full and partial cross stitches and back stitch; I recommend Let’s Do Coffee for determined beginners through to advanced stitchers.

Imaginating - Let's Do Coffee

Review

Let’s Do Coffee is available as a printed design through Imaginating, or as a digital download from CrossStitch.com. I have both versions in my stash.

The printed chart by Imaginating is printed double-sided on a single US Ledger (similar to A3) light cardstock, folded in half.  The front cover has a photo of the main chart.  The back cover has general cross stitch and back stitch instructions and diagrams.  You have to buy the chart, or take it out of the plastic bag to find out the materials used in the design.

The inside of the folded chart pack has the chart, floss and fabric requirements and the stitch count.

The design is easy to stitch directly from.  There are 10 stitch grid lines and markers to aid your counting and the centre lines are marked on the edges. As this is a single colour chart, there’s no need for differentiation of floss symbols.  I do like that the back stitch lines are drawn very dark, so easy to distinguish from the grid lines in the background.

The digital download has the same information as the printed pattern, however the chart itself is printed larger over four US Letter (or A4) pages. There is a shaded three-row overlap on subsequent pages. The cross stitch symbols have been printed in black but the backstitching, including letters has been printed in a red-brown colour. The digital version of the chart also states that you only need one skein of DMC.

I do like the footer that CrossStitch.com add to every page:

digital ownership
Digital Ownership

The only issue I have with either chart is that the design is apparently stitched in dark red? Neither cover picture look like they are stitched in dark red nor would I expect a coffee design to be stitched in dark red.  Shades of brown or beige yes, but dark red?

Let’s Get This Done has been model stitched on 14 count Natural Aida.  Given my distaste of partial stitches in Aida I would stitch this on an evenweave; however if you prefer Aida then use that!  Use the fabric you are comfortable with.

 Materials Required

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

DMC 814 Very Dark Garnet

 

1 skein – DMC 814 Very Dark Garnet.

 

 

Charles Craft – 14 count Natural Aida (stitch count 122 x 122).

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

Aida - Natural

Approximate cost for Project

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

Chart: $   6.00
Floss:  $   0.50
Fabric: $ 5.40

Total: $11.90  ($29.95 AUD  or  €11.60  or  £13.70)

Places to Buy

CrossStitch.com sells Let’s Do Coffee as an instant digital download.

Imaginating sells Let’s Do Coffee as a printed chart sells the fabric as an extra option.

Australia:

Colours Down Under has all the threads and fabric in stock. Jo would be happy to order in the individual charts, and offers a 10% discount on the package (chart + floss). Mention this review when ordering.

Colour Cascade Fabrics “A nice light background like Fairytale or Fairies wear boots would look great with a brown thread.” Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 27 February 2015.

Europe:

Casa Cenina in Spain has this chart in stock as well as a variety of fabrics and floss for your unique creation.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo has the chart in stock and can kit it up for you.

Polstitches has a variety of hand dyed fabrics and Dragon Floss to make yours a truly unique creation.

Sparklies “Since I have a thread called Rich Coffee it would be a shame not to suggest it. That would go well on any of my neutrals, or even Leo.”

Chromatic Alchemy  “This intricate design doesn’t really lend itself to a boldly mottled fabric therefore I have plumped for Dune. This background reminds me of lattes and lets all those delicious words be seen clearly.”

United States:

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

Under The Sea Fabrics “I think Let’s Do Coffee would be neat on Brown Sugar in an ecru thread.”

Giveaway

I am offering my printed chart of Let’s Do Coffee from Imaginating. As new, still in original packaging. To enter, comment below what floss and fabric combination you would use to stitch this in.

Contest is open to anywhere in the world. The only valid entries are comments below on this post.  Comments on social media will not be included.

Contest closes in one week from posting this review midday, 15 December 2014, Melbourne time (UTC+11 hours). Winner will be chosen randomly from the comments.

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Rabbit Roundel by The Workbasket

For today’s Monochrome Monday we have an actual monochrome! Don’t forget the Late November Sales post as Sunday and Cyber Monday sales are still going on.  Also check out the Pharoah’s Hound and Pharoah’s Pet almost-giveaway at OzStitch; use promo code PET for 50% off.

Rabbit Roundel
Rabbit Roundel

From the Designer

I have always loved paisleys and of course bunnies and the look of patterns together in one colour. I have combined all of these fancies of mine into  decorative roundel. I can hardly wait to design more charts with paisleys. I hope you like them as well as I do.

This chart contains three designs: Bunny roundel, Rabbit Pin Cushion and Paisley Scissor Fob.

Rabbit Pin Cushion and Paisley Scissor Fob
Rabbit Pin Cushion and Paisley Scissor Fob

Why this chart?

The Workbasket are famous for their Quaker and traditional designs. I love the more modern influence of paisley combined with Assisi motifs.  I love the entire series of Roundels by The Workbasket.

These three designs are in all full cross stitch, with no partial or specialty stitches, so you are free to stitch this anyway you want in any colour or count of fabric you want. You can stitch this to frame, as a pillow, on the side of a tote bag or even with wool through your chicken wire or  mesh fence! If you really want to capitalise on the paisley motif, consider stitching this in bold 1960s colours.

When using solid colour floss, there is a preference to stitch the entire line first one way /////////////////// and then stitch the line back the other way \\\\\\\\\\\\\ producing our lovely line of xxxxxxxxx.

if you do that with hand dyed floss, the colour changes will be very subtle. If that is the look you want; that’s how to do it.

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Usually though, the advice is to complete each stitch as you go so our line would be x then x then x then x until we reach the end.  Unfortunately this method can produce a very striped result.  Again if you are looking for stripes; that’s how to do it.

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

I prefer my hand dyed pieces to look mottled and not striped or subtle, so I stitch slightly differently; rather than stitching each line, I change up and down lines as I stitch so that the colour changes of the thread are concentrated in one area.

xxxxxxxxx                  xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
xxxxxxxxx                  xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

xxxxxxxxx                  xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

So feel free to play with your stitching style and don’t feel constrained to only stitch each line as you come to it.  For the ovals around the frame, I would use the colours of the thread to follow around the oval.

A project this versatile is a great project for beginners and expert stitchers alike.

Workbasket - Rabbit Roundel Closeup

Review

Rabbit Roundel is printed double-sided on a single US Ledger (similar to A3) light cardstock, folded in half.  The front cover has a photo of the main chart.  The back cover has multiple photos of the two smaller designs.  You have to buy the chart, or take it out of the plastic bag to find out the technicalities of the design.

The inside of the folded chart pack contains the three charts, the history of the design and information on the materials and design size.

As these are small designs the charts are printed large enough to directly stitch from.  As these are one colour charts, there’s no need for differentiation of floss symbols.  I do like their use of a solid round • for the floss symbol; very easy to see.

Unfortunately neither the pin cushion nor the scissor fob include information on finishing the designs.  Only the charts are presented and you must find the construction information for yourself elsewhere.

 Materials Required

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

Caron Waterlilies 162 Periwinkle

Caron Waterlilies 162 Periwinkle
1 skein for Bunny roundel (stitched with one strand)
1 skein for both Rabbit Pin Cushion and Paisley Scissor Fob.

Bunny Roundel:
36 count Flax Edinburgh Linen (stitch count 108 x 108). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.  For the recommended, one over two on 36ct linen (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 12” x 12”  or  31 x 31cm  or  a fat eighth (13 x 18″).

For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 14” x 14”  or  35x 35cm  or  a far quarter (18 x 27″)! Also you will need 2 skeins of Caron Waterlilies 162 Periwinkle to stitch two threads.

Rabbit Pin Cushion:
36 count Flax Edinburgh Linen (stitch count 64 x 30).  For the recommended, one over one on 36ct linen fabric size is: 2” x 1”  or  5 x 2cm. Remember to add border fabric .

Paisley Scissor Fob:
36 count Flax Edinburgh Linen (stitch count 29 x 35).  For the recommended, one over two on 36ct linen fabric size is: 2” x 2”  or  4 x 5 cm. Remember to add border fabric .

Zweigart - 36ct Flax

Approximate cost for Project

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

Chart: $ 11.00
Floss:  $    7.00
Fabric: $   8.00

Total: $26.00   ($63.15AUD or €36.00 or £31.50)

Places to Buy

Australia:

Colours Down Under has all the threads 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 stock a variety of fabrics and floss for your unique creation.

United Kingdom:

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

Chromatic Alchemy  “Rabbit roundel is lovely, I think it needs a darker background to make it really pop though here it is on permanganate”

Polstitches “Crushed Apple will looks great”.

Sparklies suggests “Summer Skies thread as an alternative to the one suggested, or how about Burnt Mahogany thread on Pumpkin Patch fabric.”

United States:

123Stitch stocks Caron Waterlilies and a variety of fabric choices.

ABC  Stitch Therapy has the chart in stock as well as the floss and fabric.

The Silver Needle stocks this chart and the friendly staff would be happy to kit up this design for you.

Stitching Bits and Bobs has this chart in stock and can offer the floss and a variety of fabrics to match your taste.

Discussion

How would YOU stitch this chart?

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Last Updated: 2 December 2014

 

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Black Lace by Dessins DHC

A true monochrome for monochrome Monday.  Also don’t forget to check the sales post in the Weekend Spotlight; it is updated daily.

Dessins DHC - Black Lace

What is it?

Black Lace is a large cross stitch, stitched one over one on 30ct linen. Designed by Dominique Hoel Colin of Dessins DHC. Don’t be fooled, this is a big cross stitch, not a small blackwork.

Why this chart?

This chart was on my wish list for many years before I finally snagged it.  then like most monochromes, it has lagged in my stash ever since while I’ve been paralysed by indecision; what colour floss and fabric combination to use and should I stitch it one over one on 30ct or the more achievable two over two on 28ct.

As is true of all monochrome projects, you can stitch Black Lace in any shade of colour you like on any fabric you like.  White floss on white fabric for a very subtle but effective white work, bold colour on black for a striking version,  multiple shades of colour using hand dyed threads or just different colours for different sections. The possibilities are endless.

Black Lace is at heart a simple design, full cross stitch and back-stitch.  However it is a large chart that will take some time to complete. I recommend this design to anyone passionate enough to stitch it.

Black Lace

Review

Black Lace by Dessins DHC has only ever been released as a printed chart.  The red “original” sticker with Dominique’s signature is the verification that you have a legal copy of this design.

The Black Lace chart pack is printed in black on white A3 (similar to US Ledger)with a yellow front paper page.

The front cover has a large image of the design with a small photograph glued over the top. The back of the front cover sheet includes the fabric and floss used in the model stitch and some general cross stitch instructions.

One A3 page includes the entire design and a repeat of the materials needed to stitch the design. The symbols are far too small on this copy of the chart to use.  The whole design is overlayed with grey to show that it is provided for information only, not as a stitching guide.

The second A3 page is larger as it shows one-quarter of the design. However the individual stitches in this chart are also too small to use and this page is also provided as a guidelines.

The last two A3 pages are have an eighth of a design on each; so the symbols are double the size of the quarter chart.  These symbols are still quite small; you can use them to stitch from only because it is all the same symbol.  I would recommend enlarging this chart again for visibility of the symbols and ease of marking off.

That is all the chart that is given. As the design is geometric in shape, it is assumed that when you stitch both pages of the quarter chart, then you will turn them sideways and stitch the next quarter and so on.

The chart pack lists the materials needed on the inside front cover. Thus you cannot see the size of the design or the materials needed until you purchase the chart. This design, while only stitching with one thread, still requires nine skeins of DMC; implying this is a more complex chart than the small cover photo indicates.  The chart pack does not include a stitchcount, so if you wish to stitch on anything other than one over one on 30ct fabric, you have no idea what size fabric to buy.

Both of the eighth chart pieces do not line up – there’s a one-row gap between the bottom segment and top segment. This means reviewing the quarter chart page to stitch the missing row not shown on either eighth chart page.

But wait, the problems continue…There are no centre marking or 10 grids on any of the segment charts making it overly difficult to line up charts, particularly when you realise that both the eighth segment charts and the quarter segment chart include more than just the quarter. The quarter chart has an extra eighteen rows into the second quarter both vertically and horizontally. There is no sign on the chart that this is so.  The bottom eighth segment chart runs 22 rows past the mid-point horizontally and the top eighth segment runs 17 rows past the vertical midpoint.  If you are unaware of this overlap, you will accidentally stitch them again when you turn the chart sideways to do the next quarter.

This is truly terrible charting, The best suggestion I can make is to potentially photocopy a number of copies of the charts and overlap and tape them together to find your bearings while stitching

Black Lace is stitched in DMC, using one strand over one thread, on natural 30ct linen.  If you prefer Aida, or over 2 stitching you certainly can change the fabric on this design. Just realise that the project will be bigger.

Materials Required

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

DMC 310 - Black

 

9 skeins DMC 310 Black

 

 

30 count Natural Linen (stitch count 474 x 474). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.  For the recommended, one over one on 30ct linen (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 22” x 22”  or  56 x 56cm  or  a fat half (27 x 36″).

For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 40” x 40”  or  102 x 102cm  or  a larger than a yard! Also you will need 18 skeins of DMC.

Approximate cost for Project

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

Chart: $ 16.00
Floss:  $    4.00
Fabric: $30.00

Total: $50.00 ($58.50AUD or €62.25  or  £39.00)

Places to Buy

Australia:

Colours Down Under has all the threads and a variety of white and off white fabrics in stock.

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:

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

Polstitches Jo recommends “I would use a Polstitches Sampler Linen and match a thread to the colours in the Linen for Example Tudor Rose has a Dusky Rose theme so would Use Dragon Floss 48 Impulse.”

Sparklies suggests that this design would suit ” Black thread on Misty Morn or White thread on Purpleberry Spludge”.

Chromatic Alchemy  “This one was a challenge lol! This intricate lace design begs for something subtle yet interesting at the same time, here how it looks on Nuriels’ forest.”.

United States:

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

ABC Stitch Therapy has this chart in stock.

Stitches ‘N Things has this chart in stock and can kit it up for you.

Discussion

Even with the chart issues, this is a beautiful cross stitch design.  What colour combo would you use to stitch it?

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Last Updated: 24 November 2014

 

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Tribal Mouse by White Willow Stitching

A Monochrome for Monochrome Monday.  Also don’t forget the current giveaway and the Weekend Spotlight is updated with even more dyers!

WWS - Tribal Mouse

What is it?

Jamie Larson of White Willow Stitching was the first to adopt and popularise the “tribal” style designs in cross stitch patterns.

Why this chart?

I looked through the White Willow Tribal designs in my stash and this little fellow leapt out at me. I might just start stitching him this weekend.  WWS Tribal designs range from animals to seasonal to a homewares.

As is true of all monochrome projects, you can stitch this little guy in shades of grey, or you can break out and use any combination of hand dyed fabric and floss you like.  Have a look through the White Willow Stitching customer gallery for some inspiration.

Due to this being a small design, using only complete crosses, I recommend Tribal Mouse for everyone looking to stitch something a little different.

White Willow Stitching - Tribal Mouse

Review

Tribal mouse is printed on US Letter (8½ x 11″) white paper and then spiral bound.  The paper is quite thin and the chart pack feels quite flimsy; it would benefit from the front cover being card stock or all pages printed on heavier paper.

The front cover lists all the materials used to create the model stitch. The back cover has all the information needed to stitch this design in DMC on white Aida; an easier and cheaper option.

The chart itself is quite easy to read and follow; the symbol is a filled in square which is very visible against the grid. The chart is over two pages, but there are no overlap rows to help guide your stitching.  There are 10 stitch grid lines and markers to aid your counting.

The design has been model stitched using hand dyed cotton. While White Willow Stitching have provided a single DMC colour alternative, please keep in mind that a solid colour can never mimic the movement and subtly of a hand dyed thread.  So choose the thread that suits your purpose and style with this design.

 Materials Required

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

Threadworx 1120 Foxy

1 skein – ThreadworX 1140 Foxy (similar to 3 skeins of DMC 3022)

 

Ubelhor - Light Gold

Übelhör – 22ct Light Gold Hardanger (stitch count 155 x 74). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.

For 22 ct Aida or Handanger (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 13¼” x 9½”  or  33 x 24cm  or  a fat eighth (13  x 18″).  If you reduce your margin size to 2″ you can fit this on an ornament cut: 9″ x 13″

Approximate cost for Project

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

Chart: $   7.00
Floss:  $   4.10
Fabric: $13.10

Total: $24.20  ($29.95 AUD or €13.95  or  £15.70)

Places to Buy

White Willow Stitching sells their charts globally and Tribal Mouse is on sale.

Australia:

Colours Down Under has all the threads in stock. Jo would be happy to order in the individual charts, 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 stocks a variety of fabrics and floss for your unique creation.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo has the chart and thread in stock and offers a variety of fabrics.

Sparklies suggests “Titian or Sahara thread on Dr Smith’s Tonic”.

Chromatic Alchemy  “so for tribal mouse any fabric would work I think but I think it’s a perfect opportunity to go bold so I would pick Ashardalon Breathes”.

CA - Tribal Mouse

United States:

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

Nordic Needle stocks the chart, thread and the Übelhör fabric to stitch this design.

Discussion

Woulld you stitch this mouse in shades of grey or brown? Would you use another colour and why? Or would you not stitch a mouse at all?

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