The winner of the Art of Simplicity design was Julie B.
From the Designer
There are two charts in this leaflet: Buck and On the Hunt.
Why this chart?
I love Brittercup designs; the minimalist creatures full of character and that cute love heart in every one. Brittercup excels at using slightly mottled threads and fabric to give life to what could easily become cartoonish figures.
There is minimal back stitch, no partial stitches, nothing but while cross stitch to allow the design and hand dyed materials to shine through. This is a great design for beginners as it looks so much more impressive than it is.
The Touch of Wilderness chart pack is indicative of an older style of packaging. It is a double-sided print on US-Ledger heavy cardstock, folded in half to US Letter size. The cardstock is stiff enough to stand on a display shelf and does not need a plastic bag as there are no separate pages to hold together.
The design symbols are listed on the inside of the folded cardstock. As there are no bags or external packaging, there’s no need to keep this information on the back cover.
Each chart has the creatures in heavy block symbols while the background symbols are printed in a paler grey. While this highlights the animals, it is more difficult for the stitcher to see the differences in the symbols used in the background of the design.
The larger Wilderness design, Buck, is charted over the inside of the pack. The chart is printed in two sections with a whitespace margin over the middle fold. There is no printing on the fold line, so concern that the symbols will be affected by repeated opening and closing of the chart. The bottom section of the Buck chart has a two-row overlap to help you keep your place in the design.
The On the Hunt chart is on the back cover. It is a little inconvenient that the only floss symbol key/legend is on the inside of the chart pack. So you do have to flip back and forth when stitching this smaller design.
As these designs were stitched using hand dyed floss, Michelle has listed DMC and Anchor equivalents.
To stitch the chart exactly as designed, you will need:
1 skein – GAST 0720 – Victorian Pink (similar to DMC 962)
1 skein – GAST 7003 – Shutter Green (similar to DMC 3362)
2 skeins – GAST 7007 – Cidermill Brown (similar to DMC 435)
1 skein – GAST 7013 – Green Apple (similar to DMC 3364)
1 skein – GAST – 7015 – Sarsparilla (similar to DMC 359)
1 skein – GAST 7019 – Pomegranate (similar to DMC 347)
2 skeins – GAST 7042 – Raven (similar to DMC 310)
For 16ct Aida or 32ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric sizes would be:
Buck: 15″ x 16″ or 38 x 41cm
On the Hunt: 13″ x 12″ or 32 x 30cm
Both Wilderness designs could fit together on a single fat quarter (18 x 27″).
Approximate cost for Project
Approximate cost to stitch the Peace Wheel chart using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do not include postage):
Total: $43.00 ($54.75 AUD or £42.85)
Places to Buy
Colours Down Under has all the Gentle Arts threads in stock and 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 Tammy recommends Gold Digger Old Map Style or Welcome to the Jungle from her range of fabrics. 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.
SewandSo has all the threads and fabric in stock and would be happy to order in the chart,
Sparklies suggests Harvest Blush, Oatmeal or Parchment from her range of fabrics.
123Stitch stocks the recommended threads and fabrics and can order in the chart for you.
Would you stitch this design? Why or Why not?
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