Dentelles by Brodeuse Bressane

Another beautiful stitchalong for SAL Tuesday, this one starts 2 January 2015, and it is free to join.

Dentelles or Lace
Dentelles or Lace

From the Designer

Because you always have to start a new embroidery on January 1st (for good luck), why not participate in the SAL Dentelles ? It’s a pattern of 130 x 205 stitches, in cross stitch and blackwork, to be stitched on evenweave or linen.  The rules are the following :

  • inscription by email from today until the 30th of December 2014 :  brodeuse-bressane@orange.fr
  • start and dispatch of first stage Friday 2nd of January 2015
  • dispatch by email of the next stages, from Monday 12th of January 2015, after having shown the previous stage
  • the pictures sent will be used to make a round-up on the blog on Sunday, before a new stage becomes available (if you don’t want your picture in this round-up, let me know)
  • one stage a week will be made available
  • if you are a member of the Brodeuse Bressane FB group, you don’t have to register for the SAL; the different parts will be published in the group. You are also exempt from sending a picture to get the next stage, but pictures will still be greatly appreciated !

Sign-up closes:  30 December 2014
SAL Duration: 2 January 2015 onwards.

Why this chart?

I participated in the Brodeuse Bressane Fleur de Lys SAL from January this year and thoroughly enjoyed it. Esther Franklin of Brodeuse Bressane runs a great stitchalong; she is very approachable and enthusiastic about different interpretations and her weekly photographs spur you on to keep up to the finish.

The Dentelles or Lace SAL deadline for registration is 30 December 2014, but registration is free.  An alternative is to sign up with Esther’s Facebook group Broduese Bressane, where all the SAL pieces will be posted weekly and you just need to save them as you see them.

As with last year’s design, there is no mystery; you immediately know if this is the style of project you wish to commit your time and effort.  The excitement from this style of stitchalong comes from  watching everyone’s unique combinations of floss and fabric seeing them progress in time with you.

The Dentelles chart includes cross stitch and blackwork; each chart segment being released weekly.  Esther provides such wonderful levels of support that I would recommend this stitchalong to an adventurous beginner or seasoned stitcher who wants to craft something unique.

Dentelles - progress on the model stitch
Dentelles – progress on the model stitch

Review

Unlike Mystery Stitchalongs, Broduese Bressane provides all the information and a picture of the complete project from the beginning so you can easily decide whether this free stitchalong is for you.

You don’t need to be a member of Esther’s Facebook group, but it is the simplest method of joining this stitchalong, and it provides the most support, with a community atmosphere.

If you sign up for the Dentelles stitchalong via the Brodeuse Bressane blog, each chart segment will be emailed to you upon proof that you have finished the previous segment.  The chart will be sent as an email attachment which you open, save and print.

If you are a member of the Brodeuese Bressane Facebook group,  each segment will be posted in the group each week. Each chart segment will be posted as a .jpg image which you will need to save and print out (or work directly using a tablet or laptop).

Each of the chart segments are provided as clear black on white pictures. Esther uses a 10×10 grid and red lines showing the middle points of the design.  Very useful if you prefer to start in the middle than counting in from the edge of your fabric.

In earlier stitchalongs, Esther includes a shaded portion of the previous chart segment to aid with placement of later rows.  As this chart is designed as a monochrome, there are no colour symbols to differentiate.  However, there is nothing stopping you from stitching each area in a differing colour.

 Materials Required

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

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Floss of one form or another.  As the theme is lace, Esther is using white floss on natural linen for her model.

 

Any evenweave or linen fabric (stitch count 130 x 205). This design is stitched over 2 due to the blackwork stitches. For 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 15½ x 21″  or  39 x 53cm  or  a fat quarter (18 x 27″).

Approximate cost for Project

This will vary wildly depending on which floss brand you use, how many colours, if you include beads and if you use hand dyed fabric.  The costs for stitching this design as modelled (DMC white on natural evenweave fabric) are:

Chart:   free
Floss:   $0.90
Fabric: $15.90

Total: $16.80   ($27.00 AUD or €12.50 or £14.35)

Places to Buy

Australia:

Colours Down Under stocks all your floss and embellishment needs. Also some plain evenweave and Aida choices.

Colour Cascade Fabrics has a variety of colours to suit your personal style. 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 “Georgian Sampler Linen to lift the use of the white thread enhancing the sampler.”

Sparklies “Since this is shown in white then my go-to colour would be Purpleberry Spludge, but any of my dark colours would suit.”

Chromatic Alchemy  “I do like this piece in whitework and I think that Aurelia adds depth and interest without overpowering the dainty design.”

United States:

123Stitch stocks all most of your floss and embellishment needs.

For Discussion

Will you be joining this stitch along? Will you be choosing soft ethereal colours to give your design that “lacy” look or will you be going bold and bright?

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Last updated: 25 November 2014

 

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Freedom by Seba Designs

It’s Tuesday, time for another stitch along! This one is Freedom by Banu Demirel of Seba Designs.

Seba Designs - SAL

From the Designer?

Here we go…The design is 110×75 stitches ladies…We need to stitch the border first because I will be publishing the squares and rectangles every week. You will decide where to put the designs. you can rotate, use more than once, literally anything you want. I am recommending evenweave rather than aida as there are speciality stitches, don’t let the name scare you LOL. Just that you will have lines not only around the squares of the fabric (the squares like the ones in aida) but within the squares. You will understand when you see them, I don’t think you would have any difficulties.

For the borders, I would recommend 2 strand of floss and 1 strand for the fillings. The borders would pop. Use a contrasting color for the borders. Dark shades if you will stitch on white, light if you will use dark colored evenweave. You have to emphasise the borders, this way boxes will be more visible.

Why this chart?

You can join in any time, there is no formal registration and no joining costs. Banu is offering this through her Facebook group for us all to join in and have some fun with.  She provides the elements but we have the freedom to choose how we use those elements so our project will be unique, in stitches as well as colour and fabrics.

I am a sucker for a stitch along, and this one is especially marvellous.  We start by stitching the borders in 2 strands of floss. Banu has already released the chart of the borders.

Then each week she will offer designs that will fit one size of the boxes.  You choose which boxes to stitch which design. Banu has already suggested that using the same design in a row looks very pleasing. The charts page for the smallest boxes was released last night.

Some of the blocks will be specialty stitches or blackwork, so I would recommend this piece to an adventurous beginner or seasoned stitcher who wants to craft something unique.

Review

Unlike Mystery Stitch alongs, Seba Designs gives you all the information and a view of how the elements interlock. Just by looking at the above picture you get a good idea of whether this Stitch along is for you.

You DO need to be a member of Facebook to join in, as the chart and design blocks are only available via the Seba Designs Facebook group. The border chart is already available and the design blocks will be posted there weekly.  The group is quite abuzz with this stitch along and there are already many conversations discussing fabric choices, floss types, use of beads and general stitching questions.

As the charts will only be posted on the Facebook group you will need to copy and save them; they will not be sent to you.  Each week’s designs chart is available as a .jpg image file or a PDF document file.  Save whichever suits you the best.  The images may be a little small, so be prepared to enlarge as necessary.

As this chart is designed as a monochrome, there are no colour symbols to differentiate.  However, there is nothing stopping you from stitching each block in a differing colour.

 Materials Required

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

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Floss of one form or another.  Banu recommends stitching a dark floss on a pale background or vice versa.  2 strands for the border and one strand for blocks.

Any evenweave or linen fabric (stitch count 75 x 110). This design is stitched over 2 due to the specialty stitches.

For 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 11½ x 14″  or  29 x 35cm   or  a fat eighth (13 x 18″).

Approximate cost for Project

This will vary wildly depending on which floss brand you use, how many colours, if you include beads and if you use hand dyed fabric.  The costs for stitching this design exactly as drawn (DMC 310 Black on white 28ct fabric) are:

Chart:   free
Floss:   $0.90
Fabric: $5.45

Total: $6.35   ($12.00 AUD or £12.90)

Places to Buy

Australia:

Colours Down Under stocks all your floss and embellishment needs. Also some plain evenweave and Aida choices.

Colour Cascade Fabrics has a variety of colours to suit your personal style. Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 6 December 2014.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo stocks all of your DMC floss and a variety of fabric choices.

Sparklies suggests stitching Black thread on Fire or Sunflowers  OR  White thread on Ink, Pitch or Moonlighting

United States:

123Stitch stocks all most of your floss and embellishment needs.

For Discussion

Will you be joining this stitch along? What are your thoughts on the design and giving us stitchers the power to rearrange the blocks designs to suit ourselves?

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Under the Moonlight by Passione Ricamo

Another Mystery stitch-along for SAL Tuesday.  It’s that time of year, when the 2015 stitch-a-long are arranged and sign ups are still open.

Passione Ricamo - Under the Moonlight

From the Designer?

Clair de Lune, Under the Moonlight.  The subject is very romantic and seductive … but I do not tell you more …

Sign-up closes:  2 Nov 2014
SAL Duration: 3 Nov 2014 – 14 Jun 2015

Why this chart?

I am a sucker for a stitch-a-long (SAL), especially a Mystery stitch along where you have no idea what the resultant piece will look like. Passione Ricamo has run two similar Mystery stitch alongs before and I loved the results of both of them.

Passione Ricamo stitch alongs are large and need time and attention if you wish to keep up; at times it must take precedent over other stitching projects.  However, like all stitch alongs it is quite fine to lag behind, stitching at your own pace, many of us do.

Under the Moonlight  includes metallic threads and many beads. I would consider it suitable for an adventurous beginner or intermediate stitcher. There will be floss replacement options given for the metallics and beads for those stitchers who prefer to use all cottons.

Passione Ricamo - Under the Moonlight Mystery Stitchalong
Under the Moonlight

Review

Mystery Stitch alongs are a gamble. I generally find that if you like the majority of a designer’s work, then you are likely to enjoy their mystery SAL.  It is up to each stitcher to decide if the risk is worth it to you.

Passione Ricamo gives very little away about the nature of her stitch alongs.  It is not until after you sign up that you receive a Welcome Pack which lists the floss, embellishment and fabric options. As the Stitch along is starting in three weeks, I have permission to discuss the floss, embellishment and fabric options here.

To join in the SAL you need to buy the chart pack. There is a secret Facebook group for those who wish to join. This is not mandatory, but there are already many conversations discussing fabric choices, fabric sizes, bead options and general stitching questions. It is communities like this that keep us encouraged and thrilled about a design when we start to feel jaded and that other new start looks enticing!

We will receive the Under the Moonlight chart in sections from November 2014 to  May 2015.  The sections will only arrive via email so you will either print each section out yourself or work directly from a tablet. The Welcome Pack includes a diagram of the section outlines and the dates we will receive each section.

Laura provides each chart section twice, once in black and white and another in colour. Both contain the symbol key or legend.

The black and white chart is the main chart to stitch from. Each new section will include a one-row overlap to help in lining up your stitched sections and minimising errors. The overlap row is shaded grey so you don’t accidentally stitch it again.  Also on the black and white chart, Laura provides the backstitching lines in various colours, so it is easy to determine which section is to be outlined in which floss.

In a chart such as this where there are many different threads, it could be easy to mistake one chart symbol for another. The colour chart is very useful to quickly check your stitching, e.g. if you are stitching the correct green symbol or the incorrect but similar purple symbol.

 Materials Required

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

 

1 skein each – DMC 155, 156, 160, 210, 211, 310, 311, 321, 333, 335, 340, 341, 433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 470, 471, 472, 632, 646, 647, 676, 677, 729, 746, 747, 758, 775, 777, 801, 807, 819, 838, 905, 907, 938, 945, 951, 3021, 3023, 3024, 3041, 3371, 3743, 3746, 3747, 3756, 3765, 3766, 3770, 3820, Ecru

 

2 skeins DMC 645 – Very Dark Beaver Grey

1 spool Kreinik #4 Very Fine Braid 9294 – Periwinkle

1 card each Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid: PB01, PB09, PB10, PB12, PB22,  PB66, PB72, PB204,  PB205, with optional PB201. Dawn is using PB201 in her model stitch of Under the Moonlight.

 

5 packets Mill Hill Glass Beads 00479 – White

 

2 packets Mill Hill Glass Beads  02009  – Ice Lilac

Any suitable dark fabric of any type – some examples are shown below. (stitch count 215 x 299). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.

For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 22″ x 28″  or  55 x 70 or  a half yard (27 x 36″).

Approximate cost for Project

If you have stitched any of the previous Passione Ricamo Mystery stitch alongs, you will have many of these threads and embellishments already in your stash. Listed below is the approximate cost to stitch the Under the Moonlight project if you are new to Passione Ricamo designs and are buying items at retail prices. Please note these approximations do not include postage or the optional extra floss. If you are interested in stitching this design now, there are places who are offering embellishment packs (see further below).

Chart:  $16.30
Floss:   $62.80
Fabric: $46.00

Total: $125.10   ($219.20 AUD or £132.60)

Places to Buy

Australia:

Colours Down Under stocks all your floss and embellishment needs. Also some plain evenweave and Aida choices.

Colour Cascade Fabrics is running a floss and fabric pack for this Stitch Along, contact Tammy for more information. For readers of this site she offers a 10% discount. Use code PeaceOut during checkout. Code valid for the month of October 2014.

United Kingdom:

Crafty Kitten is offering an embellishment pack for the Stitch Along and is offering a 10% discount on fabric if you buy at the same time:

Polstitches is also offering floss, embellishment and fabric packs for this stitch along and a 25×27 cut of fabric (cheaper than a half yard):

SewandSo stocks all of your DMC floss and a variety of fabric choices.

Sparklies has a wide choice of colours to choose from if you wish to make your piece unique with hand dyed fabric.

United States:

123Stitch stocks all most of yourfloss and embellishment needs.

Crazy Annies is offering an embellishment pack for this Stitch Along.

Silkweavers has the following fabric suitable for this stitch along

Steph’s Fabbys has the following fabric suitable for this stitch along

Under the Sea fabrics makes the following fabrics which are suitable for the stitch along

For Discussion

Are you stitching Under the Moonlight? Leave a link to your photo album in the comments so we can all see the varieties of fabric and floss you have chosen.

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Christmas Calendar by Alessandra Adelaide

A Mystery stitch-along for SAL Tuesday.  It’s that time of year, when the 2015 stitch-a-longs are being arranged and sign ups are still open.

2015 Christmas Mystery SAL
2015 Christmas Mystery SAL

What is it?

Christmas Calendar is a 10-month mystery stitch along by Alessandra Adelaide Needleworks (AAN) to produce a large festive wall hanging. The chart pack will include finishing instructions for attaching the accessories and sewing the wall hanging.

Sign-up closes:  29 Dec 2014
SAL Duration: 5 Jan 2015 – 3 Nov 2015

Why this chart?

I am a sucker for a stitch-a-long (SAL), especially a Mystery stitch along where you have no idea what the resultant piece will look like. This year, Alessandra ran a mystery Halloween stitch along from January to October.  I loved it so much I signed up straightaway for next year’s mystery Christmas Calendar.

Although large, this design does seem quite suitable for beginners and advanced stitchers. With only a few floss colours, you can easily customise floss and fabric.  For example, I’m planning to stitch this design on Emerald Green fabric and using gold instead of white floss; to me, Christmas means red green and gold 🙂

Finally I chose this because it is a Christmas theme and it comes with buttons and bells and every kid (including my nephews) need a Christmas Calendar in their lives.

2015 Christmas Mystery SAL sneak peak
2015 Christmas Mystery SAL sneak peak

Review

Joining a mystery stitch along is an act of faith. Faith that the resultant item is worth the time and money you as a stitcher have put into it.  To help stitchers decide whether Christmas Calendar is the right chart for them, Alessandra has released a document listing the materials needed, number of skeins, stitch count and estimated size of the design.

To join in the SAL you need to buy the chart pack and be a member of Facebook.  Alessandra and Roxanne have organised a secret Facebook group for the stitchers’ of Christmas Calendar. Here we can discuss floss and fabric choices, receive each month’s design part and ask questions of each other and Alessandra as the need arises. I have found that the most successful SALs centre around such a vibrant community.

We will receive the Christmas Calendar chart in sections from January to November 2015.  The sections will only arrive electronically so you will either print each section out yourself or work directly from a tablet.

Alessandra usually does not add an overlap on successive pages, so you may need to tape your print outs together or spend a little more time counting carefully.  In the Halloween SAL  a second file of each part was released with an overlap. Unfortunately this created some confusion with a few members mixing up the with-overlap and without-overlap charts. I’m sure this was a learning experience for Alessandra and her team and the Christmas Calendar will have no such issues.

 Materials Required

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

3 skeins – DMC 666 Christmas Red

9 skeins DMC 816 Garnet

1 skein DMC B5200 Snow White

1 ball DMC Perle #8 White

Any fabric type and colour except cream or white (stitch count 342 x 495). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.

For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 31″ x 42″  or  78 x 106cm  or  a full yard (36 x 52″).

28ct Natural/Raw Linen
28ct Natural/Raw Linen

1 cut of Christmas fabric – same size as stitching fabric

2 cuts of adhesive fabric ( Vliseline )to be applied on the back of the embroidery:

  • (342 stitches + side borders) x (103 stitches + top border)
    (so for 28ct example): 31″ x 11″
  • (342 stitches + side borders) x (152 stitches + bottom border) (so for 28ct example): 31″ x 14″

cotton thread to sew ( the same colour of your fabric )
5 ornaments
5 buttons
1 Christmas magnetic needle minder

Approximate cost for Project

As Alessandra is hand making a variety of small ornaments and needle minders for the Christmas Calendar and the cutting sizes for the Vliseline can be tricky, AAN is offering a variety of kit options in her store.  (Note: these prices do not include postage).

Option 1:
Christmas Calendar chart: €13.00 ($US 16.28)

Option 2:
Christmas Calendar chart
5 handmade ceramic ornaments
1 handmade ceramic button
4 jingle bells: €18.00 ($US 22.54)

Option 3:
Christmas Calendar chart
5 handmade ceramic ornaments
1 handmade ceramic button
4 jingle bells
1 handmade ceramic needleminder: €25.00 ($US 31.30)

Option 4:
Christmas Calendar chart
5 handmade ceramic ornaments
1 handmade ceramic button
4 jingle bells
1 handmade ceramic needleminder
1 piece of Vliseline 36″ x 24″:  €31.50 ($US 39.43)

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

Option 4: $39.43
Floss: $8.40
Fabric: $65.90

Total: $113.73    ($163.37 AUD or £72.67)

Places to Buy

Australia:

Colours Down Under has all the DMC floss and Perle #8 in stock and some plain evenweave and Aida choices.

Colour Cascade Fabrics has some DMC floss in stock and a wide selection of fabric colours. For readers of this site she offers a 10% discount. Use code PeaceOut during checkout. Code valid for the month of October 2014.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo stocks all of your DMC floss and a variety of fabric choices.

Sparklies suggests “Any neutrals, or Snowy Skies, Glacier or Misty Morn”.

United States:

123Stitch stocks all of your DMC floss and a variety of fabric choices.

For Discussion

What do you think of Mystery Stitch Alongs? Have you ever stitched one? Which was your favourite?

Feedback

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Last updated: 11 November 2014