Yo Ho Ho by Effervescent Designs

For Throwback Thursday we have a pirate!  Also don’t forget the giveaway for Let’s Do Coffee. Finally check out the Sales page as some end soon, including the special offer from OzStitch on Pharoah’s Hound and Pharoah’s Pet.

You Ho Ho by Effervescent Designs

From the Designer

I saw these little “pixel dolls” posted in signature blocks on online message boards wherever I went, once I started expanding my stitching community horizons. Unfamiliar with the trend, I thought, “Oh, those are cute,” and then got distracted by something else – until one day I followed a link posted with someone’s signature doll straight to Doll on the Hill Factory. I was amazed. I started to experiment with these beauties and quickly realized that while I might not use them for their intended purpose, I most certainly could spend the rest of my life stitching them. Considering their popularity, it occurred to me that others might feel as I do. I contacted Susanne Ohlsson, who has graciously allowed me to translate her art into needlework and share with you. We both hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed creating them.

What is it?

Yo Ho Ho is a cross stitch by Elizabeth Beeton of Effervescent Designs, based on a digital doll image from Susanne Ohlsson of Doll on the Hill Factory.

Why this chart?

Although digital dolls are out of fashion now they were huge in 2008 and Doll on the Hill Factory had the widest range of dolls and clothing; all at high-resolution (for the time) with some dolls being some rather elegant or risqué!

Elizabeth of Effervescent Designs did chart up four DHF dolls before life took her in another direction; Mlle Musketeer, Operetta, Water Goddess, and Yo Ho Ho.

You Ho Ho is stitched with a mix of DMC floss, hand dyed floss, metallics and Perle cotton. It is all whole cross stitch with a little back stitch and a little straight stitch. I would recommend this design for intermediate to advanced stitchers.  However, if you are a beginner and have patience, you too can stitch this wonderful design.

Yo Ho Ho

Yo Ho Ho was first released as a printed chart in 2008. When Elizabeth wound up Effervescent Designs a few years later, she decided to release all her designs as PDF files.

Review

The Yo Ho Ho PDF chart pack includes:

  • Cover page with image of stitched model, licensing information and the name of the model stitcher (nice touch!)
  • One page of fabric requirements and floss key
  • One page of stitching instructions for this chart
  • The sixteen page chart

Unfortunately the website gives no information except for a cover image. I suppose that Elizabeth is working on the assumption that if you have sought out her designs, then you already know what you are getting into.

The chart is sixteen pages long because each chart page displays a maximum of  66 x 83 stitches.  Some pages are smaller and as this design has no background, there are five pages without any symbols to stitch at all.  The chart includes a three-row shaded overlap on subsequent pages, a 10 stitch grid and clearly marks the middle point to help you start and then keep your place.

The chart symbols are printed in black on white and are very easy to see.  Unfortunately Elizabeth uses capital and lower case letters for her symbols so at times there are difficult to differentiate from each other.  I recommend highlighting the symbol you are planning to stitch and then mark over it again in a different colour when you have stitched it.

The chart uses straight stitch as the rigging for the sailing ship in the background. Elizabeth describes how to use this stitch in her instructions.

This chart is deliberately designed for a hand dyed fabric so you can use the recommended Silkweavers “Days Gone By” or anything else that takes your fancy. This design can be stitched over two or over one.

Materials Required

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

1 skein each DMC 161, 300, 301, 304, 310, 347, 356, 372, 400, 435, 612, 640, 647, 680, 738, 775, 779, 793, 800, 801, 814, 842, 890, 918, 934, 936, 948, 3012, 3374, 3362, 3363, 3364, 3371, 3770, 3772, 3773, 3774, 3787, 3790, 3799, 3801, 3821, 3864, B5200.

Waterlilies 001- Sandstone

 

1 skein Caron Waterlilies 001 Sandstone

 

 

Kreinik 4 - 001HL Silver hi Lustre

 

1 spool Kreinik #4 braid 001HL Silver Hi Lustre

 

1 spool Kreinik #4 braid 001J Japan Silver

 071 Misty Gold

 

1 spool Kreinik #4 braid 071 Misty Gold

 

 

102 Vatican Gold

 

1 spool Kreinik #4 braid 102 Vatican Gold

 

 

105C Antique Silver Cord

 

1 spool Kreinik #4 braid 105C Antique Silver Cord

 

102 Vatican Gold

 

1 spool Kreinik #4 braid 202HL

 

 

1 spool Kreinik #4 braid 3202 Cat’s Eye

DMC Perle 12 - Ecru

 

1 ball DMC #12 perle cotton Ecru

 

 

28 count Silkweaver “Days Gone By”  (stitch count 146 x 253). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.

For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 16½” x 24¼”  or  42 x 61cm  or  a fat quarter (18 x 27″).

Days Gone By
Days Gone By

Approximate cost for Project

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

Chart: $   5.99
Floss:  $ 50.30
Fabric: $20.00

Total: $76.30  ($140.74 AUD or €104.34  or  £80.66)

Places to Buy

Effervescent Designs can only be easily bought as digital downloads from Elizabeth’s site.  The good news is that they are all at very good prices.

Australia:

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

Colour Cascade Fabrics suggests Fairytale or Golddigger from her range.  Hmm Golddigger sound like a perfectly named fabric!  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 stock a variety of fabrics and floss for your unique creation.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo has all the floss in stock and a variety of fabrics.

Polstitches has a range of Dragon Threads and hand dyed fabrics for you to make this design unique.

Sparklies suggests Dr Smith’s Tonic or Summer Skies from her range of fabrics.

Chromatic Alchemy  “I’ve picked Tigers Eye for Yo Ho Ho, it reminds me of old maps and scrolls, perfect for this pirate lady.”

United States:

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

Under the Sea Fabrics has a range of fabrics that would suit this design.

Discussion

Did you or do you still use Dolls in your signature or on Bulletin Boards? If so, please share your dolls below.

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Last Updated: 11 December 2014

 

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Grafitie by A Mon Ami Pierre (AMAP)

An elegant yet modern design for Throwback Thursday.  Unfortunately my scanner has given up the ghost so I will update this post with a scan of the front cover when I can. Also the Donations Button is working again now if you feel like spreading a little Christmas cheer (or contributing towards a working scanner).

AMAP - Graffitie

From the Designer

Here is a model that can be embroidered on any fabric backing. If you embroider in petit point you can make a pretty case for mobile phone … it is a proposed idea.  Translation of French provided by Google Translate.

What is it?

Unfortunately a mon ami Pierre (AMAP) is gone now, but a few of her fabulous charts are still available, including Graffitie; a portrait of a lady with swirls or tattoos over her body.  This is a companion piece to Medusa.

Why this chart?

I love a mon ami Pierre’s (AMAP) modern cross stitch patterns.  She used lots of different styles, but this is the one I was drawn to.  As her website is no more, check out Pinterest to see her diversity; from traditional to regional to modern.

Jackye Derhay Renahy of a mon ami Pierre stopped designing and closed her business in early 2014 due to thieves sharing her charts illegally. Graffitie has only ever been sold as a printed chart. Legal copies have a rubber stamp of a cat’s face in red ink on the chart.

Graffitie is at heart a simple design, few colours and all full cross stitch; no backstitch partial stitches or specialty stitches. I recommend this design to stitchers of all ages who want something a little different.

Graffitie
Graffitie

Review

Graffitie is printed in black on A3 or US Ledger white paper, folded in quarters. Added to this is a small A5 or Half Letter coloured cover page.

The cover page is of very light stock and gives some stability to the packet.  The card stock has a coloured image of the finished project along with fabric suggestions and size in pink ink.  I’m not sure if the pink ink is a measure against piracy or just Jackye’s style. On Graffitie, the text is pink with a grey border, on Medusa, the writing is in orange with an orange border.  All of the instructions are provided in French, but Google translate can offer a good enough translation.

The floss key is on the chart itself and folded to be inside the packet. You have to purchase the design to see what materials are needed. Fortunately more online needlework shops are including this information in their websites.

The chart page, when unfolded includes the chart, the floss key and a repeat of the fabric suggestions, stitch count an fabric sizes from the front cover.  the chart page also has the stamped red cat’s face to ensure the legitimacy of your copy.

The chart is printed in one piece on the unfolded paper, therefore the chart symbols are printed across the folds. These symbols will wear off with repeated use and folding of the chart. The chart and symbols are printed quite large and easy to see and easy to differentiate. The grid is marked off in rows of ten but Jackye does not highlight the centre of the design.

Materials Required

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

1 skein each – DMC 310, 318, 453, 552, 554, 720, 721, 741, 918, 928, 3774.

Also gold metallic thread of your choosing.

Any count Aida or evenweave in White or Cream (stitch count 93 x 181). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.

For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 13” x 19”  or  32 x 48cm  or  a fat quarter (18 x 27″). If you cut your margins a little, this will squish onto a fat eighth (13 x 18″).

As Jackye suggested, if you stitch this one over one or on a much smaller count, you can turn this design into a mobile phone case.

Approximate cost for Project

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

Chart: $11.00
Floss:  $   4.40
Fabric: $ 7.85

Total: $23.25  ($35.50 AUD or €29.10  or  £25.45)

Places to Buy

a mon ami Pierre is now out of business but a few French business still retain some of her stock. Otherwise look around bricks and mortar stores that may carry older European charts.

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:

Brodenvie in France has this chart in stock.

Broderie Passion in France has this chart in stock.

Casa Cenina in Spain stock 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 “Tudor rose or Regency Sampler linen just to add a sense of elegance”

Sparklies “I think Slightly Lilac or Slightly Violet would work well with this piece.”

Chromatic Alchemy  “ I like Graffitie on Khione….classy and understated, it really helps accentuate those lovely bursts of colour.”

United States:

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

Discussion

What is your favourite a mon ami Pierre design?

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Last Updated: 4 December 2014

 

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Pharaoh’s Hound by Couchman Creations

An older chart from an Australian designer for Throwback Thursday.

Couchman Creations - Pharaoh's Hound
Couchman Creations – Pharaoh’s Hound

From the Designer

The pictographs surrounding Neferaka, the Pharaoh’s Hound, are a tribute to this regal dog and a rough translation is as follows:

“The eyes of Horus watch from above and gives praise to Maat, Goddess of Order, who gives life and protection to all. Praise be to Anubis who summons Neferaka to protect the spirits passing into rebirth in the after-life. Neferaka sees all the fires of life passing through the gates of heaven. Anubis adores Neferaka and rejoices in him for all time.”

Why this chart?

Pharoah’s Hound and it’s companion chart Pharoah’s Pet were created by Karen Couchman in 1998.  I have seen both stitched and they look magnificent.  Both my mother and I have a fondness for archaeology and anything to do with the Ancient Egyptian Empires so the only questions when I finally stitch these is – whose house will they live in?

Pharoah’s Hound uses whole cross stitch, partial cross stitch, and blackwork. The Hieroglyphics around the outside can be a little tricky but the main chart has swathes of same colour stitching.  I recommend this chart to Ancient Egyptian or Hound lovers of any level of stitching from passionate beginner through to advanced.

Both Pharoah’s Hound and Pharoah’s Pet were first released by Karen Couchman in paper format in 1998.  They are now converted to electronic download by Alan Binding of OzStitch. Pharoah’s Hound has been available for a few years and Pharoah’s Pet makes its appearance this coming weekend.

Pharoah's Hound
Pharoah’s Hound

Review

Pharoah’s Hound was initially released as a printed chart, and is now available as a digital download. I have both in my stash so I will discuss the differences.

The main difference between the printed and digital designs is the bottom border. In the older printed version, this border is left blank with the designer’s name and date stitched in the middle. In the digital version, the lower border has a repeat of the sun motif from the upper border.  I suspect you can stitch whichever you prefer.

There have also been some changes to the partial stitches in the hieroglyphics but I suspect this has more to do with the limitations of the charting software than any deliberate design change.  Just stitch your preferred partial stitches inside the bounds of the backstitching and you will be fine regardless of which version of the chart you use.

Finally the original chart uses DMC 840 to outline the base of the pyramids.  The digital version uses DMC 3371.

The Pharoah’s Hound printed chart is double-sided printed on an A2 glossy heavy paper sheet. This is folded twice to produce an A4 (similar to US Letter) booklet. The coloured side of the paper has:

  • Front cover page with colour image of stitched project
  • General stitching instructions and diagrams for finding your starting point, how to cross stitch, finish a thread, backstitch and cleaning your finished piece.
  • Stitching instructions specific to Pharoah’s Hound such as  fabric choices sizes. Also an explanation of the hieroglyphic border.
  • back cover shows coloured images of other designs by Couchman Creations.

The inside of the unfolded A2 sheet is printed in black on white and has the chart, floss list, stitch count and backstitch instructions. The last of these is crucial as there is no other means to identify what backstitch should be stitched in what colour.

The symbols are quite small and printed in varying shades of grey; both combine to make the hieroglyphics difficult to see. Chart symbols on the folds are prone to wearing off, especially if you fold the chart so that the stitching plans are visible.  For these reasons, I would recommend stitching from the digital download or making a working copy of the chart in sections, enlarging each area for clearer visibility.

The digital download has:

  • front page with digital rendering of the Pharoah’s Pet
  • eight pages of chart
  • one page of the floss key and instructions specific to the Pharoah’s Hound
  • three pages of general stitching how-to’s with diagrams and a glossary

The digital download does not include the history of the hieroglyphic border but has a better chart to stitch from.  The symbols are much larger (almost double sized) and thus easier to see. Each subsequent page has a two-row overlap to help keep your place and the blackwork outlines are shown in colour; differing colours for differing floss.  I prefer to stitch this digital version of the chart.

In both cases the materials list is inside the chart and cannot be seen until the chart is purchased and opened.

Materials Required

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

1 skein each – DMC 225, 433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 522, 632, 738, 472, 473, 744, 745, 758, 796, 797, 798, 799, 840, 841, 842, 919, 922, 3064, 3713, 3863, 3864, B5200, Ecru.

DMC 3371 Black Brown

 

2 skeins DMC 3371 Black Brown

 

DMC 796 Royal Blue dk

 

5 skeins DMC 796 Royal Blue dark

 

 

28 count Zweigart Vienna Cloth  (stitch count 150 x 260). Due to the number of partial stitches I highly recommend stitching this project on evenweave or linen.

For 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 17” x 25”  or  43 x 63cm  or  a fat quarter (18 x 27″).

Zweigart - Vienna Cloth
Zweigart – Vienna Cloth

Approximate cost for Project

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

Chart: $   7.75
Floss:  $ 15.85
Fabric: $13.30

Total: $36.90    ($61.00 AUD or €53.00  or  £36.75)

Places to Buy

OzStitch sells the printed charts and digital downloads worldwide.

Australia:

Colours Down Under has all the DMC threads and a variety of fabrics in stock. Jo would be happy to order in the printed 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 recommends Golddigger Old Ma style from her range.  Shoe also suggest (Blue Moon) if you want to leave the sky blank and stitch in the border. Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 6 December 2014.

Europe:

Casa Cenina in Spain can order the printed chart in for you.  They also stock a variety of fabrics and floss for your unique creation.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo can order in the printed chart and kit it up for you.

Sparklies suggests that this design would suit one of her neutral fabrics such as Barely Bronzed, Parchment, Dr Smith’s Tonic or Oatmeal or you could use  Moonlighting and fill stitch the border.

 

Chromatic Alchemy  has a variety of fabrics for you to custom design your own unique piece.

United States:

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

Discussion

Would you stitch this design on a parchment style background or a night-time style background?   Whichever you choose, remember to get enough fabric to stitch both Pharoah’s Hound and Pharoah’s Pet at  the same time so they will match.

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Last Updated: 20 November 2014

 

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Me and Thee by Ewe & Eye & Friends

For today’s Throwback Thursday, we have Me and Thee from Ewe & Eye & Friends.

Ewe & Eye & Friends - Me and Thee

From the Designer

Ewe and Eye and Friends published their first cross stitch design in 1991. It wasn’t long after I opened my shop that a customer introduced me to Barbara Stark and Kam Snyder’s incredible designs and I was instantly a huge fan! When Barb and Kam decided to pursue other interests in May 2005, it only made sense that I buy their cross stitch design company! Please note that many of these designs are stitched on small count linens. Stitch on whatever count you like! – Ruth A Sparrow of Twisted Threads

Why this chart?

Me and Thee is a small, quick design with a lovely sentiment, the perfect gift for a stitching friend, especially one who loves old samplers. If this is not your style, then change the fabric colour and use brighter threads to create a more modern effect.

This is an adventurous beginner level chart.  It’s small, it has only a few colours but it does include eyelet stitches.  The Twisted Threads webpage does have instructional diagrams for all specialty stitches used in their designs.

eyelet-over-4
Eyelet Stitch over 4 threads

Me and Thee was first released by Ewe & Eye & Friends in 1993.  When Ruth Sparrow took over their business in 1995, she kept Ewe & Eye & Friends as a separate division inside Twisted Threads.  This design can still be purchased by any needlework shop either direct from Twisted Threads or via one of their distributors.

EweEyeFriends0MeAndThee600

 Review

The Me and Thee chart and instructions are all printed in black on a single white US Letter (9 x 11″) that is trifolded like a letter and placed inside a buff mailing envelope.  The envelope has a label sticker and a photo of the completed project cut out and glued on. Both of these help stiffen the envelope so the chart pack can stand on a shelf.

While I love the use of the envelope, unwrapping the string at the back heightened anticipation, I really wished the information I need to kit up the project was listed on the outside of the packet.  The relevant details are not even listed on the Twisted Threads website. I presume this is a relic of a time when stitchers were expected to walk into bricks and mortar stores, before the prevalence of online shopping.

The one page chart pack is excellent.  The chart itself is printed large and clear, very easy to see the symbols and stitch from.  Unfortunately two of the three floss symbols are very very similar; a fill in large dot and a filled in heart. However one is used in the wording and the other in the border so there’s little chance of mistaking them again once you start.

The sheet of paper also has the floss colours and symbols, the fabric requirements, a diagram and explanation for the Eyelet Stitch and a full numeral set to stitch in the  year. The floss symbols show both Anchor and DMC thread options. All information is presented clearly and without clutter.  Everything you need is right there on the page.

 Materials Required

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

Anchor 845 - Fern Green Medium
1 skein – Anchor 845 Fern Green Medium (similar to DMC 3011)

Anchor 936 - Fawn very dark1 skein – Anchor 936 Fawn very dark (similar to DMC 632)

Threadworx 01043 - Fantasy Island
1 skein – ThreadworX 1043 Fantasy Island (formerly known as Needle Necessities 130 Woodland Fantasy)

Zweigart - 36ct Dirty linen
Zweigart – 36 count Dirty Edinburgh linen (stitch count 51 x 43). This design is best stitched over due to the Eyelet stitches.

For 36ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is:
9″ x 8½”  or  23 x 22cm  or  an ornament cut (9 x 13″).

Approximate cost for Project

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

Chart: $  6.00
Floss:  $  5.10
Fabric: $ 4.75

Total: $15.85   ($31.85AUD  or  €23.83  or  £21.48)

Places to Buy

This chart can be ordered from Twisted Threads via your nearest friendly Local Needlework Store or Online Needlework Store.

Australia:

Colours Down Under has this chart in stock and on sale. Jo stocks the DMC equivalents to the Anchor threads. She stocks all ThreadworX floss and a range of 36ct linen. Jo offers a 10% discount if you order the materials with the chart. Remember to mention this review when ordering.

Colour Cascade Fabrics stocks the DMC equivalent threads, ThreadworX floss and a range of fabrics for this design. Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 6 December 2014.

Europe:

Casa Cenina in Spain can order in the chart of Me and Thee and already stocks all the recommended floss and fabric

United Kingdom:

SewandSo can order in the chart of Me and Thee and already stocks all the recommended floss and fabric.

Sparklies has a range of fabrics for you to stitch Me and Thee in a traditional style, or your own unique style.

United States:

123Stitch stocks all the floss and fabric needed to stitch this design.

Stitching Bits and Bobs has this chart and all materials in stock.

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Would you stitch this design in this traditional colourway or in a modern version?  Comment on how you would stitch this below for a chance to win this design.

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 (Thursday, 13 November 2014, midday (Melbourne, Australia time). Winner will be chosen randomly from the comments.

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Dragon of the Winter Moon by Dragon Dreams

For today’s Throwback Thursday, I thought I would revisit another of my favourite designers, Jennifer Aikman-Smith of Dragon Dreams.

Dragon Dream - Dragon of the Winter Moon

From the Designer

When Herrschners first asked me to design this piece for their 100th Anniversary Calendar project in 1999, I leapt at the chance to create a winter dragon for the January page.  As I wrote for the designer’s thoughts page “Winter here in our part of Atlantic Canada arrives before Christmas and often lingers until the first few weeks of April. January is often a cold, dark month, which inspired me to come up with a magical, sparkling design that would make such an icy kingdom more bearable”.  This is the sister piece to “Dragon of the Summer Sky” which was created as the counter point, since everything in life requires balance. Regardless of which dragon or which season you prefer … may imagination and wonder keep you company on Life’s journey.

Why this chart?

Although an older chart, Dragon of the Winter Moon is a timeless fantasy design. Add a hand dyed fabric for the background and you wouldn’t be able to tell when this was designed.

This is an intermediate or passionate beginner level chart.  There no fractional stitches, but this design does use metallic floss, rayon floss, silk floss, back stitch and beads. Once you become familiar with these different floss types. the swathes of single colour makes this an easy design to stitch.

Dragon of the Winter Moon was first available in late 1998 as part of the Herrschners 100th Anniversary Calendar. It was then released as a stand alone chart on the green/grey cardstock in 2000. A few years later all Dragon Dreams charts were moved to black on white printing.  A couple of years ago, Jennifer stopped designing cross stitch charts altogether and concentrated on her teaching and artistry. She now produces the occasional small free design and releases it through her Dragon Dreams facebook page.

Dragon of the Winter Moon
Dragon of the Winter Moon

Review

You can tell from the green/grey cardstock that my copy is one of the first printings of this design. I highly recommend passing over the green/grey charts and obtaining a new black & white paper chart instead.

The older charts are printed double-sided on US-Ledger heavy grey/green 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 newer style of chart is printed in black on a white US Letter (9″ x 11″) with a glossy cardstock colour front cover. Formatting aside, each option provides the same chart; your project will be the same regardless which source you stitch from.

The chart symbols are more difficult to see on the grey/green cardstock.  This was used at the time to deter illegal photocopying of the chart, as the black and white copiers could not discern between the printing and background. Unfortunately for stitchers, neither can our eyes under anything but a bright light.

The grey/green cardstock also has the chart printed across the fold. These symbols are not only more difficult to see, they will wear off with repeated use of the chart.

 Materials Required

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

DMC 932 - Light Antique Blue

 

1 skein – DMC 932 Antique Light Blue

 

DMC 939 - Very Dark Navy Blue

 

1 skein – DMC 939 – Very Dark Navy Blue

 

DMC 3753 Ultra Very Light Antique Blue

 

1 skein – DMC 3753 Ultra Very Light Antique Blue

 

DMC Satin S5200 - Snow White

 

1 skein – DMC Satin S5200 – Snow White (Formerly known as DMC Rayon 35200 – Snow White)

 

025 Grey

 

1 spool – Kreinik 4 Very Fine Braid 025 Grey

 

032 Pearl

 

1 spool – Kreinik 4 Very Fine Braid 032 Pearl

 

060 Midnight

 

1 spool – Kreinik 4 Very Fine Braid 060 Midnight

 

102 Vatican Gold

 

1 spool – Kreinik 4 Very Fine Braid 102 Vatican Gold

 

194 Pale Blue

 

1 spool – Kreinik 4 Very Fine Braid 194 Pale Blue

 

Waterlilies 017 - Blue Lavender

 

1 skein – Caron Waterlilies 017 Blue Lavender

 

Waterlilies 038 - Morning Mist

 

1 skein – Caron Waterlilies 038 Morning Mist

 

00161 Crystal

 

1 packet – Mill Hill Glass Beads – 00161 Crystal

 

02017 Crystal Aqua

 

1 packet – Mill Hill Glass Beads – 02017 Crystal Aqua

 

Zweigart – 28 count Colonial Blue Lugana (stitch count 190 x 90). This design can be stitched over 1 or over 2.

For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 20″ x 13″  or  50x 32cm  or  a fat quarter (18 x 27″).

Zweigart - cOLONIAL bLUE

Approximate cost for Project

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

Chart: $10.00
Floss:  $ 33.00
Fabric: $12.00

Total: $55.00   ($82.10 AUD or £54.60)

Places to Buy

This chart can be ordered from Dragon Dreams via your nearest friendly Local Needlework Store or Online Needlework Store.

Australia:

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

Colour Cascade Fabrics stocks threads and beads and recommends Moonshadow or Riders on the Storm. For readers of this site she offers a 10% discount for this fabric. Use code PeaceOut during checkout. This code is valid for the month of October 2014.

United Kingdom:

Country Designs is the official UK Distributor for Dragon Dreams designs. They can also kit up this project for you.

SewandSo stocks all floss and beads and some fabrics.

Sparklies recommends Midnight or Moonlighting from her range of fabrics. Kate has an example of Dragon of the Winter Moon on Moonlighting in her customer gallery.

United States:

123Stitch stocks all floss and beads and a range of fabrics.

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