A two-toned almost-monochrome for Monochrome Monday. Let’s skip the Monday morning coffee, opting for Tea instead.
Why this chart?
I am a tea drinker; I prefer tea over coffee. There are many designs extolling the need for coffee and tea is often seen as a poorer cousin. Fortunately there are a few tea design available and they are gorgeous!
Tea by Alessandra Dade of Alessandra Adelaide Needleworks is a beautiful design and one I have seen stitched regularly. It is part of her Flavours and Fragrances series, which includes Coffee, Cappuccino, Hot Chocolate, Tisana (herbal tea) and, as of next month, the stunning White Tea.
Tea is a straight forward design of whole cross stitch, using two DMC colours on the fabric of your choice. This floss can be changed to anything your like, as can the count and type of fabric. This design is simple enough for beginner stitchers, but versatile enough to tempt experienced stitchers.
While Alessandra Adelaide does offer some charts as digital downloads or Express Charts, most of her designs are only available as printed charts. These printed charts can be purchased directly from Alessandra, or from your favourite Local or Online Needlework Store.
Tea is printed on good quality white paper. The front and back covers are printed on an A4 (similar to US Letter) page folded in half.
The front cover has a computer mockup of the design. The colours in the mock-up are true to life, however the lighter green is so pale that the flourishes in the cup are barely seen against the bright white paper. Alessandra offers a photo of a stitched version on her website.
The chart for Tea is printed on a white A3 (similar to US Ledger) paper, folded into fourths and nestled inside the covers.
The two symbols used are quite distinct and easy to tell apart. The symbols are printed in heavy black on a 10 x 10 numbered grid. This design can easily be stitched and marked off from the original chart. If you prefer to stitch from working copies, this design should copy well, however keep in mine that it requires a larger size paper.
The printed chart is dissected by the four folds. Repeated folding of the paper, especially if you fold the paper inside out, could lead to the symbols on the folds rubbing off. However, this is a small, easily stitched design, so that shouldn’t be an issue.
The chart page also lists the stitch count and Floss symbol key/legend and the two DMC floss used in the model.
The back cover simply lists the stitch count and that the design is in two colours. If you want to know which two colours you will need to buy the design or check the website. I assume the intent here is that most people buying from a Local Needlework store will choose two complementary colours of their liking on a fabric that suits them.
Tea is stitched in whole cross stitch only. It is suitable to be stitched on Aida or over one or over two on evenweave or linen. Choose whatever fabric you like and match some floss to it.
To stitch the charts exactly as designed, you will need:
1 skein DMC 505 Jade Green
1 skein DMC 772 Yellow Green very light
Fabric count of your choice (stitch count 125 x 226). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.
For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 15¼” x 22½” or 39 x 55cm or a fat quarter (18 x 27″).
Approximate cost for Project
Approximate cost to stitch this design using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do not include postage):
Chart: $ 17.25
Floss: $ 0.90
Total: $30.00 ($43.95 AUD or $39.65 CAD or €23.30 or £25.20)
Places to Buy
Colours Down Under has all the threads and a variety of plain fabrics in stock. Jo has a variety of Alessandra Adelaide charts in stock and would be happy to order in Tea. She offers a 10% discount on the package (chart + floss). Mention this review when ordering.
OzStitch has all the threads and a variety of white and off white fabrics in stock.
Colour Cascade Fabrics has the tea chart in stock and can happily kit it up for you! Caitlin recommends Fairytale or Golddigger from the Colour Cascade range of fabrics.
Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 30 June 2015.
Sewitall offer a range of hand dyed and printed fabrics to suit your needs.
Traditional Stitches in Calgary have a selection of Alessandra Adelaide designs in stock as well as floss and fabrics to suit your taste. Janice would be happy to order in this design for you.
Stitch-it Central in Ingersoll has the Tea chart in stock.
Casa Cenina in Italy stock a variety of fabrics and floss for your unique creation.
Ecypse’s Colors suggests stitching “AAN tea on Trilly (Tinkerbell)”
Country Stitch “I’d start by changing the colours of the threads, and go from there. For the mug I’d go for a nice variegated/overdyed red in rich tones (loads of choices in the Weeks Dye Works, Classic Colorworks or Gentle Arts ranges). For the second colour I’d go for something a bit tamer – maybe a soft pink.
For background fabric, with the red colours I’d go for a neutral, such as Haystack or Oyster.
An alternative would be bright blues on a plain white (or almost white) background. Think Delft or Chinese ‘willow’ colourings!”
SewandSo has the tea chart in stock and can happily kit it up for you!
Chromatic Alchemy “This easily customisable design has so many possibilities! However I have chosen to show tea on two fabrics, one light and one dark. Here it is on Sakura and Al’s Darkmagic”
Crafty Kitten has this chart in stock and can happily chart it up for you. She has her own range of floss and fabrics to make your project unique.
Sparklies ” I love the AA designs and have been tempted by many including this one. For this I would choose either Baby Blue or Slightly Summer for a fresh background to the greens.”
Thread Pickerz Silkz “A lot of people have completed tea in my silks and they all look stunning. I have included a picture of my tea finished but there are a lot more shown either on mine or AAN Facebook groups.”
I went for colours to match the room I wished it to go in. Dirty blonde and forest glade would give a similar effect. But you can always use your favourite colours.
Eileen has been updating the Thread Pickerz Silkz website. She offers 10% off each silk thread as it is added back into the collection. For readers of this site, she offers an extra 10% discount if you use the code: Xstitchreview
123Stitch has the tea chart in stock and can happily kit it up for you!
Black Cat Stitchery in Illinois has the tea chart in stock and can happily kit it up for you!
Erica is offering a 5% discount for readers of Cross Stitch Review. Coupon code: CSRSPRING15. Offer ends 31 May 2015.
Stitch and Frog in Georgia has the tea chart in stock and can happily kit it up for you!
Stitches n Things in Michigan have a large variety of Alessandra Adelaide charts in stock. They would happily order in Tea for you.
Fiberlicious “I’d use Celadon Porcelain for a delicate and elegant looking for this beautiful tea cup!”
Mo’s Sale “I suggest Frog Cay and Natural Tea for the cotton floss,
and Monaco 28 BB7 for the fabric”
Sunny*Dyes Teri suggests any of the following “green marshmallow, high noon, lime sorbet, lavender sunrise, meadow, sunny daze”
Under the Sea Fabrics Leslie feels that “AAN tea would be pretty on Ice Princess”
Do you drink tea? If so what is your favourite flavour?
Have you stitched Tea by Alessandra Adelaide? If so, please leave a link in the comments so we can see your beautiful creation!
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Last Updated: 13 April 2015