Voyage by Satuma Street

This week’s reviews are all from designers who sell on Etsy.  Today’s designer was chosen by Rebecca Schang and the design was chosen by Melissa Hicks; Voyage a Modern Pirate Ship by Jody Rice of Satsuma Street.

Satsuma Street - Voyage Cover

From the Designer

I designed a playful sailing ship pattern for stitchers who dream of taking off on an adventure, like Peter Pan and Wendy! Inspired by my love of Mary Blair and Scandinavian design, it’s sure to bring a graphic punch to any room. A finished project from this pattern would be a lovely gift for an adventuresome friend, or in a pirate or travel themed child’s room.

Why this chart?

With designs in Cross Stitch Crazy and featured in CrossStitcher and Mollie Makes magazines, Jody Rice is an Etsy success story.  Her designs are fresh and bold while still being so easy that a complete novice can stitch them.

Rebecca adores Arcadia while I love the bold colours on black for Voyage.  If you ever wanted to try stitching on black fabric, this is a great design to start.  Of course if you prefer lighter fabric colours check out the hand dyer suggestions below.

I can easily see this design framed on the wall in a modern decor house, or in a child’s bedroom or even sewn into a library bag or cushion.

Voyage is composed of whole cross stitch in a variety of DMC colours on Aida. You can easily change the colours to siut your decor or what floss you already own.  You can change the fabric to lighter blue for a daytime effect or an opalescent fabric for that fantasy look.  Voyage can be stitched on any type or count of fabric you like.

All of Jody’s designs are available to buy through her Etsy shop SatsumaStreet. I recommend her designs to anyone who loves bright bold colours regardless of your stitching experience.

Satsuma - Voyage

Review

All of Jody’s designs are available to buy as PDF files through her Satsuma Street Etsy store. She does not sell printed copies or kits.

I have linked the images on this page to a current listing of Voyage  that is currently  for sale.  If you click on these links and see a “this item has been sold” message, just click on the Satsuma Street link and look for the new listing for Voyage or any other design that takes your fancy.

When you buy Voyage,  you will receive an email that sends you back to a webpage.  This webpage has the download links for all charts that you purchased.

Voyage - download page

Alternatively, you can always find the download links in your Etsy profile under “Purchases and Reviews”

Etsy - Purchases and Reviews

You can download the design as many times as you need in the next 15 days after purchase.  This is perfect for those who like to keep their cross stitch patterns in multiple backup locations.

The Voyage chartpack comes with two PDF files.  One is a two-page instruction sheet for cross stitch basics for beginner stitchers. It covers fabric and floss selection as well as diagrams and instructions for how to do cross stitch, fractional stitches and backstitch.

The second PDF file contains the front cover; design specific instructions and the chart.

The front cover has an image of the finished stitched design.  It may be the old school in me, but I prefer to buy a chart when I can see that it has already been model stitched. It shows that any kinks in the design have been worked out and that the colour choice works in real fabric and floss as opposed to on the monitor; we know how colours don’t look the same on a monitor.

The second page contains a one page chart of the design. This page has the chart and symbol key/legend for the DMC floss, the stitch count and stitching instructions.  If you have good eyesight, this is all you need to stitch up Voyage; perfect for a travel project.

The last four pages are the complete chart – the grid and symbols are printed at double the size. There is a five-row shaded overlap between the pages of the larger chart to help keep your place.

The floss symbols are shown with on a coloured backgrounds. These are an immense help to differentiate between two similar symbols when they are on completely different colours; however as the coloured backgrounds are quite dark, you will need to print the chart in colour to see some of the symbols.

As Voyage is stitched with whole cross stitches only, it is suitable to stitch on Aida or evenweave fabric.

Materials Required

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

1 skein each DMC 165, 166, 321, 445, 554, 718, 733, 798, 816, 906, 958, 3326, 3328, 3329, 3341, 3766, 3809, 3820, 3837, 3840, white.

14 count Black Aida  (stitch count 103 x 134). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.

Charles Craft - Black 14ct Aida
Charles Craft – Black 14ct Aida

For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 13½” x 16”  or  34 x 40cm  or  a fat eighth (13 x 18″).

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: $ 6.00
Floss:  $ 5.20
Fabric: $9.45

Total: $20.65  ($40.75 AUD  or  $41.40 CAD  or  €31.10  or  £28.00)

Places to Buy

Jody Rice sells her PDF electronic charts worldwide via her Satsuma Street Etsy store. She offers discounts when you purchase multiple charts, including:

any 2 charts for $10.00
any 3 charts for $15.00

Australia:

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

Colour Cascade Fabrics has all the threads in stcok and a variety of fabrics for you to make this design unique. Caitlin recommends Devil with a blue dress on or Dark side of the moon.

Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 30 June 2015.

Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 30 June 2015.

Canada:

Traditional Stitches in Calgary have all the floss in stock and a selection of fabrics to suit your taste.

Europe:

Casa Cenina in Italy stock all the floss and a variety of fabrics for your unique creation.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo stock all the floss and a variety of fabrics to make this design uniquely yours.

Chromatic Alchemy “Voyage has some amazing colours and it deserves a fabric that will make them shine. I have chosen Al’s Darkmagic for a darker background and for those that have trouble stitching on the darker fabbys I have also chosen Aurelia … the colours seem to really glow on this fabric!”

Crafty Kitten “Great design, I think I’d go with Sunset Sky or Cotton Clouds (seems to be my go to colour this week!).  It might be quite fun on Daybreak as well.  It has enough colours in it that it should work on most colours, though I’d steer away from the dark ones other than maybe midnight skies.”

Sparklies “Since this already so colourful the background needs to give a good contrast. Ink or Pitch would give the almost-black background, or Gothic to add a touch of purple to the black.”

Thread Pickerz Silkz 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

United States:

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

Black Cat Stitchery in Illinois has the floss and a variety of fabrics in stock to make this a project to remember.

Erica is offering a 5% discount for readers of Cross Stitch Review.  Coupon code: CSRSPRING15. Offer ends 31 May 2015.

Stitches n Things in Michigan has all the floss in stock and a range of fabrics for your unique style.

Fiberlicious “For the ocean waves, I’d use colors from Caribbean Sea pack in Shades of Blue to replace to DMC for a subtle finish or Mermaids of Atlantis, a variegated threads as an unique approach.

For the ship, I’d use solid colors from Shades of blue, pink and purple, again for subtle finish or shades of gold, pumpkin pasties, Carnation Cluster and Raunchy Rainbow as alternative choices.

 

Under the Sea Fabrics Leslie recommends Shimmering Seas from her range of fabrics.

Discussion

Do you like Voyage a Modern Pirate Ship or would you stitch a different design by Satsuma Street; one of the “Pretty Little Cities” perhaps?

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Last Updated: 1 April 2015