Wine a Bit by Sue Hillis Designs

This Review is in response to a conversation on Facebook about Griper’s Club. If you have followed along with the Freedom SAL, you will need to download the chart pieces soon, as the SAL ends in a week and the pattern will be up for sale. Finally don’t forget the giveaway for Let’s Do Coffee.

Sue Hillis - Wine a Bit

From the Designer

Wine a bit … you’ll feel better.

This is a favorite… seems it relates to a lot of stitcher’s and their friends! Wine bottle charm included.

What is it?

Wine a Bit is a small chart and charm design in the PostStiches Collection by Sue Hillis Designs.

Why this chart?

I love Sue Hillis’s PostStitches Collection, each a small, whimsical design, with charm that fits easily in a 4″ x 6″ photo frame.  Perfect for those quick gifts.

I bought Wine a bit years ago to stitch up for my Dad, but like so many of good intentions, it still sits, unstitched in my stash. No-one in my family drinks regularly anymore so I’m not sure who I will stitch it for now …

This design is composed of whole cross stitch and blackwork, and can thus be stitched over 2 on evenweave or over 1 on Aida.  The wine bottle charm is scaled to fit this design when stitched on 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave.

I would recommend this design for wine lovers of all stitching levels.

Sue Hillis - Wine a Bit closeup


Wine a Bit is only available as a printed chart, with charm attached.  The chart pack is printed on an US letter (A4) light cardstock folded in half.

The front cover has a colour image of the stitched design. The back cover has a thank you to the model stitcher (such a nice touch!), some basic cross stitch instructions & diagrams and advertisements for other designs in this range.

The inner side of the folded card is printed in black on white. The left side has the floss key and backstitching instructions. The floss key is coded for DMC and Anchor floss and describes the colours if you wish to substitute a different floss brand.

This side also has  a little ziplock bag glued to it that houses the wine bottle charm. I am impressed with Sue Hillis in that she sells spare wine bottle charms via her website. This means that if you want to stitch the design a second time, you do not need to buy the chart again, just the charm.

Wine Bottle Charm
Wine Bottle Charm

The right side is the chart.  The floss symbols show up clearly and are easy to read. The vinework is stitched in back stitch; some with two threads, some with only one thread of floss.  These are differentiated on the chart with thick and then lines; both back stitch lines are very easy to see against the grid work.

Sue has provided a 10 stitch grid and clearly marked the centre points of the design. She has not included a stitch count, but in such a small chart, it is easily discerned.

Materials Required

To stitch Wine a Bit exactly as designed, you will need:

1 skein each DMC 435, 814, 815, 816, 3011, 3012, 3013, 3740

14ct Aida or 28 count Evenweave  (stitch count 45 x 66). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.

For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 9” x 11”  or  24 x 28 cm  or  an ornament cut (9 x 13″).

Approximate cost for Project

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

Chart: $ 6.00
Floss:  $ 5.30
Fabric: $5.10

Total: $16.40  ($27.00 AUD or €28.40  or  £29.20). For some reason this chart is retailing at €16.96  or  £16.75.

Places to Buy

Sue Hillis sells the chart and extra charms. She prefers, however, that you purchase the chart from your favorite needlework store.


Colours Down Under has all the threads and a variety of plain fabrics in stock. Jo 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 ” I would choose Golddigger old map style for this!” Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 27 February 2015.


Casa Cenina in Spain can order this chart in for you.  They also 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 has a range of Dragon Threads and hand dyed fabrics for you to make this design unique.

Sparklies  “Slightly Spring or Sunlit Forest would suit this one.”

Chromatic Alchemy  “ I have picked Amarinthine for this one as I think it contrasts beautifully with the deep maroons in the piece.”

United States:

123Stitch has this chart in stock and can kit it up for you.


Do you have someone in your family you would stitch this for? What fabric would YOU stitch it on 🙂


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Last Updated: 9 December 2014


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