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Silver Medieval Sampler by Eve Rêve

Copyright Eve Rêve, distributed by Dessins DHC, 2005.

Silver Medieval Sampler by Eve Rêve

Chart: This Eve Rêve chart pack is printed in two panels on a folded A3 page. The chart pages have been photocopied on a cheap copier rather than being printed fresh and the symbols are small, however they are easy to distinguish. So this design can be stitched. I don’t recommend making an enlarged working copy, simply because the original is just not a good enough quality to make one from.  This cheap-ass photocopying seems to be a “hallmark” of Dessins DHC distributing.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitch and backstitching. The backstitching varies; some in one strand, some in two strands. Something to consider of you want to stitch this one-one-over.

Materials: DMC stranded cottons. Stitched on 32ct linen.

Designer’s Notes: None. There is a companion design Gold Medieval Sampler.

Why I was attracted to this design: The fabric.  I adored the shades of white and pale grey on that luscious hand dyed silvery purple fabric. I wanted to find out what that fabric was and get my hands on some.

So why haven’t I stitched it? The chart does not list the fabric used in the model. Neither does the Dessins DHC site. I know there was a hand-dyed fabric produced for this design, but I cannot find out what it was, and it is driving me batty!  I have had this chart for at least five years and I cannot find this fabric!

Where can you buy it? This design can be specially ordered in by your LNS or ONS or you can order it direct from Dessins DHC for $13.21 (US).

Discussion questions: Any suggestions on where I could look next to find this fabric? Does anyone speak French and could ask the designer? Alternatively any suggestions of another beautiful silvery purple fabric I could substitute in these two designs?

Project Status:
8 June 2012: Tearing my hair out over fabric

 

Alphabet Barok by LiLi Soleil

Copyright LiLi Soleil, distributed by Dessins DHC, copyright date unknown.

Alphabet Barok by LiLi Soleil

Chart: This LiLi Soleil chart pack is printed over fifteen Letter/A4 pages. It contains separate charts for each of the 26 letters of the alphabet and one square ornamental motif.  Each Alphabet letter is 99 stitches high and 50-90 stitches wide depending on the Letter. The ornamental chart is 49 stitches square. The chart pack is not good quality.  The chart pages have been photocopied on a cheap copier rather than being printed fresh and the symbols are impossible to distinguish as individual symbols in many of the charts. However as these are monochrome designs, the charts are still able to be followed and stitched.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitch only so is ideal to be stitched one-over-one or as canvas work.

Materials: Stitcher’s choice of floss and fabric.

Designer’s Notes: None.

Why I was attracted to this design: I love the alphabet.  I can see many ways I can monogram a small item for a gift with this alphabet. I can also see stitching up my name or even GothTigger in this alphabet, it has the rich Gothic look to it.

A few years back I received a gorgeous little wooden box from Karen with an M monogrammed into the lid in one-over-one work.  So fine and detailed and I still use that box to this day!  I don’t have the skills to mimic that level of gift, but I thought some of my friends might appreciate a monogrammed item or even just a framed Initial.

So why haven’t I stitched it? This is a new addition to my stash.  I bought this at the April 2012 Needlework Show. Now I need to work out who (besides myself) to stitch it for.

Where can you buy it? This design can be easily ordered through your LNS or ONS for $23.99 (US). Alternatively you can order it direct from Dessins DHC for $19.81 (US).

Discussion questions: Do *you* like this alphabet?  If using black thread, what colour fabric would you like to see your initial or name stitched on?

Project Status:
6 June 2012: Discovering gift recipients :P