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Naturalia by Isabelle Vautier

Copyright Isabelle Vautier, Creations Isabelle Haccourt Vautier, 2010.

Naturalia by Isabelle Vautier

Chart: This Isabelle Vautier chart is printed on a single A4/Letter page.  It is a monochrome design so the small x symbols are easy to see even though the chart is small. The backstitch lines are shown as thin red lines; very easy to see and extremely easy to follow.  The whole chart is very easy to follow.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitch and backstitch. This design could easily be stitched as a one-over-one project.

Materials: DMC stranded cotton. Stitched on Zweigart 30ct “Ivory” linen.

Designer’s Notes: [Translated from the original French using Google Translate] This model has given me to twist the thread! I found it dull in a thread in another color and then restitched it in good old classic red and naturally it makes much better …

“Naturalia” is a call of spring and a tribute to this beautiful nature (here I am writing in the pouring rain!! And spring is still looking!) It is watered eh: 0))

Why I was attracted to this design: I love the motifs in this design, the birds, butterflies and love hearts, but mostly I love the flowing leaf motifs.  When I first saw this as a small picture on my monitor I thought they were feathers like tail feathers from a phoenix. Now that I have the chart right in front of me I can see that they are leaves or ears of grain. Either way I love the curving beauty of them.

So why haven’t I stitched it? OK this is going to sound really weak. All of the instructions, materials, etc are written in French.  Until very very recently the online translation sites just haven’t been good enough for me to feel comfortable that I’m understanding the material properly!

In one of the other designs, I discovered that a collection of words around a DMC number was actually an unfamiliar hand dyed thread name and manufacturer with the DMC equivalent listed.  I wasn’t sure if in her other designs, including this one, that there weren’t other pieces of similar information that I was missing.

Thankfully Google Translate seems to be a pretty good online translation site.  It certainly seems to have a better algorithm than the Yahoo site or the original Babelfish.

Where can you buy it? I don’t know of any major US or UK ONS that stocks Isabelle Vautier charts, but you might be lucky with your local LNS! Otherwise you can order her charts through some of the European online stores. You should pay around €9.00 (Euro) for this chart.

Discussion questions: OK so now we know this design is simply DMC 815 on Ivory linen, I’m thinking of changing it.  Perhaps a hand-dyed red/dark red combination on a cream background.  Or have the alphabet stitched in a completely different colour, as was done in Isabelle Vautier’s Fairies Love.  Any thoughts?

Project Status:
8 July 2012: Completely up in the air on fabric and floss

 

Fairies Love by Isabelle Vautier

Copyright Isabelle Vautier, Creations Isabelle Haccourt Vautier, 2008.

Fairies Love by Isabelle Vautier

Chart: This Isabelle Vautier chart is printed on two panels of folded A4 style sheets. There is a five row overlap between the pages. The cross stitch is in two different shades of floss. The symbols are different in size, shape and depth of colour to make is very easy to follow the chart.  The backstitching is shown in bright red lines for extreme ease. All in all this is a great chart for highlighting the differences necessary to make this chart a dream to stitch.  My only quibble is that the chart itself could be a touch larger.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitch, backstitch and a charm.

Materials: DMC stranded cotton, Pomme de Pin cotton. Stitched on Zweigart 32ct “Vintage Dune” linen. The chart calls for a charm to be used but there is no listing given for a specific charm.  The chart recommends a butterfly charm, the model uses a seashell, one shop offers a heart charm with this chart; the moral of the story is use whatever gewgaw you like.

Designer’s Notes: [Translated from the original French using Google Translate] One evening traveling through the Forêt de la Coubre, I saw deer, wild boars, rabbits; fine mist, then thicker … a strange landscape opened up the road where you could suddenly see the trees move under the eye of the moon watching over the inhabitants of the night and I let the dream come over me all along this sweet ride …. and if fairies really existed? and if the trees were really alive? What separates dream from reality? Tribute to a truly magnificent Forest for those who want to get lost …….. between sea, lighthouse and nature ….. the dream!

Why I was attracted to this design: Butterflies, naked lady.  to be honest this chart has a very nymph-like or Gaia feel to it. Very earth spirit. I find it quite a restful, calming picture.  Also I was intrigued by the new (to me) floss brand Pomme de Pin and wanted an excuse to hunt that down and try it.

So why haven’t I stitched it? This failure to be stitched is a direct result of my disorganization from too many house moves and not feeling settled. I have the Pomme de Pin floss now.  I don’t have the “Vintage Dune” linen but I can easily substitute in my favorite “cream” linen.  No the problem is that once I obtained the floss, I lost the pattern amongst the stash.  Now I’ve serendipitously found the pattern in the handful I pulled to bring to Melbourne, of course the floss and fabric are still back in NSW.  All the pieces will be in the same spot someday soon.

Where can you buy it? Unfortunately my favorite shop for European designers closed down last Christmas. I don’t know of any major US or UK ONS that stocks Isabelle Vautier charts, but you might be lucky with your local LNS! Otherwise you can order her charts through some of the European online stores. You should pay around €9.00 (Euro) for this chart.

Discussion questions: Do you know of any stockists of Isabelle Vautier charts that you can recommend?  If so please comment below!  Otherwise, what have you a chart in your stash (or that you have stitched up) that you find restful or calming to look at?

Project Status:
13 June 2012: Need to check fabric but I should be ready to go when my stash is all in one place again!