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Rose Fay by Passione Ricamo

Copyright Laura G. Lattuda, Passione Ricamo, 2009.

Rose Fay by Passione Ricamo

Chart: This Passione Ricamo chart is printed twice on a folded A3 page. The chart on the left has black and white symbols with the backstiching shown in brown lines.  This is a large, clear chart, easy to follow but there are some areas of confetti stitching, especially the roses in the fairy’s hair.  The chart on the right is the same chart, but the squares are in colour as well as showing each symbol.  This gives a great visual clue for colour changes in the confetti stitch areas.

The chart [instructions are given in English and Italian.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches, partial cross stitch, backstitch and beading.

Materials: DMC stranded cotton and Mill Hill beads. Stitched on Passione Ricamo Medievale 30ct “Albus” Linen.

Designer’s Notes: None.

Why I was attracted to this design: I love patterns of people in historical clothing or just elegant clothing. This series of small designs feeds into that love. These designs are small and all DMC with one set of beads; small, simple, easy to kit up versions of Passione Ricamo’s grand designs.

So why haven’t I stitched it? I don’t stitching charts on plain white fabric.  I would like a different fabric, maybe an off-white with a bit of texture or colour-variation. This person has stitched Rose Fay on a lavender fabric, but I was thinking of a fabric that would work for the entire series.  I wonder if Wichelt’s Queen Anne’s Lace or Wichelt’s Buttermilk would work for this purpose across the series?

Where can you buy it? Rose Fay can be bought via your LNS or ONS for $19.80 (US) or direct from the Passione Ricamo site for €14.00 (Euro).

Discussion questions:  When a designer provides different tiers of charts, some large, intricate, with many fibres and stitches while others are small, simpler and only DMC; which do *you* prefer to stitch?

Status:
13 July 2012: Procrastinating on fabric. Still edging towards my first thoughts of Wichelt Queen Anne’s Lace for the series unless someone suggests a better alternative.

 

Summer Lady by Passione Ricamo

Copyright Laura G. Lattuda, Passione Ricamo, 2000.

Summer Lady by Passione Ricamo

Chart: This Passione Ricamo chart is printed over two buff/sand coloured Letter/A4 pages. There is a one-row overlap on each page. Laura does not anticipate whether you stitch from the top down or the bottom up :) The symbols are small and printed lightly on the thin light-yellow paper, but there is minimal fractional stitches and large swathes of single colour area, which make this an easy chart to follow. This is useful as Laura does not give permission for a working copy to be made of the chart.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitches, partial cross stitch and backstitch.

Materials: DMC stranded cotton and DMC metallics. Stitched on Wichelt “Sand” 14ct Aida.

Designer’s Notes: There are four designs in this seasonal series; Winter Lady, Summer Lady, Spring Lady and Fall Lady.

Why I was attracted to this design: Although this set os some of Laura’s earliest work, her style is already quite evident. I love historical clothing portraits and very little in my stash from this time period.

So why haven’t I stitched it? I wanted to stitch all four of these together, and only acquired the fourth pattern, Fall Lady during a closing down sale at Christmas.  The four of these charts have been Out of Print for a very long time but some LNS stores do have quite the inventory! As usual I have also been procrastinating over what fabric to stitch all four designs on; it wont be Aida but I’m not sure what evenweave or linen to substitute.

Where can you buy it? These four charts have been reworked and re-released as full-sized designs. This new chart is now available as Lady of Summer and can be bought from the Passione Ricamo site directly for €10 Euro (until the end of June 2012, all Passione Ricamo stock is being sold at 50% sale). The new chart was also made available in World of Cross Stitching magazine, Issue 125.

If, like me, you prefer the original, I’d suggest checking with a LNS with a good older inventory, or eBay or perhaps you could coax me into stitching on this sooner than later. Just comment below if you want the chart when I’ve finished stitching.

Discussion questions:  What other charts do you know of with fashions from around this time period?

Status:
10 May 2012: Procrastinating on fabric. Still edging towards my first thoughts of Wichelt Buttermilk for the series unless someone suggests a better alternative.