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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?

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.


R-71 (Home cat) by Rovaris

Copyright Livia and Paola Rovaris, Rovaris, 2006.

R-71 by Rovaris
A Home is not complete without a Cat

And we are back to the red charts!

Chart: This Rovaris chart monochrome chart is printed very large over two A3 pages so the symbols are very easy to see and follow.  Unfortunately there are no overlap rows on either page, nor is the graph printed in the usual 10 point grid, so lining up the two pages is virtually impossible to do by eye alone.  You will need to make a working copy and fold or cut then tape the seams together to see where the chart edges meet.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitch only so it is easily adapted to one-over-one, canvas work or waste canvas.

Materials: DMC stranded cotton. Fabric information has not been provided.

Designer’s Notes: A home is not complete without a cat.

Why I was attracted to this design: Cats! I agree with the sentiment and I love the minimalist art style of the cat.

So why haven’t I stitched it? Although I have loved this chart for a long long time, I only finally purchased at the Online Needlework Show last year. As usual with these redwork or monochrome designs I’m paralysed by choice yet again. DMC 815 is beloved of so many European designers but it just doesn’t do anything for me.  So I need to change it to something else …. I just don’t know what yet; inspiration may strike someday.

Where can you buy it? Rovaris, like many of the European designers are not routinely stocked by many LNS in the US and UK but of you look around or ask your LNS or ONS they can specially order this in for you.  Expect to pay around $13.00 (US).

Discussion questions: What are your thoughts on these redwork designs?  Do you know why designer are fascinated with DMC 815?

Project Status:
11 July 2012: Completely flummoxed on fabric and floss