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Jardin d’Jour by Needlemania

Copyright Marc Davis, Needlemania, 2007.

Jardin d’Jour by Needlemania

This week seems to be all about red charts!

Chart: This Needlemania chart is printed over four A4/Letter pages with a three-row overlap on successive pages.  It is a monochrome design so the small o symbols are easy to see even though the chart is small. Personally as this is a complicated design, I would have preferred the chart to be a touch larger. I will need to mark off a working copy to help keep my place in this pattern.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitch and Algerian eyelets.

Materials: Anchor variegated stranded cotton. Stitched on Lakeside Linens 32ct “Magnolia” linen.

Designer’s Notes: Special dedication to Diane Jourdan (the d’Jour in the title) for her special assistance in this design.

Why I was attracted to this design: This one appeals to my love of geometric designs.  Also I had known Marc through many online forums and we’d chatted on each others blogs for years so I wanted to support his work as a new designer.

So why haven’t I stitched it? Paralysed by choice yet again. Do I stitch it in the Variegated Garnet on the Magnolia? Do I change threads and fabrics? Do I stitch the cross in one colour, the rosettes in another and the border in a third? Choices, choices, too many choices!

Where can you buy it? Unfortunately since Marc passed away a few years ago, Needlemania charts are not being sold new.  You might be lucky in a LNS that has a lot of older stock. Otherwise try the ubiquitous eBay.  Also comment below if you are interested. I have a funny feeling I *might* have two copies of this chart – I’ll check when the rest of the stash arrives. If I have a second copy I will send it out to someone interested.

Discussion questions: Have you stitched this one?  What fabric/floss combination did you use? Can you provide a link to your WIP or finished project? Otherwise what fabric/floss combination would you use?

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


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