Fairies Love by Isabelle Vautier 

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!