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Chat Noir by Art – Stitch

Copyright Karen Bourgaize, Art – Stitch, 1998.

Chat Noir by Art - Stitch

Chart: This Art – Stitch chart is printed on a single Letter/A4 sheet of paper. The symbol key, backstitching instructions and floss count are printed on a second sheet. As the chart only uses three colours and each of these are in large swathes, the chart is very easy to follow.

Stitches: Pattern uses whole cross stitch and backstitch. This design can easily be stitched as a one-over-one or a canvas work piece.

Materials: DMC stranded cotton stitched on 14ct “Desert Sand” Aida.

Designer’s Notes: Chat Noir was inspired by a turn of the century French poster by Theophile Steinlen. It advertises a nightclub called the Chat Noir, or black cat. It features an alley cat with attitude from the streets of Montmartre near the Chat Noir, an area of Paris that was home to Toulouse-Lautrec and many of his contemporaries.

Why I was attracted to this design: I love the original Le Chat Noir poster and this was the first cross stitch interpretation I saw of that. There have been others since, some far more detailed, but I do like the simplicity of this. It has all of the basic elements.

So why haven’t I stitched it? I have three cat designs put out by Art – Stitch (Chat Noir, Noel and Feline Queen) and I decided that I would stitch them all on the same fabric.  It was only at a recent closing down sale that I finally bought a large enough piece of Wichelt 32ct “Sandstone” Linen/Silk blend to stitch all three.

Where can you buy it? Art – Stitch is very much stitch in business with a wide range of themes. Your LNS or ONS can specially order in this chart for you, or you can buy it directly from Art – Stitch for $12.00 (US).

Art – Stitch also sells Chat Noir as a needlepoint canvas kit for $62.50 (US)

Discussion questions: Would you stitch this design as an ordinary 2 over 2 cross stitch, or would you be tempted to stitch it as one over one or as a counted canvaswork piece?  I am interested int he experiences and proclivities of others!

Project Status:
25 May 2012 – Ready to start as soon as I find all three charts and cut the fabric.