Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid versus Kreinik #4 braid.
|It's been very difficult over the last fifteen months to obtain Kreinik #4 braid.
I decide to try out Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure braid as an alternative to see how it worked on 32 count linen. I used a design by By the Bay Needleart of two cherubs. The one on the right was stitched in Kreinik #4 002 gold and the one on the left in Petite Treasure braid pb03. They look almost identical but I did find the Rainbow Gallery floss more flexible and easier to work with.
Rainbow Gallery have a wide range of colour in Petite Treasure Braid 99 shades, 13 high lustre, 9 shimmer colours and one glow in the dark. The cards have 25 yards of floss and Kreinik #4 has 12 yards on each reel. We may not be able to get all the colours available, but we will certainly try to increase our stock and hope that customers consider it as an alternative for floss not currently available.
Here is a list of approximate matches (* closest possible) for the colours we already have in stock.
Kreinik #4 Petite Treasure Braid
001 Silver PB04
002 Gold PB03
003 Red PB07
005 Black PB05
007 Pink PB13* or PB30*
009HL Emerald PB20*
013 Beige PB50
018 Navy PB18
026 Amethyst PB12
027 Plum PB27
028 Citron PB01
029 Turquoise PB43
032 Pearl PB10
041 Confetti Pink PB15
051HL Sapphire PB08
092 Star Pink PB205
100 White PB23
152V Vintage Sienna PB48
308 Colonial Red PB19
713 Pink Mauve PB60
1432 Blue Ice PB09
3202 Cat's Eyes PB26
5001 Brass PB14
5005 Gold Coin PB30
5008 Leprechaun PB68*
5011 Elfin Green PB57*
We have just heard that there has been a substantial increase in the wholesale cost of Kreinik #4 braid.
|by Anne Peden on Wed, 30 Jun 2021, 18:53|
Field of Daisies and Honeycomb Aida by MP Studios
|Having decided not to stitch the honey bee on wood as the kit came, it seemed a shame to waste the materials.
MP studios Honeycomb 14 count Aida seemed ideal for the design so I used that. I worked in two strands throughout, some in the whole cross stitch and some in half cross stitch. An interesting feature is the half cross stitch bottom left to top right on the left wing and bottom right to top left on the right wing.
The fabric ironed well and retained its stiffness. The honeycomb background is more hinted at rather than realistic and sets off the design well. It would be a good choice for other 'bee' designs.
|by Anne Peden on Sat, 26 Jun 2021, 17:54|
Plywood Cross Stitch Kits by MP Studios
|MP Studios have a range of items made from plywood.
There are floss organisers and mounts. I looked at their designs for cross stitch which have regular holes for cross stitch and other open shapes. They finished design may be backed with patterned paper sandwiched between the stitched wood and a plain backing piece. I decided to stitch the design called Field of Daisies which has a realistic honey bee.
Some of the pattern is stitched in whole cross stitch using three strands and I began with that. For the first colour I used the needle provided, possibly a petite as it was hard to thread. I just couldn't thread that needle again so I tried a normal tapestry size 24. That worked for the first colour but then I realised that the eye of the needle was bent out of shape.
Stitching twice with three strands into the same small rigid hole clearly is a problem and time consuming so after a few needles, I'm afraid I gave up.
We won't be ordering these kits even though they are very attractive.
|by Anne Peden on Sat, 19 Jun 2021, 18:09|
Autumn Walk by Rose Swalwell
|This long stitch kit is worked in Anchor tapestry wools which come in cut lengths and skeins. Each colour starts with a knot to the front of the canvas which is later trimmed. The advice is to work through adjacent areas so that one side of each stitch is into a shared hole and the other into an empty hole. So different from the advice for silken long stitch.
The stitching was fine although I was a little short on three colours. That could have been because I looped them over the back of the work and didn't finish off and start again, so possibly my fault.
I finished off with a little silver floss in horizontal long stitches. The metallic floss immediately unravelled but still had the desired effect. There was another length unused so I could have tried again.
Bothy Threads, who now manufacture these kits are very good at sending extra floss very promptly if required.
|by Anne Peden on Mon, 26 Apr 2021, 13:15|
CXC Stranded Cottons
|Julie had heard a lot about this floss and decided to order a set from China to review.
It took a few weeks but they arrived eventually in randomly ordered bundles wrapped in elastic bands. When we sorted them by numbers, there was the whole range form 150 to 3866 and none of the new early numbers. That's not quite true, there were some duplicates and some numbers missing. When we put the duplicates together, they were the same shade with two exceptions 702 and 718 where there was a distinct difference.
The wrappers come in two styles, with the numbers and the top and the numbers at the bottom, which causes a problem on a few numbers. They are not as tidy as DMC skeins with more loose ends and the floss does feel softer. It may be a little more difficult to separate into two strands.
Anne stitched her Alpaca design beside the original DMC version for comparison. The DMC is on the top. This design has a lot of shades and although some are a bit different, the finished embroidery is pretty similar.
Is it worth changing? They are certainly very much cheaper and cover as well. We didn't test for colour fastness. However if you need another skein, there's a long wait and no guarantee of an exact match.
|by Anne Peden on Sun, 21 Mar 2021, 19:23|
Iced Lemonade by Madame Chantilly
|There are three charts to choose from and I decided on the largest. I thought it would make a pretty picture for our daughter's kitchen and could be useful for a stall at school fairs.
I chose 32 count star sapphire linen, since the pattern specified 18 count Aida. I could have finished it sooner if I'd gone for 28 count. It's worked in whole cross stitch only using five shades of DMC.
I think the two yellow shades could have contrasted more but it does look attractive when finished and framed in a flexihoop.
|by Anne Peden on Thu, 27 Aug 2020, 13:50|
Glorafilia Tartan Westie Tapestry Kit Facebook Giveaway August 2020 Terms and Conditions
|Arts and Designs Glorafilia "Tartan Westie" Kit Facebook Giveaway - Terms and Conditions.
1. The competition is open to registered users of Facebook, aged 18 or over. The competition will run from 12:00pm on 24th of August 2020 to 12:00pm on 31st of August 2020.
2. All information detailing how to enter this competition forms part of these terms and conditions. It is a condition of entry that all terms and conditions are adhered to. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions.
3. The promoter of this competition is Arts and Designs Limited, (a company registered in England number 2725279) 3 Milehouse Crescent, Dumfries DG1 1JZ, United Kingdom.
4. To enter, entrants must comment on the "Tartan Westie" Kit Giveaway Post on the Arts and Designs Facebook Page between 12:00pm on 24th of August 2020 and 12:00pm on 31st of August 2020.
5. Any number of comments may be submitted.
6. Entrants using multiple Facebook accounts will be disqualified and Entries must comply with the terms and conditions of Facebook.
7. Each entrant agrees that they have independently developed and/or have the relevant authority/consent(s) to submit the Entry and will not infringe the intellectual property or any other rights of any person.
8. Entries will not be accepted if deemed inappropriate or offensive by Arts and Designs (in its absolute discretion).
9. There will be one winner. No correspondence will be entered into regarding the selection of the winning Entries.
The prize is as follows:
The winner will receive a single "Tartan Westie" Tapestry Kit (Designed and produced by Glorafilia). The prize is worth £63.00.
10. Arts and Designs will announce the winner via a Facebook post at 14:00 on Monday the 31st of August 2020 following the competition closing. The winner will be notified via a private message and also via a reply to their winning comment. The winner will be drawn at random by a member of the Arts and Designs team. In the event of two people with the same name coming forward to claim the prize, the prize will be given to the person who's comment has been responded to by a member of the Arts and Designs team which says that they are the winner.
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15. Arts and Designs reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions at any time or offer a reasonable equivalent to the prize described. The winner may not exchange the prize for cash or other cash alternative.
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17. In accepting the prize, the prize winner accepts our terms and conditions.
|by Julie Lynes on Mon, 24 Aug 2020, 08:35|
Witch's Shoe by Sue Hillis
|If the shoe fits wear it
An amusing and colourful design, maybe be careful who you give it to as a present.
The black and white chart is printed 10 stitches to two centimetres on A5. Not large scale but clear enough. There are a few partial stitches and as I worked it on evenweave fabric, that wasn't a problem. There is some black backstitch around black cross stitch which I didn't think necessary. Apart from that I can't fault the pattern. The finished embroidery should have ribbons laced and tied in a bow but I'm happy with it as it is.
|by Anne Peden on Mon, 25 May 2020, 18:02|
Poppy Biscornu by the Tiny Modernist
|A brightly coloured pin cushion worked in whole cross stitch and backstitch. The pattern is in full colour printed 10 stitches to two centimetres. The backstitch is printed in black over the cross stitch and that makes the chart very difficult to read. I enlarged the chart to double the original size and still found it hard to read especially as two of the red symbols and two of the green symbols were similar. A design which should have been quick and easy to stitch took rather a long time.
I had to refer to the Tiny Modernist web site to get instructions on making up. Those were fine. However I found I couldn't accurately join the two pieces of finished embroidery with whip stitch through the backstitch. This was probably my own eyesight at fault so I overstitched the joins following the fabric rather that the stitches which is a less attractive finish.
Although the completed biscornu is pretty, overall I couldn't recommend this pattern.
|by Anne Peden on Mon, 13 Apr 2020, 10:46|
Winter Warmth by Panna
|Gamma is a Russian compamy who have been trading for 27 years. They produce their own fabric and stranded cottons and their cross stitch kits are under the Panna and Klart labels, Diamond painting kits under the Freyja label and toy sewing kits by Miadolla.
Winter Warmth of two birds in snow is one of the Klart kits which are simpler and often cartoons. This is stitched on 16 count dark grey fabric using two strands of cotton for the whole cross stitch and one strand for the backstitch.
The chart is printed in black, grey, blue and pink on white. The colours don't match the floss shades which is fine but it's a bit strange when the white floss is blue in cross stitch and pink in backstitch. The same shade of blue is used for grey in backstitch. The backstitch on the chart sometimes obscures the cross stitch symbols but the chart scale is large enough to make it possible to recognise the intended symbol.
Some of the brown backstitch doesn't stand out well against the dark fabric. Some of the red backstitch on the birds is actually worked over the same colour and so has no effect. And I confess that I didn't take the time to follow the chart exactly when placing the snowflakes. I don't like single stitches where you have to carry floss over the back of the fabric. However the fabric is dense enough that it doesn't show through.
The fabric in the kit was a good size and there was plenty of leftover floss. The project was quick to stitch and finished embroidery is very pretty.
|by Anne Peden on Wed, 26 Feb 2020, 19:23|
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