Time for another designer that I love and maybe some of you don’t know about – Madame La Fee from France. Her website is: http://www.madame-la-fee.com
What design and designer are you presenting this month? I’ve just started stitching Polar Express by Madame La Fee. Here is the design:
This is Pole Express (in French). Many of her designs have phrases in French. If you look around at the cross stitch sites in the States, you will find some of them with English translations for the words. I have a pattern that is completely in French and I haven’t had any trouble with it. The charts are in full color.
Have you stitched a project by this designer before? No, I haven’t but I know there are a couple others I would like to buy.
Would you buy/stitch a design by this designer again? Yes, I would. The designs are delightful!
What made you choose this particular design/designer? Originally I found this designer because I was looking for train designs and couldn’t pass this one up! I want to do a second heart design that has deer, as a companion piece. It’s about 8 inches tall, so not a huge project (for a change)
Did you notice anything that distinguished this designer from others? Most of her designs are small scenes or items relating to a specific holiday, etc. that are presented in an array of small boxes. This seems to be something new in the States and I’m beginning to see the same format in cross stitch and a few in needlepoint too. The photo below is from her PDF collection with instructions in English. Just scroll down on her site’s opening page to find the PDF link.
I’ve started the Polar Express and have completed the middle car and a few trees just above it. Here’s how it looks so far:
I’ve happy that this designer doesn’t have a lot of backstitching in her design. That will speed things up a lot.
I haven’t done as much this past month on my projects. But here goes…
1. Persian Iris Mandala – the carpet has all the beads sewn on. The mosque #3 has about half of the cross stitches done. The small triangle sections on each side of the light turquoise is done over one thread instead of over two like all the others. I hope to have this mosque completed by the end of this month.
2. Norfolk Diligence Sampler – I have completed the fourth band of the sampler, but I still have to finish a little of the border on each side.
I’ll do the divider next and then start on the largest band – the manor house! Yeah! When I have 11 rows done on that band, I’ll be at the halfway mark. It’s taken a year to get to this point and I hope that it won’t take that long for the second half. Here is the first half all done. I want to finish pages 5-6 by the end of the month. I’m half done with those pages.
3. Chapter Tiles from Modern Folk Embroideries is coming along very slowly. I guess I’m not working on it as much. I’m still in the second quarter of the design.
4. Bright Sea Express by Elli Jenks is also one that hasn’t had a lot of attention. This first side of the car has 3 windows, which are now there but not all filled in. Then I’ll have to finish the part below the windows. I want to be working on the roof of the car on the right side by the end of the month.
5. Santa Train Stocking for my DH. The second car has all the red for the side and front completed. The roof is almost complete and then I can fill in the windows and the door. I want to have the tender full of coal done by the end of the month and maybe a start on the engine.
Lots to do here and of course my needlepoint as well. Keep stitching everyone!
I’ve just started on a new, small rug. It’s being stitched on Congress Cloth with #8 Perle Cotton. The original is shown below:
This is a full-sized rug, but mine will only be 6.5″ X 8.5″ when it is done. Rather than try to keep up with a million color changes, I’m using solid colors and two overdyed colors. The two shown below are from Lorraine of Colour Complements (www.colourcomplements.com from Canada). She hand-dyes all her threads in various sizes and types of threads. You can find her on Etsy – Colour Complements. In the photo below, I’ve undone one skein so you can see that Lorraine’s threads change colors over a much shorter length than many overdyes.
I’ve only started, but wanted you to see how things are going. I’m going to use the same overdye all the way up the column and change the solid color as I work my up the column. My design is not very close to the original design, but I’m hoping it will have a similar feel. (I forgot to take the needle out before I took the photo. Sigh)
I’m still working along the bottom edge of the rug. The second pineapple is almost complete and I’ve added 3 more of the small motifs ( the two on the right don’t have the cream color yet).
Another two inches to the right of the last started motif at the bottom and I’ll be at the middle of the rug. It isn’t a really large rug, but it moves along slowly because of the Basketweave stitch. I alternate between adding smaller motifs and details and relax a little with stitching the background.
If you’ve been reading my blog, you may recognize the start of the center design in brown. This is the third time I’m stitching the same center from the original rug. This one has even smaller hexagons and diamond shapes and I’ve created a third set of designs to fill them in. I want to get a lot more of the center borders completed before I start to fill any of the shapes in though.
What project are you going to talk about this month? I’ve just started stitching the BrightSea Express by Elli Jenks. This is a 3D train with 4 pieces that will be about 2.5″ tall. I’ve wanted to stitch this for over a year, and finally decided to just get with it. This is how far I’ve gotten in the past few days. This is the back of the last car of the train. The piece continues by going up and across the top and then down the front of the car. Beside this on the fabric, I’ll stitch the two sides of the car to get the first part of the train completed.
This is what the project will look like when it is finished.
Have you stitched a design by this designer before? Yes, I’ve completed the building called the Pet Shop – part of her BrightSea Village 3D series.
Would you design by this designer again? Why/Why not? Elli has a lot of parts for the BrightSea Village that would be wonderful to stitch, so I probably would do more. Elli also designs small rugs that are beautiful (I have one in my stash) and recently did a 3D Blackwork Frog.
What made you choose this particular design/designer? I really love the 3D designs that are available now. Since I have two cats, the Pet Shop was the first one I decided to stitch. I loved every minute of it. All the details make you smile as you stitch.
Did you notice anything that distinguished this designer from others? Enlarge the photo of the Pet Shop and look at all the tiny details she has included in the design. There’s even a missing slat in the fence on one side, with a dog peeking out! It’s so much fun to see all the little details appear as you stitch her designs.
Elli lives in New Zealand and sells her designs on her website ellijenks.com and in her Etsy shop ElliXS.
I haven’t worked on this for a while and decided to pick it up this week and see how far I can get by the end of the month. I’ve been working my way down the right side, below the very large Rhodes stitch that was the start of the body design. I’ve used most of the stitches that Dakota Rogers had in the instructions, but she encourages you to let the design “talk to you” and create as you go. So I’ve been adding some stitches – Diagonal Mosaic, Sprat’s Head, Arrowhead.
I liked the way she stitched the center at the bottom, so I did it her way and changed colors as I went along. I added stair steps in blue/violet on the left side so I can plan where to put some of the larger stitches. Once the larger ones are in, I can start playing with stitches to fill in areas.
The last thing I did last night was the two crescents at the bottom to form a square. I added a Vault stitch inside it. I’ve also started added a border of Mosaic stitches so I can make it a stand-up cat when it’s completed.
I’ve started a new project (and I know I shouldn’t since I have so much going on already). I’ve wanted to do this piece for years so I’m happy to get it underway. I actually had everything in my stash except the Watercolors. The colors will work well with our master bedroom and I’m going to finish it as a stand-up piece when it is done. I’m outlining it brown as I go and will back it with brown fabric.
You start by tracing the shape of the cat onto your Congress Cloth and then stitching the head.
Then you start to work on the body of the cat. Your first stitch is a very large Rhodes stitch in Kreinik braid – in the center of the body, but off to one side a little. The diagrams for stitches are excellent, and she starts you out telling you the first few steps. You decide which thread and color you want to use for each step. That way your cat doesn’t look exactly like anyone else. After you’ve done about 6 steps, she turns you loose to design and stitch on your own. I’ve been looking at the large photo of the body to decide how to proceed so far and I’ve changed colors from those she chose for each of the steps so far. I’m using the colors she has listed but changing things up a little. The large Rhodes stitch was done in blue in the model and I’m chosen to use a bronze color instead.
It’s going to be a fun stitch, but I’m putting it away for a few weeks now. I have other things to finish up and this will be my incentive to get things done so I can get back to it.