Friday, January 18, 2013

Oodles of Pretties!

I did something silly. Something ridiculous. Something that makes no sense!!

I ordered the chart and floss/bead kit for my very first Chatelaine - Evening in the Park.

As if I don't already have enough on the go! But I've been humming and ha-ing over buying this for almost 18 months. It's the only Chatelaine I've ever really been drawn to (until recently, when I spotted the Sparkling Peacock Mandala being released in February). And I always worry that the charts I love will suddenly be discontinued or retired (like the Julie Fain charts over at HAED).

What has (mostly) been holding me back from buying is the extraordinary cost. Chatelaine's are designed to be stitched with sumptuous silks and tons of bling. While the chart itself is reasonably priced, the floss/bead pack is quite expensive! I finally caved and ordered the works from the European Crossstitch Company. I didn't order the fabric because I hate linen. However, now I'm having a devil of a time trying to decide if I want to use hand-dyed fabric, and if so, what colour I want to use.

When my package from ECC finally arrived, I must admit to being impressed! The packaging was gorgeous and really showcased a love of the items and a thoughtfulness of the customer's needs.

Each skein of silk and card of metallics is in its own floss-away bag and all of the bags are neatly attached to a metal ring. Even the tiny little vials of beads and crystals are neatly packed and include a tapestry needle and a beading needle. The beading need is HUGE though. I've never seen a beading needle that long before!

Metallics and beads:

Needlepoint Inc silks:

The Thread Gatherer silks:

Gloriana and Caron Collection silks:

Now I just need fabric and time ... hmm one will be easier to get then the other!


  1. Great new stash. Have fun sitching.


  2. So many pretties in one bundle. Can't wait to see you start:)

  3. Oh my word that is a lot of pretties. I love these designs too but luckily for me and my pocket, I can't work on such high count fabric, so I will never be able to be tempted. I look forward to watching your progress.

  4. Trylla I am soooooo excited for you! Chatelaines are so much fun to stitch and this one is a beauty, I look forward to your start!

  5. WOW!!!! This looks superb & all the threads & beads, I'm sooo jealous!!! Better decide on which fabric to stitch it pretty quick :D I can't wait to see your progress on this, have a lovely day, Mii x

  6. I keep debating a Chatelaine but I'm a little scared by them (and, as you say, by the price), I think I'll end up giving in one of these days. All your supplies look so pretty, it makes me want to even more!
    Kim x

  7. It will be gorgeous! Congrats on taking the dive right into the deep end! You will have fun stitching all those little beads and the pretty lampposts and snow and swans. Beautiful!

  8. FAbulous Chat chart! Looove the stash and bling! Can't wait for you to start stitching it!!

  9. gobsmacked - all I can say is WOW!!! but it'll look so beautiful :)