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« on: September 30, 2005 11:44:47 AM »

I have fallen in love with the idea of cross-stitching a fine art piece, and have finally decided on the one I want - "Flaming June" by Frederic Leighton.  (see her at http://www.petulia.com/Muses/leighton_FlamingJune.htm)  So beautiful!  The problem is, several pattern companies offer this pattern and i am having a hard time deciding which one to buy.  They vary greatly in price, size, and number of colors used. 

I am not that concerned with price or finished size....I just want this to look AMAZING.  I am leaning towards a higher number of colors in the hopes it will give me a better end result.  Hopefully, I would like a pattern that comes from a company known for producing easy to understand patterns of high quality. 

Can any of you guys comment on the following companies, either positive or negative?  I have attached the actual links to the pattern I want for each.  I really appreciate your input!!

 From stitchdirect.com:


From Mysticstitch.com: (the picture for this one doesn't look like it has enough colors in it...the colors on her dress are too choppy, IMHO)


From Artecy.com:


From Crossstitchheirlooms.com:


From colray-crafts.com: (this is a full kit with 18ct Aida)


From crossstitchpatterngall.com: (Flaming June is about halfway down the page)


From twounicorns.com:

« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2005 05:33:03 AM »

If it was me, I'd make my own pattern. http://www.darklilac.com/upload.jsp Since all the ones you're looking at mean you have to buy your thread anyways, it's just cost efficient to do it this way.  Other than that, I'd choose the one with the most colours.  It probably means that the shading is better.
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2005 04:03:21 PM »

More colors is definitely better.  The project I'm working on has a ton of different colors, and then you even have to blend for some (like one strand of red and one strand of orange red) It's Santa, so on his coat there are probably at least 10 shades and combinations of red.   It really looks good like that too, not so cartoon-ish.
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« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2005 10:11:03 AM »

I've ordered from this company and really like their charts http://www.heavenandearthdesigns.com/

I really love my Mad Tea Party project, the colors look beautiful together.

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