Woodland Enchantress Review

Yes, it is finally finished!!!  Eight months, around 40,000 stitches, an awful lot of backstitch, loads of french knots, some beads, and some cording later, and it is done.  I thought i would write a review of the kit to help anyone considering doing it make up their mind.  First of all, here is a finished picture:

 

And a close up of the head and shoulders area.  The yellow flowers in the hair are french knots, and you can also see some of the metallic backstitch and cording.

 

Review: Woodland Enchantress, Dimensions Gold Collection

This kit comes with everything you need to make the piece, including the beads, metallic thread, a beading needle and of course the normal threads, fabric and needle.  The pattern itself is fairly small, but the symbols are coloured so it is easier to read.  The threads come with a thread sorter, and are already divided into four bundles so they are very easy to sort into the correct colours and load onto the thread sorter if that’s what you want to do with them.  The cardboard thread sorter did last quite well, but some of the holes broke over time and the gold metallic thread was hopeless to try and keep on it.

The fabric is dove grey, 16 count aida, and is cut to the right size for the piece.  However it doesn’t leave much space around the edges, only a couple of inches on each side, which may make it a little more difficult to frame.  It didn’t fray too badly though, and i didn’t find i had to do anything to stop it fraying.

The instructions that come with the kit are fairly clear and tell you how to do all the different stitches needed.  The only real problem is that the list showing the thread colours and symbols is on the side of the chart, so it does make it a bit awkward when stitching when you are doing the part furthest away as you have to keep turning to the list.

The design uses full cross stitches for the enchantress herself, and half cross stitches for the background.  This gives quite a good effect, and does make the background quicker to stitch, although the half cross stitches use between three and five strands, so they can get a bit annoying.  The colours themselves are beautiful, and very varied, so you shouldn’t get too bored.  The major problem i had with this kit was that i ran out of the blue purple thread with quite a few stitches still to do.  I am quite a careful stitcher so i think Dimensions really need to supply more thread with the kit.  I also almost ran out of brown, i only had a couple of inches spare when i finished all the stitches.

A large part of this design is the extra touches that are done after the full and half cross stitches are complete.  There is a lot of backstitching, in various different colours, which does get very time consuming as it is not simply outlining the edge of shapes.  The gold metallic threads are supposed to be done with a technique called couching, but this seemed a lot more difficult and time consuming so i decided to do these sections with normal backstitch.

There are also a lot of french knots, but i quite enjoyed doing these, and they didn’t take too long.  The beads were very easy to sew on, and definitely improve the effect of the finished piece.  The cording was a little tricky to get in the right place, but not too bad.

Overall i would recommend this kit if you want a design which has something a bit different, and enjoy all those finishing details which make this piece really stand out.  However this kit is not one for a beginner, as some of the techniques used are a little difficult, and you do have to be very careful about how much thread you use.

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8 Comments

  1. melissabchris said,

    September 6, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    Wow! The finished piece is gorgeous. Writing the review was a good idea.

  2. Wendi said,

    September 6, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    That look gorgeous!! I’ve been watching your posts. Incredible.

    The review was a great idea too.

  3. Miss 376 said,

    September 6, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    This has definitely been worth all the time and effort, it’s beautiful

  4. Bliss X Stitches said,

    November 18, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    Congratulations on the finish. The detailed comments are very helpful to me because it’s in my 2009 ‘to do’ pile.

  5. M said,

    January 25, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Thank you so much for the kit review, and well done! I just started this kit last month, and I really appreciate the extra info.

  6. Chiloe said,

    April 27, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Thanks for the review on that kit because I have it in my stash. It’s really a beautiful one! You must have been very happy to finish it 😉

  7. Heather said,

    May 6, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Can i ask where you bought extra thread from when you ran out of blue? I’m out about half way though doing this cross stitch and loving it- although not the background as much as the woman 😛 but have run out of a couple of colours and don’t know where to buy extra from.
    You did a great job btw, it looks fab 🙂

  8. Becca said,

    May 7, 2011 at 8:43 am

    I’m sorry Heather I can’t actually remember, I think it was just some I had already from either another kit or just a DMC shade. You can contact Dimensions to get them to send you more thread but I was just too impatient to finish it.


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