Here you can relax, kick back and discuss anything stitching or design related, INCLUDING ALL PREVIOUSLY RELEASED CHATELAINE DESIGNS. If you are new to our community, please start a topic to introduce yourself and
allow us to welcome you! Chatelaine Designs which have a currently running Yahoo Group each have a separate forum below.
Delicate filigree plants and grasses shape a lacy design, other areas of the design are filled with cross stitches, backstitched lines and Special Stitches to form tactile and dimensional parts of textile artwork.
This ist the FIRST design in a series of lovely antique RUSSIAN Windows – utmost ornate woodwork, weathered bright colors and ornaments. You will be able to choose between two colorways for the ornate frame, which uses Russian folk patterns for the intricate pattern. One is more “red” – the other one more in the blue-green colors
Series of small designs depicting ripe, summer fruit featuring many specialty stitches. Each design will use 1-2 varigated fibers, DMC, and a smattering of beads and crystals. On-line Class 138 (Pear) begins June 2013 and ends May 2014. On-line Class 139 (Apple) begins July 2013 and ends June 2014. On-line Class 140 (Pineapple) begins August 2013 and ends July 2014.
A new series of elegant, decent, understated designs. Not in means of intricacy, but in means of "boldness" of colors. Envision greys with apricots, lightest turquoises with pale yellows and such...Lacy designs filled with ornaments and arabesques - beaded scrollwork and metallic lines.... Special Stitches to add a brocade feeling and silks to give the "satin" effect. Online Class 119 begins Jan. 2013 and ends Dec. 2013. Online Class 120 begins April 2013 and ends March 2014. On-line Class 132 begins July 2013 and ends June 2014. On-line Class 133 begins Sept 2013 and ends Aug 2014.
This is the group for a series of four beaded tiles for which entirely beaded "creatures" are featured. Lots of beads are used for other embellishing purposes too, and crystals here and there to add sparkle! Tiny “over one” creatures flutter in the outer parts between the flora, fauna, and water elements. The tiles are designed as companion pieces to the mandalas featuring the same main themes. On-line Class 116 (Dragonfly) begins Dec 2012 and ends Nov 2013. On-line Class 117 (Hummingbird) begins Feb 2013 and ends Jan 2014. On-line Class 118 (Butterfly) begins May 2013 and ends April 2014. Class 128 (Peacock) begins August 1, 2013 and ends July 31, 2014. Class 143 begins October1, 2013 and ends September 30, 2014.
This is a SERIES of European birds . The small scale and fast-to-finish embroideries will feature a more or less rare and colourful bird together with an intricate tapestry-like border, full of Special Stitches, detail, beads and crystals… “Inside” you will only need plain DMC cotton – outside you can use variegated silks, effect threads OR my conversion into plain DMC. On-line Class 110 (Bullfinches) begins Dec 2012 and ends Nov 2013. On-line Class 111 (Jaybird) begins March 2013 and ends Feb 2014. On-line Class 112 (Kingfisher) begins June 2013 and ends May 2014. Online Class 113 (Oriole) begins Sept 2013 and ends Aug 2014.
A new small-scale series ( 97 x97 stitches), which can be combined -as you wish- from single "tiles" to rows, squares,
a band, or even a Quilt-size of 16 single different designs.
I have developed a really yummy frame, for which I will give "connecting" bits, so you can join the single frames together decoratively ! First design: Pepper is On-line Class 134 which begins July 2013 and ends June 2014. Second design: Ginger is On-line Class 135 which begins Oct 2013 and ends Sept 2014.
This is the forum for the "FLOWER PANELS SERIES. Other designs for this new series will follow with themes of TULIPS, ROSES, LILIES....IRIS is the first theme for Online Class 74 which begins July 2001 and ends Dec 2011. Online Class 78 (Tulips) begins Jan 2012 and ends June 2012. Online Class 106 (Cattleya Orchid) begins Oct 2012 and ends March 2013.
Inspirations are beautiful French country vegetable garden. NOT the "Potager du Roi" this time - but rather a cottage version, full of different crops, with fences, orderly paths, wild flower beds and all filled with the richness of colors a garden provides... Mystery begins Jan 2013 and ends Dec 2013.
Etherical Nymphs in a deep green forest setting, close to a well on a glade.... grown with ferns and waterplants, nebulas flowing through the air. Here and there the sun shines through the darkness of the trees - and those half-transparent beings dance around the sparkling waters.... Class begins January 1st, 2014 and ends December 31, 2014
The topic for this Mystery is "THE SEASIDE".Inspirations are the soft hues of the early morning beach as well as shades of shells,water, sky, driftwood and “found” stuff. Class begins September 1st, 2013 and ends August 31, 2014
This Mystery will be a BAND SAMPLER.Traditional Christian motives will be used, non-cutesy angels etc. Special Stitches will shape rows of interest and dimension, lots of different threads, weights and braids will alter as with heavily beaded and crystallized elements. The color scheme will incorporate velvety violets and purples, light and airy shades of turquoise and lilac as well as rich and valuable tones of brocaded gold and metallics… On-line Class begins Dec. 24, 2012 and ends Dec 2013.
The Sanssouci Castle, near Berlin, is depicted in this design. It will have classizistic gardens, statues, ponds, bridges, gates…. All the elements, Friederich II of Prussia installed in his castle “Without Sorrows” (translation of Sans Soucis). Stitching will start on Sept 2012 and end Aug 2014.
In Medieval times, in Cloisters as well as in noble homes, people did not only want to plant vegetables and food, but they found pleasure and solace in beautifully walled gardens, protected from the view of other then the owners. There they raised scented flowers like lavender and roses and had small ways of walking from where they could see and watch their plants closely. This HORTUS here now can be stitched with various threads and fibers, embellished with beads and sparklies – and a LOT of Special Stitches to give dimension and texture. You will count, weave, wrap and embroider to create a tactile garden with tiny and detailed flowers and grasses….. Group begins June 2012 and ends May 2013.
This is the follow-up to the "WINTER WONDERLAND" - matching the actual season. I added a stork couple with their nest, as these are typical for quite some areas in Germany. We will use DMC cottons as well as some variegated silks and effect threads for dimension, as well as beads and sparkly crystals. Group begins July 2012 and ends June 2013.
This Mandala shows the beauty of the ice-scape of both Polar Caps, the animals which manage to survive in this hard part of the world and in the center a landscape picture of Polar lights, which you can stitch "over two" - or, for the daring, "over one". Group begins Oct 2012 and ends Sept 2013.
This piece will be a true CHALLENGE for the experienced stitcher. The main part – the Chinese Teahouse – is entirely stitched “over one” for shading and details…. Backstitching in various gold metallics adds the golden shimmer of the original! The surrounding forest and bush are “normal” cross stitches – the skies fade in half crosses…. In the front you will see textured buxus and topiaries…. Class begins November 1, 2012 and ends October 30, 2013.
September sunlight is so pale, and the skies are grey. Fogs in early morning soften all colors, and my Hydrangeas fade to the most exquisite shades of greyish purples, blues, fraises and creams…. So it was all natural to start designing after a stroll through the garden! Start date is November 2012 and it ends October 2013. This design will be published in 4 parts.
Just imagine a cold + icy night in the snow-covered mountains -all is clad in shades of blues, light purples, where the setting sun has lit a few clouds quite some time ago.The silhouettes of fir trees grow against the star sparkling night sky, where the moon's crescent sets and a comet stands in the dark, indicating THE night of the nights.A tiny chapel with golden light trickling out of window + open door, spends light + warmth in this cold night. Through the snow shepherds are trudging their ways, bringing home the animals.All this miracle is kept in this one picture, without any cutesy elements,just the stunning winterworld mountains. The solace of light shining in darkness and the shepherds,one of them looking up to SEE the wondrous star shining there above all. Begins Dec. 2012 and ends Nov. 2013.
Pictured will be colors and plants of Lake Como, together with some of the Villas there – in beautiful shades of ochre, terracotta and cream,offsest by the changing blues of the lake- from greyish blue to “carribean” turqoises, depending on weather and light. Deep green vegetation of the nearby Mediterranean gives a lovely contrast. Trees and flowers of warmer areas adorn the parks, be they hidden and private or public. class begins December 1, 2012 and ends November 30, 2013.
This is the group for the Online Class 115 - one of the sparkliest Chatelaine Designs – EVER It is a companion piece to the HUMMINGBIRD Lace and BUTTERFLY lace – a comparable size and a layout with a lace background – but with a different design inside. With lovely tropical LOTUS flowers that are visited by different DRAGONFLIES, stitched over-one, and accented with Swarovski Crystals, Delicas and metallic threads, glossy silks, and other threads for effect. Class starts January 1st, 2013 and ends Dec. 2013.
Pictured will be fruit trees and bushes and low plants like Strawberries, Blueberries etc. The layout is comparable to the Herbularius, but very different as well.
The color scheme is here more into the teals and blues and there will be many intricate and tiny details. A very small amount of “over one” is included as well as many Special Stitches, Combinations, beads and crystals…. Class starts March 1st, 2013 and ends February 2014.
Martina was inspired to create this design by a stitcher here….and by the many ornaments of Peacocks in India – this design will feature the beautiful shades of a Peacock’s plumeage, the shiller and sparkle in the sun – we will use vibrant silks and braids, beads (quite some beading) and sparkling crystals, gold metallics…all which reflects the richness of these colors and shapes. Class starts February 1, 2013 and ends January 31, 2014.
You see lovely deep green moss cushions, ponts with mossy treadstones, lotus flowers and four different Buddha statues in the green. Four different stone lanterns will embellish the Tori gates, and nest between blooming Azalea bushes, which are framed by cut Pine trees. There are lots of details in this garden Mandala which you will see and feel during stitching. This design will come in 4 pieces and be available through this group for one year. Start date will be APRIL 2013 and ends March 2014.
This is the group for a new series of Châtelaine Designs: “CASTLES AND GARDENS OF THE LOIRE VALLEY”. Each design will picture the famous castle as well as a sight of the garden, or even two – perhaps some ornaments, a little water fountain – anything which makes this particular garden so special. This first design shows the castle of “CHENONCEAU” and it’s famous garden, which was designed for Diane De Poitiers, the famous Maitresse of King Herny II. Class begins April 1st, 2013 and ends March 30, 2014
Outlined by the sea and the waves, you see colourful fish and shimmering shells, pearls and sand. Inside you will find turtles in “Tattoo-Blackwork” as well as “natural colored ones”, Tiaré-Flowers and Hibiscus, Strelitzias and other flowers of this Pacific island. This design will capture wildlife as well as Flora of this island, which is a dream of many since Paul Gauguin, the French painter, created his materpieces of the beautiful women of this area…. Class starts May 2013 and ends April 2014.
Behind ancient walls of an old Cloister you can see the protected garden, which gives fruit and herbs inspite of rough winds outside. A beautiful iron gate adorns the entrance, crowned by a sandstone arch. Ivy climbs up on one side too. This design is incredibly detailed and minute and you will have rose trees as well as Espalier Fruit trees, a Weeping Willow. an Apple tree in spring-rose blooms. Herbs and healing plants grow in raised beds, which are fenced by woven tiny fences (YOU will weave them !!)There will be a basin or well in the front, which was used to water the plants of such a walled garden. Group begins June 2013 and ends May 2014.
This piece now uses some of them for an utterly romantic view of a starry and warm night in the South Seas: A beautiful Vahine is dancing at the shore, while the Moon is rising. Palmtrees are bare silhouettes against the night sky, where here and there some stars twinkle…… Shells are washed ashore and show their Mother-of-Pearl colors darkened by the nightfall, and the tropical flowers look sombre too. A few pearls have been gathered in an open shell and you may just step into the picture and listen to the soft music…. Class begins July 2013 and ends June 2014.
Inspired by the splendour in perfume and colors in my garden. I have 6 different Lilac Bushes, all
blooming since a some days and spreading the scents all over the air.
I just love this perfume ! (Only not in bottles, disguised as perfume - this does not have that
secret extra, the real flowers have !) Class begins Aug 2013 and ends July 2014.
The royal palace in Seville was built by the Moors somewhere around the 12th century – and since is a much visited architectural gem with lots of beautiful places, corners and gardens. There are wonderful architectures as well as the mediterranean richness of the vegetation, the luscious glazed tiles and the shady inner courts filled with drippling water wells and dark green leafed plants. There are lots of details in this garden Mandala which you will see and feel during stitching. No official start date has been set yet, but it will be in 2013.
This design showcase “Jugendstil” like (Art Nouveau) Swans in stylized reeds, surrounded by bending leafs and scrolls. Many shades of white will be used, different weights of threads, metallic and silk braids , variegated flosses and such. Parts of this design will be delicately embellished by beads and crystals, Backstitching, Cross Stitches +Special Stitches which all together create interest and dimension. Each SWAN will be differently colored in “whites” and pastels to make the stitching more pleasant !
Main theme are the German landscapes of Moselle and Rhine, where gentle mountains and valleys allow for lovely wines to grow. The typical castles on top of the mountains are there as well as ancient ruins, vine leafs through the seasons as well as grapes, beaded, stitched and blackworked. There is a lot of fine detail in this cross stitch Mandala and easy to stitch Special Stitches (all with their own diagram!) . We will use differently textured threads, shiny and coarse, silk and cotton, as well as metallic and other effect threads. Beads and crystals will emphasize and add sparkle ! Start date: Dec. 1, 2013
The topic for this Mystery is "THE SEASIDE".Inspirations are the soft hues of the early morning beach as well as shades of shells,water, sky, driftwood and “found” stuff Class begins October 1st, 2013.
This design will feature famous buildings as well as snippets of the well-known parks and gardens. You will see the Royal Guards, the red busses, and other landmarks of London.
All this will have a traditional and historical feel – except the London Eye, of course ! Class begins January 1st, 2014
This is the group for a new design "THE TINCTORIUM", which will be - in the layout- sibling to Pomarium and Herbularius.
You will stitch different dyeing plants, frequently used in medieval and earlier times in a setting which echoes the long-gone way of planting and gardening. Wonderful herbs, fruit,roots and flowers were used, like Indigo or Phytolacca, all beautiful on their own AND giving stunning colors to dye threads and fabrics.
A decorative and very ornate pond in the center reflects water by beads and crystals.Small animals of garden and meadow will be "stitchable" too....
We will use many different and interesting threads like silks and cottons, floss and perle, together with metallics, beads and sparklies. Cross stitches are a base, and many Special Stitches will be added for dimension and variety!
Welcome to the Châtelaine Gallery! This
forum is for the submission of finished designs of
Châtelaine - Martina Weber. All pictures submitted will be
uploaded to the Gallery website, where everyone can see it.
Come take a look!
HT sign up for a mystery or class, where to buy supplies, HT work with silk and hand dyed fibers, and much more. Conversion charts, Adobe Acrobat instructions,
Dyeing instructions, and more can be found here.