Friday, May 30, 2014

Concerns with the Owl Birth Sampler

We have had a few complaints this week about this chart. I wanted to address them here, so everyone can be made aware.
Issue #1: The stitch count listed on the back of the chart does not include the personalization.

There is a reason for this:
Unlike birth samplers where the name and date is incorporated into empty space WITHIN the artwork, the space for the name and date in this design is at the bottom of the chart, UNDERNEATH the artwork. While that allows greater flexibility if you need to add extra lines for multiple births (twins?), long names, or being born in a month like September, the amount of fabric you need really depends on how you intend to personalize it.

Does that make sense?

The stitch count given on the back of the chart is for the top of the owl down to the squiggly wavy line underneath the word goodnight.

So that raises the question--how do you know how much fabric to buy?

We tried to address this on the leaflet.

The information that is currently printed on the back of the chart reads as follows:

Model stitched over 2 on 28 count Gray Jobelan
using 2 ply thread.
Not including the name and birthday,
the stitch count is 96w x 163h.

The finished design measures approx.
6.5”w x
 11”h without
the name and birthday.
the name and birthday added, the finished
design measures approx. 6.5”w x 12 3/8”h.

In other words, if you want to add 2 lines of personalization using the font included in the chart, stitched on the suggested 28 ct. fabric, you will need to plan on the design being an additional 1 3/8" high.  

Stitchers who purchase the chart from local shops will hopefully be able to read this and recognize you need to make extra allowance for the customization when purchasing fabric. Online stitchers don't have the luxury of reading the back of the leaflet, so we ask online shop owners to make note of this in the product description.

Issue #2: The chart is small and may be difficult to read for some stitchers.

If you are having this issue, please contact us at

We have a solution for you, but cannot help you if you don't contact us and let us know. I do want to mention that since the initial printing, we have modified the chart pattern to be larger, but if you got one of the charts with the smaller print or are having difficulty even with the larger print, please don't hesitate to contact us. We want your stitching experience to be a positive one!