I have mentioned in earlier post that I want to do test stitching on some charting companies other than HAED and Love Thy Thread to compare the details and stuffs, so I did give it a go on Paine Free Crafts these weeks.
Like I said before, 'Magic Fire' (Esmira) caught my attention at first sight, just like a magical feeling that I have to have it done and hang on my wall (I know it sounds so odd lol). I started on the central page, which is page 10, where most of the confetti appear, in order to see how the details work in the chart. And I must say, it works AMAZINGLY.
I find the chart is super easy to read, even compare to HAED. Firstly, Sarah (owner of Paine Free Crafts) takes time to divide the block into smaller blocks (i.e 4 small blocks - 25 stitches each block within the normal 1 big block -100 stitches) with a vivid dividing line. Secondly, the symbols in used are super duper easy to my eyes. I can differentiate them easily, which makes my needle move a lot faster. Thirdly, the chart is in large mode. Each page of the chart is designed with full blocks (appx 6 columns and 8 rows/ page, i.e no partial pages -> no 'gap' confusion occurs! Seriously, I have an issue with HAEd whenever I see partial pages, I know I'm gonna mess it up. I therefore feel that this design is such a relief for a dummy like me. Another great thing is that at the bottom left of each page, you will see a page preview where you can easily identify where you are (without searching for correct pages again and again). I'd like to start at different pages at a time, so the preview is my life saver.
So you wonder how 'Magic Fire' looks after reading such a long post? I started at page 10 and here how it looks after the page is completed.