15 dogs, each of them exquisitely designed so as to represent a certain breed. Spot the Scottish Terrier with its big eyebrows and white "beard", the Poodle just out of the hairdresser, the Dalmatian puppy, the chic Chihuahua just out of a designer handbag or the sausage dog (sorry Dachshund) ....
Ultra -fast and easy-to-stitch this chart will inspire many projects and creative ideas of gifts for friends and family.
Delighting in the warm summer breeze, the white swan glides on, feathers light and fluffy. Sunflowers grow heavy, heads turning with the sun rays. Picnic basket at the ready, summer's outdoor pleasures are there to enjoy.
Perrette Samouiloff invites you to take a little tour in Africa with 4 new releases representing animals. Monkeys swing in trees, a young giraffe stretches out to reach for the higher branches and, under the foliage, parakeets and parrots compete in colors.
A playful design in fun, trendy colors and that does not take itself too seriously. Sure to inspire many creative cross stitch projects such as little note books, boxes with cross stitch lids, greeting cards and more. Send us your photos!
In some ways, this new pattern by Kathy Bungard of Gracewood Stitches reminds us of Beethoven's symphony Ode to Joy, there is such joyful energy and movement in it. Looking at it you can almost feel the floral motifs growing and exploding, like fireworks.
This stunning pattern is part of the Traces of Lace series (see below). In all four patterns, the white, lace-like motif is left unstitched, while the color background, with its dual color, is reminiscent of the light travelling through gemstones.
In this intriguing design, designer Lesley Teare pushes the boundaries of cross stitch, further exploring ways of mixing stitches. The result is a very interesting mix of counted stitching ranging from plain solid cross stitch to the most delicate blackwork motifs, gently blended into a soft hued design.
Profoundly moved by some of the great classics, Kyoko Maruoka enjoys identifying herself with her favorite characters and illustrating their stories in cross stitch. Here are designs inspired by three of her favorite authors (Chekov, Tolstoy and Austen). While these designs are very personal interpretations, we believe they also show a lot of sensitivity to the actual characters in the novels.
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Books, Quotes and Poems
Also very much inspired by books and poetry, Deborah A. Dick of Tempting Tangles showcases - in cross stitch - a pile of one of her favorite author's works, incidentally also by Jane Austen. Alongside the leather bound classics is an elegant period ink well and a feather writing pen.
Further down, see more works in cross stitch, one inspired by American poet Emily Dickinson, the other by Myrtle and Rose, a beautiful poem by Goethe that goes: "Knowest thou the land where the lemon trees bloom,..."
This is embellished cross stitch at its very best with the elegant portrait of a lady all set for some elegant event of her time. Maybe the Ascot races? Or a garden party at a country estate?
There is amazing detail in this design by Lesley Teare. Check out the fine lace mittens with beaded hem, or the delicate curve of her eyelashes with tiny dots of white adding a sparkle of life to her eyes.
There is nothing worse than having to rush a needlework project, to get it done on time. So why don't you have a look at Christmas patterns now. Here's a wonderful pattern that's just been released by Shannon Christine Designs. It's chockfull of everything you can dream of for Christmas.
The fairy Godmother says: "You must understand my dear. On the stroke of midnight, the spell will be broken...". Designer Shannon Christine captures that dramatic moment in exquisitely detailed cross stitch.
We've just received from Alessandra Adelaide a new series of satirical animal portraits, depicting various human-like personalities, such as this "busy-body" hen with her signature pearl necklace. A fun gallery of portraits.
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The call of Liberty
In a frenetic world, it's worth taking time to reflect upon and celebrate some of our core values. Brought to you by Tempting Tangles, this cross stitch sampler is a beautiful work of needle art, celebrating the values of freedom and justice.
This striking Glasses case pattern can be stitching on white, natural raw linen or on black! It will make a wonderful gift - except if you decide it's so beautiful you'll keep it for yourself. New in Faby Reilly's delightful poppies series.
The mysterious Lady and the Unicorn, a celebrated tapestry from the late Middle Ages, has always inspired artists. In this cross stitch piece, designer Kyoko Maruoka of GERA! expresses her own vision of the mythical lady and beast, surrounded by abundant and generous nature. With warm colors delicately balanced and beautiful detail, this is a gorgeous cross stitch work.
Counted cross stitch pattern by GERA! Kyoko Maruoka
"Mille fleurs" designs for Card holders
"Mille-fleurs" (French for a thousand flowers) is the term used to depict traditional tapestries with a carpet of flowers filling the whole background. In a new modern interpretation, needlework designer Kyoko Maruoka, has created 9 lovely motifs that are designed for Card holders (the perfect size for either business cards or bank/loyalty/membership cards).
Each of the GERA! designs above includes this well thought-through tutorial, taking you step by step through the making of the little card cases.
No sewing experience needed. All you have to do is machine stitch straight lines. After following each carefully detailed step, you'll be amazed when you turn your layers inside out, turn pockets out and found you've made a perfectly finished card case. Its almost magical!
A useful resource for any stitcher, this large chart has everything you will need to create cards and small customized gifts for birthdays, mother's day, weddings and any time you want to present a friend with a hand made gift. The chart offers a number of layouts and templates for texts, as well as some delightful flower motifs in various shapes.
When it comes to personalizing a project with initials or a name, style makes a huge difference. Check out our large choice of cross stitch alphabets, in a variety of fonts and sizes. There is the one you're looking for.
Peacock & Fig animal illustrations are wonderfully detailed and exquisitely charted. The number of floss colors is never too large, yet those colors are carefully selected so as to create maximum contrast. Fine backstitch work, in gold or black, adds just enough extra detail here and there. Check out some patterns close up .
In Lesley Teare's signature Blackwork style, here are 3 awesome pieces that have been stitched using a mix of Cross stitch and Backstitch. Look close and notice how each area of the design is filled with a different motif, each of different levels of density resulting in distinctive shades. Brilliant!
Crazy quilts became hugely popular in Victorian times and if you're lucky you might come across one at a flea market. They combine pieces of irregular shapes into a patchwork, each piece assembled to the next using a variety of embroidery stitches such a feather stitch.
This cross stitch pattern designed by Lesley Teare is inspired by those late 19th century designs. It incorporates different "printed fabric" motifs as well as many different scraps of "lace".