Which stitcher hasn't ever dreamed of running her own little needlework shop? Here is a cross stitch design quite representative of Lilli Violette's unique style. Full of colors, brimming with detail, and always ... those signature polka dots, here stitched in white over a red background, even within the letters that are part of the design.
Look close and you'll see each of these three friends has her own personality and style. Check the one in the middle with an artist's blouse over rolled up jeans - for the visit to the farmers market - and then wearing a braided ribbon in her hair for the trip up the mountains. These girls love to dress up and have fun. You'll meet them again as they go out and about in their fancy outfits.
Brought to you by Faby Reilly, a stunning set of assorted Needlework accessories including a Scissor case & Fob, a Needlebook and a Pin-cushion Biscornu. Each cross stitch chart comes with a fully detailed finishing tutorial..
When a creative mind such as Debborah A. Dick of Tempting Tangles sets off to create her dream houses, you get so much more than a simple assembly of blocks (or cross stitches). Windows come to life with elaborate panes, curtains and light sifting trough. Glass work on the sash windows comes with 2 different options of ornamental designs in backstitch. The beautiful architectural detail is an extra bonus to the pleasure of stitching.
Barbara Ana's tribute to Frida Kalho and the love she devoted to Diego Rivera, an allegory of passionate love with its joys, sufferings and pains. The cross stitch pattern with fabulous colors is set in a beautiful background of tropical flowers and imbued with Mexican charm.
This spring scene, embedded in a heart, is full of cheerfulness and joy. Everyone is outside enjoying the first beautiful days. A couple is picking flowers. A bird sings on the roof. Even the cat has ventured outdoors enjoying the sun.
Just to looking at these baby animals charts and their beautiful range of soft colors, makes you want to stitch for a little one. These patterns stem from a creative idea by Lesley Teare to reproduce in cross stitch the effects of patchwork, with "printed fabric" silhouettes applied "appliqué style" on the background fabric.
This is not your usual Quaker design. Granted Deborah A. Dick of Tempting Tangles is certainly one of the most skilled Quaker style designers, creating the most complex and elegant medallions, diamonds, corner triangles and motifs of the most unusual shapes. However here comes an extra bonus with hidden motifs: some swans are easy to find, but will you find all the scissors and shears?
Home deco: home made cushions - ready to customize
These folk designs by Riverdrift House offer a wealth of possibilities. We see an invitation to play around with your favourite overdyed or variegated threads. Or, to make pairs, a large and a smaller one, using the inner square motif and inverting the colors for the smaller cushion. Part of the fun of cross stitch is taking a design into your own hand and adapting it. Do show us and send photos of your finished projects!
Feelings of love expressed with force and symbolism, as well as immense tenderness. Barbara Ana takes cross stitch to wonderful unexplored territory, where a heart burns in the shape of a tulip-like flame, where a mane of red hair grows into branches and blooming flowers...
Barbara Ana said she especially enjoyed stitching this piece, in particular the lady's hair. So will we no doubt!
5 Matryoshka dolls, each with a little surprise inside
Kyoko Maruoka, the designer of GERA! has just brought out a new collection of matryoska. There are 5 in this set and each of them serves as a different needlework accessory. The smallest of the dolls houses a needle-threader, also acting as a fob. The medium doll opens in the shape of butterfly wings, to neatly store needles, and so on ... The finishing touches are superb: the work of a real pro!
What could be more fun than making these small precious items: pin, needle, case and scissors for scissors. Don't your friends: these accessores make a lovely little gift. Creative Poppy has a huge selection. Here are just a few.
The pattern below is a little different. As opposed to the cross stitch patterns above, it is entirey stitched using embroidery stitches, a mix of stem stitch, lazy daisy stitch, satin stitch and again these beautiful woven roses.
There could be no further contrast between the spring flowers in the background - sweet daffodills, primroses and pansies, worked in cross stitch in warm yellows, and these striking purple anemones. Lesley Teare's signature Blackwork style is full of inventive little motifs that add texture and impact to her designs.
A tribute of Shannon Christine to all the fairy fingers, all the little hands that cannot resist the temptation of playing around with yarn, fabrics, ribbons and trimmings, beads and button. Isn't that you?
We particularly like this design, not only because it is so decorative, but also because it is so versatile and lends itself to many creative ideas and projects. Do you like cardboard projects? Make a stunning sewing box. Sewing? Creative an organiser with pretty pockets inside. We're sure you will come up with fun ideas. Send us photos!
These little matryoshka dolls have a little surprise for us. Look close and you will spot 3 delightful winter landscapes: roads and bridges covered with snow, little thatched houses and churches tucked among the trees, under a clear stary night. A cute idea brought to you by Tiny Modernist.
A magical setting of snow and ice, an eerie palace seemingly deserted ... but the doors are open, perhaps waiting for a mysterious host. Now it's up to you to cross stitch the rest of the fairy-tale ....
Counted cross stitch pattern by Shannon Christine Designs
Open the music box
And she will start dancing... The Sugar-plum comes straight out of the Nutcracker fairy tale, set to music by Tchaikovsky. The Sugar-plum is one of the toys that come alive under the amazed gaze of a child, on Christmas Eve. A Shannon Christine Design.
Counted cross stitch pattern by Shannon Christine Designs
Another Sugar Plum Fairy, stitched on natural linen
We have also just received some photos of another dancing Sugar Plum by Shannon Christine. She was stitched on natural raw linen which emphasizes the snowflakes in the background. The color schemes and rendering of her skin, ballerina outfit and gold jewelry are exquisite.
Stuff dreams are made of: beautiful prose (by James M. Barrie) and elegant stitches (by Tempting Tangles), beautifully paired. These are actually the direction to Neverland, in the words of Peter Pan "Just think of happy things,and your heart will fly on wings, forever, in Never Never Land!"