Needlework, as taught in a French school in the early 20th century
Meriem Chauvet's collection of antique samplers has been recently enriched with a remarquable find, now available as a reproduction sampler.
The sampler is exceptional, by its width of course, but especially because it was stitched and individually signed by 18 young girls, all students of the class of Madame Tougas, in a rural school in Normandy. The piece features 8 large cross stitch alphabets, some of which denote the influence of Art Nouveau - the work was completed in 1904 - and is a true masterpiece and witness to its time.
These neat shelves are full of pretty sewing baskets and boxes no doubt holding threads of every possible color and buttons of all kind of shapes. Galliana charts are especially designed so they can be stitched in any kind of color (here beige floss on navy Aida) but you could also color in each item (basket, box, book, reels, pots and the antique sewing machine) in the color of your fancy.
Here is the third tribute by designer Perrette Samouiloff to olden needlework trades, here the Seamstress. Times when dresses were handsewn, when you could select your own choice of fabrics and trimmings and be sure the dress was a perfect fit. The pattern includes the tools of the trade, pins, needles, scissors, bobins of thread, sewing machine and plenty of pretty fabric patterns.
A unique design inspired by the Japanese zodiac: this year is the year of the boar. Designer Kyoko Maruoka of Gera! shows the little boars roaming among flowers native to Japan, including coral red Higanbana (red spider lilies). The second design features a sparrow and forget-me-not.
Counted cross stitch pattern by GERA! Kyoko Maruoka
Perrette Samouiloff continues to explore the olden days when many things were handmade, including the beautiful craft of making hats, when milliners, using ribbon, lace and pins aplenty and following the latest fashion trends, designed the most extraordinary and creative hats and headdresses.
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.
An awesome tribute by Perrette Samouiloff to the art of bobbin lace. The cross stitch chart includes an amazing series of tools with minute differences in shapes, beautifully rendered in cross stitch and backstitch. The samples of lace motifs and lace borders are also a real treat.
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.
For those of us who cannot resist the urge to create with a piece of fabric, a button, some embroidery floss or a pretty pin, here is a wonderful chart. It contains all the cross stitch motifs you can dream of, in three different scales. This means you can adapt the designs to virtually any project related to needlework, be it the cover of a large box or a tiny scissor fob or tape measure - and they will all match. A clever design and idea by Tiny Modernist.
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!
Counted cross stitch pattern by GERA! Kyoko Maruoka
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!
Let's get rid of clutter. There is no better way to start work on a project than with threads, needles and scissors neatly organized in a handy pouch or box, that you can take with you. How about making your own?
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".
Counted cross stitch pattern by Lesley Teare Designs
First blossom of the year - matching needlework accessories
Piercing through the snow, this amazing little flower always fills us with joy. Thanks to designer Faby Reilly, you can now stitch these little treasures in a series of exquisite needlework accessories including a scissor case, a needlebook and a cute biscornu that can double as a pin cushion.
A fun surprise by GERA! Full of creative ideas, the designer has turned these 3 matryoska into playful needlework accessories. She uses a little trick to vary the size of these Matryoshka, you'll find out more by clicking on the design.
Warning: you'll soon be stitching many more of these super-cute matryoshka, not doubt your friends will want you to stitch some for them too!
What's your favorite needlework activity? How many skills do you master? Do you keep moving from one needlework project to another, always feeling you lack time for your stitching. You might be triStitchual too. Check it out!
No doubt there will be plenty of room to accommodate you threads, scissors and needles so they are nice and handy when you need them. This pouch even contains a small ort-bag to keep little bits of thread out of the way.
The round "roll" shape , designed by Muriel Berceville, is quite unique, as well as the lovely phrase stitched on the flap: " Where needle goes, thread always follows".
Part of the joy of stitching is having your current project supplies neat and tidy so you never waste time searching for things. Organizers come in many shapes. Here are some beautiful projects so you find the one the perfectly suits your needs. You'll find stitching and making your very own organizer is great fun.
Take a walk across the fields and take in the beauty of one of the most humble flowers, the wild rose. Designer Faby Reilly is a true artist, placing a stitch at a time and making the flower come to life on the canvas. The wild rose comes in two formats, a needlebook and a scissor case, complete with scissor fob, so you can create a whole collection of stitcher's accessories.
Muriel Berceville has assembled an extraordinary collection of antique samplers. A dedicated stitcher, she has undertaken to rechart them all as reproduction samplers.
The design below differs from the rest of the collection in that she has slightly adapted the cover of an existing 19th century sampler and converted it into a needlework wallet so that a modern stitcher can use the pattern as her own (English chart available). A handy organizer for all your needlework projects.
To start with is Stitchingly ever after, an ode to Barbara Ana's love affair with stitching. It's full of exquisite detail such as the stitched piece on the hoop and the threaded needle. And of course it's designed to be personalized by each stitcher.
This pattern by Marie-Anne Réthoret-Mélin featuring a tiny pair of scissors and is part of a series of needlework accessories also including a needlebook and pincushion. Helpful step by step instructions for lining the scissor case are also included.
Counted cross stitch pattern by Marie-Anne Rethoret-Melin
Cross stitch library essentials
All serious stitchers will be delighted to have this excellent Borders and Frames collection among their reference books. Perrette Samouiloff, the designer, is an expert in creating exquisite border motifs and delicate patterns that can be built into frames and corner elements. There will be plenty of ways you can use and reuse these patterns on their own or in combination with other patterns.