Set sail for the land of the rising sun with this gallery of cross stitch characters, heroes of Japan's most popular legends. A ninja, a princess, but also the characters of the old monk and the young priest (the latter recognizable by his bamboo broom), or the aristocrat of the imperial court, disguised as a peasant travelling the country incognito. Check our stories for each character. Design by Kyoko Maruoka (GERA!).
GERA! designer Kyoko Maruoka turns well beloved folktales into beautiful little needlework gems. Her work is full of poetry, nature always making its way into her work. Check out the fun row of flowers alternating with turnips or the blissfully unaware partridges about to be trampled upon by the cat in extravagant boots.
Counted cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs
Picture book cross stitch
Brought to you by Kyoko Maruoka of GERA!, these 20 mini motifs are beautifully designed, simple yet visually attractive, which is what good design is always about.
The patterns will be perfect for many a project for our little ones, whether following the original idea of assembly, applying on ready-to-stitch baby items or using waste canvas (or soluble canvas) to cross stitch on children's clothes.
Counted cross stitch pattern by GERA! Kyoko Maruoka
Patchwork Style assembly
It's a great idea to assemble small motifs patchwork style. The big advantage is that it allows you to cross stitch on a variety of colors backgrounds, in this case, 4 different colors of Permin linen.
There are two golden rule to follow though: squares must be cut exactly to the same size and the embroidery perfectly centered.
Here's a useful link to see how to assemble squares
Well, of course this design tells the tale of Thumbelina, and the miniature girl's close up encounters with toads, cockchafers and the like. But isn't it also an invitation to zoom in ourselves and take a stroll in this miniature world, so poetically depicted by Kyoko Maruoka of GERA!.
Also by GERA, here's a delightful postman, in his impeccable uniform, busy delivering mail. Full of adorable detail, this pattern can also be used, with very little adaptation, to create your very own stitched envelopes. Don't forget to use real stamps though!
Counted cross stitch pattern by GERA! by Kyoko Maruoka
Roll out the picnic blanket
Mother bear is taking her children on a treat tea-time party, out in the countryside. You'll enjoy stitching this fun cross stitch design by Lesley Teare that's full of delicious details. Check it out close!
Little ones have packed their bags and are on their way to school again. Here's a wonderful excuse for reminiscing the old days while you stitch. With infinite tenderness, designer Perrette Samouiloff delicately captures in cross stitch those fleeting moments of childhood.
A couple of weeks ago we introduced the work of Japanese designer Kyoko Maruoka of GERA!. The designer excels in particular at creating cute cross stitch charts with children which are proving really popular. We are now introducing two more designs, one with a little girl, one with a boy. Each of these small images are pack-full of amusing detail.
All charts come with user-friendly color and black and white charts, for extra easy reading.
New from Perrette Samouiloff, a series of children taking and bath and getting ready for bed. The characters are extra cute. Check out the child in the bathtub, or the brother and sister clutching their plush toys. Mix and match these designs to personalize bathroom items (a child's bathrobe, terry-towels) or bedroom deco. The two scenes on the left will make lovely room plaques.
You can select the background color of you choice as demonstrated in the picture on the right.
If you're looking for a project to stitch for a child who loves horse riding, here's the perfect chart. Perrette Samouiloff beautifully renders the children looking after and riding their ponies. There's even a child who has won a trophy!
Check out this new and promising designer, Iveta Hlavinova, who finds her inspiration in the rich folk art tradition of her homeland, Slovakia. Slovakia is nested at the foot of the Carpathian mountains and there is a long tradition of woodcrafts, porcelain painting and of course needlework.