Kateryna's world is inspired by fairy tales, old folk legends and the beautiful Ukrainian countryside, farmland and forests. Depicted here in cross stitch are portraits of "Ukrainian girls", long hair woven into the traditional braid on the side and wearing regional folk dresses. The Sunflower, emblem of the country is a recurring theme in the designer's repertoire.
Counted cross stitch pattern by Kateryna, Stitchy Princess
Girl's on the beach, then and now
Perrette Samouiloff pictures little girls of yore (top part in navy), all pretty and dressed up for a trip to the seaside, striding along the beach with spade and bucket, holding on to their straw hats in the wind. Nowadays too (lower part in lighter blue) little girls still enjoy dressing up for the beach, still holding on to their hats in the wind.
As the waves softly ebb, a starfish appears among the sea shells. This exquisite cross stitch pattern includes a specialty stitch, providing a dimensional effect to the work. Thanks to an excellent step by step tutorial included with the chart, the woven picot stitch will have no more secrets for you. This pattern is part of Faby Reilly's Masterclass series, introducing a specialty stitch, one at a time in each design.
Check these twigs of lavender closely and you'll almost feel their scent. Faby Reilly needlework expertise has no equal when it comes to designing a pretty bouquet of lavender, worked on a cross stitch base dotted with French or Colonial knots (whichever work best for you - she encourages you to compare and provides a handy tutorial for both). The July flower, part of the Anthea collection of monthly flowers, also comes with an extra blank chart and cross stitch alphabet, so you can stitch any words of you own - particularly handy for decorative room plaques in your home.
Designer Perrette Samouiloff has a special talent for depicting children, combined with a keen interest in period fashion. These Victorian children are playing outdoors, carefully protected from the sun with beribonned straw hats and parasol. Even legs are covered with frilly panties under the puffy skirts.
Brought to you by Tapestry Barn, here are two cheerful and sunny fruit patterns, real vitamin for stitchers! One has a fabric like design, that can be extended and used for any shape project, exactly as you would use fabric. The second has retro style fruit designs that can easily be turned into wonderful hand-made gifts.
Relax outdoors on a summer evening in a colorful denim shirt like no other: busrting with joyful colors, the pattern by Barbara Ana, and appropriately named color therapy, it was stitched directly on the denim shirt using waste canvas.
Peek through the porthole. A little girl is fishing among the seaweed and plants of the costline bu the fish are playing in the waves unperturbed. You can almost hear the cry of the seagulls. A design by Perrette Samouiloff.
Polka dots everywhere! This is Lilli Violette's vision of an idylic day at the beach with plenty of oh-so-cute detail such as the wicker picnic basket used to carry the coffee pot, and which is lined with red checker cloth.
Snuggled against each other, painted in bright colors, each of these little beach huts seems to be vying for attention. Deck chairs and surfboards are out. It's a perfect day at the beach. A design by Tiny Modernist.
Aqua blue and ginger, a stunning combination for this underwater themed design featuring a little mermaid carrying a huge basket of flowers, a gift for her beloved. A superb allegory of Love brought to you in cross stitch by Barbara Ana.
The simples joys of life, like holding a watering hose on a warm summer days and tending to one's garden. Brought to you with a contemporary touch by Samantha Purdy.
The happy gardener is equipped with a straw hat and a nice denim overalls. The rows are well aligned and tidy, geometric style. However the presence of birds, butterflies and lady birds gives them life.
Colors sparkle in this stunning summer chart designed by Lesley Teare. Like the other models in the collection it blends two counted stitch techniques, cross-stitch is used for color, and Blackwork for filling flowers with a lace-like effects.
Sunny Portugal inspired motifs for these little fishes, so pretty as a decorative motif but adorable too when stitched individually. Just add a little padding and hang them on the wall on little hooks, to decorate a bathroom or a corner of your house.
There's always a little story behind Lesley Teare's portraits. Where has this young lady come from, smartly dressed and taking off her shoes at the far end of the garden, among the hollyhocks... We'll leave it to your imagination while you cross stitch this pretty portrait.
There are sometime bizarre phenomenons in nature. The seashorse for instance is actually a fish, looking like a seashell and with a horse's head, which is why its also called the hippocampus. It's strange body is depicted here in amazing detail, with bold colors that enhance its singular form.
Counted cross stitch pattern by Samanthapurdyneedlecraft
Stitched in 1866 by a young girl from Wales, this charming sampler not only includes traditional elements (house, animals, trees of life ...), it also features stunning sailing ships including clippers, witnesses of the naval activity of the region. The sampler was spotted and transposed into a cross stitch chart by Amanda from Riverdrift House.
Organizing a tea-party in the garden, gathering bunches of fresh flowers and tending to one's plants - summertime is full of pleasures. And so are these delicate summer samplers, with fresh colors and adorable details. Both are Riverdrift House designs.
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!
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.
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!
Counted cross stitch pattern by Lesley Teare Designs
Summer flowers, vibrant with color
A contemporary feel for these small snapshots of summer flowers, with vivid colors entirely covering the whole canvas. Worked either in cross stitch or needlepoint, these small projects make wonderful mini frames to add touches of color to your home decor.
How best to enjoy the summer? At the seaside of course. Designer Perrette Samouiloff takes us for a stroll along the beach, gathering seashells and watching the small fish spring out of the water. The beautiful hues are from the DMC Variations embroidery floss range, with subtle changes of color that make for fun stitching
Lesley Teare's latest release is Birds in summer, following up on the popular Birds in Spring. There are 6 different kinds of birds, each beautifully transposed in stitches, and surrounded by a wreath of wildflowers.
Counted cross stitch pattern by Lesley Teare Designs
Red is for summer with Perrette Samouiloff
Indulge, get out a bunch of cheerful red threads and start stitching. Perrette Samouiloff takes you back to when summer meant having fun playing in the open fields, picking wild flowers, sharing secrets and a ride on the back of a bicycle...