A little girl stretches out a hand holding seeds. Birds perched in the branches look on watchfully. The bravest of them all takes off in a flutter of wings. We love the way designer Perrette Samouiloff captures the vivacious movements and positions of the birds, as well as the careful balance of colors of this winter scene.
Designer Faby Reilly will accompany us year-round with a flower for each month of the year. Faby's patterns are exquisitely designed in intricate detail, yet do not include any fractional stitches. Quite a feat given the amount of detail. The January flower is a snowdrop.
Living with the seasons, after the busy months of harvesting and then of preserving your produce, Kathy Bungard of Gracewood stitches tells us through this beautiful pattern that January should be a time for pausing, taking the time to read and stitch, and sip endless cups of heart-warming tea.
This is part one (January) of Gracewood Stitches calendar series.
Inspired by snowflakes and the pretty ice patterns on a frozen window, Faby Reilly's 'Let it Snow' ornaments shine with a thousand reflections. Each side of this cube is embellished with a different pattern mixing silver threads, seed beads and sequins on a cross stitch base. A wonderful hand-stitched ornament to display in your home to celebrate Winter and the festive season.
Designed by Faby Reilly, the common thread of these festive cross stitch patterns is the navy pattern with white polka dots that can be found everywhere, in the shape of ribbon, scarf and even fabric embellishing the foot of the tree. The dark navy makes a nice contrast with the soft frosty and green tones used for cross stitching.
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.
Canadian designer Samantha Purdy continues to enchant us with her stories in cross-stitch, telling the simple pleasures of life: such as wrapping up on a chilly morning in a cosy woollen scarf and going out to sip coffee and enjoy the pale winter sun.
Thre's a delicate Christmassy feel to this wreath pattern, embellished with red berries, ivy, holly and Christmas roses. Five little winter birds have come to visit, expertly rendered in cross stitch by Lesley Teare.
Beautifully detailed, with soft curves enhancing every tiny stitch, these new ornaments by Faby Reilly sparkle in a contrast of icy blues and silver highlights. They are part of the exquisite Frosty collection.
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.
If you're very quiet and you look carefully, you might spot these winter visitors. The squirrel looks a bit startled, the birds continue to happily gorge on berries, and a pair of white rabbits look at each other, as if figuring what to do next.
An alphabet is encased in the center of the pattern but you can easily customize you work and replace it with your own text. This delicate piece is designed by Perrette Samouiloff and stitched using a gorgeous range of DMC Variations floss.
Counted cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff
More winter joys by Perrette Samouiloff
Who said winter was bleak? Designer Perrette Samouiloff offers a lovely range of joyful winter patterns, ranging from a cute Winter Welcome with little skiers, children playing in the snow, a teddy-bear and a rabbit enjoying hot cocoa, mother and baby animals in the snow, and children skiing.
Winter is possibly the best season for observing birds. Coming after Spring, Summer and Fall, here is Winter Birds, the final design in this beautiful series by Lesley Teare. Lesley Teare is a keen bird watcher and an expert cross stitch designer. You'll recognize the particular characteristics of each and every bird she depicts, such as the visiting redwings right in the center of this cross stitch piece.
Counted cross stitch pattern by Lesley Teare Designs
A Japanese print ... in cross stitch
Designer Maria Diaz brings you a unique design in the manner of the old Japanese ukiyo-e prints. It features a couple of travellers making their way through the snow, with a sleepy village nestled by a lake. Watch this beautiful winter landscape take shape, stitch after stitch.
There is infinite tenderness in the designs of Perrette Samouiloff, whether she is designing children or animals. Choose from a large selection of topics and themes such as the seasonal patterns featured below.
An irresistible retro-style depiction of children having fun learning to ski, by Perrette Samouiloff. This is a time when skis where made of wood, ski boots had laces and a humble ski-lift would be the only way to take you up save of climbing on foot!
Here's the first of Barbara Ana's new cross stitch designs for the fall.
Barbara Ana inhabits a special world of her own and those of you familiar with her work will regognize some of her favorite features. Central to this design is an exquisite pair of scissors, but as you take a closer look, you will discover many more extraordinary characters and contrasting details. Zoom in further and you will get a glimpse of possibly the tiniest pair of scissors designed in cross stitch! Can you see them (there are several, you need to look real close)?
After the Autumn Log Cabin, Kathy Bungard of Gracewood stitches brings a new winter theme, contrasting the icy outdoors with the cosy warmth of the indoor fireplace. Look out for the two other Spring and Summer themes to follow. Ideal for rotating the seasons decor within your home.