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.
Framed within the King James' Bible quote at the top of this Sampler is a vision of paradise, with celestial angels and shining planets and stars. Down below are the animals, and a profusion of plants and fruit. Adam and Eve stand under the Apple tree.
Barbara Ana offers her vision of an abundant world and the fateful moment Eve hands Adam the forbidden fruit.
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.
If you are familiar with Shannon Christine's work, you won't be surprised to see her adding wonderful beaded accents to her needlework. In this exceptional piece, she takes it a step further, combining both techniques into a unique design with a dimensional effect.
This peacock's graceful head emerges from an almost psychedelic mix of joyful colors, flowers, arabesques and paisley motifs, each motif unique.
New from Shannon Christine Designs, inspired stitching for Halloween !
This extraordinary piece is all about light. The glass ball is central in this design and emits a mysterious glow. It lights up the lady's face from below. The satin folds of the dress catch the moonlight. And the round full moon itself seems to mirror the ball. Expert cross stitching with beautiful bead embellishments, brought to you by Shannon Christine Wasilieff.
New from Barbara Ana, an extraordinary bird in the designer's unique style. It fits a small roundish ditty bag and comes in a superb palette of warm terra cotta and turquoise blue against a chocolate brown background.
Counted cross stitch pattern by GERA! Kyoko Maruoka
Now available: the whole series of A New World, by Barbara Ana
Over the seas is the fifth and final part of this colorful sampler by Barbara Ana. It reads in 5 parts, like a story, each stitched on a different color linen band, then assembled. An exceptional cross stitch piece.
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.
Darning stitch revisited, with a contemporary twist
Who would have thought a forgotten old stitch could look so elegant and contemporary? That's counting without Agnès Delage's sense of style and creativity. Picking the simple darning stitch as the object of her study, she jazzes it up and turns it into these graceful and decorative "Etudes".
With its soft muted tones and classic elegance, here's the perfect cushion for a classy, chic home. We like the contrast between the textile motif and the colored square in the background which gives it a contemporary touch. This cushion is brought to you by Gracewood Stitches and is part of the Vintage textiles collection.
Home deco idea: This design can easily be turned into several cushions. Why not stitch a trio in three base colors, simply substituting the pink for mint green in one and light Scandinavian blue for the other?
Counted cross stitch pattern by Gracewood Stitches
Trending now: French Boudoir Style
Feminine with classy elegance, the French Boudoir style is making a comeback in home decor. A baroque armchair, gilded mirror, lights with crystal ornament drops, lush upholstery, plenty of comfortable cushions, it doesn't take much to make a cosy "boudoir style" retreat in a corner of your home. Here's a selection of needlework projects that will complement it perfectly.
Bird lovers rejoice: here is the third in the series of plate-shaped motifs showing birds in the wild, one for every season. The Winter motif will follow in a couple of weeks so you can stitch the whole series.
Maybe fall is the best season to truly appreciate the fantastic colors that nature brings us and that inspire all artists, including of course needlework designers.
No color is uniform in nature. Thanks to overdyed and multicolor threads, we cross stitchers can achieve some outstanding effects, coloring in our blank canvas and adding just that extra variation in tone that makes our stitched piece so much more vibrant.
Tackling these threads is not as easy as it seems though. We've given those threads quite a bit of though, exploring ways our designers have taken advantage of the color properties of the multicolor and overdyed threads. Check the article below exploring 5 ways to tackle those beautiful overdyed and multicolor threads.
We've just received these pictures and we couldn't resist posting it them our website. They both feature one of the little kokeshi dolls designed in cross stitch by Kyoko Maruoka (GERA!). The photos were taken by a stitcher who loves to collect kokeshi and tells us she just had to have this one.
The picture on the right shows the kokeshi used as a charm on a little red purse. So cute!
The stitcher has an extensive collection of antique and modern kokeshi dolls. The pictures (left) show her largest kokeshi doll (an antique doll 18 inch high), together with a modern medium size one she made herself (painted on wood) and the tiny cute cross stitch one. Quite a family!