Be prepared! As any dedicated stitcher will tell you, it's worth having a couple of versatile mini motifs on hand, should an occasion come up to quickly stitch up a little gift or card for a loved one. This chart is chock-full of exquisite mini motifs in sunny colors.
Only focusing on the contours of the flower, curves and shapes of petals and pistils , Alessandra Adelaide's latest flower in the Fiore series is a dramatic, graceful tulip that renders beautifully in cross stitch.
Designer Samantha Purdy has fun looking in and out of windows, capturing the simple joys of life such as observing the garden in a sudden rainshower. Her cross stitch patterns always tell a little story, leaving the rest to our imagination.
This embroidery by Faby Reilly is a hymn to the beauty of the magnolia, ephemeral flower unfurling its light pink buds, always at the mercy of a shower or a gust of wind. This one, by contrast, will always preserve its splendor. Mounted into a small heart shape, almost small enough to fit in the hand, it will grace a doorknob or encase fragrance in your chest of drawers.
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?
Barbara Ana's latest cross stitch design oozes with tenderness. A little girl, dressed exactly like her mother, quietly observing as her Mom potters in the garden. It's stitched in beautiful rustic Moire woolen yarn.
This flower is full of contrast. Leaves, petals and corolla spring into round curves, arabesques and flaming spikes. Yet the flower retains lightness and delicacy, with a delicate mesh of cross stitch lines, that let the light through and create soft hues. Designed by Alessandra Adelaide, a Creative Poppy exclusive.
Valentine's Day is coming up, but do we really need a pretext for celebrating the happiness of loving and being loved?
We've just published a digest of all topics and patterns featured in Creative Poppy's newsletter, and related to celebrating Love through Needlework. There are so many different ways of expressing those special feelings in cross stitches.
When it comes to cross stitch design expertise, landscapes might be the most challenging subjects a designer can tackle. This pattern pushes the boundaries with expert use of color to render the dramatic light of the winter moonscape, and exquistely designed areas of focus at a smaller scale in the background. Superb design brought to you by Deborah A. Dick of Tempting Tangles.
Winter is not all doom and gloom. Think of the frozen icicles shining in the pale morning sun, frost motifs on the windows, red berries in the bushes attracting all kinds of birds. Deborah A. Dick of Tempting Tangles, captures the spirit of Winter in this very pretty design.
Winter, a season without flowers? Think again. Sylvie Teytaud proves us wrong with a collection of four white flowers, Edelweiss, Snowdrop, Hyacinth and Christmas rose. Each has a little matching fairy. You can cross stitch these pale harmonies of winter on a natural linen background.
Here's a new Sampler by Barbara Ana, which reads like a story. Each of the many characters in this scene, be it farmer, wild animal, farm animal, is closely observing someone. How will the story finish and will the skinny wolf eat his fill today?