Designer Perrette Samouiloff is passionate about costumes. For us cross stitchers, she imagines a scene at the French court, that of the young King Louis XIV (the future Sun King), at the time when the Marquise de Montespan became his favorite. Men wear wigs and heels. The king is in full discussion with his architect, planning the sumptuous château of Versailles. In the center of the room is a standing globe, typical of the time. On the right, a young woman plays with a small dog, perhaps trying to attract the attention of the king?
Counted cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff
Let's skip a century. We are now in the splendor of the Palace of Versailles, in the middle of the 18th century, under the reign of Louis XV. In the royal galleries and the park there are numerous entertainments and games, conversation and gallant meetings ....
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Beauty and the Rose
Let us dream a little and move on to another palace, this time with Shannon Wasilieff. Chandeliers shine with a thousand reflections, mirrors and gilding sparkle. The doors open and here comes.... Belle.
Counted cross stitch pattern by Shannon Christine Designs
Mystery and Beauty
Who is hiding behind this Venetian mask? Whose reflection have we just caught in the mirror? To whom do these precious perfumes and jewels belong? ... Christine Shannon Wasilieff excels in depicting very feminine and romantic worlds, with a remarkable sense of detail.
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More 18th century motifs
Two remarkable motifs: A Toile de Jouy pattern, among the most popular French textiles of the time, and beautifully charted into cross stitch by Lesley Teare. Also by the same designer, a still life with a shoe typical of those worn at the 18th century court.
Tiny Modernist's cute collection of Biscornus continues to grow, full of bright cheerful colors. We've got to admit we have a particular soft spot for the Mushroom Biscornu, with little partridges pottering about in the undergrowth.
It is the time to harvest the very last fruit and nuts. Birds are searching for the remaining berries too, such as this small one, with delicate feathers and stitched in ever so soft and natural colors. A cross stitch chart designed by Barbara Ana.
New from Barbara Ana, a sampler "by" Sadie Woods, and dated 1901, one year later than the original "Sadie Woods" would have been stitched. Compared to Sadie's "first work" (see below), it is more sophisticated and beautifully laid out, showing how the child would gradually be turning into a young girl, yet it retains the same spontaneity and charm.
The sampler is cross stitched on the same rustic fabric, with similar color schemes as the original work. Together they form a beautiful pair.
Counted cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana designs
More Barbara Ana Designs: Young girl samplers
These are not reproduction samplers, but rather the designer expressing herself, in the manner of an author writing a novel in the first person, and incarnating a character of her imagination, each with her personality and style.
On a foul weather day, what better than to snuggle in your home. Take a steaming hot bath, make some coffee, read a good book on the sofa with the cat on your lap... In her signature contemporary style, Samantha Purdy captures those precious moments of cocooning in cross stitch.
The motif for the September page of Gracewood Stiches' calendar collection of patterns is Carnations. It is stitched in Assisi cross stitch style which means stitching the surrounding background and leaving the central motif void - and therefore standing out by contrast.
Just look at those lists of colors: Dark Mahogany, Orange Spice, Light & Medium Tangerine, Burnt Orange, Dark Terra Cotta, Light Mustard, Avocado Green, Very Dark Coral, Golden Olive, Red Copper, Coffee Brown, Pine Green, Straw, Pistachio green, Autum Gold...
These colors read like a feast for the senses, enough of a reason to celebrate the Autumn season in stitches.
Here is an amazing story, told in cross stitch by Deborah A. Dick of Tempting Tangles. The designer managed to squeeze in an amazing amount of detail and plenty of fun ideas such as the cat shaped ghosts lounging in the tree.
See full pattern below, with all three parts stitched together. The final pattern blends all three rolling landscapes into a single design framed with plants bearing fruit and growing in two pots on the side..