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There is nothing worse than having to rush a needlework project, to get it done on time. So why don't you have a look at Christmas patterns now. Here's a wonderful pattern that's just been released by Shannon Christine Designs. It's chockfull of everything you can dream of for Christmas.
The fairy Godmother says: "You must understand my dear. On the stroke of midnight, the spell will be broken...". Designer Shannon Christine captures that dramatic moment in exquisitely detailed cross stitch.
We've just received from Alessandra Adelaide a new series of satirical animal portraits, depicting various human-like personalities, such as this "busy-body" hen with her signature pearl necklace. A fun gallery of portraits.
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The call of Liberty
In a frenetic world, it's worth taking time to reflect upon and celebrate some of our core values. Brought to you by Tempting Tangles, this cross stitch sampler is a beautiful work of needle art, celebrating the values of freedom and justice.
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.
The mysterious Lady and the Unicorn, a celebrated tapestry from the late Middle Ages, has always inspired artists. In this cross stitch piece, designer Kyoko Maruoka of GERA! expresses her own vision of the mythical lady and beast, surrounded by abundant and generous nature. With warm colors delicately balanced and beautiful detail, this is a gorgeous cross stitch work.
Counted cross stitch pattern by GERA! Kyoko Maruoka
"Mille fleurs" designs for Card holders
"Mille-fleurs" (French for a thousand flowers) is the term used to depict traditional tapestries with a carpet of flowers filling the whole background. In a new modern interpretation, needlework designer Kyoko Maruoka, has created 9 lovely motifs that are designed for Card holders (the perfect size for either business cards or bank/loyalty/membership cards).
Each of the GERA! designs above includes this well thought-through tutorial, taking you step by step through the making of the little card cases.
No sewing experience needed. All you have to do is machine stitch straight lines. After following each carefully detailed step, you'll be amazed when you turn your layers inside out, turn pockets out and found you've made a perfectly finished card case. Its almost magical!
A useful resource for any stitcher, this large chart has everything you will need to create cards and small customized gifts for birthdays, mother's day, weddings and any time you want to present a friend with a hand made gift. The chart offers a number of layouts and templates for texts, as well as some delightful flower motifs in various shapes.
When it comes to personalizing a project with initials or a name, style makes a huge difference. Check out our large choice of cross stitch alphabets, in a variety of fonts and sizes. There is the one you're looking for.
Peacock & Fig animal illustrations are wonderfully detailed and exquisitely charted. The number of floss colors is never too large, yet those colors are carefully selected so as to create maximum contrast. Fine backstitch work, in gold or black, adds just enough extra detail here and there. Check out some patterns close up .
There are many beautiful of Alphabets available to stitchers but rarely has a designer put so much thought into designing a cross stitch font that would work for so many combinations. In fact, Dana designed them for her own use, with a lot of attention paid to the way her stitched letters worked together.
The two new alphabets include Caps and Lower case as well as a line guide so you know where to position your Caps. A detailed guide as to how to use the alphabets is also included with the charts.
In Lesley Teare's signature Blackwork style, here are 3 awesome pieces that have been stitched using a mix of Cross stitch and Backstitch. Look close and notice how each area of the design is filled with a different motif, each of different levels of density resulting in distinctive shades. Brilliant!
Crazy quilts became hugely popular in Victorian times and if you're lucky you might come across one at a flea market. They combine pieces of irregular shapes into a patchwork, each piece assembled to the next using a variety of embroidery stitches such a feather stitch.
This cross stitch pattern designed by Lesley Teare is inspired by those late 19th century designs. It incorporates different "printed fabric" motifs as well as many different scraps of "lace".
Alice is a well behaved and courteous - but wildly curious - little girl that goes on a fantastic adventure when she falls into a rabbit hole. She is always pictured by GERA! with a black ribbon in her hair, a blue dress and impeccably white apron. Part of Alice in Wonderland portraits
He appears at the begging of the book and Alice follows him into the rabbit hole. he is always in a hurry, mutternig: ""Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!". GERA! pictures him elegantly dressed in a waistcoat and holding a pocket watch.
Alice meets the Caterpillar in a wonderful garden. He is smoking a sort of pipe. She doesn't like him at first because he ignores her. Then he asks her short and rather rude questions. GERA! portraits the caterpillar in vivid bright colors and making rings of smoke. Detail of The caterpillar
When Alice meets the Hatter he is drinking tea, having been sentenced by the Queen of Hearts to be stuck in time and the permanent state of having tea. He plays tricks and makes riddles. GERA! pictures him with a bow tie and top hat with a card hidden in it. He is holding a teapot with the Dormouse inside. Part of Alice in Wonderland portraits
The main feature of the Cheshire cat is its devilish grin. The cat vanishes, its whole body disappearing except for the evil grin. GERA! pictures the cat as a purple and turquoise striped cat with green and orange eyes. Alice is riding on its back in the Cheshire cat miniature and holding the cat in her arms in her own portrait.
The smallest of all, the eternally sleepy dormouse is used as a cushion while the March Hare and Hatter have tea. At one point they put him in a tea-pot. GERA! pictures him sticking its head out of the teapot, with little pink ears and blue whiskers.
By the way, you still get your downloadable chart. So you can source your supplies while you wait for the postman, you can print out working copies that can be used for highlighting for instance, and finally you can use your ipad to zoom into details while stitching.
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