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La vie de château
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.
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.
Trust Barbara Ana to come up with the most unexpected and whimsical ideas. Who hasn't waited excitedly for Christmas to arrive? Barbara's vision is that of Santa riding ... a snail. A whole town, roofs covered with snow, is enjoying the ride, as well as a couple of Santa's little helpers, sitting under a tree.
Counted cross stitch pattern by Shannon Christine Designs
You can now collect them all and stitch them as if they were on a shelf. So cute!
Love Beads? Love cross stitch? Here's an opportunity to combine both in an extraordinary piece of work where sew-on emerald, ruby and topaz-like stones are combined into the stitching. Some are actually embedded, forming the main motif of the baubles, others are actually pendants. Color shading and the dimensional effect of the beads are a pure wonder. A Shannon Christine Design.
Light sparkles in Faby Reilly's works with metallic threads, sequins and beads capturing light and adding extra dimension. Here are two new releases, a Christmas tree busrting with fine detail and a star ornament with intricately silver snowflakes.
The little lord is wearing velvet pants and a brocade vest, the hens come with beribboned gift boxes and the lady-a-dancing is twirling in the snowy landscape. Full of fun detail to cross stitch as you hum along the traditional Christmas carol. A design by Cheryl of Tiny Modernist, now available on Creative Poppy's website.
Here are some photos of an exceptional piece by Lesley Teare. Check out the wonderful detail of the angel's face, the luminous golden wings or the fine detail of the dress and laced boots. Each tiny section of the work will bring hours of pleasure.
We've received some new photos of the Lesley Teare'sHolly Girl stitched on natural raw linen over two (instead of white fabric). She was stitched by Marie-Claude who decided to add little snow flakes in the background. Well, well done Marie-Claude and thank you for sending your picture!
I'm looking for Christmas patterns suitable to make earrings out of, roughly 19 x 10 stitches total for each one, to be earing size. Do you have any small enough motifs?
Carole replies for Creative Poppy:
The two last rows of Maria Diaz 60 Christmas mini motifs, that's 22 designs, are small enough to fit into a 14 x 14 square. A couple of them are only 10 stitches wide, that's 3/4 inch high by 1/2 inch wide (2cm x 1.5cm) on 18 ct fabric. You can then roll and mount them into a tiny cylinder shape with a ring at the top hanging from the earring hook.There's plenty of fun themes including snowmen, Christmas tree, penguins, stars, and more... Why not stitch on red Aida?
I hope you find a lot of inspiration for your earring project. Do send us a photo!
Sadie Woods - one year later
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.
Shy creatures of the forest, reindeer are such a beautiful theme in cross stitch. Here are two Christmas patterns with reindeer, brought to you by Barbara Ana, including this unique portrait of a reindeer, with deep blue eyes and a message of Joy.
Miniature Christmas landscapes - inside a Snowball
A lovely new series by Shannon Christine: tiny little snowy landscapes inside a glass globe. They come in different shapes so you can collect them or stitch them in a single piece of fabric. We just love the red Christmas truck loading the trees. So cute!
Brought to you by Riverdrift house. What makes this nativity design unique is that, like other Riverdrift House cross stitch patterns, it was created in the manner of a sampler, with plenty of detail and many decorative motifs and borders.
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..