Another tribute this time to Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. We love her surprised look as she plummets down the rabbit hole, following the frantic White Rabbit. The pattern is stuffed with fun references to Alice's adventures.
SAL subscribers will have recognized her. Here is Barbara Ana's female version of Alice in Wonderland's Mad Hatter. Drinking tea and wearing an oversize green hat, with price tag still attached. Any resemblance stops here though and the rest is left to the designer's imagination.
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Talking of children's story characters, we received from Nona J. this wonderful picture of Barbara Ana's original Dreaming girl reappearing as Peter Pan's Wendy Darling. We love it when stitchers reinterpret and reappropriate a design. Nona switched background colors, which gives the piece a very different look, and accompanied her piece with a quote from Peter Pan: "Second Star to the Right, then Straight on till Morning". The alphabet that she chose to be "Pan-worthy" is from a Better Homes and Gardens hardcover book of "Alphabets and Borders", page 151, "Elegant Swerve Alphabet".
Lady squirrel seems to be posing for a painting, actually a cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana. We love the contrast between the aqua blue of the dress and the natural colors. The light variations in color of the dress are achieved through the use of a nuanced thread from the DMC Color Variations range.
What a sight! The yellow flowers growing from the end of the leafy vines have gradually grown into the most amazing pumpkins, gourds, squash, kabotcha and more variations of them all, some round, some elongated, some yellow, some green and some orange.
The wind blows and children are battling the rain and gusts. We love the flowering wild grass turned to seeds, forming a delicate background, as the sole element of landscape of this atmospheric design. A cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff.
Ukrainian designer Kateryna (Stitchy Princess) is ever fascinated by her homeland's legends and specifically the character of Baba Yaga, a witch sometimes evil, sometimes kind, who lives in the magic forest. This pattern portraits her riding her broom, in the company of her cat. Two owls look on, unperturbed.
A keen observer of wildlife, Lesley Teare brings to us four delightful samplers depicting different natural settings. You will appreciate cross stitching all the fun detail, as well as the beautiful warm tones set against the natural background.
We love this Quilt style sampler celebrating each new season, another creative idea by Lesley Teare. This is the third in the series and features lovely warm autumn colors, mature fruit, honey bees and little squirrels harvesting acorns. The Winter pattern will follow shortly so you can complete the whole series.
New Tales of Baba Yaga - by Kateryna, Stitchy princess
Present throughout East European folklore, and particularly in her native Ukraine, Baba Yaga is one of Kateryna's favorite characters, depicted in numerous designs. An elderly witch, ugly and bony legged, enigmatic and unpredictable, alternatively really evil, or maternal, kind and helpful to the trouble hero.
As you enter the magical forest, trees comes alive moving their arms, animals behave strangely. Notice in the distance a wood cabin perched on chicken legs, occasionally turning round? It's the home of Baba Yaga.
Two retro style greeting cards by Monique Bonnin a cross stitch designer who loves to "recreate" postcards and greeting cards with a vintage feel. Inventive and full of fun detail, you'll enjoy completing every stitch of these precious images. Collect them all!
Winter Woodlands is a sampler packed with wonderful detail to stitch for Christmas. Our favorite is the white bear hibernating under a mantle of snow. A cross stitch pattern designed by Kateryna - Stitchy Princess
Lights shine in the night. Come close and discover the most extraordinary creature, a stylish deer, clad in a 1970's vintage jacket, face white in the moonlight and wearing a head dress, with luminous lanterns and silver droplets hanging from her antlers in a halo of light.
This pattern by Perrette Samouiloff, with a cuckoo clock keeping track of the hours, reminds us that Christmas time is fast approaching and it's time for us stitchers to start working on our projects.
We love the dainty angels, the mischievous boys swinging on the clock's weights and the carol singing children accompanied by a flute and violins. But above all, we love the tiny cuckoo bursting the door open above the clock to strike the hours. Rejoice! the countdown to Christmas has started.
All these young ladies are wearing their very best gowns and seem headed for an major event, maybe the Forest Christmas Ball? These romantic designs can be stitched as a series to be displayed in your home during the whole holiday season.