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The simple joys of the natural world

 

You don't need much to lure a bit of nature into your life. A bird-house for the kids to observe the feathered creatures, a few pots of narcissius for the kitten to take cover and explore the outdoor world, a sheltered area for growing some vegetable seedlings. 


Designer Samantha Purdy captures the simple joys of life in cross stitch, in a series of very personal contemporary-style patterns. These new spring outdoor patterns are her latest addition to a wonderful collection of snapshots of life's happy moments.

 

Greenhouse, cross stitch pattern by Samantha Purdy Needlecrafts

Greenhouse

Cat amongst the flower pots, cross stitch pattern by Samantha Purdy Needlecrafts

Cat amongst the flower pots

Raised beds, cross stitch pattern by Samantha Purdy Needlecrafts

Raised beds

 

Bird Feeders, cross stitch pattern by Samantha Purdy Needlecrafts

Bird Feeders


More Watering cans (and a hose) by Samantha Purdy Needlecrafts

 

Preparing Plants, cross stitch pattern by Samantha Purdy Needlecrafts

Preparing Plants

 

Vegetable Garden, cross stitch pattern by Samantha Purdy Needlecrafts

Vegetable Garden

 

 

Watering before Bed, cross stitch pattern by Samantha Purdy Needlecrafts

Watering before Bed

 

Plant Shelf, cross stitch chart by Samantha Purdy Needlecrafts

Plant Shelf


More Watering cans - all designers

 

Birds in the garden, cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff

Birds in the Garden
Perrette Samouiloff

Spring Garden, cross stitch pattern by Tiny Modernist

Spring Garden
Tiny Modernist

Summer garden, cross stitch pattern by Riverdrift House

Summer Garden
Riverdrift House

Sunflower Girl, cross stitch chart by Lesley Teare

Sunflower Girl

Lesley Teare

 

>> see all Gardening patterns (all designers)


In the run up to the Olympics

 

Inspired by the soon to come summer Olympics, Paris-based designer Perrette Samouiloff pays tribute to her favorite sport, gymnastics, especially the rythmic kind where graceful athletes dance to energetic music, thrusting hoops and ribbon in the air. Why not join the excitement by stitching this exquisite piece?

 

Gymnastics and figure-skating, cross stitch pattern, by Perrette Samouiloff


Gymnastics and figure-skating

Counted cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff

Gymnastics and figure-skating, cross stitch pattern, by Perrette Samouiloff (zoom)

 

>> see all patterns by Perrette Samouiloff


More patterns for dance lovers

 

The Flower Fairy, cross stitch pattern by Kateryna - Stitchy Princess

The Flower Fairy

Kateryna - Stitchy Princess

The ballet dance lesson, cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff

The ballet dance lesson

Perrette Samouiloff

The Sugarplum, cross stitch pattern by Shannon Christine Wasilieff
The Sugarplum

Shannon Christine Wasilieff

Happy Childhood Collection: The Carnival, cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff
The Carnival

Perrette Samouiloff

 

>> see all Dance patterns (all designers)


In the manner of William Morris

 

Brought to you by Lesley Teare, and loosely based on a printed textile pattern by William Morris, this decorative cross stitch pattern focuses on a pair of birds coveting a single strawberry. We love the ornemental effect of the strawberry leaves in the background, interwoven with the large indented leaves of the flowers.

 

Strawberry Fair, cross stitch pattern, by Lesley Teare


Strawberry Fair

Counted cross stitch pattern by Lesley Teare

Strawberry Fair, cross stitch pattern, by Lesley Teare (zoom)


More Birds patterns by Lesley Teare

 

Blackwork Iris and Kingfisher, cross stitch pattern by Lesley Teare Designs

Blackwork Iris & Kingfisher

Blue Jay amongst Oak leaves, cross stitch pattern by Lesley Teare Designs

Blue Jay amongst Oak leaves

Birds in summer, cross stitch pattern by Lesley Teare Designs
Birds in Summer

Blackwork Flowers with Goldfinch, cross stitch pattern by Lesley Teare Designs
Blackwork Flowers and Goldfinch

 

>> see all patterns with Birds designed by Lesley Teare


Spring birth

 

Oh surprise, a little girl emerges from a giant egg, shell fragments still in her hair and hands full of flowers. A beautiful metaphor for Spring, isn't it? A new pattern of Perrette Samouiloff.

 

4 Spring Card Motifs, cross stitch pattern, by Perrette Samouiloff


4 Spring Card Motifs

Counted cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff

4 Spring Card Motifs, cross stitch pattern, by Perrette Samouiloff

 

>> see all Spring patterns by Perrette Samouiloff


A new seasonal series of samplers by Lesley Teare

 

Brought to you by Lesley Teare, here is the first in a series of classic cross stitch samplers featuring a typical georgian House in the English countryside. The Spring pattern features birds digging out a worm from the grass; bouncing rabbits, yellow daffodils and plenty of other flowers. 
 

 

Spring House Sampler, cross stitch pattern, by Lesley Teare


Spring House Sampler

Counted cross stitch pattern by Lesley Teare

Spring House Sampler, cross stitch pattern, by Lesley Teare (zoom)


More samplers by Lesley Teare

 

Georgian Gardens Sampler, cross stitch pattern by Lesley Teare

Georgian Gardens

Folk Art Country Sampler, cross stitch pattern by Lesley Teare
Folk Art Country Gardens

Shaker style Sampler, cross stitch pattern by Lesley Teare
Shaker Style Sampler

Seasonal Sampler - Spring, cross stitch pattern by Lesley Teare
Seasonal Sampler - Spring

 

>> see all Samplers by Lesley Teare


More Spring Homes

 

Spring Cottage Sampler, cross stitch pattern by Riverdrift House

Spring Cottage Sampler

Riverdrift House

Wishes for every Season - Spring, cross stitch pattern by Marie-Anne Rhétoret-Mélin

The House with the Mezzanine (Anton Chekhov), cross stitch pattern by Gera! by Kyoko Maruoka
The House with the Mezzanine

Gera! by Kyoko Maruoka

Spring Street, cross stitch pattern by Shannon Christine Wasilieff
Spring Street

Shannon Christine Wasilieff

 

>> see all patterns with Houses (all designers)


Barbara Ana's irresistible urge to stitch

 

Here's a new piece by Barbara Ana straight out of her imaginative mind. Why did she create it? Well she just felt the urge... Oversize mushroom, exotic flowers and fruit flow out of a doll shaped vase. And looking inside you will discover a lilliputian landscape with tiny houses clutching every hill. Perfectly balanced, full of rich colors and entertaining detail, a real treat to cross stitch.

 

Toxic City Flowerpot, cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs

Toxic City Flowerpot
Counted cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs

Toxic City Flowerpot, cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs, zoom 1

 

>> see all patterns created by Barbara Ana


Easter cross stitching: bells are ringing!

 

Easter cross stitch - Bells by Perrette SamouiloffWe love it when we hear from stitchers who send us a photo of their recent projects. Here's what Nathalie recently sent us, one of the 4 Easter motifs designed by Perrette Samouiloff. She decided not to mount the Bell motif as a card, but fit it into a small frame. Quite cute isn't it? Thanks so much for sharing Nathalie!

4 Easter Card Motifs, cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff Easter bells, one of the 4 Easter Card Motifs,  by Perrette Samouiloff


Not one, but two twin samplers. Who were they for?

 

Searching for unique antique cross stitch samplers, Meriem Chauvet struck luck when she came upon this pair of rare twin works, dating back to 1823. A collector of antique samplers (who creates the Couleur Tourterelle Reproduction Samplers) this is the first time she was confronted with two samplers of almost identical layout and signature. Only the inscription differs, one offering her heart (coeur), the other a bouquet. 

 

Héloïse Duchat 1823, reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle


Héloïse Duchat 1823

Reproduction Sampler by Couleur Tourterelle
Héloïse Duchat 1823, reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle (zoom)

 

>> see all Reproduction Samplers by Couleur Tourterelle


Two in one

 

This colorful cross stitch chart is both a very decorative piece stitched as a whole, or a series of sweet individual initials, perfect for a beginner. Why not stitch it side by side, with a friend or loved one, you the experienced one tackling the whole pattern, while you guide them through the first steps of cross stitch. They could stitch a single box with their initial and a flower, then maybe complete another one? This is the perfect project for learning to cross stitch, satisfying for a beginner because it is quick and easy, yet pretty and colorful.

A pattern brought to you by Lesley Teare designs.

 

Floral Alphabet, cross stitch pattern, by Lesley Teare


Floral Alphabet

Counted cross stitch pattern by Lesley Teare

Floral Alphabet, cross stitch pattern, by Lesley Teare (zoom)


More patterns suitable for beginners

 

The Patchwork Basket, cross stitch pattern by Gera! by Kyoko Maruoka

Patchwork Basket
Gera! by Kyoko Maruoka

Folk Art Cards, cross stitch pattern by Tapestry Barn
Folk Art Cards

Tapestry Barn

New York, cross stitch pattern by Tiny Modernist
New York
Tiny Modernist

Happy Days, cross stitch pattern by Tapestry Barn
Happy days

Tapestry Barn 

 

>> see all patterns for Beginners (all designers)


I love Paris in the Springtime

 

Ask a Parisian about their childhood memories, and they will recall the many hours spent playing in the Paris parks, and for Perrette Samouiloff, the Jardin du Luxembourg specifically. This design focuses on the many areas of the parc, the quiet chairs near the rose kiosk, the basins where the model boats are sailed, and the areas where children run their dog and ride their scooters and bicycles.

 

Paris - Jardin du Luxembourg, cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff


Paris - Jardin du Luxembourg

Cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff
Paris - Jardin du Luxembourg, cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff (zoom)

More patterns featuring Paris

 

Romance in Paris, cross stitch pattern by Shannon Christine Wasilieff

Romance in Paris

Shannon Christine Wasilieff

Paris Rive gauche, cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff

Paris Rive gauche

Perrette Samouiloff

Parisien Shoppe Fronts, cross stitch pattern by Shannon Christine Wasilieff

Parisian Shoppe Fronts

Shannon Christine Wasilieff

Paris, cross stitch pattern by Tiny Modernist

Paris

Tiny Modernist

 

>> see all patterns related to life in France (all designers)


From early childhood on, preparing for marriage

 

Even as late as the earlly 20th century, young French girls would practice cross stitching initials and numbers, using the "'linenmaid's alphabet". These were used for marking linen, a practice usually done just before marriage, as the bride-to-be prepared her set of household linen, the “trousseau”. Interestingly it includes a "croix de par Dieu", a little cross preceding the letters of the alphabet, a tradition that goes back centuries earlier, to remind children to make a sign of the cross before reciting the alphabet. 


A cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle.

 

Juliette Lévêque 1913, reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle


Juliette Lévêque 1913

Reproduction Sampler by Couleur Tourterelle
Juliette Lévêque 1913, reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle (zoom)

 

>> see all Reproduction Samplers by Couleur Tourterelle


A Window into the Mind

 

Open the door to fantasy and follow Barbara Ana along the surprising paths dictated by her creative mind, always overflowing with ideas. Her latest Dreaming Girl pattern , is a masterpiece of color, with light shining through the night. The flow of the girl's dark hair - as if blown by the wind - structures the whole design, wrapping together all the diverse elements. 


A cross stitch pattern, part of the Dreaming Girl series by Barbara Ana Designs.

 

Peaceful Night Dreams, cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs

Peaceful Night Dreams
Counted cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs
Peaceful Night Dreams, cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs, zoom 1

More Dreaming Girls' by Barbara Ana

 

Barbara Ana Designs - Dreaming Frida zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Dreaming Frida
Barbara Ana Designs - Dreaming of Klimt, zoom 1 (Cross stitch chart)
Dreaming of Klimt
Barbara Ana Designs - Garden of Dreams zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Garden of Dreams
Barbara Ana Designs - Dreaming Girl, zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Dreaming Girl

 

>> see all patterns in the Dreaming Girls series designed by Barbara Ana


Blackwork gains color

 

Don't be detered by it's name. Blackwork is a counted stitch technique that involves basically backstitch. And while traditionally it was worked in black thread, modern designers add a new twist and more fun by using color. Brought to you by expert needlework designer Lesley Teare, these cute little spring motifs are perfect for giving it a try!

 

Blackwork Spring Flowers, cross stitch pattern, by Lesley Teare


Blackwork Spring Flowers

Counted cross stitch pattern by Lesley Teare

Blackwork Spring Flowers, cross stitch pattern, by Lesley Teare (zoom)


More Blackwork patterns by Lesley Teare

 

Blackwork Spring Design, cross stitch pattern by Lesley Teare Designs

Blackwork Spring Design

30 mini-motifs - Blackwork&Color, cross stitch pattern by Lesley Teare Designs (zoom)

30 mini-motifs: Blackwork&Color

Hibiscus ann Hummingbird, cross stitch pattern by Lesley Teare Designs

Hibiscus and Hummingbird

Four Blackwork Flowers, cross stitch pattern by Lesley Teare Designs

Four Blackwork Flowers

 

>> see all Blackwork patterns by Lesley Teare


Creative stitching for children

 

This merry go-round cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff, can be turned into a multitude of creative decorative ideas for the nursery. Instead of simply framing, you can turn it into a pyjama bag or a cushion cover. It is also an ideal design for making a child's lampshade, as the cylinder shape will give the illusion it goes all the way round. You can also mount the work on a round box.

 

The Merry-go-round, cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff


The Merry-go-round

Cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff
The Merry-go-round, cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff (zoom)

More creative ideas for Children

 

Pinocchio, cross stitch pattern by Lilli Violette

Pinocchio

Lilli Violette

Savannah Baby Animals : Nursery Height Chart, cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff (zoom)

Nursery Height Chart

Perrette Samouiloff

Girl's paradise : come in, cross stitch pattern by Marie-Anne Rhétoret-Mélin

Girl's Paradise : come in

Marie-Anne Rhétoret-Mélin

Alice in Wonderland portraits, cross stitch pattern by GERA! by Kyoko Maruoka

Alice in Wonderland portraits

Gera! by Kyoko Maruoka

 

>> see all creative ideas for a child's bedroom


Stitched by a seven-year old for her grandmother

 

In catholic France in those days, a person was feted, not on their birthday but on the day celebrating the saint they were named after. In 1851, a seven-year-old girl, struggles with letters but all the same delivers a charming piece of needlework dedicated to her beloved "bonne maman". A cross stitch reproduction Sampler brought to you by Couleur Tourterelle.

 

Elisabeth Thévenot 1851, reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle


Elisabeth Thévenot 1851

Reproduction Sampler by Couleur Tourterelle
Elisabeth Thévenot 1851, reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle (zoom)

 

>> see all Reproduction Samplers by Couleur Tourterelle


Spring is round the corner

 

Oh what joy to watch seedlings plants grow in their pots and to see the first ladybugs and butterflies appear in the vegetable patch.


Simple life, simple joys, such as watching plants grow, depicted in cross stitch by Samantha Purdy.

 

Terra Cotta Pots, cross stitch pattern by Samantha Purdy Needlecrafts

Terra Cotta Pots

Enjoying the Garden, cross stitch pattern by Samantha Purdy Needlecrafts

Enjoying the Garden

Spritzing the Seedlings, cross stitch pattern by Samantha Purdy Needlecrafts

Spritzing the Seedlings


More Plant patterns by Samantha Purdy Needlecrafts

 

Preparing Plants, cross stitch pattern by Samantha Purdy Needlecrafts

Preparing Plants

Planting Seedlings, cross stitch pattern by Samantha Purdy Needlecrafts

Planting Seedlings

Window Seat, cross stitch pattern by Samantha Purdy Needlecrafts

Window Seat

Vegetable Garden, cross stitch pattern by Samantha Purdy Needlecrafts

Vegetable Garden

Watering before Bed, cross stitch pattern by Samantha Purdy Needlecrafts

Watering before Bed

Plant Shelf, cross stitch chart by Samantha Purdy Needlecrafts

Plant Shelf

Night Garden, cross stitch chart by Samantha Purdy Needlecrafts

Night Garden

Coffee and Plant Cart, cross stitch chart by Samantha Purdy Needlecrafts

Coffee and Plant Cart

 

>> see all Spring patterns by Samantha Purdy Needlecrafts


Capturing the moment

 

Hanging upside down, tilting forward, swinging their head backwards, these birds remain steadily balanced. It takes a designer a huge amount of talent and skill to capture these birds in cross stitch, as a photographer would do in the wild. Designer Perrette Samouiloff does so with seemingly little effort, adding her special touch, a mastery of color that emphasizes the contrast between the natural colors of the birds and the soft smokey blues used for the children's clothes. 

 

Garden Birds, cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff


Birds in the garden

Cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff
Garden Birds, cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff (zoom)

More Spring patterns by Perrette Samouiloff

 

The Tulip, cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff

The Tulip

Spring Birds, cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff (zoom)

Spring Birds

Cherry Blossom motifs, cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff

Cherry Blossom motifs

Cherries and Strawberries, cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff

Cherries and Strawberries

 

>> see all Spring patterns by Perrette Samouiloff


Bunnies play hide and seek

 

At first glance this Easter sampler features Father and Mother Rabbit surrounded by their two kids. But then you missed the other members of the family. Can you spot the other bunnies hiding behind an Easter egg? A cross stitch pattern brought to you by Kateryna - Stitchy princess.

 

Easter Bunnies cross stitch pattern by Kateryna - Stitchy Princess

Easter Bunnies
Counted cross stitch pattern by Kateryna - Stitchy Princess
Easter Bunnies cross stitch pattern by Kateryna - Stitchy Princess, zoom 1

More Rabbits patterns by Kateryna - Stitchy Princess

 

Kateryna - Stitchy Princess : Rabbits, carrots, eggs ; cross stitch pattern
Rabbits, carrots, eggs
Kateryna - Stitchy Princess : Rabbits Sampler ; cross stitch pattern
Rabbits Sampler
Kateryna - Stichy Princess - Miss Rabbit (cross stitch chart)
Miss Rabbit
Kateryna - Stitchy Princess : Rabbits' House (cross stitch chart)
Rabbits' House

 

>> see all patterns with Rabbits (all designers)


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