We have just received a picture of the finished and professionally framed Toile de Jouy design by Lesley Teare and wanted to share it with you. It's framed in white but a tiny edge matching the darkest color of the stitching surrounds the mount.
The pattern is inspired by printed textiles produced in late 18th and early 19th century in the town of Jouy near Paris. Fabrics came mostly in shades of red or blue and featured pastoral scenes and landscapes
Like the original fabrics, the pattern is available in 2 color schemes:
Two reproduction samplers newly released by Couleur Tourterelle
Meriem Chauvet's collection of antique samplers has been recently enriched with two antique French finds, including quite an exceptional sampler. Thanks to the painstaking efforts of Couleur Tourterelle's designer, cross stitch charts are available for any stitcher to reproduce those little gems.
The first work is a cute little sampler, probably stitched by a very young one, balancing traditional motifs and ones that would appeal to a child.
The second sampler is remarkable, by its width of course, but especially because it was stitched and individually signed by 18 young girls, all students of the class of Madame Tougas, in a rural school in Normandy. The piece features 8 large cross stitch alphabets, some of which denote the influence of Art Nouveau - the work was completed in 1904 - and is a true masterpiece and witness to its time.
You will recognize the shapes of their petals turned towards the light, and the dark foliage veined in white. This floral pattern is part of the designer's delightful year-round collection of needlework flowers, one for each month of the year, the Anthea collection.
New Faby Reilly Masterclass: Long and short Stitch
For her latest masterclass, designer Faby Reilly picked the thistle, emblem of Scotland, and framed within a matching tartan motif. The needlework pattern is used to introduce us to very useful specialty stitch - the long and short stitch. You will be able to practice this stitch guided by Faby Reilly's excellent tutorials.
Samantha Purdy captures in cross stitch the little simple joys of life, such as spotting the early fallen leaves in the yard, and grabbing the old broom. Concise and to-the-point, the designer only retains the most essential elements in her charts, but yet they tell a full story: the main door with its letterbox and sheer white curtain visible behind the panes, the apron with a motif evocative of home, the red cardinal perched on an already barren plant and signalling the arrival of colder days.
Pictured left: stitched model customized with an overdyed thread and matching solid colors (Chart is pictured top right)
With all the beautiful floss colors now available, who doesn't dream of picking their favorite colors? All you need is a pattern especially designed for that. Here are three examples of applying color to a Galliana design with very different results.
As days grow shorter and morning mist lingers, the tiny heads of the Colchicum or Autumn crocus, sprout in the fields. A sure sign of the arrival of fall and the perfect flower for the month of September. Part of the Anthea collection by Faby Reilly, with a flower to cross stitch for each month.
Counted cross stitch pattern by Faby Reilly Designs
And the Seasons, they go round and round....
The year has gone full circle and the collection of delightful seasonal wreaths by Faby Reilly is now complete. Once your stitching is done, you can proudly display and rotate them as the year goes round.
Soaring towards the sky like a hot air balloon, alongside birds and clouds, Barbara Ana's mystery lady reaches for the sun. A cross stitch pattern full of fantasy in lovely golds and browns with turquoise highlights.
Now available, the Anthea flower for the month of August, not one, but a pair of contrasting flowers: a large hydrangea flower with petals wide open and a graceful lisianthus. The Anthea series of 12 montly cross stitch patterns is brought to you by Faby Reilly.
As the waves softly ebb, a starfish appears among the sea shells. This exquisite cross stitch pattern includes a specialty stitch, providing a dimensional effect to the work. Thanks to an excellent step by step tutorial included with the chart, the woven picot stitch will have no more secrets for you. This pattern is part of Faby Reilly's Masterclass series, introducing a specialty stitch, one at a time in each design.
The Dreaming Girl featured on the back of a denim Jacket
Thanks to Wioletta, we are able to share a brilliant idea: cross stitching Barbara Ana'sDreaming Girl on the back of a denim jacket, using DMC's soluble canvas. The stitcher completed her work during her second lockdown in the end of March this year, it's no wonder she wanted to dream about visiting other places!
Wioletta customized the pattern in her very own way:
- lightening up the denim beforehand in the stitched area using bleach (the first try was too white so she added some blue and purple dye)
- substituting the earing and autumn leaves in the original pattern with charms hanging like amulets
- and finally personalizing the houses in the bottom right: " I live in Italy but I added elements of architecture of my hometown in Poland". So pretty.
Thanks so much Wioletta and congratulations for this stunning project!
Japanese cross stitch designer Kyoko Maruoka (GERA!) likes to cover subjects that have particularly moved and inspired her, in this case, depicting as a pair the revolutions of 1789 in France and that of 1917 in Russia.
Both designs are stunning, not only visually attractive but very powerful in the way they render the movement and determination of the people. Great art.
These cross stitch patterns are quite large projects, but they will be worth every stitch. Completing each item at a time - cup, plate, teapot, soup bowl, etc. - will give you great satisfaction, and the end result, once stitching is complete is stunning.
You might be familiar with the Rhodes stitch? Or the Rhodes Heart stitch? But have you ever seen a Rhodes Butterfly stitch? We just love it!
The tiny stitch is just so cute, you'll want to fit it into some many of your works. Thing repeating it in a regular pattern in the background to liven up a design, or adding a flutter of colorful butterflies in a floral scenery....
Thanks to Faby Reilly and her excellent tutorials, you can give it a try straight away!
Check these twigs of lavender closely and you'll almost feel their scent. Faby Reilly needlework expertise has no equal when it comes to designing a pretty bouquet of lavender, worked on a cross stitch base dotted with French or Colonial knots (whichever work best for you - she encourages you to compare and provides a handy tutorial for both). The July flower, part of the Anthea collection of monthly flowers, also comes with an extra blank chart and cross stitch alphabet, so you can stitch any words of you own - particularly handy for decorative room plaques in your home.
The Serendipity series offers a completely unexpected mix of design styles. Take the 3 stencil-like chrysanthemum motif or the Korean wood-screen motif featured right. Each motif could be stitched for its own sake, such as the gorgeous 'wind and cloud' motif, Art deco style. Serendipity #2 is now available in different hues of mahogany.
Counted cross stitch pattern by Gracewood Stitches
One flower, one bird, two designs
When you first see this new release by Lesley Teare, you might wonder if you have seen this little bird before? Well you have! The existing pattern is the Blackwork design, while the new pattern is the cross stitch version. The flowers have acquired a wonderful blue hue and this time the flowers are fitted in a circular frame of smaller flowers. Now it's yours to choose which of the two patterns you'd like to stitch.
Counted cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs
A flock of rainbow-colored hummingbirds
The hummingbird has a very special way of flapping its wings and hovering, so it can plunge its long beak into the heart of flowers, harvesting their precious nectar. Tapestry Barn expertly captures this "dance", in this series of 10 hummingbird cross stitch charts that can be stitched either individually or grouped together in a single work.
Thanks to Faby Reilly, you can embellish your home all year round with a pretty seasonal wreath. Here is the one for summer, with ripe red apples and sweet little summer roses. Like all of Faby Reilly's work, always supported by excellent tutorials, it is a delicate mix of needlework techniques and stitches achieving a wonderful decorative effect.