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Cat in Blooms

 

Colorful and whimsical as ever, Barbara Ana's Spring Cat is spreading her arms as if bearing an arch of flowers. She is wearing a crinoline shaped dress that blends into a countryside scene with oversize dandelion seeds blowing in the wind. Interestingly the rich and dense design is featured against a printed fabric mimicking a batik hand-dyed look.

Spring Cat cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs

Spring Cat
Counted cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs
Spring Cat cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs, zoom 1

 

 

Savannah & Jungle Animals

 

Check out these two great cross stitch charts newly released by Perrette Samouiloff, featuring mother animals keeping a watchful eye of their broods. The scene is full of tenderness, ideal for decorating a children's room and introducing the child very early to the diversity of animal life in the wild. There patterns come in a similar layout and will look great if you would like to stitch them as a pair. 

 

Animals in the Jungle cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff

Animals in the Jungle
Counted cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff
Animals in the Jungle cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff
Animals in the Savannah cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff

Animals in the Savannah
Counted cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff
Animals in the Savannah cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff

 

>> see more animal patterns by Perrette Samouiloff


Spring in the countryside

 

Picture a walk in the fields, in early spring, when leaves have hardly unfolded from their buds and grass is a tender green. A new born foal stands on its weak legs, discovering a whole new world, while its mother is grazing up close. A tree is arching gently over, as if offering its protection. A cross stitch pattern by Monique Bonnin.

Baby Horse and Mare cross stitch pattern by Monique Bonnin

Baby Horse and Mare
Counted cross stitch pattern by Monique Bonnin
Baby Horse and Mare cross stitch pattern by Monique Bonnin, zoom 1

>> see more patterns by Monique Bonnin


More patterns with horses

 

Gera! by Kyoko Maruoka - Early Spring (White Horse)(cross stitch chart)(detail)
Early Spring (White Horse)
Gera! by Kyoko Maruoka
Shannon Christine Wasilieff - Carousel Horses (cross stitch chart)(zoom)
Carousel Horses
Shannon Christine Wasilieff
Perrette Samouiloff - The Pony club (cross stitch chart)(zoom)
The Pony club
Perrette Samouiloff
Lesley Teare - Fantasy Ride (cross stitch chart )
Fantasy Ride
Lesley Teare

 

>> see all cross stitch patterns with Horses (all designers)


 

There's a star (wo)man waiting in the sky...

 

Check out this new addition to Barbara Ana's Dreaming Girls collection, a vibrant tribute to David Bowie, inspired by his famous hit Stardust.

 

Look closely at the lovely details hidden in this pattern and the meticulous way in which the designer portrays our Starwoman, from her asymmetrical makeup to her flaming hair.

*This pattern was initially introduced as an SAL

Starwoman cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs

Starwoman
Counted cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs
Starwoman cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs, zoom 1

>> see all portrait patterns by Barbara Ana Designs


 

Creative Poppy Designers in the news

 

Searching for a cross stitch pattern you've seen featured in a needlework magazine?

Click on the picture to access to the corresponding design.

 

Lesley Teare Designs - Lesley Teare Designs
As featured in The World of Cross stitching magazine issue 332 on sale April-May 2023

12 Birds & BLackwork Flowers cross stitch pattern by Lesley Teare Designs
12 Birds & BLackwork Flowers
Counted cross stitch pattern by Lesley Teare Designs
As featured in The World of Cross stitching magazine issue 332 on sale April-May 2023

>> see all patterns featured in cross stitch and needlework magazines


 

Antique Samplers and context

 

It's always fascinating to follow the footsteps of stitchers of yore, recreating their work stitch by stitch. In the case of the antique samplers carefully chosen for her private collection, Meriem Chauvet of Couleur Tourterelle goes beyond simply reproducing the sampler - though she does it with remarkable precision - she unravels a story for us, researching similar samplers and bringing to life the possible decisions the stitcher made. A fascinating story.

Here are the latest 3 samplers researched and reproduced by Couleur Tourterelle. Photos show the reproduction left and the original right.

Dutch Bouquet cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle

Dutch Bouquet

Reproduction Sampler by Couleur Tourterelle
Dutch Bouquet cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle, zoom 1
MS 1884 cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle

MS 1884

Reproduction Sampler by Couleur Tourterelle
MS 1884 cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle, zoom 1
Eugénie Hucher cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle

Eugénie Hucher

Reproduction Darning Sampler by Couleur Tourterelle
Eugénie Hucher cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle, zoom 1

>> see all Reproduction Samplers by Couleur Tourterelle


 

Psychic readings

 

Wearing the most amazing outfit of gold, precious stones, luxurious silks and feathers, and equipped with all the tools of the trade, from magic potions to crystal ball, Barbara Ana's fortune teller is deep in concentration, connecting with mysterious spirits, travelling into the cosmos searching for the clues to our destiny.

It is amazing how much detail designer Barbara Ana manages to fit into a concise cross stitch pattern. Textures are stunning too with plush effects rendered using a couple of simple cotton threads.

The Fortune-teller cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs

The Fortune-teller
Counted cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs
The Fortune-teller cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs, zoom 1

>> see all Portrait patterns by Barbara Ana Designs


Last days for joining the David Bowie inspired SAL by Barbara Ana

 

Join this exciting new stitch-along by Barbara Ana Designs, a tribute to rockstar David Bowie. The mystery chart is available in three parts released on Feb 1st, Feb 15th and March 1st. If you missed the start you can still catch up at any time!

Starwoman Mystery chart SAL cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs

Starwoman Mystery chart SAL
Counted cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs
Starwoman Mystery chart SAL cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs, zoom 1

Oldies but Goldies by Barbara Ana Designs
 

Since day one when she starting creating cross stitch patterns just for the fun in the mid 2000's, Barbara Ana never stopped. Her humor, her creativity, her curiosity and her sense of fun are endless. Here's a compilation of the patterns she first created, dozens and dozens of them... still relevant today!

Barbara Ana Designs - Be Hippie! (cross stitch chart)
Be Hippie!
Barbara Ana Designs - Hand over the Coffee (cross stitch chart)
Hand over the Coffee
Barbara Ana Designs - Spring Biscornu (cross stitch chart)
Spring Biscornu
Barbara Ana Designs - Don't Bug me (I'm stitching) (cross stitch chart )
Don't Bug me (I'm stitching)

>> see all Oldies but Goldies by Barbara Ana Designs (all designers)


Spring Cleaning in the Sewing room

 

Simple life, simple joys, such as cleaning up the sewing room and going through one's stash, finding lots of treasures one had forgotten about, mind bursting with new project ideas...

Life captured in cross stitch by Samantha Purdy.

Cleaning Up cross stitch pattern by Samantha Purdy Needlecrafts

Cleaning Up
Counted cross stitch pattern by Samantha Purdy Needlecrafts
Cleaning Up cross stitch pattern by Samantha Purdy Needlecrafts, zoom 1

More simple joys of life with Samantha Purdy

 

Samantha Purdy Needlecrafts - Making a Quilt with old Clothes (cross stitch chart)
Making a Quilt with old Clothes
Samantha Purdy Needlecrafts - Window Seat (cross stitch chart)
Window Seat
Samantha Purdy Needlecrafts - Bath Weather (cross stitch chart)
Bath Weather
Samantha Purdy Needlecrafts - Coffee and Muffins (cross stitch chart )
Coffee and Muffins

>> see all patterns by Samantha Purdy Needlecrafts


Baby's best friends

 

In baby's eyes, his best friends the beloved teddy and the pet kitten are equally alive. Proof is Teddy has prepared a bowl of milk for Kittie. Designer Perrette Samouiloff depicts these toddlers and their play pals, rendering them in cross stitch with immense tenderness.  

Baby & Friends cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff

Baby & Friends
Counted cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff
Baby & Friends cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff, zoom 1

More Perrette Samouiloff patterns with Toddlers

 

Perrette Samouiloff - Teddies & Toddlers (cross stitch chart)
Teddies & Toddlers
Perrette Samouiloff - Teddies & Toddlers (Baby Girl) (cross stitch chart)
Teddies & Toddlers (Baby Girl)
Perrette Samouiloff - Teddies & Toddlers (Baby Boy) (cross stitch chart)
Teddies & Toddlers (Baby Boy)
Perrette Samouiloff - Baby is One (cross stitch chart )
Baby is One

>> see all Baby and Toddler patterns by Perrette Samouiloff


Spring in the yard

 

Designer Kateryna tells us of Spring arriving at the farm, with babushkas selling fresh eggs, mother hen scolding her mischievous chicks, and rabbits in a world of giant carrots.

Cross stitch patterns by Stitchy Princess.

Mrs Hen cross stitch pattern by Kateryna - Stitchy Princess

Mrs Hen
Counted cross stitch pattern by Kateryna - Stitchy Princess
Mrs Hen cross stitch pattern by Kateryna - Stitchy Princess, zoom 1
Fresh Eggs cross stitch pattern by Kateryna - Stitchy Princess

Fresh Eggs
Counted cross stitch pattern by Kateryna - Stitchy Princess
Fresh Eggs cross stitch pattern by Kateryna - Stitchy Princess, zoom 1
Rabbits, carrots and eggs cross stitch pattern by Kateryna - Stitchy Princess

Rabbits, carrots and eggs
Counted cross stitch pattern by Kateryna - Stitchy Princess
Rabbits, carrots and eggs cross stitch pattern by Kateryna - Stitchy Princess, zoom 1

>> see all Spring patterns by Kateryna - Stitchy Princess


 

Harbinger of spring

 

With its restrained palette of browns yet discreet touches of cheerful yellow and green, this cross stitch pattern seems to be transitioning from Winter to Spring. An elegant design, perfect for bringing a light seasonal touch to your home. Pair it with some fresh daffodils!

Rabbits sampler cross stitch pattern by Kateryna Stitchy Princess

Rabbits sampler
Counted cross stitch pattern by Kateryna Stitchy Princess
Rabbits sampler cross stitch pattern by Kateryna Stitchy Princess, zoom 1

 

Viennese elegance

 

Picture yourself seated at this polished coffee house, being served by a courteous waiter, in tailcoat. All the fun in this cross stitch pattern is the way the designer substitutes humans with rabbits in this scene full of decorum.

A cross stitch pattern by Kateryna, Stitchy Princess.

Rabbits at the café cross stitch pattern by Kateryna Stitchy Princess

Rabbits at the café
Counted cross stitch pattern by Kateryna Stitchy Princess
Rabbits at the café cross stitch pattern by Kateryna Stitchy Princess, zoom 1

More delicate portraits of ladies

 

Including another portrait of Miss Rabbit and her baby brother.

Kateryna - Stitchy Princess - Fairy tale motifs (cross stitch chart)
Fairy tale motifs
Kateryna - Stitchy Princess - The Flower Fairy (cross stitch chart)
The Flower Fairy
Kateryna - Stitchy Princess - Miss Rabbit (cross stitch chart)
Miss Rabbit

>> see all Easter patterns by Kateryna Stitchy Princess


 

Home is where we nest

 

Twelve nesting birds, each in a different home, be it a basket, watering can or teapot. This detail-rich design* comes with a motif relating to each month of the year. Make it unique by stitching on the background fabric of your choice.

*Initially the 2022 Lesley Teare SAL

Birds Homes cross stitch pattern by Lesley Teare Designs

Birds Homes
Counted cross stitch pattern by Lesley Teare Designs
Birds Homes cross stitch pattern by Lesley Teare Designs, zoom 1

>> see all Year-round patterns by Lesley Teare Designs


 

Love blooming in a spring garden

 

Love knots are symbols of the unbreakable bond between lovers. Associating flowers with each kind of love, Lesley Teare portrays the innocence of first love, hopelessness of unrequited love, thrill of secret love and happiness of eternal love as if they were gardens. The four cross stitch motifs combine into a cheerful and decorative sampler evocative of a spring. So why not stitch them all and keep them guessing?

 

Lesley Teare Designs - Knot Love Garden Cards (cross stitch chart)
Knot Love Garden Cards
Lesley Teare Designs - Detail: First Love (cross stitch chart)
Detail: First Love
Lesley Teare Designs - Detail: Eternal Love (cross stitch chart)
Detail: Eternal Love
Lesley Teare Designs - Detail: Secret Love (cross stitch chart )
Detail: Secret Love

>> see all patterns expressing Love (all designers)


 

Vintage haberdashery

 

Delight in stitching the delicate detail of this stunning design by Perrette Samouiloff, stuffed with fun surprises such as the antique wooden needle and reel holders, hedgehog shaped buttons or the tartan ribbons neatly folded on vintage cards. 

The Sewing Workshop cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff

The Sewing Workshop
Counted cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff
The Sewing Workshop cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff, zoom 1

 

More patterns with Sewing Machines

 

Shannon Christine - Sewing Machine zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Sewing Machine
Shannon Christine
Tiny Modernist - Sewing Room motifs (x3) zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Sewing Room motifs (x3)
Tiny Modernist
Maria Diaz Designs - Hobbies (1) 20 motifs (cross stitch pattern chart ) (zoom1)
Hobbies (1) 20 motifs
Maria Diaz Designs
Perrette Samouiloff - The Seamstress zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
The Seamstress
Perrette Samouiloff
Lilli Violette - The Little Needlework Shop zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
The Little Needlework Shop
Lilli Violette
 

>> see all patterns related to Sewing and Needlework (all designers)


 

A question from a stitcher: a puzzle greeting card

 

We have just been contacted by Suzanna who asked if she could use Tam's Creations puzzle designs as greeting card?

"May I ask your, I see jigsaw cross stitch is that for card or frame I wonder? Because I was thinking to plan graph for my mum’s favorite jigsaw birthday card or Mother’s Day card."

Well the answer is yes!

You can use virtually any combination. The very smallest is 2 x 2 or pieces, under 4 inch square (10cm) on 16ct/32ct. It will also work in a rectangular postcard layout with 2 x 3 pieces under 4 x 6 inch (10 x 15cm). Both would work for greeting cards. Want bigger? There is no upward limit! 

Tam's Creations - Odds and Ends Jigsaw Puzzle (5 x 5 combination) (cross stitch chart)
Odds and Ends Jigsaw Puzzle (5 x 5 combination)
Tam's Creations - Odds and Ends Jigsaw Puzzle (random pieces) (cross stitch chart)
Odds and Ends Jigsaw Puzzle (random pieces)
Tam's Creations - Floral Jigsaw Puzzle (5 x 5 combination) (cross stitch chart)
Floral Jigsaw Puzzle
(5 x 5 combination)
Tam's Creations - Floral Jigsaw Puzzle (random pieces) (cross stitch chart )
Floral Jigsaw Puzzle
(random pieces)

 

For a Mother's Day card, why not use the floral pattern?

An extra bonus is that you get to pick the colors you stitch. So, especially will a small design, you can use up any odds and ends of floss and make the pattern unique!


 

Cross stitching for Mother's Day - charts and patternsWhen is Mother's Day this year?

 

Mother's Day differs in each country. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, it is on "Mothering Sunday", the fourth Sunday of lent. It will be on March 19th 2023.

 

The majority of countries celebrate Mother's day on the second Sunday of May. This year this will be May 14th 2023 in Australia, much of Europe*, Japan and North America.
* excluding France, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Romania, and Sweden.  

>> Mother's Day dates around the World (Wikipedia)

 

>> see all patterns for Mother's Day

 

>> See all the Cross stitch News for Mother's Day


A remarkable sampler by an 11-year-old

 

It must have taken many hours for young Clémence to complete her sampler, under the guidance of the nuns teaching at her rural catholic school, near Chartres in France. With wonderful colors perfectly matched with the original, the design features numerous birds, remarkably this pair of nesting ones among foliage and wild flowers. A cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle.

Clémence Jauneau 1889 cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle

Clémence Jauneau 1889

Reproduction Sampler by Couleur Tourterelle
Clémence Jauneau 1889 cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle, zoom 1

>> see all Reproduction Samplers by Couleur Tourterelle


More reproduction patterns with Birds

 

Murielle Berceville - C Mathy 1878 zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
C Mathy 1878
Murielle Berceville
Couleur Tourterelle - Mathilde Pecherans zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Mathilde Pecherans
Couleur Tourterelle
Couleur Tourterelle - A G 1893 zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
A G 1893
Couleur Tourterelle
Couleur Tourterelle - Mina Nagelhout 1864 (cross stitch pattern chart ) (zoom1)
Mina Nagelhout 1864
Couleur Tourterelle

 

>> see other reproduction samplers with birds


 

The space invaders are back

 

New by Barbara Ana, a gorgeously designed dreaming girl, body and mind dissolving into the cosmos, together with a playful hint at the little pixel monsters that haunted the 1970's, when early video games appeared. 

The Dreamer is the bigger sister. Her sibling is the first Cosmic Dreams design. Why not stitch the two cross stitch patterns as a pair?

Cosmic Dreams II (Big Sister) cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs

Cosmic Dreams II (Big Sister)
Counted cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs
Cosmic Dreams II (Big Sister) cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs, zoom 1

More poetical dreams by Barbara Ana

 

Barbara Ana - Cosmic Dreams I (cross stitch chart)
Cosmic Dreams
Barbara Ana designs - Dreaming of Van Gogh zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Dreaming of Van Gogh
Barbara Ana - Dreaming Girl zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Dreaming girl
Barbara Ana - Sailing dreams (cross stitch pattern chart ) (zoom1)
Sailing Dreams

 

>> see all Portrait patterns by Barbara Ana Designs

 


New Year-round patterns by Lesley Teare

 

A Shaker style sampler with houses for each season - matching the one with one with the Georgian houses - and a tall banner shaped sampler with rows of seasonal motifs interspersed with poetic quotes.

 

Lesley Teare Designs - Seasonal Shaker style sampler (cross stitch chart)

Seasonal Shaker style sampler

Lesley Teare Designs - Georgian Garden Sampler (cross stitch chart)
Georgian Garden Sampler

Lesley Teare Designs - All in a Year Sampler (cross stitch chart)
All in a Year Sampler

(detail top section)

Lesley Teare Designs - All in a Year Sampler (lower section) (cross stitch chart)
All in a Year Sampler

(detail lower section)

 

>> see all Year-round patterns by Lesley Teare


Steaming hot chocolate

 

Oh what a wonderful smell in the kitchen! Designer Perrette Samouiloff captures a lively scene with children preparing steaming hot chocolate while playful kitten enjoy their bowl of milk.

 

Hot Milk & Chocolate cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff

Hot Milk & Chocolate
Counted cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff
Hot Milk & Chocolate cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff, zoom 1

 

>> see all Winter patterns by Perrette Samouiloff


More Hot Drinks in cross stitch

 

Perrette Samouiloff - Teddy and Rabbt in Winter zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Teddy and Rabbt in Winter
Perrette Samouiloff
Barbara Ana designs - Drink Coffee (Stitch faster) zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Drink Coffee (Stitch faster)
Barbara Ana designs
Tapestry Barn - Hot Chocolate (Festive Wishes) zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Hot Chocolate (Festive Wishes)
Tapestry Barn
Gracewood Stitches - Northern lights (cross stitch pattern chart ) (zoom1)
Northern lights
Gracewood Stitches

 


Ukrainian Winter

 

It is not without a certain emotion that we received Kateryna's latest pattern, knowing what she is going through, living in an area that is regularly shelled with only intermittent electricity.

This is such a sweet pattern, with log-cabins huddled together and animals gathering to pay tribute to this young woman, oblivious to the cold, in a gown and head-dress fit for a queen.

 

Miss Winter cross stitch pattern by Kateryna - Stitchy Princess

Miss Winter
Counted cross stitch pattern by Kateryna - Stitchy Princess
Miss Winter cross stitch pattern by Kateryna - Stitchy Princess, zoom 1

SITUATION IN UKRAINE:

Due to the war, and the particularly gruesome situation in designer's home town, we are providing as much support as possible, and are contunuing to donate an extra $1 for each pattern sold through Creative Poppy's website. Please help by spreading the word about Kateryna's designs.  


 

 

Retrofuturistic Fashion

 

Enjoy the ride! Barbara Ana takes you onto another wild and whimsical ride, combining her interest into weird trends - Steampunk anyone? and her own favorite leitmotifs (hat and sunglasses a late addition). Each new design seems to be moving on from the previous, always with an interesting tweak. Here the background fabric, evocative of steam plays an important role in the design.

 

Steampunk Fox cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs

Steampunk Fox
Counted cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs
Steampunk Fox cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs, zoom 1

Down memory lane

 

Bright and lively this pattern - designed to be turned into a cushion cover - will delight both kids and parents. The children will love the playful designs while parents will recall found memories of their own childhood.

A cross stitch pattern designed by Tapestry Barn

Retro Toys cross stitch pattern by Tapestry Barn

Retro Toys
Counted cross stitch pattern by Tapestry Barn
Retro Toys cross stitch pattern by Tapestry Barn, zoom 1

>> see more patterns by Tapestry Barn


More patterns with Letters for Children

 

Maria Diaz Designs - A is for apple zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
A is for apple
Maria Diaz Designs
Tapestry Barn - Wild West ABC zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Wild West ABC
Tapestry Barn
Maria Diaz Designs - Farm Yard ABC zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Farm Yard ABC
Maria Diaz Designs
Alessandra Adelaide Needleworks - G is for giraffe (cross stitch pattern chart ) (zoom1)
G is for giraffe
Alessandra Adelaide Needleworks

>> see all patterns with Letters & Alphabets for children (all designers)


Coming up soon

 

Carnival cross stitch patterns
Carnival
Valentines Day cross stitch patterns
Valentines Day
Easter cross stitch patterns
Easter

>> see all Up coming events to cross stitch


Creative Poppy Designers in the news

 

Searching for a cross stitch pattern you've seen featured in a needlework magazine?

Click on the picture to access to the corresponding design.

 

Perrette Samouiloff - Mother and Baby Animals in Winter
As featured in The World of Cross stitching magazine issue 329 on sale Jan/Feb 2023

 

Mother and Baby Animals in Winter cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff
Mother and Baby Animals in Winter
Counted cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff
As featured in The World of Cross stitching magazine issue 329 on sale Jan/Feb 2023

 

>> see all patterns featured in cross stitch and needlework magazines


Whimsical Harvest

 

Part of the Dreaming girl series, here comes another young lady arms full with a lush harvest. Vintage Barbara Ana, the cross stitch pattern is stuffed with fun detail including a hidden face.

 

Bountiful Dreams cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs

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

 

>> see all Dreaming Girl patterns by Barbara Ana Designs


More patterns with Foxes

 

Faby Reilly Designs - Ring a Ring o'Foxes Biscornu (cross stitch chart)
Ring a Ring o'Foxes
Faby Reilly Designs
Child and Fox ABC - cross stitch pattern - by Perrette Samouiloff (zoom 1)
Child and Fox ABC
Perrette Samouiloff
Alessandra Adelaide Needleworks - F is for Fox - Animal Alphabet zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
F is for Fox
Alessandra Adelaide Needleworks
Barbara Ana Designs - Forest Queen zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Forest Queen
Barbara Ana Designs

 

>> see all cross stitch patterns with Foxes


Ice skating and Christmas market shopping

 

Days turn shorter and shorter but that's no reason not to go out and have fun. Like meeting one's sister at the ice rink, and enjoying a warm drink browsing the booths at the Christmas market. Samantha Purdy captures the simple joys of life, in cross stitch.

 

Sisters skating cross stitch pattern by samanthapurdyneedlecraft

Sisters skating
Counted cross stitch pattern by samanthapurdyneedlecraft
Sisters skating cross stitch pattern by samanthapurdyneedlecraft, zoom 1

 

>> see more Winter patterns by Samantha Purdy Needlecraft


More Ice Skating patterns

 

Maria Diaz designs - Eskimo motifs zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Eskimo motifs (detail)
Maria Diaz designs
Maria Diaz Designs - Santa's on his way Alphabet zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Santa's on his way Alphabet
Maria Diaz Designs
Samantha Purdy Needlecraft - 8 Winter ornaments zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
8 Winter ornaments (detail)
Samantha Purdy Needlecraft
Samantha Purdy Needlecraft - 8 Winter ornaments (cross stitch pattern chart ) (zoom1)
8 Winter ornaments (detail)
Samantha Purdy Needlecraft

 

>> see all ice skating and skiing patterns


Snug and Cosy

 

All wrapped up in our matching tartan coats, doggy pulling hard on the leash, we're off for a walk!

All the simple joys of life, depicted in cross stitch by Samantha Purdy Needlecraft.

 

Matching Coats cross stitch pattern by samanthapurdyneedlecraft

Matching Coats
Counted cross stitch pattern by samanthapurdyneedlecraft
Matching Coats cross stitch pattern by samanthapurdyneedlecraft, zoom 1

 


More Dachshund patterns 

 

GERA! by Kyoko Maruoka - 15 Dog Breeds zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
15 Dog Breeds
GERA! by Kyoko Maruoka
Riverdrift House - Mini Long Dogs zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Mini Long Dogs
Riverdrift House
Tams Creations - Furry Friends zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Furry Friends (detail) - Blackwork
Tams Creations
Marie-Anne Rethoret-Melin - Off for a ride (cross stitch pattern chart ) (zoom1)
Off for a ride
Marie-Anne Rethoret-Melin

 

>> see all patterns with Dogs (all designers)


Vivacious Bird sampler

 

The vivacious bird featured on this reproduction sampler is showing off colorful feathers. Bright-eyed and full of life, it has its head turned as if on the lookout for food or danger. Stitchers of the time - late 19th century - would often pick motifs in various pattern booklets. They would however have to do with the yarn colors they had access to, and often adapt the motif. In this case, the stitcher did a wonderful job with colors. A reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle.

 

B Brard 1893 cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle

B Brard 1893

Reproduction Sampler by Couleur Tourterelle
B Brard 1893 cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle, zoom 1

Puzzling letter order

 

What is striking about this reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle is the unusual order of the letters of the first alphabet. This is by design, to help young pupils of the needlework class learn and memorize those stitched letters. Letters were taught by type, first straight letters, then rounded letters (O P Q B R), and diagonal letters (K A, V, W, X, Y, Z). Similar letters were taught in pairs (U and J, M and N).

 

The first alphabet is notably a variation linenmaid's alphabet, the letters used for "marking" household linen with ones initials (and a number), for the sake of identifying each piece. It was still in vogue at the dawn of the 20th century in France and we can presume the students of the school were expected to know how to stitch them...

 

Juila Waterloo 1904 cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle

Juila Waterloo 1904

Reproduction Sampler by Couleur Tourterelle
Juila Waterloo 1904 cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle, zoom 1

 

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More patterns featuring the Linenmaid's alphabet

 

Almost a hundred years apart, these 19th and early 20th century French samplers all use the linenmaid's alphabet, albeit slightly modified for the later ones, where letters are all aligned at 7 stitches high.

 

Couleur Tourterelle - E Loir (cross stitch chart )
E Loir
Couleur Tourterelle - Thérèse barral 1843 (cross stitch chart)
Thérèse barral 1843
Couleur Tourterelle - Marie Cantais 1877 (cross stitch chart)
Marie Cantais 1877
Couleur Tourterelle - Madame Tougas 1904 (cross stitch chart)
Madame Tougas 1904

Glory to the Newborn King

 

As the angels joyfully announce the birth of ChristMary bears a peaceful look, hands joined in prayer. We love Ukrainian designer Kateryna's interpretation of the Holy family and the visitors come to pay tribute, following the Star of Bethlehem. A cross stitch chart by Stitchy Princess.

 

The Nativity Scene cross stitch pattern by Kateryna - Stitchy Princess

The Nativity Scene
Counted cross stitch pattern by Kateryna - Stitchy Princess
The Nativity Scene cross stitch pattern by Kateryna - Stitchy Princess, zoom 1

 

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More Christmas nativity in cross stitch

 

Riverdrift House - Christmas Nativity zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Christmas Nativity
Riverdrift House
Tapestry Barn - Bethlehem zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Bethlehem
Tapestry Barn
Faby Reilly - Nativity Humbug zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Nativity Humbug
Faby Reilly
Perrette Samouiloff - Three Kings (cross stitch pattern)
Three Kings
Perrette Samouiloff

 

>> see all Christmas nativity patterns (all designers)


Cat-chy Christmas Quotes

 

Fun cat and kitten motifs with catchy quotes, ideal for greeting cards or small Christmas ornaments. Delight your cat-lover friends with a hand stitched card sent with all your love. Cross stitch chart designed by Lesley Teare.

 

Festive Cats (6 Christmas motifs) cross stitch pattern by Lesley Teare Designs

Festive Cats (6 Christmas motifs)
Counted cross stitch pattern by Lesley Teare Designs
Festive Cats (6 Christmas motifs) cross stitch pattern by Lesley Teare Designs, zoom 1

 

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>> see all Christmas motifs for Greeting cards (all designers)


Wild and mysterious

 

Facing us with large hypnotic eyes is Awbow! , Barbara Ana's latest cross stitch portrait, a mysterious tortoise-like-but-winged creature surging out of a lush tropical garden, its stunning colors standing out against the deep black background fabric.

 

AWBOW! cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs

AWBOW!
Counted cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs
AWBOW! cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs, zoom 1

 

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More cross stitch on a black background - our tips

 

Cross stitching on a black background works wonders, with colors illuminated against the dark fabric but can be a bit tricky. Here are some tips for making it easy to cross stitch:

- Use natural light when possible and put a white cloth on your lap to make holes more visible

- Go for a smaller count fabric, and use Aida rather than linen, like Barbara Ana did.

- Consider stitching with 3 strands of thread for better coverage. Test a small area of the design first.

In any case, make sure the fabric you select has a deep black tone (all black fabrics are not created equal) and which is colorfast

 

GERA! Kyoko Maruoka - Bird of Fire zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Bird of Fire
GERA! Kyoko Maruoka
Tapestry Barn - Folk Art
Folk Art "Home Sweet Home"
Tapestry Barn
Lesley Teare Designs - Georgian Houses (detail 1/4) zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Georgian Houses (detail 1 of 4)
Lesley Teare Designs
Samantha Purdy Needlework - Night Light (cross stitch pattern chart ) (zoom1)
Night Light
Samantha Purdy Needlework

Mamma Mia, how can I resist you?

 

This pattern is dedicated to all of us who cannot resist a beautiful thread, a soft colorful yarn, a deep rich colored skein, as we feel the irresitible itch to reach for our needles and turn them into unique works. Featured here is a sample of needlework joys, knitting, needlepoint, cross stitch and even French knitting, the very first time we may have been introduced to yarn. A cheerful and irresisitible cross stitch chart by Perrette Samouiloff.

 

Needlework Fun cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff

Needlework Fun
Counted cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff
Needlework Fun cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff, zoom 1

and for those of us who prefer knitting exclusively

 

Joys of Knitting cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff

Joys of Knitting
Counted cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff
Joys of Knitting cross stitch pattern by Perrette Samouiloff, zoom 1

 

>> see all patterns by Perrette Samouiloff dedicated to needlework and leisure activities


More cross stitch patterns dedicated to Knitting

 

Barbara Ana designs - Sit & Knit zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Sit & Knit
Barbara Ana designs
Tams Creations - My Sewing basket zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
My Sewing basket (detail)
Tams Creations
Tams Creations - Tri-Stitchual zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Tri-Stitchual (detail)
Tams Creations
Lilli Violette - Little Needlework Shop (cross stitch pattern chart ) (zoom1)
Little Needlework Shop (detail)
Lilli Violette

 

>> see all patterns related to Needlework activities (all designers)


Creative Poppy Designers in the news

 

Searching for a cross stitch pattern you've seen featured in a needlework magazine?

Click on the picture to access to the corresponding design.

 

Kateryna - Stitchy Princess - Miss Deer
As featured in the Best Buys section of The World of Cross stitching magazine issue 327 on sale Nov/Dec 2022

 

Miss Deer cross stitch pattern by Kateryna - Stitchy Princess
Miss Deer
Counted cross stitch pattern by Kateryna - Stitchy Princess
As featured in The World of Cross stitching magazine issue 327 on sale Nov/Dec 2022

 

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Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!

 

A delightful new Christmas cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana, portraying her favorite in Santa's awesome team of reindeer. Lady Dancer is pictured wearing a warm woolen sweater, red of course. Powdery snow is falling from her antlers where a tiny village is nested. The date 1823 featured in the cross stitch medallion refers to the year the author of the poem, Clement Clarke Moore, wrote the story initially titled A Visit from St. Nicholas.

 

Dancer cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs

Dancer
Counted cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs
Dancer cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs, zoom 1

 

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Bah Humbug!

 

Barbara Ana takes us on a wild ride in this Christmas cross stitch pattern combining eeriness and attraction in a surprising mirror effect. Vintage humor by Barbara Ana Designs.

 

Come celebrate with us cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs

Come celebrate with us
Counted cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs
Come celebrate with us cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs, zoom 1

 


New Christmas releases by Barbara Ana

 

This pair of ornament size patterns can fit into a small hoop. You will recognize designer Barbara Ana's unmistakable style in the depiction of the sleepy village , the pretty quaker motifs appearing in the snow, Assisi style, and the beautiful detail of the miniature reindeer. 

 

Holy Night cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs

Holy Night
Counted cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs
Holy Night cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs, zoom 1
Christmas Ride cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs

Christmas Ride
Counted cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs
Christmas Ride cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs, zoom 1

 


More Christmas designs by Barbara Ana

 

Barbara Ana Designs - Christmas is coming zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Christmas is coming
Barbara Ana Designs - Through the Woods zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Through the Woods
Barbara Ana Designs - Christmas Hare zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Christmas Hare
Barbara Ana Designs - Santa, the Dove, and the Key zoom (cross stitch chart)
Santa, Dove, and Key

 

>> see all Christmas patterns by Barbara Ana Designs


French fashion

 

While 18th and early 19th century French samplers mainly featured religious themes, as charted motifs stared to be published, sampler layout and style changed altogether, with ornament becoming the main focus.
Among these samplers a unique category of "compliment  samplers" became popular. These featured a short poem expressing gratitude and paying tribute to a loved one. This sampler dated 1893 is a fine illustration of the genre, with the text elegantly nested among colorful motifs. 

 

AG 1893 cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle

AG 1893

Reproduction Sampler by Couleur Tourterelle
AG 1893 cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle, zoom 1

 


An intriguing sampler and a fascinating story

 

When Meriem Chauvet of Couleur Tourterelle first saw the intriguing original sampler, with its palace and air of Arabian night fairy tales, only signed Maria Lhomme, and not even dated, she could not resist investigating further. Pouring through masses of documents, she identified the actual building which, it turned out, was as sumptuous inside as it was outside. A large pool of water with fountains, surrounded by exotic plants, occupied the interior. If you look closely through the arches you can indeed guess the presence of the basin. We will not disclose the full story here, but it will be revealed to you in detail in the introductory pages of the chart, supported by beautiful period illustrations.

 

Maria Lhomme cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle

Maria Lhomme

Reproduction Sampler by Couleur Tourterelle
Maria Lhomme cross stitch reproduction sampler by Couleur Tourterelle, zoom 1

 

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Year round stitching with Lesley Teare 

 

With the final Winter pattern now published, Lesley Teare's year-round sampler collection is now complete. The playful design combines a quilt-style house and garden, Quaker stars and tiny seasonal motifs creating the variations between the seasons. 

 

Lesley Teare Designs - Seasonal Sampler Spring (cross stitch chart)
Seasonal Sampler Spring
Lesley Teare Designs - Seasonal Sampler Summer (cross stitch chart)
Seasonal Sampler Summer
Lesley Teare Designs - Seasonal Sampler Autumn (cross stitch chart)
Seasonal Sampler Autumn

Lesley Teare Designs - Seasonal Sampler Winter (cross stitch chart )
Seasonal Sampler Winter

 

>> see all Year-round patterns with one for each season (all designers)

 


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