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Join the fun with Barbara Ana's new Mystery chart
Just in time for Christmas, here comes a sweet and delicious pattern, covered with icing sugar. Like layers in a cake, it is stitched in four parts, with just the finishing touches to add as the last part of the chart is disclosed on Dec 1st.
Bell pulls are a handy way of displaying cross stitch. Have you ever thought of making your own? For this new Christmas design by Perrette Samouiloff we simply used a thin round stick, beads with matching holes, and a bit of red cord. Bell pulls are practical too as they will always find a way into your home, they will even fit in between two doors.
Folk Art inspiration for the first, vintage blown glass balls for the second, here are two fun charts to cross stitch with Christmas decorations. Hang them hang on the tree, or to admire as a whole, whichever you fancy.
Tapestry Barn's designer is always full of useful tips and clever ideas: the latter design includes two specific colors that can be replaced with Gold and Silver metallics if you want to add more glitz to your stitching.
Also by Lesley Teare, we've recently listed some more Christmas nativity patterns, including this brand new and quite unique church window design. How about stitching your very own nativity scene this year?
This vintage postcard, which was originally designed and cross stitched by Monique Bonnin with a French text, is now available in an English version: "Best wishes". The retro holly motif is further embellished with red sequin berries.
Faby Reilly takes us to exotic lands for this festive season, with tiny blue-feathered birds nesting among flowering birds of paradise. As always with Faby Reilly, beauty is in the exquisite detail of her intricate needlework designs combining cross stitch and many interesting embellishments of beads and threads. Hours of pleasurable stitching await!
Does cross stitch not hold any more secrets for you?
How about learning some new stitches that work wonders combined with cross stitch.
The Biscobourse project is the perfect opportunity to discover a couple of new stitches, learning under the expert guidance of Faby Reilly and her wonderful tutorials.
To make sure the charts are perfectly adapted to your needs, Faby Reilly offers you the choice between two levels:
- intermediate level where you learn just 3 specialty stitches, including the pretty and easy lazy daisy stitch.
- expert level covering a large number of stitches including for example the bullion stitch, which gives extra dimension to your stiching, and the buttonhole cartwheel. A whole new world to discover step by step.
An awesome tribute by Perrette Samouiloff to the art of bobbin lace. The cross stitch chart includes an amazing series of tools with minute differences in shapes, beautifully rendered in cross stitch and backstitch. The samples of lace motifs and lace borders are also a real treat.
Plunge into the heart of a Victorian era house in which not a single item is missing, from the chamber pot under the bed to the pedestal table with a vase of fresh flowers, from the piano in the parlour to the dolls house in the nursery. Now can you guess where is the kitchen?
New fun and creative Christmas patterns by Chouett'alors
A fluffy Santa hat stitched with white mohair wool, tiny cross stitch ornaments hanging on a laundry line with mini clothes pegs, Chouett'alors' designer is full of creative ideas - and well though out stitching details - guaranteeing lots of fun for your Christmas stitching as well as splendid end results.
Brought to you by Faby Reilly, here is a fun and colorful cross stitch pattern that doubles up as a spiderweb tutorial. How about discovering new stitches that will enhance your cross stitch projects? This is a new series by Faby Reilly that will focus on a specialty stitch at a time. Watch out for more.
Lesley Teare 2020 SAL: The October part in full detail
Now available, Part Ten comes second from the left in the third row. It features a pink and mauve bird perched on an iris, among the reeds. A little butterfly flies away. There are delicate lace-like blackwork motifs both in the iris and the reeds.
Available for download to all subscribers of the Lesley Teare 2020 SAL.
Part Ten will come second from the left in the third row. It features a small tangerine bird pecking berries. It is perched on a large flower with lace-like blackwork motifs.
Part eleven will be available for download as of Nov 1st
Ninjas & princesses
Set sail for the land of the rising sun with this gallery of cross stitch characters, heroes of Japan's most popular legends. A ninja, a princess, but also the characters of the old monk and the young priest (the latter recognizable by his bamboo broom), or the aristocrat of the imperial court, disguised as a peasant travelling the country incognito. Check our stories for each character. Design by Kyoko Maruoka (GERA!).
Here is a very pretty cross stitch chart by Chouette'alors. It features a mother-hen bending her head tenderly towards her baby. We love the unique and dynamic layout with the focus on the pair's heads, while the hen's tail points strikingly upwards.
Small but super detailed cross stitch motifs which can be used for a multitude of applications, from key-rings, coasters and fridge magnets, to personalizing children's clothes with waste canvas. A design by Lesley Teare.
Barbara Ana continues to draw inspiration in the work and life of the exceptional woman artist. This new portrait features Frida, eyes closed, with thoughts steaming from her head and taking the form of lush tropical flowers.
Subscriptions to Barbara Ana's Halloween SAL are now closed but your can now purchase the whole chart. There is plenty of fun to have stitching ahead of Halloween with Barbara Ana and dozens of amazing designs to select from.
Start the countdown to Christmas by cross stitching these charming scandinavian mini motifs inspired by the local handicrafts. We love the palette deliberately reduced to (almost) 3 colors which contributes to the pattern's appeal and contemporary touch characteristic of Tapestry Barn designs.
This unique artistic work is brought to you by the talented Japanese designer Kyoko Maruoka of GERA! In the cross stitch portrait, the sitter's features are almost erased to better highlight the elegant silhouette and body, with a single decorative focus on the floral print of the dress.
Counted cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana designs
Extraordinary wildflowers grow, long stems ending in pretty blooms. Look close though, and you will notice the woodlands are teeming with life. We love the way designer Deborah A. Dick combines the classic look of a Quaker sampler and the figurative cross stitch motifs. A Tempting Tangles design.
Designer Perrette Samouiloff has a special talent for depicting children, combined with a keen interest in period fashion. These Victorian children seem to have just walked out one of the stucco-fronted houses in the crescent streets of Belgravia or Kensington, London.
Inspired by the seasons, designer Lesley Teare takes us through each month of the year and a particular flower. You can stitch the sampler as a whole, or stitch a pattern per month and use them as greeting cards.
Not a wrinkle on the sea. Not a breath of wind in the sails. A radiant sun ... a design truly evocative of a perfect summer day. We love the layout, inspired by the namesake quilt motif. Cross stitch pattern designed by Gracewood Stitches.
Brought to you by fun loving designer Chouett'alors, here comes Lady Frog, all dressed up and ready to go out. The chart is now available with the English text "My little black dress". You can of course keep the original French "Ma petite robe noire" to give it a flavour of Paris fashion.
Lesley Teare 2020 SAL: The August part in full detail
Now available, Part Eight comes last in the second row. It features a long tail bird perched a flower on a worked in lace-like Blackwork motifs with a rainbow heart. The dominant colors are a aqua blue, tangerine and lime green.
Part Eight is now available for download to all subscribers of the Lesley Teare 2020 SAL.
Part Nine will come first from the left in the third row. It features a blue-tailed bird and two bees buzzing around. The bird is perched on the stem of a flower worked in lace-like Blackwork motifs. The dominant colors are aqua blue, light tangerine and light yellow with a touch of green.
Part nine will be available for download as of September 1st
A surprise encounter
If you stroll in the forest after dark, keeping very quiet, you might suddenly come across the stunning Queen of the Forest, holding the sceptre to her kingdom in her hand. Full of poetry and charm, this cross stitch chart is Barbara Ana latest release.
This fun and colorful sampler, brought to you by Lesley Teare, comes with twelve delightful little owls, one for each month of the year. You can stitch the sampler as a whole, or each owl individually for use as Birthday cards or as a calendar, rotating the image as the year goes round.
We love the "sixties" feel of the feel the love motif by Tapestry Barn. It will look gorgeous stitched on a faded denim jacket or the pocket of a pair of jeans. Simply using waste canvas will do the trick.
This trio of patterns is also ideal for a beginner cross stitcher. It is small to stitch, the design is very straight forward and there is only cross stitch. If you are looking for a simple - but effective - pattern to teach a friend or a child, here you go!
Deborah A. Dick of Tempting Tangles takes us on a tour in search of the early Quakers and places where they established themselves. Two early European settlements are featured in this pair of stunning designs, such as the beautiful vineyards and lavender fields of southern France or the busy canals of the Dutch cities where they fled persecution.
There's a welcome smell emerging from the kitchen that has inspired many a designer.
Faby Reilly and Barbara Ana's smaller motifs will make delightful ornaments and gift tags. You can turn Iveta Havlinova's Christmas baking into a striking Christmas apron while Sylvie Teytaud's amazing piece will look fabulous all year round on the kitchen wall.