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An amazing tribute by Barbara Ana to impressionnist painter Vincent Van Gogh and his world-known Starry night. The designer manages to recreate in cross stitch the movement, colors and vision of the tormented artist, blending in her own images, brighlty lit homes and a dreaming girl with hair raising like flames.
We are both proud and moved to be presenting the work of Ukrainian designer Kateryna, designing under the Stitchy Princess brand.
Kateryna, lives in Ukraine, and contacted us at the beginning of the war, when her country had just been invaded. She was on the front line and we were more than happy to help. In spite of erratic internet connections, we worked hard together to get her designs up and going on our website, and here we are! We just pray that Kateryna and her loved ones stay safe. We find her incredibly brave to keep designing and working in the terrible circumstances she is going through.
We are however also very proud to be presenting Kateryna's work for its own sake, as we are with all other designers Creative Poppy publishes. Indeed, on top of her fertile imagination and creativity, we find Katheryna has achieved what every true designer aims for, developping a cross stitch style of her own.
Now it's for you stitchers to judge for yourselves.
Due to the war, and in particular the situation in designer's home town, we are providing as much support as possible, and will be donating an extra $1 for each pattern sold through Creative Poppy's website.
You can help too by spreading the word about Kateryna's designs. Thank you!
In the manner of a vintage postcard
As if it were an antique black and white photograph, this pattern shows the arrival in Chamonix of the first tourists, who came to admire the French Alps and Mont Blanc and discover its awesome glacier. The Gentlemen and Ladies' clothes were not really adapted - women in heels and long dresses - but the local mountaineers equipped them with ropes and guided them on the glacier.
The cross stitch pattern depicts the mountain landscape and the group with clearly distinguishable silhouettes. A cross stitch chart designed by Monique Bonnin.
The world is upside down in this very creative and colorful cross stitch design by Barbara Ana. The Little Mermaid languishes in her underwater kingdom, fish swimming in the waters above her head. The other world that attracts the little mermaid so much is pictured through a magnificent solar motif, which appears sealed and inaccessible to her.
Over 150 years ago, two young girls, one living in rural France, the other in Flanders, complete their sampler.
Marie Joséphine, no doubt the youngest of the two, carefully reproduces the letters her elders have taught her. By contrast, Catherine Elisabeth is already 16 years old. The central motif of her work is the biblical scene of Adam & Eve. Most interesting however is the bird cage on the right, a symbol of marriage (see detail on pattern page). Other motifs include a cradle and more domestic items. No doubt the young stitcher already had marriage in mind.
Both patterns are from Meriem Chauvet's private collection of antique samplers and the Couleur Tourterelle reproduction charts are exact replicas of the originals.
Perrette Samouiloff pictures little girls of yore (top part in navy), all pretty and dressed up for a trip to the seaside, striding along the beach with spade and bucket, holding on to their straw hats in the wind. Nowadays too (lower part in lighter blue) little girls still enjoy dressing up for the beach, still holding on to their hats in the wind.
The dragonfly alphabet is perfect for stitching sets of customized bathroom towels, each person with their own initials. These projects make perfect gifts too.
Many other patterns can be stitched on "Ready-to-stitch" terry towels that come with a specially woven Aida band where you can cross stitch initials and/or motifs of your choice. Here is a selection of patterns especially designed for bathroom towels.
Warning: this stitch can quickly become addictive!
Part of Faby Reilly's Masterclass series; the designer takes you by the hand, starting on familiar ground with a cross stitch and backstitch background, blending in a cute Hardanger heart. Along the way, guided by excellent tutorials, you will learn how to master kloster blocks, cutwork and woven bars.
What we love about Faby Reilly's patterns and guides is that, in addition to excellent close-up step-by-step photos, they are full of excellent tips and dos and don'ts so you cannot go wrong.
Embark on a voyage with Barbara Ana and explore the confines of the universe, traveling through stardust, gaseous clouds and swirling planets, into the mysterious world of meditation and dream. A small cross stitch pattern yet an amazing design.
Designed by Barbara Ana and initially available as an SAL*, the Floral Dreams pattern is now revealed and available as a regular pattern.
*Existing SAL subscribers can still access their download page but we will not be taking new SAL subscriptions.
This is the portrait of a beautiful Mesoamerican deep in her dreams, head bedecked with flowers reminiscent of the wonderful feather headgear of her precolumbian ancestors, and neck and body covered with gold jewelry.
We are delighted to be adding 5 new patterns to Monique Bonnin's wonderful collection of old-style greeting cards. Each one comes with quite a unique theme and layout, inspired by old postcards found at the flee market. They are filled with retro fonts, romantic frames and so glamourous with their metallic highlights and beadwork. Perfect to cross stitch for Birthdays and Special events.
As a fun final touch, all postcards with "post stamps" can be personalized with a full date. So you can customize with the date of the Birthday or special event the card is used for and it will remain a family heirloom.
Stitch the French version
All these vintage postcard patterns were originally designed in French, and the stamps are all genuine copies of old French stamps with several generations of the lady "Marianne" stamp represented. If you'd like to stitch the original French version, simply drop us a note when you have placed your order and we'll be happy to send you the files. View French versions below:
Father's day is just round the corner (June 19th in many countries). In Lesley Teare's iconic series of Teddy cards, here come four lovely cross stitch patterns each featuring Dad and Child and a special message for Father's Day:
30th, 40th, 50th Birthday? Retirement? Father's Day? Moving House? This joyous "Bird day" card by Lesley Teare is so versatile, you can use it for virtually any occasion. The cross stitch chart includes letters in lower and upper case and there are two sizes of numbers so you can put extra emphasis on the Birthday for instance.
For Barbara Ana'sDreaming Girl fans, here's some wonderful news: we have a brand new Dreaming Girl for Summer. We love the creative layout with the sea raising from her mind in a swirl, as if everything was upside down.
Jazz comes alives in cross stitch thanks to this amazing design by Perrette Samouiloff featuring five musicians and their instruments, in exquisite detail. We love the way the musicians' postures have been captured, as well as the vintage 1920's feel.
Two new reproduction samplers by Couleur Tourterelle
From Meriem Chauvet's private collection here are two antique works reproduced in perfectly identical cross stitch charts. The antique samplers are still in their original frame. The first one stitched in woollen threads - bright wool colors having just been introduced thanks to innovations in dyes, and both are stitched on canvas, also an innovation of the time making it easier to stitch than linen, an ancestor of sorts of Aida fabric.
What makes both these designs particularly interesting is that Meriem Chauvet has been able to trace back the origins of some of the motifs used by the stitchers.
In the case of Zélie, the stitcher picked four of her motifs from the 1852 issue of a women's fashion magazine of the time, "Le magasin des familles". The magazine was in black and white but included some extra sheets, one of them a color cross stitch chart, quite innovative too for the times. No doubt each issue of the magazine was preciously preserved in each household as this sampler was only stitched 20 years later.
In the case of B. Marsallat, two of the motifs, the running dog and the beehive were picked in separate Sajou catalogues. Those charts were monochrome.
This stunning perspective effect with a garland of shamrock disappearing into the distance is achieved by a clever combination of cross stitch and Stumpwork. Indeed designer Faby Reilly only works the closer leaves in cross stitch, working the further ones in Stumpwork, combining satin stitch and felt for a padded effect. The chart includes an excellent tutorial. An expert level design suitable for an experienced cross stitcher looking for a bit of challenge.
Counted cross stitch pattern by Faby Reilly Designs
More Specialty stitch tutorials by Faby Reilly
Each of these designs focuses on a particular specialty stitch. Learn the tricks with Faby Reilly's excellent step by step guides. Once you have mastered these stitches, you will be able to add your own effects and enhance your stitching in many other projects.