It's not every day that a cross stitch designer decides to tackle such a painful subject, so let's welcome the work of Kyoko Maruoka, who, with utmost delicacy, pays tribute to Anne Frank, telling both the hope and horrors of war. A design in tribute to a young girl who did not have time to live, but continues to inspire ...
Counted cross stitch pattern by GERA! Kyoko Maruoka
Heart-felt feelings, in stitches
The two designs that follow are inspired by Lucy M. Montgomery's novel, "Anne of Green Gables".
The book tells of the confused feelings and emotions of Anne, a young orphan, as she starts her new life at the farm. Kyoko Maruoka depicts two early highlights of the novel, in very expressive embroidery designs.
The first piece shows Anne discovering the power of prayer in a very personal way.
Here is a superb cross stitch project designed by Perrette Samouiloff. It draws its inspiration from old garden roses, the ones with flowers turning from pink to yellow.
A beautiful alphabet of monograms comes with the chart, letting you to personalize the stitch piece, a perfect gift for a wedding, a wedding anniversary. Mounted as a cushion, t will make an elegant piece of decoration at the head of a bed or on an old armchair.
The Roaring Twenties, Charleston, jazz, high-spirited exuberant parties, emancipation of women, straight and liberated silhouettes, the fashion of the 20s is still exerting its influence. This intricate cross stitch design, embellished with beads, is evocative both of the elegance and the partying spirit of the time. A Shannon Christine design.
Colors sparkle in this stunning summer chart designed by Lesley Teare. Like the other models in the collection it blends two counted stitch techniques, cross-stitch is used for color, and Blackwork for filling flowers with a lace-like effects.
The ancient Andean civilization continues to fascinate, leaving us with enigmatic and mysterious designs. This colorful Riverdrift House sampler combines motifs of strange gods dripping gold, stylized animals, geometric patterns drawn from traditional hand-woven textiles. The cross stitch pattern is full of captivating details.
For your next trip to the market, say a polite no thank-you to plastic bags and pile your stuff into this cheerful shopping bag, created patchwork style in sunny colors. The cross stitch front piece is simply applied to a regular hessian bag.
Here's a creative home decor project, sure to brighten up one's day. This cross stitch chart is full of friendly bugs in colorful colors just waiting to settle down in the crafts corner of your home. Plastic canvas is your friend as it lets you cut out shapes right next to the brim of your stitching. It works great for magnets too!
Sunny Portugal inspired motifs for these little fishes, so pretty as a decorative motif but adorable too when stitched individually. Just add a little padding and hang them on the wall on little hooks, to decorate a bathroom or a corner of your house.
The letters stand out in the manner of hand painted blocks of wood, creating a sort of optical illusion in this elegant cross stitch sampler. The black background lends a lot of elegance but white and other alternative colors will work well too.
No need to grab your gloves and tools to start gardening. Keep your hands clean and stick to your stitching with these two lovely projects by Lesley Teare.
The seed packets open amazing creative possibilities such as greeting cards with packs filled with actual grains, as a gift for a gardener friend - or a decorative box frame with the packs displayed side by side - or a gardening apron with 3 pockets. The possibilities are endless.
Which stitcher hasn't ever dreamed of running her own little needlework shop? Here is a cross stitch design quite representative of Lilli Violette's unique style. Full of colors, brimming with detail, and always ... those signature polka dots, here stitched in white over a red background, even within the letters that are part of the design.
Look close and you'll see each of these three friends has her own personality and style. Check the one in the middle with an artist's blouse over rolled up jeans - for the visit to the farmers market - and then wearing a braided ribbon in her hair for the trip up the mountains. These girls love to dress up and have fun. You'll meet them again as they go out and about in their fancy outfits.
Brought to you by Faby Reilly, a stunning set of assorted Needlework accessories including a Scissor case & Fob, a Needlebook and a Pin-cushion Biscornu. Each cross stitch chart comes with a fully detailed finishing tutorial..
When a creative mind such as Debborah A. Dick of Tempting Tangles sets off to create her dream houses, you get so much more than a simple assembly of blocks (or cross stitches). Windows come to life with elaborate panes, curtains and light sifting trough. Glass work on the sash windows comes with 2 different options of ornamental designs in backstitch. The beautiful architectural detail is an extra bonus to the pleasure of stitching.
Barbara Ana's tribute to Frida Kalho and the love she devoted to Diego Rivera, an allegory of passionate love with its joys, sufferings and pains. The cross stitch pattern with fabulous colors is set in a beautiful background of tropical flowers and imbued with Mexican charm.
This spring scene, embedded in a heart, is full of cheerfulness and joy. Everyone is outside enjoying the first beautiful days. A couple is picking flowers. A bird sings on the roof. Even the cat has ventured outdoors enjoying the sun.
Just to looking at these baby animals charts and their beautiful range of soft colors, makes you want to stitch for a little one. These patterns stem from a creative idea by Lesley Teare to reproduce in cross stitch the effects of patchwork, with "printed fabric" silhouettes applied "appliqué style" on the background fabric.