Part One comes in the top left of the design. Make sure you have downloaded the frame chart so you start stitching in the right position.
The pattern comes in bright colorful floss colors that contrast with the black outlines. Some parts such as the bird and butterfly are simply cross stitched, with some backstitch detail. Other parts of the design are worked in delicate lace-like Blackwork motifs, such as the petals of the large flower. This creates a delicate balance and adds a lot of interest to the stitching.
Notice how the black outlines vary in thickness. Some parts of the design, such as some outlines as well as the chain-like frame are indeed worked in thicker lines with 2 strands of embroidery floss. Depending on your personal preference, the designer suggests using Pearl cotton 8 instead which comes in a single thread.
Lesley Teare 2020 SAL
A sneak preview of the February chart
Part Two comes immediately to the right. It features a hummingbird and a flower with large open petals worked in a variety of Blackwork motifs, some including color. Petals fold forward creating an interesting dimensional effect. The dominant colors are bright yellow and light orange.
Part two will be available as of Feb 1st 2020 to all subscribers of the Lesley Teare 2020 SAL.
As you can see in the close-up image of this brand Hibiscus and Hummingbird design, Blackwork expert Lesley Teare takes a brand new approach to the technique. Lace-like mini motifs fill areas with "textures" of various density creating dimensional effects. Black gives way to color, in fine touches in the Blackwork areas, and whole-heartedly in other parts of the design. The result is Lesley Teare's signature style of Needlework designs, a unique approach to embroidery.
These classic italic script letters are embellished with leaves and arabesques, in the manner of antique white embroidery monograms. The pattern is so elegant, you can stitch it for its own sake - as well as reuse the chart for customizing any project with initials. The numbers, rarely found on an alphabet sampler, are an extra bonus (weddings and anniversaries).
Did you know that Delft tiles where originally inspired by the blue and white porcelain imported from China through Dutch ports in 17th century Holland? This explains the oriental feel of the floral motifs. Landscapes however were decidedly Dutch, depicting the mix of land and water of the Netherlands. Check out these designs close and you'll be amazed at Lesley Teare needlework expertise, replicating the tiny brush strokes in such amazing detail that you can recognize tiny drawbridges in the distance of the chimney of a potter's workshop.
Cute little Sunbonnet Sue: now in Blackwork and color
She's cheered generations and no doubt many to come. Lesley Teare features Sunbonnet Sue in Blackwork and in color! Square patterns make it easy to incorporate into quilt projects. Alternatively you can stitch the four together to frame or turn into a cushion cover.
We have just recently updated our Christmas sections with a wonderful series of new patterns by Tapestry Barn, Lili Violette, Barbara Ana, Riverdrift House, Shannon Christine, Lesley Teare, Tiny Modernist, Perrette Samouiloff and more. Don't miss the latest updates, check out our Christmas news section!
Worked in wonderful hues of autumn foliage colors, this little biscornu features a fox running around among the changing leaves and berries. The biscornu shape, with its round curves is ideal for appreciating the needlework design from different angles. It's also a lot of fun to make when the two flat squares suddenly turn into this pretty little cushion.
A cardinal, cross stitched against a background featuring a double wreath, one with berries and green leaves, the other featuring a medley of lace-like blackwork motifs interspaced with bees and butterflies. Beautiful harmonies brought to you by Lesley Teare.
Here is a lively scene taking place during an afternoon stroll, with a playful young lady with a diabolo and a gentleman caught by surprise, while the musicians play and sing. The 1900's outfits are beautifully detailed, with subtle detail for the various characters. A cross stitch design by Perrette Samouiloff.
GERA! designer Kyoko Maruoka turns well beloved folktales into beautiful little needlework gems. Her work is full of poetry, nature always making its way into her work. Check out the fun row of flowers alternating with turnips or the blissfully unaware partridges about to be trampled upon by the cat in extravagant boots.
An extraordinary cross stitch pattern inspired by Frida Kahlo's painting entitled "The Wounded Deer" and by a phrase from a poem by Emily Dickinson "A Wounded Deer - Leaps Highest". This tribute to Frida Kahlo, by Barbara Ana is a powerful expression of how the wounded artist mustered strength in the face of life and love's adversities.
Counted cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs
Frida Kahlo has inspired Barbara Ana two other works, which together form a lovely triptych. They are stitched in similar colors. One features the artist and Diego Rivera, as a couple, the other is a portrait, in the manner of the artist's own auto-portraits .
Here comes a mermaid, perched on a pink flamingo ... The big stylized flowers, wallpaper-like background and vintage colors, bring a touch of the 70s. Barbara Ana's signature style blending unbridled fantasy and carefully thought out layout and colors.
Here are two designs featuring - by popular demand - some North American birds, a blue Jay and a Chickadee. They are both part of a beautiful series by Lesley Teare where the designer mixes needlework techniques, some parts delicate lace-like Blackwork, some parts cross stitch to create very unique designs.
Worked in the Assisi style of cross stitch, with only the purple background stitched and the motif showing in the blank parts, here is a beautifully pictured arrangement of seasonal fruit. The elegant and decorative design, brought to you by Gracewood stitches is part of their monthly cross stitch calendar.
Three new irresistible series of witches, just released by Barbara Ana Designs. They come in Barbara Ana's signature style that mixes humour, whimsiness, a reminiscence of Quaker samplers, a huge dose of creativity and a very subtle sense of color.
The warm feeling of being all wrapped up in a cosy warm blanket of home-spun wool. This tartan based cross stitch pattern with an oak leaf and acorn motif is the design for October, In Gracewood Stitches monthly calendar. Soon to come: November Bounty.
After the blue version, and by popular request - here is the red version of Lesley Teare's exceptional cross stitch pattern. The remarkably detailed pattern recreates in cross stitch and backstitch the effects of late 18th century fabrics famous for their bucolic landscapes.
For those of us who cannot resist the urge to create with a piece of fabric, a button, some embroidery floss or a pretty pin, here is a wonderful chart. It contains all the cross stitch motifs you can dream of, in three different scales. This means you can adapt the designs to virtually any project related to needlework, be it the cover of a large box or a tiny scissor fob or tape measure - and they will all match. A clever design and idea by Tiny Modernist.
A unique design inspired by the Japanese zodiac: this year is the year of the boar. Designer Kyoko Maruoka of Gera! shows the little boars roaming among flowers native to Japan, including coral red Higanbana (red spider lilies). The second design features a sparrow and forget-me-not.
The mansion looks beautiful in the background with large windows opening directly onto the grounds. The highlight though is the garden, with a beautiful terrace paved with colorful tiles, like a carpet. It is surrounded by basins of flowers and topiaries. Everywhere birds, flowers, a little corner of paradise.
Part of Riverdrift House's beautiful collection of cross stitch samplers featuring manor houses and gardens.
Brought to you by Riverdrift House, here is an elegant cross stitch sampler that will delight any music lover. As your eyes wander from word to word, no doubt you will start to hear the sweet sound of music.