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Here are some wonderful creative cross stitch ideas for decorating a kitchen: In addition to main chart is "Chef's Kitchen", the chart set actually contains an alphabet, 7 adorable cook motifs and plenty of alternative ideas for personalized cookbook covers, aprons and more. Send us photos of your finished projects!
Designer Samantha Purdy lives in Canada. it's no surprise that she would treat us with a number of designs showing us how to enjoy those long winter nights. The latest release features a bed covered with a cute hand-made quilt. This person looks happy doesn't she?
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Greet family and friends with a warm-hearted Welcome!
This sampler offers a mix of tradition - in the ways mini motifs are crossed stitched side by side - and modernity - see the clever way Amanda Stevenson, Riverdrift House's designer, symbolically represents a house, blending in elements of windows and door with the other cross stitch motifs.
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.
We just received this question from Susanna: "Hi. I downloaded the Lesley Teare Birds and Blackwork Flowers. I can’t wait to start. But the first color listed as dmc 12 has me stumped. Is that no. correct? I don’t see it listed in my DMC Color Card. Is this a new color? Thank you."
Most of us use our treasured DMC colorcard as a bible, so how come there could be a number below 48?
But well yes, DMC did introduce some new embroidery floss colors about two years ago. One of them is DMC 12 described as "Tender green" and indeed is evocative of tender buds and young shoots. It's a gorgeous color that plays an important role in Lesley Teare's 2020 SAL. Enjoy stitching with this cheerful and springlike color.
Photo credit: Stitched Modern
Here's a blog post from Stitched Modern about the 35 additional DMC Embroidery floss colors:
As you can see in the close-up image of this brand new 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.