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.
Fancy this little mermaid working hard to swim against the current: She's carrying a huge basket of underwater flowers, a gift for her beloved. A superb allegory of Love brought to you in cross stitch by Barbara Ana.
Peek through the porthole. A little girl is fishing among the seaweed and plants of the coastline but the fish are playing in the waves unperturbed. You can almost hear the cry of the seagulls. A design by Perrette Samouiloff.
Polka dots everywhere! This is Lilli Violette's vision of an idyllic day at the beach with plenty of oh-so-cute detail such as the wicker picnic basket used to carry the coffee pot, which is lined with red checker cloth.
Snuggled against each other, painted in bright colors, each of these little beach huts seems to be vying for attention. Deck chairs and surfboards are out. It's a perfect day at the beach. A design by Tiny Modernist.
Brought to you by Lesley Teare, not only is this design gorgeous, it's quite a thrill to stitch. You'll be working intricate blackwork motifs of many a kind when stitching the petals of flowers with the black outlines, then switching to regular Cross stitch with Backstitch and French knot highlights, then finally, it's fast-forward for the borders and leaf motifs in just plain cross stitch. The stitched piece is just stunning.
The simples joys of life, like holding a watering hose on a warm summer days and tending to one's garden. Brought to you with a contemporary touch by Samantha Purdy.
The happy gardener is equipped with a straw hat and a nice denim overalls. The rows are well aligned and tidy, geometric style. However the presence of birds, butterflies and lady birds gives them life.
Counted cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs
Picture book cross stitch
Brought to you by Kyoko Maruoka of GERA!, these 20 mini motifs are beautifully designed, simple yet visually attractive, which is what good design is always about.
The patterns will be perfect for many a project for our little ones, whether following the original idea of assembly, applying on ready-to-stitch baby items or using waste canvas (or soluble canvas) to cross stitch on children's clothes.
Counted cross stitch pattern by GERA! Kyoko Maruoka
Patchwork Style assembly
It's a great idea to assemble small motifs patchwork style. The big advantage is that it allows you to cross stitch on a variety of colors backgrounds, in this case, 4 different colors of Permin linen.
There are two golden rule to follow though: squares must be cut exactly to the same size and the embroidery perfectly centered.
Here's a useful link to see how to assemble squares
Well, of course this design tells the tale of Thumbelina, and the miniature girl's close up encounters with toads, cockchafers and the like. But isn't it also an invitation to zoom in ourselves and take a stroll in this miniature world, so poetically depicted by Kyoko Maruoka of GERA!.
Have you ever considered stitching a family tree for a newborn baby in your family?
Here is a stunning one, very cleverly designed, with a quaker style tree carrying woven baskets (or nests) for each generation that preceded. An amazing piece of needlework brought to you by Deborah A. Dick of Tempting Tangles.
Counted cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles Designs
Why would the cradle rock? Of course, there are chimps swinging in the tree! Pretty and fun, a traditional nursery rhyme and lullaby turned into a Birth announcement sampler. A Tempting Tangles design.
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.