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3 New vintage greeting cards by Monique Bonnin
Cross stitch designer Monique Bonnin excels at creating retro-style postcards and greeting cards, each time expressing her creativity in a completely unique and unexpected way. Here are three freshly released Greeting cards.
Counted cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs
Spirit of the forest
Why do mushroom pop out mysteriously overnight? No doubt the work of the Spirit of the Forest, seen here appearing through the branches of a sturdy tree. A sense of melancholy emanates from this design shrouded in autumnal light. Vintage Barbara Ana, full of her favorite leitmotivs.
Golden foliage sticking onto their prickles, the hedgehog family is busy foraging for food, zig-zagging between the mushroom which have popped up overnight. Easy stitching, fun detail and delightful colors make this a perfect project for all! A cross stitch pattern by Kateryna, Stitchy Princess.
You know the feeling don't you, when you're the older one, and all your siblings are either lazing about or getting up to some mischief? Designer Kateryna loves cats and it shows in the way she depicts each of these kittens individual character.
Vibrant reds and playful elves, designer Perrette Samouiloff excels at creating the most cheerful Christmas designs. Simply frame the cross stitch piece in a hoop and surround with a garland of natural green leaves and you will have the most beautiful Christmas wreath.
Easily create these fun characters (Santa, Angel and Elf) with exquisitely detailed heads, humbug shaped bodies and playfully hanging arms and legs. The cross stitch charts come with an awesome tutorial, carefully thought through by designer Marie-Anne Réthoret-Mélin.
Tired of picking up all the discarded wrapping paper on Christmas morning? For a waste-free Christmas, it's time to move on. Brought to you by Perrette Samouiloff, here are six beautiful cross stitch gift bags that you can use for wrapping small gifts. Pick a shape (flat or tube shaped), personally stitch and create your very own packs. So precious, the recipient is sure to re-use them again and again! When we give our loved ones carefully chosen gifts, don't we want the best packing too?
More Fun Hand-made Projects and Ideas for Christmas
Our designers have come up with a number of creative ideas and projects to cross stitch for Christmas, including Advent calendars and decorative boxes, but many other unique ideas such as a hot waterbottle cover or a Christmas tree skirt! Here's a small selection. Click on the link further down to view them all.
This reproduction sampler, dated August 1905, and signed Marie Moracchini, is part of the personal collection of Meriem Chauvet of Couleur Tourterelle. It features a spirited goat, that looks like it wants to chew at anything it can reach. Marie lived in Piediquercio, a hamlet in the Mediterranean island of Corsica, famous for its « maquis » scrubland, where goats roam freely feeding on wildflowers, aromatic plants and prickly bushes growing among the stones. Marie Moracchini’s little red sampler immediately brings Corsica to our mind.
Always full of creative ideas, here is a fun and decorative project by Italian designer Alessandra Adelaide.
Mixing the outline of a woodland animal, and delicately cut-out forest branches, she creates elegant portraits of each animal and their surrounding forest. In effect, this technique is known as the Assisi stitch.
The designs are rimmed with gold and the inside can be filled either with a solid color or with the tartan motif in the additional chart provided.