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New Lesley Teare 2022 SAL 12 Bird houses
The Lesley Teare 2022 Stitch-along comes as a subscription in twelve monthly sections, from Jan to Dec 2022. It shows 12 different bird houses full of surprises and interesting detail.
Pictured right is a sneak preview of the first bird house revealing just part of the design with a Scottish piper and a bell, and the rest of the pattern hidden. How will the first bird house turn out?
A rare cathedral and a wonderful story by Couleur Tourterelle
Meriem Chauvet, Couleur Tourterelle's designer always amazes us with the discoveries she makes, just by observing a sampler - closely it must be said because she spots the smallest capricious cross stitch - and digging through archives . One of her recent finds is a cathedral stitched in 1841 by Florentine Picard. She learns there isn't one but two twin samplers and goes on to tell us the story of two little French country girls living in neighboring villages, stitching two almost identical samplers a few months apart. What a wonderful story a sampler can tell!
The 2nd sampler presented here, that of Maria S, is not stitched by Maria Sadella as would appear, but by a 11-year-old girl, with an anonymous surname. The two samplers, stitched 13 years apart, have interesting points in common.
Perrette Samouiloff'sSnow in town is a gorgeous Christmas chart with rows of snow covered houses, children on skis, sleighs and skates with little dogs chasing after them, and even a horse sleigh. The town is totally transformed by the cover of fresh snow and there is an amazing feeling of warmth and softness.
The pattern was formerly available as a mystery chart. Subscriptions are closed but the can purchase the full pattern.
It looks like it will continue to snow overnight ....
What a treat to cross stitch Samantha Purdy's patterns, with a streamlined, contemporary look, yet full of evocative details, where just two small windowpanes already half covered in snow can suggest so much.
We also love the designer's final touch with a band of vintage trimming to evoke the thick layer of fallen snow.
The final part of Faby Reilly's year-round calendar
With a wonderful flower arrangement for each month of the year, here is Faby Reilly last design, a super-cute arrangement of seasonal flowers. It comes with an extra bonus: a template and alphabet that will also let you create your very own greeting cards.
Whether you're looking for a quickie, or want to teach a friend or a young person to stitch, we now have an entire section devoted to Quick & Easy Christmas cross stitch. All designs are full cross stitch with only limited backstitch and are small enough for a stitcher with little experience to tackle.
Barbara Ana Christmas Mystery SAL - still time to join!
We are gradually discovering Barbara Ana's latest Christmas SAL, with snowy peaks under a starry sky, tiny houses keeping snug together in the snow covered landscape. Patience, the last part will be released on Dec 15th with the surprise central motif!
Lesley Teare 2021 Stitch-along - Last part now released
If you have subscribed to Lesley Teare's 2021 SAL, the December part is now available to download. We will be revealing the full chart in January, however here is the glimpse of the fully stitched November cup. Only current subscribers have access to the last and final cup.
Counted cross stitch pattern by Lesley Teare Designs
Robin in the Snow
A scene full of poetry, where icy white flowers and leaves contrast with the warm colors of the snuggly dressed child, oblivious of the little robin perched on a branch above. A cross stitch pattern brought to you by Perrette Samouiloff.
Brought to you by Faby Reilly, a new and unique take on the popular Christmas motifs rendered in the Assisi technique. Indeed they appear in white, where the fabric is left blank, while the background is cross stitched in deep red. Like Assisi designs of yore - dating back to Renaissance Italy - the design includes numerous flourishes in Holbein stitch.
If you are looking for a Christmas project to cross stitch that will make a powerful visual impact, you might want to consider this floral motif. Designed by Lesley Teare, the pattern has an amazing amount of color and detail, as well as extra glitz with its gold and silver highlights.
The night is quiet, the moon is out, ducks are patrolling the yard. What a nice feeling to know the work is done, and one can really relax and enjoy a nice peaceful time. A cross stitch pattern by Samantha Purdy Needlecraft.
The Physalys bears cheerful orange fruit in Autumn. Designer Faby Reilly skillfully depicts in cross stitch the puffy lanterns housing the little round fruit. One of the lanterns has already disintegrated into its lace like shape (pictured right and worked in Gold metallic). The flowers are thus known in French as "Amour en cage" or Love in a cage.
The pattern is part of the designer's delightful year-round collection of needlework flowers, one for each month of the year, the Anthea collection.
Initially introduced as an SAL,we are now revealing the fully stitched design. We love her intriguing jewelry and clothes, and the curious plant growing out of her hat, turning into a snakes head with gleeming red eyes...
The Witchy Dreams SAL is now closed however if you have not been able to participate, the design is now also available for sale as a regular pattern.
It's time to sort through your odd buttons! Here's a lovely creative idea brought to you by designer Lesley Teare.
Buttons, sorted by harmony of colors are stitched onto a pretty cross stitch frame. You can create as many of these little decorative boards as you wish, varying floss and fabric colors to match your assortments of colors, here white floss on honey toned linen.
Picture these blackberries, dark and juicy, depicted in cross stitch by Perrette Samouiloff. The designer has a wonderful eye for detail, even including the sepals - those tiny green leaves at the base of the fruit - as well as for color with the distinctiveblackberry leaves contrasting with the other species.
This time our Dreaming girl is all dressed in autumn colors, with an orange butterfly motif on her sweater, ready for a walk in the woods. She is so absorbed she is becoming part of the forest landscape, her head crowned with acorns, fallen leaves and mushroom, with deer antlers growing out of her head.
This sampler has a lovely story, as told by Elaine, Galliana's designer. As a child, her Mum would point to the dew in the garden and would explain how spiders spun magical webs which caught dew sprinkled by fairies. A witch named Agatha lived nearby in the woods and would collect the precious dew, then... (check pattern details for the rest of the story).
We have just received a picture of the finished and professionally framed Toile de Jouy design by Lesley Teare and wanted to share it with you. It's framed in white but a tiny edge matching the darkest color of the stitching surrounds the mount.
The pattern is inspired by printed textiles produced in late 18th and early 19th century in the town of Jouy near Paris. Fabrics came mostly in shades of red or blue and featured pastoral scenes and landscapes
Like the original fabrics, the pattern is available in 2 color schemes:
Two reproduction samplers newly released by Couleur Tourterelle
Meriem Chauvet's collection of antique samplers has been recently enriched with two antique French finds, including quite an exceptional sampler. Thanks to the painstaking efforts of Couleur Tourterelle's designer, cross stitch charts are available for any stitcher to reproduce those little gems.
The first work is a cute little sampler, probably stitched by a very young one, balancing traditional motifs and ones that would appeal to a child.
The second sampler is remarkable, by its width of course, but especially because it was stitched and individually signed by 18 young girls, all students of the class of Madame Tougas, in a rural school in Normandy. The piece features 8 large cross stitch alphabets, some of which denote the influence of Art Nouveau - the work was completed in 1904 - and is a true masterpiece and witness to its time.
You will recognize the shapes of their petals turned towards the light, and the dark foliage veined in white. This floral pattern is part of the designer's delightful year-round collection of needlework flowers, one for each month of the year, the Anthea collection.
New Faby Reilly Masterclass: Long and short Stitch
For her latest masterclass, designer Faby Reilly picked the thistle, emblem of Scotland, and framed within a matching tartan motif. The needlework pattern is used to introduce us to very useful specialty stitch - the long and short stitch. You will be able to practice this stitch guided by Faby Reilly's excellent tutorials.
In this brand new cross stitch pattern, Perrette Samouiloff depicts the joy of children discovering their Christmas gifts. Cheerful, tender, colorful, lively, and decorative as well, this Christmas pattern has it all. Take your time to complete it, one motif at a time, as the holidays approach.
Samantha Purdy captures in cross stitch the little simple joys of life, such as spotting the early fallen leaves in the yard, and grabbing the old broom. Concise and to-the-point, the designer only retains the most essential elements in her charts, but yet they tell a full story: the main door with its letterbox and sheer white curtain visible behind the panes, the apron with a motif evocative of home, the red cardinal perched on an already barren plant and signalling the arrival of colder days.
Pictured left: stitched model customized with an overdyed thread and matching solid colors (Chart is pictured top right)
With all the beautiful floss colors now available, who doesn't dream of picking their favorite colors? All you need is a pattern especially designed for that. Here are three examples of applying color to a Galliana design with very different results.
As days grow shorter and morning mist lingers, the tiny heads of the Colchicum or Autumn crocus, sprout in the fields. A sure sign of the arrival of fall and the perfect flower for the month of September. Part of the Anthea collection by Faby Reilly, with a flower to cross stitch for each month.
Counted cross stitch pattern by Faby Reilly Designs
And the Seasons, they go round and round....
The year has gone full circle and the collection of delightful seasonal wreaths by Faby Reilly is now complete. Once your stitching is done, you can proudly display and rotate them as the year goes round.
Soaring towards the sky like a hot air balloon, alongside birds and clouds, Barbara Ana's mystery lady reaches for the sun. A cross stitch pattern full of fantasy in lovely golds and browns with turquoise highlights.
Now available, the Anthea flower for the month of August, not one, but a pair of contrasting flowers: a large hydrangea flower with petals wide open and a graceful lisianthus. The Anthea series of 12 montly cross stitch patterns is brought to you by Faby Reilly.
As the waves softly ebb, a starfish appears among the sea shells. This exquisite cross stitch pattern includes a specialty stitch, providing a dimensional effect to the work. Thanks to an excellent step by step tutorial included with the chart, the woven picot stitch will have no more secrets for you. This pattern is part of Faby Reilly's Masterclass series, introducing a specialty stitch, one at a time in each design.
The Dreaming Girl featured on the back of a denim Jacket
Thanks to Wioletta, we are able to share a brilliant idea: cross stitching Barbara Ana'sDreaming Girl on the back of a denim jacket, using DMC's soluble canvas. The stitcher completed her work during her second lockdown in the end of March this year, it's no wonder she wanted to dream about visiting other places!
Wioletta customized the pattern in her very own way:
- lightening up the denim beforehand in the stitched area using bleach (the first try was too white so she added some blue and purple dye)
- substituting the earing and autumn leaves in the original pattern with charms hanging like amulets
- and finally personalizing the houses in the bottom right: " I live in Italy but I added elements of architecture of my hometown in Poland". So pretty.
Thanks so much Wioletta and congratulations for this stunning project!
Japanese cross stitch designer Kyoko Maruoka (GERA!) likes to cover subjects that have particularly moved and inspired her, in this case, depicting as a pair the revolutions of 1789 in France and that of 1917 in Russia.
Both designs are stunning, not only visually attractive but very powerful in the way they render the movement and determination of the people. Great art.
These cross stitch patterns are quite large projects, but they will be worth every stitch. Completing each item at a time - cup, plate, teapot, soup bowl, etc. - will give you great satisfaction, and the end result, once stitching is complete is stunning.
You might be familiar with the Rhodes stitch? Or the Rhodes Heart stitch? But have you ever seen a Rhodes Butterfly stitch? We just love it!
The tiny stitch is just so cute, you'll want to fit it into some many of your works. Thing repeating it in a regular pattern in the background to liven up a design, or adding a flutter of colorful butterflies in a floral scenery....
Thanks to Faby Reilly and her excellent tutorials, you can give it a try straight away!
Check these twigs of lavender closely and you'll almost feel their scent. Faby Reilly needlework expertise has no equal when it comes to designing a pretty bouquet of lavender, worked on a cross stitch base dotted with French or Colonial knots (whichever work best for you - she encourages you to compare and provides a handy tutorial for both). The July flower, part of the Anthea collection of monthly flowers, also comes with an extra blank chart and cross stitch alphabet, so you can stitch any words of you own - particularly handy for decorative room plaques in your home.
The Serendipity series offers a completely unexpected mix of design styles. Take the 3 stencil-like chrysanthemum motif or the Korean wood-screen motif featured right. Each motif could be stitched for its own sake, such as the gorgeous 'wind and cloud' motif, Art deco style. Serendipity #2 is now available in different hues of mahogany.
Counted cross stitch pattern by Gracewood Stitches
One flower, one bird, two designs
When you first see this new release by Lesley Teare, you might wonder if you have seen this little bird before? Well you have! The existing pattern is the Blackwork design, while the new pattern is the cross stitch version. The flowers have acquired a wonderful blue hue and this time the flowers are fitted in a circular frame of smaller flowers. Now it's yours to choose which of the two patterns you'd like to stitch.
Counted cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs
A flock of rainbow-colored hummingbirds
The hummingbird has a very special way of flapping its wings and hovering, so it can plunge its long beak into the heart of flowers, harvesting their precious nectar. Tapestry Barn expertly captures this "dance", in this series of 10 hummingbird cross stitch charts that can be stitched either individually or grouped together in a single work.
Thanks to Faby Reilly, you can embellish your home all year round with a pretty seasonal wreath. Here is the one for summer, with ripe red apples and sweet little summer roses. Like all of Faby Reilly's work, always supported by excellent tutorials, it is a delicate mix of needlework techniques and stitches achieving a wonderful decorative effect.
TheJanuary, February and March cups of Lesley Teare's 2021 SAL have now been released. If you haven't yet subscribed, you can join the fun now!
The Stitch-along comes as a subscription in twelve monthly sections, each with an exquisitely detailed porcelain cup, and plenty of birds, butterflies and bees. We love its classic elegance and delicate colors.
The March cup is blue with a band of pale yellow and a pansy motif. A butterfly has come to visit. The next chart will be available as of April 1st.