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2021 Barbara Ana SAL - Dreaming Girl
Join the fun with a new Barbara AnaStitch-along - a Creative Poppy exclusive!
Now available for pre-orders, the mystery chart features a young girl lost in her dreams. As you stitch each new part of the chart you'll discover gradually what is on her mind, a surprise at every turn.
The new Lesley Teare's 2021 SAL is now available and the January cup has been released.
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.
Counted cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs
A little girl stretches out a hand holding seeds. Birds perched in the branches look on watchfully. The bravest of them all takes off in a flutter of wings. We love the way designer Perrette Samouiloff captures the vivacious movements and positions of the birds, as well as the careful balance of colors of this winter scene.
Designer Faby Reilly will accompany us year-round with a flower for each month of the year. Faby's patterns are exquisitely designed in intricate detail, yet do not include any fractional stitches. Quite a feat given the amount of detail. The January flower is a snowdrop.
The cross stitch sampler depicts the exquisite shapes, colors and decorations featured on a fine collection of china including sugar bowls, honey pots, cream jugs, cups and saucers and teapot. A very decorative cross stitch piece also by Lesley Teare.
Designer Lesley Teare has truly mastered the art of mixing the two needlework techniques, creating unique designs inspired by nature. Picture her latest work featuring a tiny wren, exquisitely rendered in cross stitch, surrounded by the fragile and almost transparent petals of scabious, delicately rendered in tiny lace-like motifs of Blackwork.
Do you love quilts but can't get your blocks straight? Gracewood stitches has the answer with these beautiful cross stitch blocks that cannot go wrong. In this quare coverlet pattern, the designer gets the perfect balance of colors and motifs, designing her own "fabrics", and putting them together as she pleases. The stitched effect is full of light and movement.
Lesley Teare 2020 SAL: The December and final part in full detail
The Lesley Teare 2020 SAL has come to an end and all parts are now available. The lower right corner design comes features an orange and lime feathered bird with a crested head overlooking a large Blackwork tulip.
If you have already subscribed to the SAL, please make sure you download all your files by Jan 31st on the subscriptions download page.
Pattern now available for sale as a complete chart:
New from Tapestry Barn, celebrate Christmas scandi style with 5 quick-to-cross-stitch Christmas decorations that are easy to frame in a small embroidery hoop. You can also pair them with Tapestry Barns' matching Scandinavian Christmas Sampler featured below.
Learning to embellish cross stitch, guided by Faby Reilly
Love cross stitching? Want to try adding detail and further embellishments? Faby Reilly's designs are the perfect choice for you. Guided by excellent stitch tutorials and user-friendly charts, learn a couple of new stitches and tips for applying beads. This new release (part of a series with one for each season) features a ribbed spider web stitch, in blue on the photograph.
Perrette Samouiloff continues to explore the olden days when many things were handmade, including the beautiful craft of making hats, when milliners, using ribbon, lace and pins aplenty and following the latest fashion trends, designed the most extraordinary and creative hats and headdresses.
Living with the seasons, after the busy months of harvesting and then of preserving your produce, Kathy Bungard of Gracewood stitches tells us through this beautiful pattern that January should be a time for pausing, taking the time to read and stitch, and sip endless cups of heart-warming tea.
This is part one (January) of Gracewood Stitches calendar series.
Faby Reilly has a special talent for transforming a small piece of fabric into the most exquisite of jewels, shining with a thousand reflections. Each side of this cube is embellished with a pattern inspired by ice and snow crystals, mixing silver threads, seed beads and sequins on a cross stitch base. A wonderful hand-stitched ornament to display in your home for the festive season.
Designed by Faby Reilly, the common thread of these festive cross stitch patterns is the navy pattern with white polka dots that can be found everywhere, in the shape of ribbon, scarf and even fabric embellishing the foot of the tree. The dark navy makes a nice contrast with the soft frosty and green tones used for cross stitching.
We love it when stitchers share pictures of their finished works. Maggie D. kindly sent us photos of two Barbara Ana designs where she experimented with hand dyed fabrics as well as stitching on a large scale with double size cross stitches.
Miss Mandrake was stitched on 14 count tea-dyed Aida with random shades created by the folds in the fabric during the dying process.
The piece was worked using six strands of DMC over two threads. The finished work is smooth with full coverage similar to needlepoint (or tapestry), though Maggie adds "I don't think I'm going to use the six strands again, ever.The only problem was when I had multiple colors close together and the holes in the Aida got a little crowded."
Counted cross stitch pattern by Barbara Ana Designs
Photo courtesy Maggie D.
For the Frida Kahlo piece Maggie says "I got inspired and dyed my own fabric". We think the finished piece is gorgeous, with the background fabric a wonderful match for the original design.
The piece was also worked in double size cross stitches (one cross over 4 aida squares), however this time using only three strands of DMC embroidery floss. The cross stitches are more prominent and the bright colors gently blend into the background fabric.
Just in time for Christmas, here comes a sweet and delicious pattern, covered with icing sugar. Like layers in a cake, it is stitched in four parts, with just the finishing touches to add as the last part of the chart is disclosed on Dec 1st.
Bell pulls are a handy way of displaying cross stitch. Have you ever thought of making your own? For this new Christmas design by Perrette Samouiloff we simply used a thin round stick, beads with matching holes, and a bit of red cord. Bell pulls are practical too as they will always find a way into your home, they will even fit in between two doors.
Folk Art inspiration for the first, vintage blown glass balls for the second, here are two fun charts to cross stitch with Christmas decorations. Hang them hang on the tree, or to admire as a whole, whichever you fancy.
Tapestry Barn's designer is always full of useful tips and clever ideas: the latter design includes two specific colors that can be replaced with Gold and Silver metallics if you want to add more glitz to your stitching.
Also by Lesley Teare, we've recently listed some more Christmas nativity patterns, including this brand new and quite unique church window design. How about stitching your very own nativity scene this year?
This vintage postcard, which was originally designed and cross stitched by Monique Bonnin with a French text, is now available in an English version: "Best wishes". The retro holly motif is further embellished with red sequin berries.
Faby Reilly takes us to exotic lands for this festive season, with tiny blue-feathered birds nesting among flowering birds of paradise. As always with Faby Reilly, beauty is in the exquisite detail of her intricate needlework designs combining cross stitch and many interesting embellishments of beads and threads. Hours of pleasurable stitching await!
Does cross stitch not hold any more secrets for you?
How about learning some new stitches that work wonders combined with cross stitch.
The Biscobourse project is the perfect opportunity to discover a couple of new stitches, learning under the expert guidance of Faby Reilly and her wonderful tutorials.
To make sure the charts are perfectly adapted to your needs, Faby Reilly offers you the choice between two levels:
- intermediate level where you learn just 3 specialty stitches, including the pretty and easy lazy daisy stitch.
- expert level covering a large number of stitches including for example the bullion stitch, which gives extra dimension to your stiching, and the buttonhole cartwheel. A whole new world to discover step by step.
Part Twevlve is the final part of The Lesley Teare SAL and comes in the lower right corner. It features a tulip shaped flower with petals of black lace-like motifs. A large bird with crested head watches a butterfly flying away. Dominant colors are tangerine, aqua and contrasting shades of green.
Part twelve will be available for download as of Dec1st
A lacemaker at her work
An awesome tribute by Perrette Samouiloff to the art of bobbin lace. The cross stitch chart includes an amazing series of tools with minute differences in shapes, beautifully rendered in cross stitch and backstitch. The samples of lace motifs and lace borders are also a real treat.
Plunge into the heart of a Victorian era house in which not a single item is missing, from the chamber pot under the bed to the pedestal table with a vase of fresh flowers, from the piano in the parlour to the dolls house in the nursery. Now can you guess where is the kitchen?
New fun and creative Christmas patterns by Chouett'alors
A fluffy Santa hat stitched with white mohair wool, tiny cross stitch ornaments hanging on a laundry line with mini clothes pegs, Chouett'alors' designer is full of creative ideas - and well though out stitching details - guaranteeing lots of fun for your Christmas stitching as well as splendid end results.
Start the countdown to Christmas by cross stitching these charming scandinavian mini motifs inspired by the local handicrafts. We love the palette deliberately reduced to (almost) 3 colors which contributes to the pattern's appeal and contemporary touch characteristic of Tapestry Barn designs.
Lesley Teare 2020 SAL: The October part in full detail
Now available, Part Ten comes second from the left in the third row. It features a pink and mauve bird perched on an iris, among the reeds. A little butterfly flies away. There are delicate lace-like blackwork motifs both in the iris and the reeds.
Simple joys of Fall, with Samantha Purdy
The young Canadian designer has no equal in capturing the small pleasures of life in cross stitch. Check out this sampler close up and enjoy all the fun details.