Counted cross stitch pattern by GERA! Kyoko Maruoka
Quilt Style assembly
The big advantage of Quilt-style assembly is that it allows you to cross stitch on a variety of colors backgrounds, adding a lot of appeka to the finished design. In this case, 4 assorted colors of Permin linen fabric were used.
Two golden rules to keep in mind: 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 if you're not familiar with quilting
Like a quilter arranging pieces of fabric in order to achive a perfect balance, this patchwork block inspired design by Riverdrift House plays with different "blocks" of solid cross stitch color. The restful palette of colours makes for a pleasant stitch, while the finished piece is like a miniature quilt.
Looking for a beautiful way to display your needlework? Think quilting!
Even if you've never made a quilt in your life, this will work for you. Kathy Bungard of Gracewood Stitches takes you step-by-step through the process of mounting your stitched work, log-cabin style, into a quilt. Check out this great tutorial.
Crazy quilts became hugely popular in Victorian times and if you're lucky you might come across one at a flea market. They combine pieces of irregular shapes into a patchwork, each piece assembled to the next using a variety of embroidery stitches such a feather stitch.
This cross stitch pattern designed by Lesley Teare is inspired by those late 19th century designs. It incorporates different "printed fabric" motifs as well as many different scraps of "lace".