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» » New! Welcoming Galliana cross stitch
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Recently released cross stitch patterns by Galliana

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Galliana Cross stitch designs 

All the latest news about Galliana, as published in Creative Poppy's newsletter.>> see all cross stitch patterns designed by Galliana


 

New on Creative Poppy's website:

Galliana designs

Freedom to pick your own colors

 

We love it!

Brought to you by Galliana designs, here comes a brand new concept for cross stitch: picking your very own colors.

 

Us stitchers make a lot of decisions when we embark on a new project. What type of fabric? What size count? How to finish? Rarely do we make a choice about COLOR. 

The Bookcase cross stitch pattern by Galliana Cross Stitch

For Galliana designs the whole idea is to let you free to decide exactly what threads and colors to select and where to use them in the pattern.

 

As Elaine, the designer behind Galliana cross stitch likes to say:

" Picking your fabric and flosses can be just as much fun as stitching it!"

 

Unlike regular charts where it is usually hard to substitute colors, Galliana patterns are especially designed so that process is easy. 

First, they are monochrome - shown in a neutral color so that you can project your own ideas.

 

Second, each motif and object is designed so it is easily identifiable and can be isolated from the rest of the design:  individual books in a bookcase, a door, a picture frame, ornamental motifs... Part of the fun is identifying the motifs.

 

The Bookcase - cross stitch pattern by Galliana

Pictured left: stitched model customized with an overdyed thread and matching solid colors (Chart is pictured top right)


Color me!

 

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.

In Highland Fall color was applied throughout the design, in a delicate range of autumn colors, with animals in darker colors. 

Highland Fall cross stitch pattern by Galliana

Highland Fall

Cross stitch pattern by Galliana

Chart - left

Example of Stitched model - right

Highland Fall cross stitch pattern by Galliana, zoom 1

 

In Purrfect Friends, the decision was made to work the frame in a lighter color for a lace-like effect, with the focus on the plant pot, the birds and the cats. With the soft grey background and the dark blue overdyed shades, there is a feel reminiscent of oriental ceramics.

Purrfect  Friends cross stitch pattern by Galliana

Purrfect Friends

Cross stitch pattern by Galliana

Chart - left

Example of Stitched model - right

Purrfect  Friends cross stitch pattern by Galliana, zoom 1

 

For the House of Christmas the structure of the house was worked in chocolate brown, in order to focus the eye on selected features such as the red door, the golden flames in the fireplace, the green Christmas tree or the yellow deer (spot it?) peeking out of the attic window.

House of Christmas cross stitch pattern by Galliana

House of Christmas

Cross stitch pattern by Galliana

Chart - left

Example of Stitched model - right

House of Christmas cross stitch pattern by Galliana, zoom 1

 

How would you have stitched those designs?


 

How it works

A one-page overview is provided with the chart so you can highlight areas of your choice and make notes about color. You can then truly personalise the design either stitching it all in one colour, maybe use two contrasting colours, variegated flosses or even a whole range of different colours.

House of Christmas cross stitch pattern by Galliana

 

Chart overview - left

Stitched model - right

House of Christmas cross stitch pattern by Galliana, zoom 1

 

Following the Guide

 

If you are at a loss as to how to start with your first pattern check out this handy guide. This guide comes free with every Galliana Sampler.

 

As you gain confidence, you'll start enjoying the freedom of color more and more, and certainly come up with brilliant ideas. Do please send us your photos and tips so we can share some more with fellow stitchers. 

A Guide to Colors cross stitch pattern by Galliana

A Guide to Colors
Free with every Galliana design
A Guide to Colors cross stitch pattern by Galliana, zoom 1
 

 

More about fabric...

 

Also covered in the guide is fabric color. Even if you stitch the entire pattern in a single floss color, don't automatically go for white. Remember you are dealing with a pair of colors which opens a wealth of possibilities.

 

 A darker color fabric for instance can make for a stunning stitched piece. This example shows the delightful Stitching Shelves, worked in beige on a navy background with the result that the stitched motif catches the light and stands out against the blue fabric.

The Stitching Shelves cross stitch pattern by Galliana


The Stitching Shelves

Cross stitch pattern by Galliana

Chart - left

Example of Stitched model - right

The Stitching Shelves cross stitch pattern by Galliana, zoom 1

 

More about Overdyed and Variegated threads...

 

Galliana designs are a wonderful opportunity to use all the wonderful skeins that blend several colors.

Overdyed threads are embroidery floss colors than are dyed in several colors, with the base color showing in some parts, or blended with other colors further along. For hand-dyed skeins, the process is uneven so there is a random element of surprise every dozen stitches or so. The choice of color (so yummy) and material (silk, cotton, wool) is huge. You can have a lot of fun stitching with over-dyed threads.

 

On the other end of the spectrum are Variegated threads . Offered by the main floss manufacturers in addition to their huge solid color ranges, Variegated (or Ombré) threads were initially used for embroidery, long before counted cross stitch charts became popular. They provide gentle shading in floral motifs worked in satin stitch for instance. In cross stitch they are perfect for adding a little nuance to monochrome designs as they are perfectly consistent in both color and sequence: the color changes very slowly, over a whole length of thread. We find they are also wonderful to work with, enabling smooth change of color and more control (check our tips in Galliana's Guide to Colors). Seen here is a detail of the Christmas sampler stitched with DMC Variegated115.

The Christmas Sampler cross stitch pattern by Galliana

The Christmas Sampler

Cross stitch pattern by Galliana

Chart - left

Example of Stitched model - right

The Christmas Sampler cross stitch pattern by Galliana, zoom 1

 

And a bit of fun...

 

You might not notice at first, but you could find little surprises hiding here and there in Galliana Samplers, extra fun motifs so discreet you might only discover them once you start stitching. The Garden sampler has plenty of little bugs hiding in it; the Christmas Castle features a large cracker built within its walls.

 

The Galliana Sampler featured below has it's own very special story. Click on the pattern details to find out.

The Galliana Sampler cross stitch pattern by Galliana

The Galliana Sampler

Cross stitch pattern by Galliana

The Galliana Sampler cross stitch pattern by Galliana, zoom 1

 

>> see all cross stitch patterns designed by Galliana


 

More cross stitch patterns by GallianaGalliana Cross stitch pattern logo

 

Galliana cross stitch patterns. Now, available as instant downloadable patterns, on Creative Poppy's website.

All charts are monochrome and come with a free Guide to Colors

Galliana cross stitch patterns

There are more works by Galliana on Creative Poppy's website, and many more to be added soon.
>> see all cross stitch patterns designed by Galliana


 

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