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"Gracious Words are like a Honeycomb...
...Sweetness to the Soul and Health to the Body" - Proverbs, 16:24
Wise words turned into cross stitches, by Kathy Bungard of Gracewood Stitches.
An interesting mix of ornamental styles
This second design in 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....
A cross stitch design by Gracewood Stitches.
Serendipity: a new collection by Gracewood stitches
Embarking on a new series of designs, Kathy Bungard is exploring new creative routes, starting with an idea, letting her mind wander and creating, almost by lucky accident, a completely new design. Serendipity #1 will be followed by many more. We look forward to discovering the outcome of Kathy's creative mindset.
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Gracewood Stitches year-round calendar of designs
With newly released April - Spring has Sprung, the series of 12 designs - each one inspired by a month of the year - is now complete!
Influenced by her rugged and natural mountain surroundings, and passionate about vintage textile designs, Kathy Bungard brings a very personal touch to cross stitch design.
>> see all cross stitch charts in Gracewood's stitches Calendar of Designs
Art Deco wallpaper style
Designer Kathy Bungard of Gracewood Stitches invites us on a journey back in time about 100 years, when an explosion of creativity shook up aesthetic codes and gave rise to the Art Deco movement. We really enjoy the way all the flowers have been styled, each in their own way.
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Quilting Blocks - cross stitch style
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.
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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.
The pattern comes with parts of different colors, like separate pieces of fabric, nested into each other, in the manner of the Log cabin quilt motif
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Dancing in the rain
There is beautiful movement in this pattern designed by Gracewood Stitches, the little violets seem to be holding an umbrella and dancing in the rain.
Calm seas, light airs
Not a wrinkle on the sea. Not a breath of wind in the sails. A radiant sun ... a design truly evocative of a perfect summer day. We love the layout, inspired by the namesake quilt motif. Cross stitch pattern designed by Gracewood Stitches.
Kathy Bunghard, Gracewood Stitches' designer, excels at creating ornamental floral motifs, like this unique frieze of hydrangeas and roses, which can be repeated at will.
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A ray of moonlight
Here's a beautiful cross stitch pattern by Gracewood Stitches: starting from a former color design, she decided to recreate it as if the garden's colors had faded into the dark and the flowers were only lit by a ray of moonlight.
This piece is worked in Assisi stitch - a cross stitch technique which consists in filling the background only , letting the patterns appear in negative on the fabric. We love the way the design exudes calm and softness all the while being very decorative.
Celebrate! Gracewood's design for the month of December
In her cute "calendar series", here is the designer's pattern for the last month of the year, cross stiched in joyful red in celebration of the festive season.
Here at Creative Poppy we think the motif is not only of timeless beauty, but lends itself to a multitude of projects (from napkins to table cloth) and a variety of colors ways (think wedding present when stitched in white on raw linen). Click on the image for ideas!
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Worked in the Assisi style of cross stitch, with only the purple background stitched and the motif showing in the blank parts, here is a beautifully pictured arrangement of seasonal fruit. The elegant and decorative design, brought to you by Gracewood stitches is part of their monthly cross stitch calendar.
The warm feeling of being all wrapped up in a cosy warm blanket of home-spun wool. This tartan based cross stitch pattern with an oak leaf and acorn motif is the design for October, In Gracewood Stitches monthly calendar.
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Joyous Christmas Ornament
Delicate beads embellish this elegant ornament, letters standing out on a stunning orange background mimicking stained glass. A design by Kathy Bungard of Gracewood Stitches.
Ornamental flower motif - vintage wallpaper style
The motif for the September page of Gracewood Stiches' calendar collection of patterns is Carnations. It is stitched in Assisi cross stitch style which means stitching the surrounding background and leaving the central motif void - and therefore standing out by contrast.
More Assisi cross stitch style motifs
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Kingdom of Neptune
Over the months Kathy Bungard of Gracewood Stitches continues to create cross stitch designs matching a theme with a color. In August, dive into the cool and refreshing realm of Neptune!
As the months go by
Designer Kathy Bungard of Gracewood Stitches has started a new collection of designs, each dedicated to a special month of the year.
The July pattern is inspired by the silky-leaved orange poppies that bloom in our summer gardens. The stitched design shows the graceful silhouettes of the flowers against a warm tangerine background.
Damask floral motifs
Textile type cross stitch designs are one of Kathy Bungard's forte. As if they were fabrics, with threads of different colors interwowen so as to let a motif appear on the textile surface, she creates powerful designs in cross stitch with a single or limited number of colors. And while she enjoys playing around with many abstract forms, she has created some stunning and very decorative flower designs.
Like the sequences of movements of dancers twirling on the dance floor, of which is was inspired, Tussie-Mussie is a vigorous and compelling cross stitch motif. A Gracewood Stitches design, by Kathy Bungard, ever perfecting the art of abstract needlework design.
With striking visual effects in the way the decorative border is designed, this ornament focuses on the essential of Christmas, the Holy Night of the Nativity.
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.
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>> see the Traces of Lace patterns shown in this quilt
In some ways, this new pattern by Kathy Bungard of Gracewood Stitches reminds us of Beethoven's symphony Ode to joy, there is such joyful energy and movement in it. Looking at it you can almost see the floral motifs growing and explode, like fireworks.
This stunning pattern is part of the Traces of lace series (see below). In all four patterns, the white, lace-like motif is left unstitched, while the color background, with its dual color, is reminiscent of the light travelling through gemstones.
With large star motifs like giant fireworks in the foreground, and tiny specks of light in the distant sky, here is an amazing explosion of light brought to you by designer Kathy Bungard of Gracewood Stitches. It's part of the series Traces of Lace that is designed in the Assisi stitch style.
Here is the second pattern in the Traces of lace series, a collection of patterns by Gracewood stitches that features lace-like motifs. This stunning motif, Spun Plum, is full of movement, as if spinning wheels were working in concert. The background color, in two shades of plum, evokes the transparency of tainted glass.
A play with light and transparencies
Imagine a piece of lace filtering the sunlight, the light itself passing through a translucent jade stone. This is the image that inspired Kathy Bungard of Gracewood stitches to create this intricate cross stitch pattern, and even a series (the soon to come Traces of Lace).
The lace pattern itself is left unstitched, as if to emphasize the translucent effect. A remarkable work.
Let the sunshine in!
Here's sunny Seville, by Gracewood Stitches. Designer Kathy Bungard was inspired by the fabulous lace patterns of mantillas and gowns worn in Spain. This pattern is both elegant and full of grace, a luminous piece to stitch - in either cross stitch or needlepoint - and showcase in your home.
>> see more patterns from the Vintage textile design collection by Gracewood Stitches
Boudoir style cushion
With its soft muted tones and classic elegance, here's the perfect cushion for a classy, chic home. We like the contrast between the textile motif and the colored square in the background which gives it a contemporary touch. This cushion is brought to you by Gracewood Stitches and is part of the Vintage textiles collection.
Home deco idea: This design can easily be turned into several cushions. Why not stitch a trio in three base colors, simply substituting the pink for mint green in one and light Scandinavian blue for the other?
New: Swatchables by Gracewood Stitches
What's a Swatchable? Like a musical theme that is repeated with variations with within a musical piece , the Swatchables are based on a main motif which is repeated in various forms and can be extended in various directions.
This one is called Rondo and is reminiscent of old terra cotta tiles.
The beauty of this cross stitch project is that you can extend the pattern at will and "color in" any parts of the design to make it totally unique. Do send us pictures of your stitched piece and if they are published you'll receive a new chart of your choice as a gift from us.
A luminous ornament reflecting the evening lights
What a pretty little ornament to hang in your house as a refined and precious home deco touch!
Kathy Bungard of Gracewood Stitches was inspired by the soft lights of twighlight with the last rays of sun disappearing into a starry night.
New tutorial: A precious finish for your stitched ornaments
Christmas is round the corner and you're probably giving some thought to your Christmas ornaments.
When it comes to stitching, especially those small pieces, attention to detail is essential. Here's a new tutorial that can give you some ideas on how to add some beautiful finishing touches to your stitching using pretty beads and ribbons.
>> see the new Jewel-like finishing for stitched Ornaments Tutorial
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New in the Vintage textiles Collection, by Gracewood Stitches
Japan, and more specifically Kyoto, its ancient capital, is the source of inspiration for this new addition to the Vintage textile cross stitch designs by Kathy Bungard of Gracewood Stitches.
Blue hues, with contrasting white motifs were used extensively in traditional woven fabrics in Japan. The Kyoto cross stitch pattern renders the wowen feel of this ancient art.
>> see more patterns in the Vintage textiles Collection by Gracewood Stitches
Finishing ideas: tray lining in cross stitch
Here's a beautiful idea for your cross stitch projects, lining the bottom of a tray with a splendid cross stitch mat. The picture shows the Alsace design from Gracewood Stitches. Any other of the designer's gorgeous patterns from the Vintage Textiles collection would be equally suitable as they can all be adapted to any size of object. Further more you can easily adapt your own colors to suit your home interior hues.
We suggest selecting a tray with vertical sides, which frames the mat neatly.
What can you use a tray for? For serving coffee for sure, but there are plenty of other decorative uses in home decor such as organizing objects on a coffee table, a beside table, a chest of draws...
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Vintage French Ticking Fabric, revisited in cross stitch
Designer Kathy Bungard of Gracewood Stitches pursues her exploration of vintage fabric themes. We love her latest design inspired by antique bedlinen fabrics from Alsace. The beauty of this design is that it is continuous so it can be extended or cut, depending on your needlework project. It also works perfectly for needlepoint. We are sure it will inspire plenty of gorgeous ideas!
Designer of the Month: Gracewood Stitches
Kathy Bungard, the designer of Gracewood stitches brings a truly unique perpsective to needlework. We love the way she draws inspiration from an idea, say perfume, and develops a pattern based on this idea, such as the "Heart Note".
Kaleidoscopes, color at play
Designer Kathy Bungard of Gracewood stitches brings you a remarkable design idea: cross stitch kaleidoscope patterns.
It's quite a technical feat, how she manages to render the mirror effects and quirky angles at play inside this intriguing device. If you, like many stitchers, love playing with color, you can have a go too!
New vintage-textile inspired "Beauvais" motif from Gracewood stitches is now available. A perfect match for the greatly popular "Carolina" design. Both projects are two-color based so you can easily switch colors to match your home decor. Ideal for making cushion covers.
|Counted cross stitch pattern by Gracewood stitches|
In the spirit of vintage textiles
Carolina, Kathy Bungard's (Gracewood Stitches) latest design is inspired by the jacquard woven motifs found on antique coverlets and house linen used by the settlers in the Carolinas.
We love the fact that the pattern is so versatile. It is continuous, meaning that, like any piece of fabric, you can adapt the size to your own use. Second, you can also pick your own colors and fibers.
The beauty of the pattern is that you stitch the color background and the motif stands out where the fabric is left unstitched.
|Counted cross stitch pattern by Gracewood Stitches|
Chrysanthemums, Korean style
Brought to you by Kathy Bungard of Gracewood Stitches, this is the second needlework piece inspired by the beautiful antique screens found in Korean houses. The pattern turns out beautiful in cross stitch. Pair it with the Poppies, the other Korean screen inspired design.
A ceramic plate inspired iris by Kathy Bungard for Gracewood Stitches
The focus is on the bold iris pattern, inspired from Korean enamelled plates. The background by contrast is a soft green, replicating the colour of the famous celadon enamel originating from the region. A tiny geometric motif adds extra refinement to the pattern.
|Counted cross stitch pattern by Gracewood Stitches|
Summer is out in Kathy Bungard's log cabin series
Beautifully Art-deco style borders to cross stitch in a creative 'log-cabin' style layout: here comes the summer with cool blues contrasting with fiery orange.
There are now four beautiful designs by Kathy Bungard in the log cabin series, one for each season. Collect them all!
Embrace Art Nouveau style, needle in hand
Art Nouveau (French for New Art) flourished in the early 1900's, with new forms of art no longer limited to fine arts (such as painting) but covering a whole range of handcrafted materials such as ceramics and textiles. Kathy Bungard from Gracewood Stitches designs has long been interested in Art Nouveau themes, bringing us a beautiful range of patterns for cross stitching. The latest in the series is Wimsey, with intertwining flower stems and decorative borders in typical Art Nouveau style.
|Counted cross stitch pattern by Gracewood Stitches|
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There are more works by Kathy Bungard on Creative Poppy's website, and many more to be added soon.
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