Gracewood Stitches Cross stitch designs by Kathy Bungard
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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