If you're looking for an easy-to stitch Christmas sampler, do check out Riverdrift House designs. Worked in cross stitch only, with blocks of solid colors, they are fast to stitch yet so merry and colorful! We love the royal Christmas at Sandringham with the brightly lit castle and black Norfolk turkeys roaming in the park.
Evergreens have been celebrated around the winter solstice long before the advent of Christianity. By 16th century the tradition of decorating a Tannenbaum with candles for Christmas was already established in Germany.
When young Queen Victoria & her consort Albert, where pictured in their palace around a Christmas tree with their children, the tradition became instantly popular, spreading through the British isles and around the world. This wonderful design by Riverdrift House celebrates the British royals around their first Christmas tree.
The mansion looks beautiful in the background with large windows opening directly onto the grounds. The highlight though is the garden, with a beautiful terrace paved with colorful tiles, like a carpet. It is surrounded by basins of flowers and topiaries. Everywhere birds, flowers, a little corner of paradise.
Part of Riverdrift House's beautiful collection of cross stitch samplers featuring manor houses and gardens.
Brought to you by Riverdrift House, here is an elegant cross stitch sampler that will delight any music lover. As your eyes wander from word to word, no doubt you will start to hear the sweet sound of music.
The ancient Andean civilization continues to fascinate, leaving us with enigmatic and mysterious designs. This colorful Riverdrift house sampler combines motifs of strange gods dripping gold, stylized animals, geometric patterns drawn from traditional hand-woven textiles. The cross stitch pattern is full of captivating details.
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These folk designs by Riverdrift House offer a wealth of possibilities. We see an invitation to play around with your favourite overdyed or variegated threads. Or, to make pairs, a large and a smaller one, using the inner square motif and inverting the colors for the smaller cushion. Part of the fun of cross stitch is taking a design into your own hand and adapting it. Do show us and send photos of your finished projects!
Brought to you by Riverdrift house. What makes this nativity design unique is that, like other Riverdrift House cross stitch patterns, it was created in the manner of a sampler, with plenty of detail and many decorative motifs and borders.
Stitched in 1866 by a young girl from Wales, this charming sampler not only includes traditional elements (house, animals, trees of life ...), it also features stunning sailing ships including clippers, witnesses of the naval activity of the region. The sampler was spotted and transposed into a cross stitch chart by Amanda from Riverdrift House.
Organizing a tea-party in the garden, gathering bunches of fresh flowers and tending to one's plants - summertime is full of pleasures. And so are these delicate summer samplers, with fresh colors and adorable details. Both are Riverdrift House designs.
In the manner of a scrapbook, Amanda, Riverdrift House's designer, collects many tiny emblems of regions dear to her heart and puts them together in beautiful Samplers, with tons of tiny detail to enjoy stitching. Every single item in the chart has an explanation that features in the text that accompanies the chart.
Here is the first design in a series of four cross stitch patterns, one for each season. A little "Folkie" lady is tending her animals and enjoying the Spring season in her garden. Quick and easy to stitch, it comes in beautiful soft spring colors. A design by Riverdrift House.
Filled with birds and sweet words, this sampler can be stitched as a wedding day gift or to mark an anniversary. It is personalized at the base with the initials of the newly wed and date of the wedding.
Living in the English countryside and a great lover of antique needlework samplers, the designer draws much of her inspiration in traditional motifs, yet giving them a modern twist and personal touch. She has designed many a gorgeous sampler for Riverdrift House, such as the exceptional Sampler featured right that was created for the bi-centenary of the death of Jane Austen and hangs today in Chatsworth House, Derbyshire.
Ever since she started Riverdrift House and designing professionally, Amanda Stevenson has consistently only used cross stitches for every one of her patterns. Keep it pure and simple seems to be her leitmotif. No backstitching, no fractional stitches, just pure cross stitches from one end of the design to another. This does not mean the designs are not intricate, quite the contrary. It does however make for easy and pleasant stitching, whether you are a beginner or an expert.
- Beginner cross stitchers will find it easy to complete the smaller patterns, stitching on 14 count Aida (see picture left)
- Experienced stitchers might want to stitch instead on 28 ct linen, over two threads of fabric. The design will be the same size but the feel will be more sophisticated and authentic. See our tips for stitching on linen.
- Expert stitchers can try some miniature stitching, over one thread, say on 25ct linen. The result will be stunning and since all patterns are full cross stitch only, it's no problem stitching over one thread. Why not give it a try?
Welcome to the world of Folkies
Folkies is the name given to Riverdrift House's latest series of patterns featuring couples wearing beautifully detailed traditional folk costumes. We love the way they stand tall and proud, looking us straight in the eyes. There are currently 6 designs in the collection. More coming soon!
In Cornwall, wherever you are, you are never far from the sea. Amanda Stevenson says she likes gazing at the bit of Cornwall which is right outside her windows. Ships, ocean waves, bunting flying in the wind, seagulls, all these maritime motifs are recurrent themes in her work, either as main designs (see below) or tiny nautical motifs that have slipped into a sampler (see right).
A collection of cross stitch patterns related to the United Kingdom's Royal family, including the official London residence of Buckingham palace and her majesty the Queen's Scottish summer residence of Balmoral.
These charts are full of regalia, colorful flags and ensigns and fun detail such as the Queen's royal corgis.