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Tempting Tangles, cross stitch patterns designed by Deborah A. Dick

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TEMPTING TANGLES Cross stitch designs by Deborah A. Dick 

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>> see all cross stitch patterns by Tempting Tangles


Happy Christmas to All, and to All a Good Night!

 

Now complete, From Tempting Tangles, Deborah A. Dicks' "Night before Christmas" series, comprising 4 ornaments, that put together read the entire poem. We particularly love the beautiful last part with an imposing St Nicholas holding a bejewelled staff

Tempting Tangles - Dash Away All! Christmas Ornament (cross stitch chart)
Dash Away All!
Tempting Tangles - Comet & Cupid - Christmas Ornament (cross stitch chart)
Comet & Cupid
Tempting Tangles - Dancer & Prancer - Christmas Ornament (cross stitch chart)
Dancer & Prancer
Tempting Tangles - A Merry Christmas to All!  Santa (cross stitch chart)
A Merry Christmas to All!

>> See all Christmas Ornament patterns (all designers)


 

Gorgeous Autumn hues

 

You can almost feel the chilly autumn wind in this splendid work created by Deborah A. Dick of Tempting Tangles. The colors used for cross stitching - all DMC - are splendid with contrasts of warm reds, greenish yellows and purple skies. The poem that inspired the work is also very evocative. An awesome piece of needlework.

Autumn nodding cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles

Autumn nodding
Counted cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles
Autumn nodding cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles, zoom 1

Here is another feast of colors by Tempting Tangles, this time stitched in hand-dyed Classic Colorworks cotton floss. Autumn, with its fine warm hues, is such a beautiful time of year to render in cross stitch.

Jumping Jack Frost cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles

Jumping Jack Frost
Counted cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles
Jumping Jack Frost cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles, zoom 1

 

Fun Halloween Ornaments

 

More fun stitching for Halloween by Tempting Tangles. Jack Arachnid, the king of creepy crawlies, Houses tumbling with fright and super cute kittens hiding in a pumpkin.

Tempting Tangles - Jack Arachnid zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Jack Arachnid
Tempting Tangles - Bump in the Night zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Bump in the Night
Tempting Tangles - Punkin Play zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Punkin Play

 

>> see more Seasonal patterns by Tempting Tangles


 

Christmas Ornaments from Tempting Tangles

 

New from designer Deborah A. Dick, 2 designs inspired by the all-time favorite poem "The Night before Christmas". All Tempting Tangles designs, no matter how small, are elaborately designed with fun stitch detail such as the loop-made beard of Santa Claus, the red-bead-tipped noses of the reindeer, or the decorative borders worked with Sofia crosses and beaded diamonds.

Tempting Tangles - Santa's Sleigh - Christmas ornament (cross stitch chart)
Santa's Sleigh
Tempting Tangles - Dash Away All! Christmas Ornament zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Dash Away All!
Tempting Tangles - Comet & Cupid - Christmas Ornament (cross stitch chart)
Comet & Cupid
Tempting Tangles - Naughty or Nice Santa - Christmas Ornament (cross stitch chart)
Naughty or Nice Santa

 


 

Light Summer breeze

 

Delighting in the warm summer breeze, the white swan glides on, feathers light and fluffy. Sunflowers grow heavy, heads turning with the sun rays. Picnic basket at the ready, summer's outdoor pleasures are there to enjoy.

Summer Garden Party cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles

Summer Garden Party
Counted cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles
Summer Garden Party cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles, zoom 1

>> see all seasonal patterns by Tempting Tangles

>> see all summer patterns (all designers)


 

Books, Quotes and Poems

 

Much inspired by books and poetry, Deborah A. Dick of Tempting Tangles showcases - in cross stitch - a pile of one of her favorite author's works, incidentally also by Jane Austen. Alongside the leather bound classics is an elegant period ink well and a feather writing pen.

Further down, see more works in cross stitch, one inspired by American poet Emily Dickinson, the other by Myrtle and Rose, a beautiful poem by Goethe that goes: "Knowest thou the land where the lemon trees bloom,..."

Persuasion cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles

Persuasion
Counted cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles
Persuasion cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles, zoom 1
Arc of White cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles

Arc of White
Counted cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles
Arc of White cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles, zoom 1
Myrtle & Roses cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles

Myrtle & Roses
Counted cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles
Myrtle & Roses cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles, zoom 1

>> see more patterns by Tempting Tangles with poems and quotes

>> see all patterns related to Books & Literature (all designers)


 

The call of Liberty

 

In a frenetic world, it's worth taking time to reflect upon and celebrate some of our core values. Brought to you by Tempting Tangles, this cross stitch sampler is a beautiful work of needle art, celebrating the values of freedom and justice.

Liberty & Justice cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles

Liberty & Justice
Counted cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles
Liberty & Justice cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles, zoom 1

 


 

Reading their minds

 

More decorative and fun animal patterns from Deborah A. Dick of Tempting Tangles

Reach for the stars cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles

Reach for the stars
Counted cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles
Reach for the stars cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles, zoom 1
Remember Elephant cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles

Remember Elephant
Counted cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles
Remember Elephant cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles, zoom 1
Practically Perfect cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles

Practically Perfect
Counted cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles
Practically Perfect cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles, zoom 1

>> see all animal patterns by Tempting Tangles


 

New and Exclusive! Spring Welcome by Tempting Tangles

 

Spot the tiny dragonfly to the right, with shimmering wings and gleaming eyes. It's one of the tiny details that make Tempting Tangles so much fun to stitch. Full of cheerful colors, this is an exclusive cross stitch piece designed especially for Creative Poppy by Tempting Tangles.

Spring Welcome cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles

Spring Welcome
Counted cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles
Spring Welcome cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles , zoom 1

 


Linen blossoms in silken paradise

 

Seated next to the window a maiden stitches. Through the window Spring beckons with rolling hills, blossoming cherry trees, and new born lambs, yet stormy skies speak of rain showers to come.

This cross stitch masterpiece by expert designer Deborah Dick of Tempting Tangles will require many hours of patient stitching, but how rewarding! 

Now recharted in color for maximum readability.

Spring inspir'd Stitcher cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles

Spring inspir'd Stitcher
Counted cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles
Spring inspir'd Stitcher cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles, zoom 1

 

Purple harmony

 

Celebrate Spring to come with this delicate cross stitch piece designed by Tempting Tangles. It comes in a beautiful harmony of purple and green.

Spring Garden Party cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles

Spring Garden Party
Counted cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles
Spring Garden Party cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles, zoom 1

Quaker hearts

 

Can you spot the key and the tiny initials? Fun to stitch with plenty of interesting detail, timeless and elegant, these projects make lovely Valentine or Anniversary gifts. 

Patterns by Deborah A. Dick of Tempting Tangles.

Key to my Heart cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles

Key to my Heart
Counted cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles
Key to my Heart cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles, zoom 1
Cheerful up Valentine cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles

Cheerful up Valentine
Counted cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles
Cheerful up Valentine cross stitch pattern by Tempting Tangles, zoom 1

 


 

Tempting Samplers

 

We just love the creative and quaint style of the designs by Deborah A. Dick of Tempting Tangles.  Her work is very expressive, with lovely muted and warm colors, and has an almost antique feel to it.

The patterns, mostly cross stitch, are full of intricate needlework details and occasional specialty stitches that make her work interesting to stitch all along. Here a view of some details of her lovely Samplers. Click on the image for a full view and more details.

Tempting Tangles - Panoply of Posies zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Panoply of Posies
Tempting Tangles - Posies Two zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Posies Two
Tempting Tangles - Good morning zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Good morning
Tempting Tangles - Peppermint Pig zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Peppermint Pig
Tempting Tangles - Giovanni's Alphabet zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Giovanni's Alphabet
Tempting Tangles - Panoply of Peacocks zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Panoply of Peacocks
Tempting Tangles - Panoply of Pods & Puffs zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Panoply of Pods & Puffs
Tempting Tangles - Needleworkers Abecedarius zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Needleworkers Abecedarius

>> see all Sampler cross stitch patterns by Tempting Tangles


 

Scarlet Letters (detail), cross stitch pattern in the Color series by Tempting TanglesThe amazing evocative power of words

 

Simply looking at one's stash of red floss, or searching through a color card for the perfect tone of red, us stitchers appreciate the incredibly rich world of color, one of the things that irresistibly draws us to stitching. Human beings have often been at loss to describe colors and most often simply revert to an image, "blue as a clear blue sky". Many color names are thus very poetic.

In the following designs, Tempting Tangles collects words that are wonderfully evocative of each of her favorite shades. They read like a poem and are beautifully laid out in cross stitches, embellished with delicate Quaker style motifs.

Tempting Tangles - Purple-licious (cross stitch chart)
Purple-licious
Tempting Tangles - Broderie Bleue (cross stitch chart)
Broderie Bleue
Tempting Tangles - Little Brown Jug (cross stitch chart)
Little Brown Jug
Tempting Tangles - Scarlet Letters (cross stitch chart)
Scarlet Letters
Tempting Tangles - Verdant variations (cross stitch chart)
Verdant variations
Tempting Tangles - Ebony & Ivory (cross stitch chart)
Ebony & Ivory

>> See all patterns in the Color series by Tempting Tangles


 

Classic Coffee Break, a cross stitch pattern designed by Tempting Tangles

Not from the corner coffee machine...

 

 

Some things in life deserve special attention. Whether you are a coffee or tea lover, the right pot, the right cup and the perfect blend or brew makes the whole difference.

Designer Deborah A. Dick from Tempting Tangles takes us on a wonderful journey, exploring uncommon teas, and rare exotic coffees, together with some absolutely charming tea pots and coffee pots. These are very decorative cross stitch pieces to stitch and, since they work in pairs and series, you can combine them for very attractive wall displays.

Tempting Tangles - Tempting Teas zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Tempting Teas
Tempting Tangles - Tea Time zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Tea Time
Tempting Tangles - Coffee Compendium zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Coffee Compendium
Tempting Tangles - Classic Coffee Break zoom 1 (cross stitch chart)
Classic Coffee Break

Put the kettle on... we'll all have tea

 

Charming miniature patterns that vary with the seasons. Include quaint little details like tea strainers as well as some occasional specialty stitches that add fun to the stitching..

Tempting Tangles - Have a Cuppa (cross stitch chart)
Have a Cuppa
Tempting Tangles - Lavender Mint (cross stitch chart)
Lavender Mint
Tempting Tangles - Harvest Brew (cross stitch chart)
Harvest Brew
Tempting Tangles - Golden Quince (cross stitch chart)
Golden Quince

Or shall I rather make you some coffee?

 

Ice coffee delights, warm spicy blends, heavenly aromas, ... a coffee for each season.

Tempting Tangles - Summer Buzz (cross stitch chart)
Summer Buzz
Tempting Tangles - Razzleberry Roast (cross stitch chart)
Razzleberry Roast
Tempting Tangles - Autumn Aromas (cross stitch chart)
Autumn Aromas
Tempting Tangles - Nose warmer (cross stitch chart)
Nose warmer

>> see al Tea & Coffee cross stitch patterns by Tempting Tangles


 

Needlework fun: it's all in the detail

 

If there is one specificity that sums up the art of Tempting Tangles designs, it's certainly the attention given to detailed stitching. While most patterns are mostly cross stitch, the designer is constantly focusing on how to best render her subject in stitches. Here are 5 close up examples of patterns where little stitching details are inserted that take the stitching to a new level. 

 

If you are not familiar with the stitches described below, not to worry: the designer takes you by the hand, introducing you to all these lovely stitches as you work through your piece.

 

Good Morning (detail), cross stitch pattern designs by Tempting TanglesTexture

 

Designer Deborah A. Dick loves to vary the threads used, according to her subject. Take this little beaded-eyes dragon fly, hovering among the cross-stitch flowers. In contrast with the silk floss, its body and wings are stitched in a glowing emerald green with metallic tones, in a combination of backstitch and cross stitch, and embellished with two copper and ginger petite seed beads.

 

>> Good Morning designed by Tempting Tangles

  
Razzleberry Roast (detail), cross stitch pattern  designed by Tempting Tangles

Curves

 

Any cross stitcher will know that one of the difficulties of cross stitch is to render beautiful curves. This is true for plants, but also for any round shapes, such as this delicate coffee pot, with a  top that curves and finishes into a round tip. The designer used a couple of split stitches to delicately finish the cross stitch into a fine curve. The split stitch is a variation of the stem stitch, that creates a neat continuous line.

 

>> Razzleberry Roast  designed by Tempting Tangles

  

Summer Buzz (detail), cross stitch pattern designed by Tempting TanglesDimensional effects 

 

This pretty spring pot is adorned with branches of delicate cherry blossoms. Notice how they stand out in front of the cross stitch background. To achieve this effect, the designer worked the fragile petals in a lazy daisy stitch, a quick and easy stitch with maximum effect. The branches are worked in stem stitch, a stitch that is both fine and dimensional, perfect for stems, hence its name. To reinforce the contrast with the words stitched in the background, notice how the designer outlines the cross stitching, making them solid and sturdy in comparison with the blossoming flowers. As a final touch, a couple of golden seed beads are worked into the hearts of the flowers.

 

>> Summer Buzz designed by Tempting Tangles

  

Giovannis Alphabet (deatil), cross stitch pattern designed by Tempting TanglesDensity 

 

Check out this little flower that punctuates Giovanni's Alphabet. In contrast with the neighbouring cross stitch, it has a smooth lustrous finish. This is achieved with the use of satin stitch - another aptly named stitch - that fills the petals. It is also neatly outlined with stem stitch. The designer naturally guides you, how to start, how to give a direction to your stitches. Her designs are always "chock-full" of tips.

Satin Stitch is one of the designers beloved stitch, you'll find it in many of her works, in particular in borders and  frames. It is beautiful when worked in an overdyed thread, highlighting the subtle variations of color of the floss.

 

>> Giovannis Alphabet designed by Tempting Tangles

  

Creation (detail), cross stitch pattern designed by Tempting TanglesDepth

 

Creation is one of Tempting Tangles most ambitious undertakings. An extraordinary achievement, it depicts the amazing Biblical story of the formation of the world, the creation of heavens, light emerging, seas forming. Among the swirling clouds, in a myriad cross stitches of smoky blues and grey, light emerges. The focus point of this lighter area of pale yellow and white is a very special stitch, a large Rhodes diamond that has been specially adapted and elongated. Look closely... this is god's eye!

 

>> Creation designed by Tempting Tangles

 

 

 

These are only just a few examples of the remarkable attention the designer gives to detail. There are many, many more for you to discover.  Each of Tempting Tangles designs is always an interesting voyage into the wonderful possibilities of needlework.

  

 

Designs by Tempting Tangles illustrating episodes from the BiblePowerful story telling 

 

The Bible is full of wonderful episodes, including the compelling story of the Creation of the World. In the following designs Tempting Tangles picks carefully selected quotes from Genesis, Jonah and other scripture, to tell and illustrate an episode in stitches.

Tempting Tangles - Creation (cross stitch chart)
Creation
Tempting Tangles - First Light (cross stitch chart)
First light
Tempting Tangles - Galactic Galliard (cross stitch chart)
Galactic Galliard
Tempting Tangles - Adam's Menagerie (cross stitch chart)
Adam's Menagerie
Tempting Tangles - Jonah's Whale (cross stitch chart)
Jonah's Whale

>> see all patterns with Scripture by Tempting Tangles


 

Tempting Tangles designs by Deborah A. Dick

More cross stitch patterns by TEMPTING TANGLES

 

All Tempting Tangles designs published by Creative Poppy come with an additional easy-to-read Color chart overview reference chart.

 

There are more works by Tempting Tangles on Creative Poppy's website, and many more to be added soon.

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