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|There are so many wonderful designs available that celebrate every season and occasion under the sun... so we thought it'd be fun to collect a few of them, and organize them for you on a set of Holiday/Seasonal Pages. I'm a "seasons" nut... so we'll be adding to these all the time! We have so many other projects and ideas in the shop, and elsewhere on the site, but this is a fun way to show you just a few ..... ENJOY!|
Autumn Cross Stitch Designs
Spring and Easter Designs
Christmas and Winter
Patriotic and Summer
Summer and Beach
from Madame Chantilly
These two just go together, don't they? A pair of 'signs' with coordinating mini-cushions, I think you need to buy a beach house to display these in after they're stitched!
Soft lettering, both feature a smiling little crab. Mermaid on one, a lighthouse on the other, they care coded for DMC and will look good on a natural or oatmeal-ly colored background fabric. The larger designs will finish approx 11 x 6, while the little cushion designs are just 2-1/2 inches!
A trip to Italy via your Needle!
from Artmishka Cross Stitch
Isn't this a charming set of 4 small designs? By Artmishka Cross Stitch... directly from Italy... I just love them!
Presented as 4 individual charts - each measures 68 to 71 stitches - so just about 4 inches in size on 18/36ct. Coded for DMC, she has provided you with two charts in each - one without the backstitches, so you can SEE the regular crosses on the charts, and then the second chart with backstitch placement. Just makes me want to go to Italy!
Forever in Peace and Bless and Keep
from Sweet Wing Studio
Broad Stripes and Bright Stars from Teresa Kogut!!!
Teresa Kogut has released a beautiful new book featuring 7 of her original Americana designs. Full of gorgeous project pics, the charts are huge and in full color. Everything is coded for hand-dyed floss and DMC, and every page is prettier than the last.
All the designs are featured in the cover picture, so you know what's inside. Teresa has designed a line of fabric: Bright Stars by Riley Blake Designs which releases in the Spring of 2023. The watercolor art in this book is taken from that new fabric line!
The American Trilogy
from Twin Peak Primitives
This is a really neat 'retro-inspired' designs to celebrate America! The Twin Peak girls are from The Netherlands... and I usually think the designers from other countries don't always 'get' our 'Americana Flavor'... but these are pretty good! Charts are large, and in addition to the black and white version, you get a complete color version as well. Available separately or all three together in one leaflet... choose just your favorite one or two... or do all three for a really nice trio presentation!
from Silver Creek Samplers
*Equality, Justine & Hope* - This one promises all really good things our Founding Fathers wanted for us!
Finishes approx 3-1.2 x 5 on 36ct, and is coded for DMC.
Riding the Wavese from Marnic Designs
This is a neat little square - just under 5 x 5 on 32ct white. Stitched with DMC floss, one hand-dyed cotton and one Waterlilies silk.
She has you CONTOUR stitch the waves - the entire bottom half of the design. Really different and pretty, I was drawn to it!
Home of the Free
from Romy Creations
Stitch this tiny street scene on Zweigart's 32ct Raw linen with white polka dots already printed on it. Colors used at DMC of 321, 3852, 312, white and 898.
Finishing just 4 x 8-1/2, she has red rik-rak on there that you could always run the other direction - and change the shape of your finished piece. Presented in a chart.
Counting is Hard and Midsummer Song, Two new designs by Misty Pursel of Luminous Fiber Arts
Patriotic Parade from Petal Pusher
Here's the next season of the same darling farm animals all decked out for their annual parade! They are the same pig, cow, horse, sheep and chickens. Just like Halloween Hoedown and Holiday Hoedown... these little guys all come in individual charts, but can be stitched together.
Just the cutest, you'll love the names too: Uncle Ham, Moo-other of Freedom, Ewe Lil' Firecracker, Patriot Reins and Chicks on Parade! Stitched on 32ct Sand and coded for DMC, lots of places you could add metallics and beads if you want! This is one busy farmyard of animals!
from Fairy Wool in the Wood
Here is a fun design that is made up of 8 smaller insets. Stitched on 36ct Country Vintage Mocha Linen (any count will do) it finishes 8 x 12.
Coded for DMC, this is a perfect design to break up and finish into individual pin cushions for a fun basket or tray display. Super charming that way... you get glimpses of a seafaring family and life at the beach!
Presenting Red White & Bloom from With Thy Needle & thread
Brenda Gervais has released info about her next set of *seasonal smalls* - they companion Love Notes and Jelly Bean jubilee. Red White and Bloom includes a Lady Liberty, Uncle Sam, busy little bumbler bees, cheery sunflowers and even a family of eagles. All the designs are small, but Brenda promises that they'll make a big statement when you display them together in a tray or basket. (She says it is delightfully fun to find little trinkets and decorations to include with the cushions because it really makes your stitching POP!)
All garden-y in theme, Lady Liberty has sunflowers as tall as she is, Sam is fashioned to look like a garden Whirli-gig, and his hat is even a planter. A bunting-draped watering can is home to a another sunflower, and the Mom and Dad eagles are perched and waiting for a festive party! Lots of the same colors of flosses are called for in both patterns, so no need to buy more thread. (Onyx, Pea Coat, Red Rocks, Grits, Oscar, Pamlico, Blue Suede, Grecian Gold, 611, 712, 3771 and 3778.
Happy Birthday America! from With Thy Needle & thread
Brenda Gervais is previewing her newest little chart design - a miniature stitched birthday cake to America - featuring a very festive eagle! (But... you could finish this as a small pin cushion as well.) Measuring just 3-1/2 inches round on 36ct linen, it is stitched with bits of DMC floss and hand-dyeds of Grits, Palomino, Loden, Pea Coat, Red Rocks, Blue Suede and Grecian Gold.
Brenda is supplying her alphabet-printed linen you see on the drum sides in the chart. The featured trim is by Lady Dot - Vintage Mini Pom, and is available separately. The chart gives sources for the 2 x 4 cardboard 'cake box' form, and the candle-stick wooden 'cake plate' base. Brenda says her finishing instructions will give you a 'prefectly-shaped cake with no wonky bumps or lumps... super easy, and no sewing machine required!'
from Vintage Needlearts
Here's a cute piece for a kid's room! *Be Yourself * *Stand Tall* *Be Brave* *Dream Big* - all really great words of advice. A jungle theme, we get a monkey, elephant, tiger, parrots, a giraffe and palm trees... all stitched into a 171 x 80 piece that will finish approx 6 x 12 on 14/28ct.
Super-cute, it's coded for DMC. This would be really fun done on 18ct linen over two with some wooly and velvet-y threads, and maybe some metallics for the parrots!
from Twin Peak Primitives
Smell the Sea and feel the Sky - just don't get sand in your stitching bag! This is kind of a fun piece by Twin Peak Primitives... I see three bands of design in here... so lots of possibilities. The top row features spools of thread with those shorebirds, bitty cabanas and the fishermen on them. Notice the clothesline there with the scissors and needles on it? (and the bitty swimsuit!) The crabs are super cute, and the row of whales down below just makes it a busy sea-scene.
Presented as a leaflet, the stitch count is 170 x 119 - so 10-1/2 x 7-/12 on 16/32ct, and it calls for regular DMC floss. Easy to add some hand-dyeds , you could do the crabs in metallic, or the tiny swimming fish... or add buttons here and there if your stash 'overfloweth!'
Lobstah Dinnah Ornament
from The Elegant Thread
This is the CUTEST thing! By The Elegant Thread, stitch this cute little red lobster - he's 2 x 3 - and put him inside his mesh cage - he's ready to bring home for dinner! (Or you can hang him on your Christmas Tree, or perch him somewhere in your kitchen!)
Presented as a complete kit, you are stitching him over one thread on 22ct hand-dyed aqua blue linen. It's a pretty coarse weave, so it's not hard to see. Next, sew him together into a little pillow - the red and cream checkered backing fabric and interfacing are included. Then, roll the plastic mesh - included - into his trap, tie him inside there with the bit of included twine... and you're finished! This is SO creative and cute... I'm in the middle of nowhere in Oklahoma... I've never set lobster traps in my life, but even I know this is *a winnah!*
Under The Sea
from Vintage Needlearts
This cute little medley of designs floated our way... a set of 6 cushions that would be cute in a bowl nestled in with seaglass! Take a walk on the beach and collect a few fun things for this little mermaid and her sea turtle, seahorse, star fish and octopus friends.
These each finish into 3 x 3 cushions, and the set is coded for 24 different shades of DMC floss. *Swim with me under the sea*... add a few beads for bubbles, or some metallics here or there. Presented as a chart.
Two Arrivals by Stitching With The Housewives! Get Ready to Celebrate July!
Freedom Fob from Haystack Stitching
Here's a cute little humbug shape that is decorated with stars and stripes of red, white and blue. Just a bitty thing, it's done on 40ct linen with DMC. The whole design measures only 31 x 64 in stitch count (1-1/2 x 3), so even if 40 isn't your favorite, it won't be a chore to work up.
You can finish it flat, in a frame, a pin cushion or make the tiny humbug shape - you decide! Kit comes with the chart, linen, flosses needle and bit of ribbon.
Liberty Hill Farm
from Summer House Stitche Workes
Summer House Stitche Workes has a CHARMING pair of patriotic designs that she has finished into little round stand-up cushions - Pin Drums. Worked on 32ct Weeks Dye Works Tin Roof Linen, these are stitched with a special pack of Sulky Threads. When you have stitched these two pieces... you'll STILL have enough thread left to stitch Hand's On's Memorial Day piece!! The girls planned their designs this way - and best of all the thread set is only $16.00!
The larger drum is 159 x 64 - and the smaller is 159 x 51. Super-duper-darn-cute... we even ordered the limited edition flower-pin packs to make those three pins poking from the tops! (I think those are little flower-shaped bits of wool that Cathy Habermann has done!) Love those bright colors... go check out Memorial Day, as well!
from Madame Chantilly
This is the CUTEST little patriotic mouse - bringing stars and a smile to your face! You can stitch him on top of the watering can or off... and choose the red, white and blue star twigs or the bigger stars that spell 'freedom.'
Since Rossana is from Italy, she's included the Italian and French flags in here as well! Coded for DMC, the larger version is 114 x 122, the smaller one is 57 x 87. Absolutely the cutest!
from Bent Creek
Do you remember this? Bent Creek published it in 1995 - so it's 25 years old! A beautiful little flag, it measures 91 x 65 in stitch count - so 9 x 6 on 10ct, 6 x 4 on 32... or even 2-1/4 x 1-1/2 over one on 40!
It uses just DMC of 815, 822 and 823... and the letters from the alphabet make up all the stars. The stripes have no pattern to them - just stitches here and there to get that raggedy flavor!
It's a Mermaid Life
by Tiny Modernist
A darling collection of exciting sea life! Tiny Modernist's 8 x 10 medley is stitched on anything aqua-colored that you want. It features the cutest mermaids, fish, crabs, whales, seahorses, even volcanos and a pirate ship!
You could add sparkly beads for the bubbles, lots of metallics in the fish and mermaids... it's just a fun little piece! Presented as a 6 x 9 full color chart.
Ocean Air, Salty Hair
This would be so cute in a girly bathroom, or on the wall of a cheerful and bright beach house! Stitched on white or whatever, in 19 shades of DMC, it finishes approx 8 x 11 on 14/28ct.
Dress it up with metallics and beads, or cute sea-shore charms... for SURE their belly buttons need to be gold beads! Just a cute overall design!
Sea Creature Squared from Imaginating
These are darling 4 x 4 squares of 'fishy things' that we smiled at! The pattern calls for Tropical Blue fabric - you can see that in the background... BUTTTTT wow, we have some white/opalescents that would be great too. THEN, stitch these in sparkling metallics!
Think about 18ct linen, and using Rainbow Gallery's metallic ribbons or nylon threads - add opalescent to the bubbles in the backgrounds --or even beads. Each design is super-simple, but so cute for a children's bathroom decoration... but you could always stitch the shark and make him a refrigerator magnet!
Sizzlin' Summertime Carnival
from Tempting Tangles
By Tempting Tangles Designs, we don't see a lot of cute carnival designs, so this caught my eye!
Measuring 144 stitches square, it'll finish 9 x 9 on 32ct. Coded for DMC, it'd be fun to add some beads and metallics to this - it's just a super-happy piece!
Celebrate Summer the Shepherd's Bush Way
Tina and Teri have sent three new things!
The New 2019 Patriotic Quartet Series
This will be a favorite series of bead kits! Mill Hill describes their new designs; America is *The Land of the Free,* and *Home of the Brave,* where we are entitled to *Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness* and all these truths are represented with the *Stars and Stripes* of our flag, which we proudly fly.
Kits of 14ct Aida (you can sub 28ct linen or Lugana if you like), DMC floss, Mill Hill beads (not as many as the regular Button and Beaded kits), needles and chart -- each finishes approx 5 x 5 in size. The black frames are available separately. Just really CLASSIC!
Summer Time from Abby Rose Designs
What a pretty pin cushion design stitched on Picture This Plus's hand-dyed Wren linen. Wren comes in several different counts - Aida as well - so on 16/32ct, this finishes about 5-1/2 x 7-1/2.
A cute house and super-billowy and pretty flowers, the design has nice balance, and will look great tucked into that big bowl of your various stitched pin cushions! Get out your Toasted Barley, Rose Garden, Pecan Pie, Shaker White, Dried Thyme, Oscar, Olive, Raspberry Frost, Garden Gate, Straw Bonnet, and Old Covered Bridge!
New Things Coming from Plum Street Samplers
Shipping sometime the end of May... Paulette said she is pretty proud of herself for getting her patriotic designs out before the 4th of July!
Where Liberty Dwells
from Heartstring Samplery
Heartstrings Samplery has a fun little design that speaks Patriotic, but with pretty 'samplery' flowers and vines.
Measuring about 4 x 15, Beth has it finished into a 'Huswife' - a roll that features a lining of pockets to store sewing implements. It'd make a pretty basket band... and a neat long pin cushion as well to perch on a widow sill. Coded for Weeks hand-dyed flosses.
Salute from Fern Ridge Collections
Fern Ridge has a new Humbug-shaped Needle Minder. This little thing is done with Peyote Stitching bead work. Actually very easy to execute... the instructions, however, drive me nuts! Pat and Peggy provide both numerical steps as well as a colored 'chart' for you to follow. You are beading all of this flat in your hand... and then joining top and bottom together opposite each other... to create that humbug shape.
It has a bit of poly-fil inside, as well as a rare-earth magnet to hold your needle. The cool crystal and beaded fringe is added afterward. When we do these in classes at Market... they take 3-4 hours to make. Fern Ridge's complete kit contains the red, white and blue beads and crystals, thread, charts and needle. You add those 4 hours and a little patience!
Well, not something you'd stitch for the family tent... but maybe the camper or the cabin? Just a fun little piece that maybe can commemorate a special trip or weekend... or even a whole summer?
Presented in leaflet format, this finishes 6 x 13 on 14/28ct. DMC.
Home of the Free Sewing Set from Needlemade Designs
This is a STUNNING set of designs! By Needlemade Designs, it features a box-top design, tiny pin mattress, and even tinier scissor fob! Proceeds from the sales of this chart are being donated to the Wounded Warrior Project -- Designer Linda Vinson offers insight about that on the back of her chart. She has designed this amazing Home of the Free waving flag piece to be framed or grace the top of a small box. Worked on 28ct linen over one thread with Crescent Colours' Belle Soie Silks of Tulip, Blue Lagoon, Oatmeal Scone, Chocolat and Scarecrow, the main design measures approx 100 x 60 stitches. (The painted box in the pic is from JoAnn's. It includes 6 little round boxes inside that Linda has made into firecracker boxes!!! There is a white resin pre-made box shown on the back cover -- as an alternative to finishing your own.)
Next, is the tiny mattress -- it features E Pluribus Unum on one side, and the American Eagle on the other -- all in 35 x 40 stitches. Finally, the EXQUISITE little fob rounds out the set -- it is 20 x 20 stitches -- so approx 2/3 of an inch in size! Absolutely enchanting! Color pics are included in the directions for mattress assembly, including that rouched ribbon edging, making the interior firecracker boxes, and even painting the 4 x 5 paper mache' box from the craft chain store.
Bandana Ranch coming from The Needle's Notion
Oh my gosh, this is the CUTEST thing for your hacienda! We don't have those awesome mountains in Oklahoma, and not too many cactus, but we have the hats and the boots, the windmills and prairie dogs, and those paisley bandannas!
This chart features the main piece (5 x 8-ish on 32ct Lambswool) -- add your ranch's name or family name on there -- along with the boy and girl individual 3 x 4 stand-up designs. Charted for DMC and Sampler Threads, add beads if and where you want. We don't get many cute designs with this theme... so don't pass this by -- it is really cute!
Life is a Beach from Queenstown Samplers
Watch out for the Crabs! This is an oldie-but-goodie design that we used to carry, and then it kind of faded away. Re-discovered, I think it's great!
Offered as a chart, I am sure some of you have the perfect spot to hang it... it just makes me smile!!! Charted for silk or DMC, on 36ct it finishes approx 6 x 8. Choose any fabric you like, and think about some black beads for the eyes!
The Garden Labyrinth - Summer from Carolyn Manning
It's a garden of summer color... all the rows of vegetables and flowers are lined up... blooming all throughout the garden! By Carolyn Manning, this is a fun design offered in leaflet format. It's simply a design of small borders that are arranged together to give you a 138 x 138 square of color!!!
Regular Cross Stitches, this is charted for DMC floss. If you're an over-achiever, you can always add hand-dyeds, beads or special stitches... but the Cross Stitch Police will not come visit you if you simply enjoy this with regular 'ol *X's! It's very eyecatching!
Summer's Last Fling from Lindsay Lane Designs
Lindsay Lane has a pretty floral basket to celebrate the last fleeting days of Summer. Just a simple thing, it needs to be stitched on a soft, neutral shade of whatever fabric you like best. It uses Weeks Tarragon, Brick, Whiskey, Red Pear, Cognac, Cadet, Grapevine, Juniper and Parchment.
I love pulling the colors together to get a feel for the finished piece. Offered as a chart, it finishes a little under 4 x 6 on 32ct, so it'll make a fairly large pin cushion
. We have several other things by Lindsay Lane -- including Halloween and Autumn... but I couldn't resist this boquet!
For Spacious Skies from Heartstring Samplery
Heartstrings Samplery has a new design -- For Spacious Skies -- that 'pops' with patriotic red colors. Work it on anything you like -- stitch count is 110 x 100.
Weeks flosses of Grits, Schneckley, Palomino, Grape Vine and Collards along with Sampler Threads of Brethren Blue, Pomegranate, Endive and Ruby Slipper -- I just love the red color and the green leaves against the light fabric. The pattern of the leaves is small and repeating -- just like the bricks on the house -- it all has a neat balance to it. Offered as the chart.
Over the Hill - Patriot and Birds & Bees
from SamSarah Design Studio
Sam Sarah Studio is beginning a new set of designs that she is presenting in chart format with a small packet of button embellishments. Named 'Over the Hill' because each as a 'hill' shape near the bottom of the design, she is presenting them on Weeks 20ct Blue Jeans Linen and stitching them with hand-dyed Caron Collection Watercolors thread. They finish approx 8 x 8 if you choose the large count fabric.
NOW... you CAN stitch these with regular DMC floss, or find some pretty hand-dyed flosses already in your stash... and choose Week's 30ct linen of the same colors to make them smaller (5 x 5-ish.)
The larger version uses the same scroll hanging hardware that her Something Wicked Mystery Sampler used -- so if you have that already, take if off your Halloween piece and use it for these. If you opt for the smaller linen, maybe a stand-up cube for finishing???
Anyway, Watercolors, Linen and Charts are all offered separately, so you can choose options.
Patriotic Mantel is Finished!
from Bent Creek
Bent Creek has sent the third and final design in this 3-part piece -- just like all the rest of their Mantel designs -- the whole thing finishes approx 10 x 22. Offered as three separate kits, the first part had the 18ct Natural Linen cut in it, along with threads and the pattern for the left-hand 1/3 of the design, as well as the bottom festoons.
Next, came part two -- it has the bird, star and part of the flag along with threads. Finally, this part - #3 - has the rest of the house and flag, Uncle Sam and the Sign and threads for those. Each of the three parts can stand alone -- but they are fun joined together. Super easy to stitch on the 18ct with #5 Pearl Cotton -- it'll stitch in no time at all!!
Serenity Harbor - The Complete Piece from By the Bay Needleart
This charming scene was designed in 2014. Just as Harbor Haven, it was designed as a 12-part stitch-along thing. We have everything together now in one set... so you're good to go.
TONS of information inside about thread colors, fabric choices, but basically, the entire stitch count is 171 x 557 - so a commanding 6 x 20 on 14/28ct. Lots of stitches, this is so pretty when it's finished... several of our ladies have stitched it!
Harbor Haven - The Complete Village from By the Bay Needleart
Donna Bayliss' 12-part Harbor Haven is FINISHED - and we have all the parts! Stitch just one or two sections - joined or singly for a bitty village - or do the whole thing, it's charming! Finishing 5 x 42 on 32ct, changing fabric size will really give you finished size options. The single scenes are only 3-1/2 x 5. Charted for DMC floss, there are no special stitches in here... but she says you can add anything you want... and sub hand-dyeds if you have something you want to use.
Our *complete sets* also contain Donna's BONUS design Soul Food for the Needlesmith - as a FREEBIE for getting the entire set of charts. It finishes approx 7 x 7 on 32ct, and can be purchased separately from the Harbor Haven Set of charts.
Patriot's Row from Little House Needleworks
Little House Needleworks has a new design -- Patriot's Row. It'll finish approx 7 x 11 on 28ct. Coded for DMC along with Classic Colorworks hand-dyed floss, it is kind of a neat design because I can see three different parts.
The row of houses -- love all those skinny windows! The row of berries and flowers, and finally the row of the alphabet and date. I just now see the little Betsy and Sam in there as well!!! Offered as a chart.
Summertime from Cuore e Batticuore
This is delightful, and I just HAVE to share it with you! A Summer Seaside Scene, I'm not sure what my favorite design element is in this. The Little Gnomes with their pointy hats... going swimming??? The umbrella is delightful, the tiny flags are festive. The hearts in the air are cute, the little swimmer on the polka-dot innertube is precious -- see her braids trailing behind? I like the beach shack and the gulls perched everywhere... but I think the itsy-bitsy fish in his bowl -- with his OWN little pointy hat -- is so funny.
This has a stitch count of 285 x 157 and will finish approx 18 x 10 on 32ct Vintage Country Mocha Linen. Beautifully charted in color, the verse is presented in both English and Italian, and it calls for DMC floss. I think it's just the cutest thing... very different and endearing! Offered as a chart.
On The Beach from Madame Chantilly
This is a sweet summer scene that I couldn't resist, brought to us by Madame Chantilly. A generous 236 x 102 stitches, it'll finish approx 17 x 7 on 14/28 fabric... the picture was stitched on Natural... but a light blue or yellow would be pretty as well. All the beach cabanas are lined up, the seagulls are swirling, the crabs are waiting in the water, and the tiny airplane in the sky is advertising that it's the HOLIDAY!
Something about it makes me think of summer vacations of years ago. Add some gull buttons, a tiny shell or two, maybe a bit of metallic on the plane, hand-dyeds for the rocks, Simply Wool for the gulls, even some bitty black beads for the crab eyes! Offered as a chart.
Just a Few Shells Case & Fob
from Fern Ridge Collections
The gals at Fern Ridge have presented us with the most CHARMING Deep Blue Sea Silk Sewing Bag and Beaded Fob Set!!! I don't even know where to begin describing this beautiful set of artwork... it truly IS beaded and textile ART! The silk bag is made of Aquamarine Silk Dupioni fabric. It is garnished with your stitching on 28ct Tempest hand-dyed linen by Picture This Plus.
The COMPLETE kit (which is absolutely intoxicating!) includes Treenway Silks in Mermaid Tears, Sea Spray and St Thomas hand-dyed colors. There are starfish, seahorse, scallop and fish charms in here... beautiful tiny shells and glass beads... teeny buttons... Delica beads, Hannah silk ribbon -- Sea Goddess color! -- abalone buttons, a wooden ruler and wooden shell needle keeper (by Doodlin Around Design), a starfish waxer, and a real starfish that you'll use as a threadwinder! The verse by Anne Lindbergh reads: Patience, Faith, Openess -- is what the sea has to teach. A Gift From the Sea. You can see my hands in our pictures... this finishes approx 4 x 5. Absolutely GORGEOUS!
Just a Few Shells Case & Fob
A small matching beaded fob to go with your awesome Shell Purse, the beaded part of this is really very easy to stitch... just hard to teach someone else to do! The fringe looks like the hard part... but it is the easiest! You are stringing together a multitude of exquisite little shells and charms and findings. Luscious aqua blue and deep sea green colors in here! Offered as the complete kit!
Make SURE to see the rest of Pat and Peggy's Things... Just the coolest!!!
Let Freedom Ring
from Priscilla's Pocket
This is a TINY design stitched over one thread on 40ct linen and mounted to one of Priscilla's Pockets mini hornbook thread pallettes. ABSOLUTELY CHARMING...
From Every Mountainside (also shown at right) was their first design... and now, here is the companion. You'll need to choose some hand-dyed cottons, and a pale blue linen color. This is offered as a chart, with that small wooden hornbook separately.
Garden Bliss from Silver Creek Samplers
This is a neat piece for someone who likes to Garden. The kiss of the sun for pardon, The song of the birds for mirth, One is nearer to God's Heart in a garden, than anywhere else on Earth.
Stitched on basically any fabric you like best, the stitch count on this is 109 x 108. It is coded for Weeks and Gentle Art hand-dyeds -- but you can easily sub DMCs from the cover pic if you need to. Just a cute little piece. it is offered as a chart.
Home Sweet Motor Home from Needlework Press
Hitting the road this summer??? Stitch something for that Home Away From Home!
With a stitch count of 114 x 42... it's a bitty thing, and can we worked on any fabric in any colors to match your moving decor! Offered as a small chart.
Shepherd's Bush Americana Trifles
Here's a cute trio of small pin cushions by Teri Richards. Calling for only 7 different overdyeds, each is stitched on a 32ct fabric -- but you are welcome to choose any colors or counts you like. Since they are so small, just a scrap will do.
Garnished with a few clay star buttons, they finish only 2 x 2-ish to 2 x 6 for that darling floral 'flag.' Very cute and quick, clay embellishments are offered separately from the chart.
Flag of Stars from Bent Creek
Bent Creek has a new kit -- a red, white and blue confection of stars that make up a flag. It finishes approx 6 x 6 over two on 18ct Natural Linen, and is worked with DMC #5 Pearl Cottons.
SUPER easy to see and stitch, make sure you have a large #18 or #20 needle... I don't see one in my package! Something fun to finish in a jiff!
Patriotic Sampler from Jeannette Douglas
Wow... my buddy Jeannette Douglas has released a trio of patriotic designs that are stunning! (This is cool because she is a Canadian... but she 'gets us' so well!!) Patriotic Sampler is so "Ding Dang Cute" in Jeannette's words... it finishes 6 x 12-3/8 on 32ct Lambswool Linen.
Stitched in elegant cranberries, greys, blues and creme silks this piece is LOADED with gorgeous medallions and special stitches. The stars at the top and bottom are over 12 threads. Bargello waves and those cute stars and stripes hearts in there -- the colors are rich and yummy. That whole star motif area is 60 stitches square... so you have to count correctly! The bonus, however, is to watch the shading in your threads play out in the stitch patterns. The silk thread packet includes a set of 12 buttons and eagle and flag charms. Just lovely, this is offered as the leaflet with thread pack separate.
Stars Pin and Scissor Roll from Jeannette Douglas
This is a delicious little creation... worked on 32ct Natural Linen in Gentle Art Simply Wools, it is a cushion that measures approx 2-1/2 x 6-1/2 when finished. Buckeye Scarlet, Schoolhouse Red, Oatmeal, Roasted Marshmallow, Midnight, Dungarees and Old Crow, gorgeous, rich colors, they all make the Scotch, Rice and Milanese Stars pop! The big white star at the top goes over 44-ish threads.
No Cross Stitch in this at all -- just those beautiful Long Stitch Variations. This is offered with the chart, Simply Wool threads, a smattering of 6 mini-buttons, and the cuts of Weeks hand-dyed wool -- the deep blue and red Glen Plaid -- for the finishing. You'll need stuffing. As for the little fob pictured there... it is a FREE chart... details inside!
Flag Needlekeep from Jeannette Douglas
A companion piece to the Stars Roll, this features the same color palette of Simply Wools -- Buckeye Scarlet, Schoolhouse Red, Oatmeal, Roasted Marshmallow, Midnight, Dungarees and Old Crow -- just a gorgeous selection. Worked on 32ct Natural Linen, this finishes approx 3-1/4 x 4-3/4. Stuffed with cool stitches again, the entire red and white striped part is done with small Satin Stitches. Your two reds give you that color play on there.
Offered as a small kit, you get the chart, Simply Wools, buttons and the blue wool for the little heart, and red for the case lining. Jeannette added her own decorative brass button to the front of the case -- that is not included -- but she suggests something special from your stash that you like better! A lovely small project with lots of stitching and color impact!
New From Curly Girl and Mill Hill
We have four new kits by Curly Girl Designs that are full of personality and inspiration. (#'s 13, 14, 15 and 16 in this collection of designs!) Stitched on either Navy or Star Sapphire 28ct linen in loads of DMC flosses, these feature small bits of beaded embellishment... but much more Cross Stitch than beading. Finishing approx 7 x 7, they are colorful, fresh, young, upbeat, and VERY up-to-date. Stitch these for any young lady in your life -- and she will love you!
Lots of Patriotic from Priscilla's Pocket!!!
A TERRIFIC Miniature Wooden Thread Keep -- along with a pair of great charts -- these are beautiful, timeless designs.
E. Pluribus Unum from Summer House Stitche Workes
So classic in design... this is stitched over one on 28ct hand-dyed Straw/Gingham linen in only one color -- Weeks Kohl hand-dyed floss. Measuring approx 7-1/2 x 8 -- this will make quite a visual statement in your surroundings. You can choose the same gingham linen in 28ct and work this over two threads instead -- you've just create a larger piece at 13-1/2 x 16.
Offered as a chart -- this is very clear and looks like it'll be fun to work on!
Betsy's House from Plum Street Samplers
Here is a charming patriotic homestead -- bursting with flags and splendor! Something about all the diagonal lines in here draws my eye! The quilt motif, the flags, Betsy's dress, the edges of the lawn, and even the flower stems!
Designer, Paulette, offers a few history tidbits about Betsy... she was born in Philadelphia on New Year's Day in 1752. She was a Quaker, but when se ELOPED with John ross in 1773 (can you imagine the scandal back then?) she was forced to leave the Society of Friends. She and her husband started their own upholstery business and joined the Christ Church in Philly where they met George Washington, who was also a member. A sweet little piece, this finishes approx 6 x 6 on 32ct, is worked with Gentle Art Sampler Threads, and is offered as a chart.
Sweet Liber-Tea from Silver Creek Samplers
Six shades of Gentle Art Sampler Threads bring this cute design to life. *Forever we'll be strong and free, Sweet cup of Liber-Tea.*
Just something fun by Silver Creek Samplers, this measures 66 x 114 stitches. Cute finished as a sandwich-sign stand-up or a little fabric wallhanging quilt!
Beaded Leaf Needlebook and Ladybug Scissor Fob from The Constant Stitcher
Well, if this isn't the coolest little set... since it's stitched entirely with beads... you CAN'T HELP but cradle it in your hands and fall in love with it! It's heavy in your hand, and very tactile. OK... begin with 25 count Lugana -- the leaves that are the front and back of the needlebook are stitched on that.
Next, the inside pages are labeled in cross stitches with your needle sizes to help you organize in there. Finally, the ladybug is worked on 25ct Victorian Red Lugana. Wonderful, sturdy fabric for this piece... the chart and assembly instructions come WITH the beads -- which are ever-so-slightly larger than Mill Hill's. See the little Just Nan Ladybead on there??? She's an extra little decoration... and well... we have wonderful scissor options for this piece as well!!! Chart comes with the beads and assembly instructions. Fabric, Ladybead, and scissors all offered separately.
Penny America from Tree of Life Samplings
Freedom*Liberty*Justice! What a perky and cheery pot of Americana! The lavish bouquet of stylized flowers bursts like fireworks from that little pot and the blowing flag is extra-festive. The edge treatments look like the edges of penny rugs -- small circles of wool -- pennies. These are stitched instead, but mirror the swirls and stars from the flowers.
Stitched on almost anything you like, the threads called for are Weeks hand-dyed cottons and your stitch count is 163 x 78. Just something cute that came through the shop this summer!!!
From Every Mountainside from Priscilla's Pocket
Here's another endearing Patriotic design we just had to have! By Priscilla's Pocket, stitch the little girl waving her flag over one on 40ct. (sorry about that...!) She is worked in Crescent Colour's Belle Soie Silks -- 8 different colors in this! She measures a mite 1-1/2 x 2-3/4.
Then, mount her onto this cool, handmade wooden hornbook thread palette. It measures only 4 x 4 with a two-nch handle. Really pretty... who wouldn't love to have this??? Offered as the chart, with horn book separately... in case you want to stitch it on something larger and finish it a different way.
One Nation from ByGone Stitches
Wow... this is a neat piece! It's a flag of the United States... but the stripes are made up of the names of the states, in the order in which they joined The Union! Offered as a chart, the stitch count on this piece is a generous 210 x 400 -- 13 x 25 on 32ct! Stitched in ONLY Crescent's Cupid, Blacksmith Blue and Antique Lace hand dyed colors, it's just stunning!
The stars are all Cross Stitches... but you could Satin Stitch them if you like. (As a bonus... there is a listing inside of the actual dates each state joined the Union -- kind of fun trivia to know!) A lovely piece for a family room, classroom, library or office!
from Erica Michaels
Another itty-bitty seasonal wonder... remember, these finish a mere 1 x 2-ish... in TOTAL SIZE!!! The design comes charted like a regular cross stitch design... and includes a cut of 40ct silk gauze.
Freedom Bits joins this delightful collection of tiny seasonals... each one is as cute as the other!!!!
Little Bit O' Summer from Erica Michaels
Linda has rounded out her four TINY seasons with this wild seashore scene!!! The sand castle, the little terra cotta crab, pelican, bright sunshine, stormy sky, and those roiling waves... I was going to say all we needed was JAWS... but I do see a little sea turtle in those waves!!! A teeny-weeny 1 x 2 creation... this joins Spring, Autumn and Winter -- and all are *really neat!*
Each framed piece fits easily into my hand... SUCH an eye-catcher displayed individually on a small plate easel! Olde Colonial makes the little frame you see here... We can send the chart (that contains the little piece of gauze) and that petite frame! Zip-Zap - you add schnigglets of your flosses to stitch this in about 15 hours... and you're done!
Grand Old Flag
from Erica Michaels
Wow... Erica Michael's Linda Stolz has really outdone herself with this one! An old-fashioned flag design, stitched in overdyeds... you can stitch this on any count fabric you like... or try the 40ct silk gauze included in the design package!
On 28ct... Grand Old Flag measures approx 3 x 5... BUT... if you decide to be adventuresome, and work on the gauze, you will be transported into Bliss! Grand Old Flag will measure a mere 1 x 3-1/2!!!
You can work it in regular cross stitches... and it will be lovely... but you can also work it in HALF the cross stitch... (you never even cross the X!)... and for 1/2 the work, you get *triple* the impact! A lovely little design, her overdyed color choices remind you of denim and raspberry, with age-stained white. Offered as a chart, the 40ct gauze is included -- *Just in Case!!!*
Sailing Through Life from Heaven and Earth
From the original artwork of Jane Wooster Scott... this is exquisitely charted by Heaven & Earth Designs! Absolutely HUGE, solid stitching, and breathtaking in presentation... we have several other really cool Summer and Patriotic scenes like this one, to enjoy!
Definitely a family heirloom -- if you *live through the stitching!* -- these lovely Summer and Patriotic designs are simply a treat for your *Wanna Stitch Someday Stash!* Measures 450 x 379.
Betsy from Sheepish Designs
Oh wow... we have had a retired model of this in the back room of the shop for years and years! I had thought we couldn't get the pattern anymore, but I loved the stitched model so much, I couldn't part with it. Then... MAGIC! By Sheepish Designs, this is Betsy Ross stitching the first American flag. She's in her garden of sheep, a peacock, birds, flowers and even a squirrel up there in the tree.
Coded for silks or DMC, it uses only Cross stitch and finishes approx 4-1/4 x 12-1/2 on 35ct. I'm not sure what part of it has the overwhelming appeal that it does... but over the years several gals have tried to buy the model, and were always disappointed that we had no chart! So, we present Betsy, in chart format, probably till we run out again!!
Land That I Love from Birds of a Feather
A cute, primitive piece, this finishes just 4 x 6 on 32ct linen, and is stitched with Weeks Dye Works flosses. Nothing super unusual... but it just has a charming feel about it to me! Available as a single chart leaflet.
Awaken the Day from Mill Hill
Mill Hill has licensed the artwork of Jim Shore and charted his designs into cross stitch! The first three publications are here, and they are stunning! Offered in leaflet form, each is stitched with DMC flosses and embellished with Mill Hill beads and MH's Jim Shore buttons.
Santa's workshop finishes approx 12 x 15, Harvest Trio finishes approx 5 x 12, and Awaken finishes approx 8 x 10. So colorful and pretty, we've packaged the beads and buttons together if you need them!
Summer Snapperland from Bent Creek
The last in the Summer Snapperland set is finally here!The first design is darling... it's a tiny beach house, complete with a whale weathervane and little red crab on the sandy beach!
Offered as the small individual card, there are snap embellishments included for the each design. As with Spring and Winter Snapperland, Bent Creek has designed a really neat border chart, so that you can stitch all four designs in this mini-set as one bigger design. That border design reads, 'Turn your face to the sun, and the shadows fall behind you.' Along with the sunshine and shells, there are seahorses in the border design as well, and the special embellishment package contains more snaps, clay sand dollars and a sea scallop.
Stitched on 32ct Rue Green Belfast Linen... each design finishes approx 3 x 3. Stitched together with the freebie border, the entire piece finishes approx 5 x 15. SOOO cute!
Summer Garden from Country Cottage Needleworks
Oh... this is so pretty! A balanced little row of organized summer flowers... do you think the kitty knows the rabbit is hiding between them? Offered as a chart, this is stitched on 32ct Waterlily linen in 18 luscious shades of regular DMC floss! Finishes approx 5 x 10. So cheerful!
This is a sweet piece stitched in both Crescent and DMC flosses. Finishing approx 6 x 6 on a 28ct cream, I love the dusty pink and green shades!
from Jeannette Douglas
One of three stunning new pieces by Jeannette Douglas... Seaside Stitches is full of special stitches, intricate motifs and stitch details, and special threads! Stitched on 32ct Meadow Mist Belfast Linen in 29 different silks, hand-dyeds, metallics and a wool, the thread pack listing is a miniature 'Who's Who' in the world of threads!!! The piece finishes approx 6 x 8 and is shown on the leaflet cover in one of Olde Colonial's exquisite Birdseye Maple Dowry boxes.
I can't tell what is my favorite part in all of this... there is a handpainted crab charm, lots of mermaids (with metallic tails), seashells and anchor motifs all stitched over one thread, the ship in the center has chain stitches around it... like a miniature rope. The Soie d'Alger, Silk 'n Colors, Waterlilies, Glorianna Silks, Luminescence, Princess Perle Petite, Lorikeet and Needlepoint Silks in here are a luscious blend of light, medium and dark corals, seaside blues and greens, rich jewel green and blue metallic, soft sand browns and creams... it is truly a miniature work of needleart!
Offered as the leaflet with threads and embellishments, linen and box are offered separately.
The Sunshine State Sampler
from Jeannette Douglas
Flamingoes, sailboats, palm trees, orchid and orange blossoms, hibiscus and flip-flops, crabs and fish... the only thing missing from this delightful tropical sampler is the margarita drink in the pineapple -- complete with the little paper umbrella!!! What a fun thing to stitch to remember a vacation, or to put in your sun-room, or your house in the Bahamas!!!
Designed by Jeannette Douglas, this is offered as the leaflet with all the necessary threads and embellishments. It finishes approx 4 x 11 on 32ct Meadow Mist Belfast Linen. The silks and overdyeds are rich, bright pinks, aquas, lime greens and yellow. The tiny embellishments include a scallop, starfish and palm trees. Lots of special stitches... go somewhere warm and sunny for vacation, and make THIS your vacation project!
(Remember how certain projects stand out in your mind? You remember that you were stitching something in particular when something important was happening in your life... you always remember that time in your life when you look at that piece.) If you're not going to Florida, but somewhere else sunny and tropical, then leave off the place or substitute your destination. This is your summer 2006 sampler!
Heart of America
from Little House Needleworks
Quite a commanding piece, this is a medley of patriotic designs by Little House Needleworks that fits beautifully together nestled in a Crescent Colours frame. Stitched on 30ct hand-dyed linen (we have several Weeks shades that are awesome!), each block is a single design all by itself... and some are garnished with clay buttons as well.
Offered as a Special Release Kit, it includes the chart, clay pack of 6 buttons, and 11 complete skeins of Crescent Colours hand-dyed flosses! Finishing approx 11 x 13 on the 30ct, it fits into Crescent's navy blue frame beautifully.
It's framed in The Family Tree Co's (a busy little division of Crescent Colours!) Beatrice 12 x 15 frame, with their 'timeworn' finish in the 'blackbird' color. Perfect! Great colors, lots of color definition, a VERY nice piece... this is a *definite!*
from Little House Needleworks
A verse taken from 'Under the Stars' by William Rice, Diane has set it to an endearing needlework design! Using pretty overdyeds, this is charted for either Crescent Colours Belle Soie Silk or cotton flosses, and finishes approx 6-1/2 x 11 on 28ct linen.
Red for brave hearts, white for peace... the colors and design are perfect for a family room, and I think the finished piece would make an awesome gift! Offered as the chart.
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