Flower heart Foxgloves

Another chart in the Flower heart series. This time the foxglove (Cindy, I hope you especially like this one)………….poppies will come later.

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Although it doesn’t really matter to the design, I have just noticed a mistake; one square of 959 and backstitched with 3812 needs placing at the centre top to the left of a leaf…..up to you stitchers, but it’s not really that important in this picture.

Happy stitching, Lx


Herbal Essence

Hi everyone, as well as the previous design of the Michaelmas daisies I have a couple more in Cross Stitcher, issue 280. As many of you will know, this is quite a fun magazine with catchy, simple designs that are often colourful and cheery. I love working for it as it gives me the chance to try a different look at the design process.  The shapes and blocks of colours become the most important part of the design.Herb pots 001Herbal Essence 001

Here the poster and plant pot bands echo the retro designs of the 50’s which is SO popular now. I love the oranges, lime greens and blues with black, and this simple style is almost graphic in conception with the addition of the ‘drawn’ herbs. Stitched here on 14 count rustic aida that shows the style and colours to perfection ———–and———-green fingers not required.

Also in this edition is a simple summery vintage – style cuff. Folksy florals 001 I’m sure older children would be able to do this…….with a bit of help. Ideal for that long summer holiday? Simple instructions on how to make  the cuff are included, as well as a visual demonstration on how to blanket stitch.


Do, however take a peak at the front cover design by Jane Prutton……..yummy is my word for it! Ice Cream Van 001

NB: There are instructions on how to make a stretched canvas frame – good for this design and also the Michaelmas daisies from my previous blog! AND if that isn’t all, there is also a FREE hinged stitcher’s ruler and magnetic needlecase with the issue!

As usual, ‘Happy stitching’ Lx

Delightful Daisies

Hi everyone, I hope you are enjoying some of the summer weather we have been getting, although for the past few day the flowers have been kept quite wet here in East Anglia. This design, from the latest issue of Cross Stitch Collection 237, shows the Michaelmas daisies which are a late summer delight.
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I love the way Rebecca and her team have finished this design by making it into a long, rectangular cushion, with pretty ties at the ends. It can, of course work as well on a square pad…or perhaps use a stretcher frame and display it as a modern style picture.

This design I think, is so fresh and vibrant that the flowers make me smile every time I look at the cushion. The chart is fairly simple, as the backstitch lines are used to draw the simple shapes of the petals in an easy style that look quite relaxed. I hope you will love it as much as I do. Lx

Age of elegance

This lovely Art Nouveau lady is to be found in the latest edition of The World of Cross Stitching, issue 217.Age of elegance 001The distinct style of this period has always been a favourite of mine. I love the way it draws on the beauty of nature, and this lends itself perfectly to a soft, summery colour palette. I have used pretty pastel shades to give the design a fresh feel, breathing life into a classic style. The beautiful border of butterflies and flowers captures the feel of this iconic influence, and the sprinkling of sparkling seed beads add a special addition this picture.
As usual with a larger design, there are always smaller motifs to be found to stitch like this rose and one of the smaller butterflies………..Pretty rose 001

For when you want something small and quick to stitch for a greetings card.

Also in this issue is an article on the world – renowned knitwear and textile designer Kaffe Fasset. An exhibition of his work is now on at the American Museum in Bath until 2 November 2014.’The colourful World of Kaffe Fasset’ celebrates 50 years working as an artist and colourist. Although there isn’t any cross stitch there are plenty of colourful tapestries, worked in wool, which shows his wonderful use of colours.

Vintage Charm

As well as the wedding sampler in the current issue of World of Cross Stitching you can also find this delightful picture that shows a Great tit amongst pretty trailing , pink briar roses and a head of a peony flower peeping out in the corner. These, along  with  the ornate, dainty birdcage make it a delightful scene that will add a touch of style to any home.  Find this in the latest Cross Stitch CRAZY, issue 191. Vintage charm 001I personally think this picture would also be  lovely stitched as a wedding gift, especially if you extend the amount of fabric at the bottom and add your own sentiments or details of the special couple.
Inspired by nature’s beauty, this gorgeous design is filled with delicate details which I hope you will enjoy stitching. Like the picture here that uses one of the smaller elements within the designA pretty flower motif - Simulation A TIP: Don’t forget when looking at a larger picture, that there are quite often smaller elements that can be used from the major design.  I have taken one of the briar roses and tweaked it slightly by removing the pale blue trellis lines and then using this colour again to add a simple border line around the flower This finishes the design off, making it now quite suitable for a small card.

Happily Ever After

This modern style wedding sampler was in the last issue of World of Cross Stitching, issue 216WOX Wedding sampler - SimulationThe beautiful border is made up of traditionally themed motifs, worked in lovely bright, pretty shades for a thoroughly modern twist. Although the shapes are simple there is still plenty of detail, created using a variety of stitches and colours. And of course, many parts of the design can be stitched as single motifs that will make splendid cards for that very special day…just add your own sentiments to make it really personal.

I have one extra thing to say though on this design; the photography isn’t good. The colours, that I have so carefully chosen, look rather grey and muddy in the magazine………..I have added a thumbnail so that you can compare…….. but I do assure you they should look like the picture above!

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