Some new patterns for you to see and maybe stitch.
One of my favourites, the Celtic Zoomorphic Sampler.
This was great fun to stitch. It was designed for one of my books after lots of research and hours spent at The British Museum.
The addition of gold thread gives an extra sparkle to the letters.
It is suitable for anyone to stitch.
Flowers in Art has each letter of the alphabet decorated from all forms of art from around the world. They are made up into a lovely quilt, but I thought the cross stitchers might like the individual charts to use for a large sampler, cushions, cards and the many other ideas you think of, so the charts are available without the quilt pattern.
Autumn Trail is a traditional snail trail pattern, but with different borders. It includes scrappy autumn 2”, 2½” and 3” squares from your shoeboxes and has peeled-back patchwork and appliqué leaves.
There are two more miniature tapestry carpets, one from India and one from China. If you don’t want to work on so small a scale, use larger Aida and work with more strands. They can be framed as pictures very successfully too.
The second (June) Friendship Block of the Month is now available for free download, but remember you need the first one too to access materials, appliqué silhouettes and general instructions.
The Cream Daisy cushion involves counted thread stitches and is quite stunning when finished.
It developed from a trio of similar cushions with poppies, blackberries and wild roses. The next Stitch School will cover the stitches needed for these, so if you don’t feel confident to stitch them yet, wait for the school (July). The actual projects for Stitch School 2 include a blackwork biscornu, a wrist pincushion, a counted thread pincushion or pot-pourri bag and a blackwork picture.
There are two projects for Christmas showing the same technique and later in the year I will include my larger design for a Christmas Tree using the same technique.
For the embroidery enthusiasts, try the Crazytime Quilt. That is quite something and great to do.
Hope you enjoy these – do keep popping in and I would love to see what you have stitched from the site.
Happy stitching – with love from Carol