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Be the Brightest
Be the Brightest
Design by Isabella Abbiati of The Primitive Hare
A sunny attitude can lift up other people and make you feel good about yourself. Stitch this affirmation and hang it on a wall where you will see it every day as a reminder to stay positive.
Breathe
Breathe
Design by Sharon Pope
Enjoy making a piece of Assisi-style embroidery using all half cross stitches (also called tent and Continental tent stitches). Images pop from the negative space that is created by stitching the background only. A single color of hand-dyed variegated floss from Colour Complements gives this simple-to-do piece a sophisticated look.
Butterfly & Moth Pendants
Butterfly & Moth Pendants
Designs by Kathleen Berlew of KBB Crafts & Stitches
No more turtleneck sweaters! It's time to pull out your spring tops from the back of the closet and freshen them up with new jewelry. Cross-stitch pendants are a fashionable, fun way to show off your needlework talents.
Dancing Mermaid
Dancing Mermaid
Design by Joan Elliot
A glittery, glamorous mermaid emerges from the mist in Joan Elliott's superb cross-stitch creation. Hand-dyed Caribbean blue Joblean fabric, almost three dozen floss colors, metallic braid and three colors of beads are the ingredients for making this deliciously dazzling wall decoration.
Designer Q&A -- Judy Whitman
Designer Q&A -- Judy Whitman
Q: How did you become a needle-art designer?
A: I combined my love for stitching with my teaching and art background, and began offering needlepoint classes to friends. I quickly realized that in order to be a good teacher, I would have to design a number of projects to use in my classes.
Double-Sided Fun: Spring/Summer
Double-Sided Fun: Spring/Summer
Designs by Theresa Curry and Brian Stugelmayer of Needle Bling Designs
Add to your collection of two-sided stackable blocks with a bright spring birdhouse and gold-and-black summer bumblebee. These cheerful blocks provide a pop of color to your seasonal decor.
Flowers & Stripes Tote
Flowers & Stripes Tote
Design by Kathleen Berlew of KBB Crafts & Stitches
A sunny geometric design fits perfectly in the stitchable area of this premade canvas tote. This bag is nice for everyday use, or toss in your sunscreen and flip-flops and head for the beach pool.
Fun Florals
Fun Florals
Design by Ursula Michael for Sullivans USA
After a drab winter, here's what we want to see through our windows when the weather gets warm: a burst of color. This windowpane pattern provides a new twist on a floral design.
Garden Cupboard
Garden Cupboard
Design by Roberta Rankin of Roberta Madeleine Rankin Designs
This vintage-looking design will brighten up a country kitchen or enhance the charm of a plant-filled sunroom. Seeing the design come together with your stitching fingers will give you a sense of sunny times ahead.
Hello Spring
Hello Spring
Designs by Nicoletta Farrauto of Nikyscreations
Nicoletta Farrauto created two lovely primitive-style pincushions in soft pastels. Choose from a design with two maidens flanking an urn or a four-square design with spring motifs: flowers, butterflies, ducks and rabbits. These are such quaint designs, you will be tempted to stitch them both!
Hibiscus Towel Band
Hibiscus Towel Band
Design by Elizabeth Spurlock of Saving Graces Fine Needlearts
The happy colors of this simple floral design will brighten any kitchen decor. Cross-stitch-ready hand towels with a band of Aida cloth make this project easy for beginners and fun for any skill level.
Jonquil & Rose
Jonquil & Rose
Designs by Angela Pullen Atherton of Pullen Designs
Framed in ribbon-covered embroidery hoops, these yellow and pink floral designs will add a feminine touch to any room.
Love Entangled
Love Entangled
Design by Amanda Noto of Amanda Bianca Designs
A pair of brightly colored sea horses share a loving embrace in this delightful design by Amanda Noto. Love is in the air -- and in the aquarium!
Orange Sorbet
Orange Sorbet
Design by Liz Almond of Blackwork Journey
Dainty flowers with French knots square up nicely in this refreshing design. The tiny beads add a bit of sparkle, which is perfect for a patio or poolside table.
Pansy Ball
Pansy Ball
Design by Cherry Parker
New Zealand designer Cherry Parker created a fun 12-sided ball with a single chart. Each side is stitched with a different colorway. Constructing the ball is a matter of matching sides, and then couching metallic thread along the edges to provide added dimension. This 3-D creation is sure to be a conversation piece!
Pink Posies
Pink Posies
Design by Lois Winston for DMC® Corp.
Stitchers will love working this delicate design that uses multicolored floss in the inner border. Shades of pink and green mingle in the DMC Coloris floss, creating a harmonious frame for the central splash of flowers.
Summer Stars
Summer Stars
Design by Marie Barber
Marie Barber takes a simple star design and adds depth and dimension with subtle color changes. Create a striking pair of pillows with the two colorways provided.
Susanna Rambo 1836 Sampler: Part 3
Susanna Rambo 1836 Sampler: Part 3
Reproduction by Janis Lockhart
The luscious strawberry-vine side border and tulip-and-bird top border make up Part 3 of this sampler series. Part 3 completes the reproduction, if you have been stitching Parts 1 and 2. If you want to use the borders in Part 3 to begin your own sampler, you can create a verse or alphabet and stitch your favorite motifs inside the borders.
The Christmas Stitch -- Nutcracker Ornament
The Christmas Stitch -- Nutcracker Ornament
Design by Amanda Jennings and Ashleigh Gilberson of The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery
It's always Christmas when you're a cross stitcher! Why not share the love of stitching with a beginner? This ornament will be the same size -- and just as cute -- on 14-count Aida, perfect for someone new to cross stitch.
The Sampler Sleuth -- Negative Space: Assisi Embroidery's Best Friend
The Sampler Sleuth -- Negative Space: Assisi Embroidery's Best Friend
By Vickie LoPiccolo Jennett
Simple but elegant and amazingly adaptive is an apt description of the age-old technique known as Assisi embroidery. In the words of Newnes Complete Needlecraft: A Practical and Comprehensive Guide, "There is no embroidery at once simpler and more effective than this, with its white design showing boldly against a coloured background of continuous cross stitch."
Web Bonus! -- Yellow Rose Bracelet & Pendant
Web Bonus! -- Yellow Rose Bracelet & Pendant
Designed by Faby Reilly
Log in using your subscriber email address or newsstand code JC6701 to download Yellow Rose Bracelet & Pendant.
Wedding Blessings
Wedding Blessings
Design by Cathy Bussi
Eyelets, backstitching and full cross stitches are used to create a pretty, traditional wedding sampler. The sunny sentiment inside is certain to endear the stitcher to the happy new couple.
Common Threads -- Pictures & Words Share Meaning in Sampler
By Janis Lockhart
In this third and last section of the Susanna Rambo 1836 Sampler, stitchers will create the borders on the two sides and top of the sampler.
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