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Blackwork Easter Eggs
Blackwork Easter Eggs
Design by Lois Winston for DMC Corp.
A quarter of intricate blackwork-design eggs brings a breath of daintiness and elegance to Easter decor in this design set from Lois Winston. Stitched separately, each egg can be framed or finished as ornaments, or stitch them all together along with the floral border to create a one-of-a-kind pillow.
Bloom Where You Are Planted
Bloom Where You Are Planted
Design by Maegan Jennett of NeedleWorkPress
Hand-dyed fabric from Lakeside Linens and flosses from The Gentle Art combine in this charming design featuring sampler-inspired motifs. An undulating border anchors the sentiment, while a vase filled with blooms in shades of blue takes center stage, begging to be added to your stitching basket.
Celebrate Spring
Celebrate Spring
Design by AnnaLee Waite of AnnaLee Waite Designs
A colorful wreath complete with delicate rose-pink and salmon blossoms becomes a showstopper with easy DIY finishing. Frame it in a simple embroidery hoop for a project that will adorn your wall and bring a breath of spring indoors.
Color Magic
Color Magic
Design by Liz Almond of Blackwork Journey
Intricately placed stitches in a trio of blues form Liz Almond's latest blackwork-beauty design. A sprinkling of specialty stitches lends added texture and dimension to the project as well. Stitch the entire design for a dazzling framed piece of art, or stitch the smaller motif set for coasters that will have everyone in awe.
Dance in the Rain
Dance in the Rain
Design by Lee Fisher of StitchyFish Designs
Stitched on soft gray linen, an inspirational quote is anchored by an adorable design in this latest from Lee Fisher.
Designer Q&A -- Lee Fisher
Designer Q&A -- Lee Fisher
"For me there is nothing better than a quiet, cold, rainy or snowy day, when I can curl up with a quilt and a steaming cup of caramel coffee and do my thing."
Easter Egg Hunt
Easter Egg Hunt
Design by Sharon Pope for DMC Corp.
The quintessential Easter egg hunt is captured perfectly in cross stitches in Sharon Pope's latest design for JCS. A quaint white church sits stately in the background while three children dressed in their Sunday best search for vividly dyed eggs amidst a field of colorful tulips.
Elegant Baby Bib
Elegant Baby Bib
Design by Lois Winston for DMC® Corp.
Simple backstitch lines atop a prefinished bib create an elegant pattern that is perfect for a darling baby in this design from Lois Winston.
Favorite Finds -- Product Reviews
Favorite Finds -- Product Reviews
By Christy Schmitz
Notable Notions
Little Critter Baby Slippers
Little Critter Baby Slippers
Designs by Elizabeth Spurlock for DMC® Corp
Prefinished baby slippers are adorned with a myriad of 14 fun animal designs. From owls and dogs to elephants and monkeys, these adorable critters are stitched in a rainbow of floss colors and are perfect for any pair of tiny feet.
Lovely Bride's Jewelry Roll Part 2
Lovely Bride's Jewelry Roll Part 2
Design by Maria Teresa Vitali of MTV Designs
The Lovely Bride's Jewelry Roll is a delicately stitched needlecase. Part 1 of the three-part series is the back of the project. Part 2 includes the pieces that fit inside the case, and Part 3 provides instructions for putting the project together. If you want to stitch Part 1 by itself, you will have a lovely design for a pillow or picture. If you can't resist ornaments, you can stitch the rosy motifs by themselves.
Lucky Charms
Lucky Charms
Design by Frony Ritter of Frony Ritter Designs
Deliver a wee bit of good luck with this quick-to-stitch design. Top a small box or tin with your finished piece to create a fun gift.
Lucky Me
Lucky Me
Design by Frony Ritter of Frony Ritter Designs
Bring a little luck of the Irish into your stitching basket with this pair of designs from Frony Ritter. Stitched on Aida or perforated paper, either design can be finished as a small hanging ornament or as a topper for a small box.
Mini Bunnies -- March & April
Mini Bunnies -- March & April
Designs by Eileen Gurak of Handblessings Patterns
Put a spring in your stitching step with this adorable pair of bunny designs from Handblessings Patterns. Stitched in a solid color of floss on Aida, these projects will be ready for the Easter bunny parade in no time.
Peony Buttons
Peony Buttons
Designs by Marie Barber
Perk up some plain pillows with delicate pastel peonies. Stitch these designs on slightly higher-thread-count linen to fit on premade buttons, or follow the instructions presented.
Rose Garden
Rose Garden
Original artwork by S.D. Hoffman -- Cross-stitch adaptation by Elizabeth Spurlock
Stitched on soft gray linen, an inspirational quote is anchored by an adorable design in this latest from Lee Fisher.
Spring Dollhouse
Spring Dollhouse
Design by Natalia Luneva
Create an enchanting dollhouse with this charming design from Russian designer Natalia Luneva. Simple stitches combine with easy-to-follow finishing instructions and fun embellishments to make a project that will be a centerpiece in your stitching finishes.
Spring Hare
Spring Hare
Design by Lesley Teare
Hop into spring with this delightful hare adorned with blooms, butterflies and bumblebees.
Spring Wren Wreath
Spring Wren Wreath
Design by Lucie Heaton
A diminutive, feathered friend perches atop a blooming wreath with intertwined sprigs of lilac, Queen Anne's lace and Forget-Me-Nots, creating a botanical design that is everlasting.
Susan Ameson Sampler, Circa 1825
Susan Ameson Sampler, Circa 1825
Reproduced by Deborah Fasano of Historic Handworkes
Originally stitched in the early 19th century, this sampler features a verse from Ecclesiastes surrounded by four varying alphabets and a sampling of motifs. The age of the stitcher is unknown, but she added several specialty stitches, including tent stitch, satin stitch and Algerian eye stitch.
The Christmas Stitch -- Spool Tree Christmas Ornament
The Christmas Stitch -- Spool Tree Christmas Ornament
Design by Nicoletta Farrauto of Nikyscreations
Jump-start your holiday stitching with this primitive-style ornament that is perfect for needleworkers, sewists and quilters.
The Sampler Sleuth -- Knowledge, History & Technique
The Sampler Sleuth -- Knowledge, History & Technique
By Vickie LoPiccolo Jennett
Opportunities for Needlework Education Abound
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