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Daisy
Daisy
Design by De Selby
The dainty grandeur of a single daisy blossom takes center stage and demands full attention atop rich chocolate-color linen, allowing the delicate colors and subtle shading to shine brightly.
Designer Q&A -- De Selby
Designer Q&A -- De Selby
As a public-school art teacher, I always tried to do a needlework project with my students and found that my middle-school guys fared better with the mechanics and the gals enjoyed color and design a bit more.
Favorite Finds -- Product Reviews
Favorite Finds -- Product Reviews
By Christy Schmitz
Notable Notions
Gifts for Dad & Mom
Gifts for Dad & Mom
Designs by Frony Ritter of Frony Ritter Designs
Gift your mom and dad with special handmade stitched treasures this year. Basic stitches worked in solid and variegated cotton flosses create a dimensional effect in these two lovely pieces.
Golden Flower Tote
Golden Flower Tote
Design by Kimberly Tyree of KST Designs
Your friends and co-workers will be buzzing when you show up using this lovely stitched tote that features a single golden lily and an inquisitive little bee. Utilizing only cross stitches and backstitches, this quick-to-stitch design will adorn your arm in no time.
Heart Scissors Pocket
Heart Scissors Pocket
Design by Nicoletta Farrauto of Nikyscreations
Tuck your scissors safely inside this primitive-inspired project from Italian designer Nicoletta Farrauto. Stitched on a gingham-checked Vichy linen, the project is quick to stitch and easy to finish.
Hearts on a String
Hearts on a String
Design by Durene Jones
Create a wall hanging or bellpull with this delightful design. Bright, bold colors, a lovely bird, a cozy birdhouse and delicate heart shapes partner perfectly in this must-stitch project.
Herbs & Spices
Herbs & Spices
Design by Ursula Michael of Ursula Michael Designs
Spice up your stitching with this herbalicious design. Stitched primarily in backstitches, this project employs perfect use of space to create a wreath composed of the names of spices and herbs used in a myriad of culinary delights.
Lovely Bride's Jewelry Roll Part 3
Lovely Bride's Jewelry Roll Part 3
Design by Maria Teresa Vitali of MTV Designs
Part 3 of the Lovely Bride's Jewelry Roll brings the entire piece together with detailed assembly instructions. If you prefer, stitch the borders or individual motifs by themselves to create lovely ornaments, framed pieces or even towel borders.
Magical Fairies
Magical Fairies
Design by Lesley Teare
A lovely trio of winged floral fairies sits daintily amid water lilies and flowers, surrounded by a kaleidoscope of delicate butterflies.
Mini Bunnies -- May & June
Mini Bunnies -- May & June
Designs by Eileen Gurak of Handblessings Patterns
Add some summertime delight to your stitching basket with these cute bunny designs. Stitched in a solid color of floss on Aida, these projects will be ready for summer's warm days in no time.
Paradise Wedding Sampler
Paradise Wedding Sampler
Design by Lee Fisher of StitchyFish Designs
Celebrate matrimonial union in this colorful wedding sampler. An interlocking border, reminiscent of Celtic knotwork, surrounds bright blooms and two vivid peacocks. A sweet sentiment completes the personalized portion of the work.
Petite Gryphon
Petite Gryphon
Design by Deborah Fasano of Historic Handworkes
Featuring the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle, the legendary gryphon (or griffin) is a powerful mythical creature. Purported to be incredibly strong and powerful, the creature is thought of as a protector of all things priceless. This rendition of the mythical creature features the use of Au Ver A Soie silks on 32-count linen.
Rose Cottage Needlebook
Rose Cottage Needlebook
Design by Nicoletta Farrauto of Nikyscreations
A cozy cottage surrounded by climbing roses provides a charming home for needles and pins in this latest project from Italian designer Nicoletta Farrauto.
Snoozing in Sunshine
Snoozing in Sunshine
Design by Durene Jones
The warm rays of sunshine beckon this sweet kitty to dreamland for a quick catnap. Frame this circular design with a hoop for quick finishing and displaying.
Summer Cottage Landscape
Summer Cottage Landscape
Design by Sarah Richards of Snoflake Stitchery
The fiery sunset sky provides a striking contrast to the lush gardens surrounding a charming thatched-roof cottage in a quintessential English-style garden. Intricate and subtle shading in a myriad of colors creates a design that feels like a painting.
Summertime
Summertime
Design by Liz Almond of Blackwork Journey
Substituting a rainbow of colors for traditional black floss gives this blackwork pattern a modern look and allows a stitcher to get lost in the rhythmic patterns in the border, corners and center pinwheel.
Sweet Garden
Sweet Garden
Design by Carolyn Manning of Carolyn Manning Designs
A trio of floral panels blend together harmoniously to create this grid-style pillow design from Carolyn Manning. A soft, sunny yellow fabric provides the perfect background for the delicate and colorful palette of DMC flosses.
The Christmas Stitch -- Shh ... It's Santa!
The Christmas Stitch -- Shh ... It's Santa!
Design by Lee Fisher of Stitchy Fish Designs
Get a jump start on holiday stitching with this festive ornament that shows Santa as he leaves one home on his journey to millions of others on Christmas Eve.
The Sampler Sleuth -- Mystical Motifs
The Sampler Sleuth -- Mystical Motifs
By Deborah Fasano of Historic Handworkes
The History Behind Dragon, Wyvern & Gryphon Textile Motifs
Tree of Life
Tree of Life
Design by Ursula Michael of Ursula Michael Designs
Rich colors and bold shapes mimic the rich and striking beauty of stained glass in this Tree of Life design. Using less than 20 colors of floss, this project will have everyone thinking you've added a piece of glass art to your home decor.
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