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Berry Basket Pincushion
Berry Basket Pincushion
Design by Nicoletta Farrauto of Nikyscreations
Your pins and needles will find a glorious home in this sampler-inspired pincushion from Italian designer Nicoletta Farrauto. The project features a fruit basket and bird motifs common to many 19th-century samplers.
Blooms of Summer
Blooms of Summer
Design by Carolyn Manning of Carolyn Manning Designs
Lock in the vibrant blooms of summer with this patchwork-style design from Carolyn Manning. Bold oranges, royal purples, sunny yellows and lush greens combine flawlessly with soft pinks, pure whites and regal golds to create a project that will elicit oohs and aahs from everyone who views it.
Book of Recipes
Book of Recipes
Design by Natalia Luneva
Proudly display treasured family recipes in a journal wrapped with this lovely book cover from Russian designer Natalia Luneva. Worked in three colors of floss and full cross stitches, with a sprinkling of French knots and backstitches, this design will be ready for use in no time.
Butterflies Morphidae
Butterflies Morphidae
Design by Olesya Novozhilova
Hues of blue and purple characterize the Morpho category of butterflies. These brilliant winged insects are found primarily in South America, Mexico and Central America. Stitch your own collection of these beauties with this design from Olesya Novozhilova.
Cape Cod Fireworks
Cape Cod Fireworks
Design by Frony Ritter of Frony Ritter Designs
Feel the salty spray from the sea and hear the sounds of laughter from the crowd while the bright explosions burst overhead during the Fourth of July festivities. A lighthouse guides sailboats safely into the harbor while families watch and cheer in the delight of our nation's birthday celebration.
Christmas Ornaments Preview
Christmas Ornaments Preview
Designs by various designers
The 14th anniversary of the Just CrossStitch Ornament Preview presents nine ornaments to jump-start your holiday stitching.
Dairy Herd
Dairy Herd
Design by Julia Lucas
An idyllic pasture complete with a grazing herd is depicted in this charming landscape design from Julia Lucas. Stitched atop hand-dyed Joblean, which mimics a late summer sky, this quick-to-stitch project uses full and partial cross stitches along with backstitches.
Designer Q&A
Designer Q&A
Charlotte Smyth
Q. When did you begin cross stitching?
A. I began cross stitching in 1982.
Floral Band Sampler: Part 4
Floral Band Sampler: Part 4
Design by Julia Lucas
Continue the yearlong journey with us as we stitch a showstopping band sampler from Julia Lucas. Bands of specialty stitches blend with variegated cotton flosses to yield a project that will keep you engaged all year long. Part 4 features ray stitches, cable stitches, Rhodes squares and Smyrna stitches along with cross stitch and backstitch.
Flower Garden Pillow
Flower Garden Pillow
Design by Kathleen Berlew
Employing both solid-color and variegated cotton flosses, this vibrant floral design is a breathtaking project. Stitched entirely in full cross stitches, the piece is suitable for stitchers of all skill levels. Finished as a pillow, a hanging or framed, this design is beautiful to enjoy in any setting.
House for a Wife, a Huswif
House for a Wife, a Huswif
Design by Charlotte Smyth of Charlotte's Web Needlework
Join us in a new three-part stitching series that showcases a delightful huswif design from Charlotte Smyth. The first installment features two stately Elizabethan houses complete with fuzzy sheep, a blooming trellis and a regal peacock. Featuring a myriad of specialty stitches, this project is bursting with texture, dimension and style.
July Sheep Pincushion
July Sheep Pincushion
Design by Nicoletta Farrauto of Nikyscreations
Park your pins and needles in this charming Americana pincushion featuring a fluffy sheep and a crowing blackbird. This simple-to-stitch project will be ready for summer's patriotic celebrations in no time and is sure to be a year-round favorite.
Lemonade Pot Holder
Lemonade Pot Holder
Design by Elizabeth Spurlock of Saving Graces Fine Needlearts
Nothing chills the warm days of summer better than a glass of sweet-tart lemonade. Capture that bright, refreshing joy all year long with this design from Elizabeth Spurlock.
Mother's Kiss
Mother's Kiss
Design by De Selby
Celebrate the powerful love between a mother and child with this stunning design interpreted in cross stitch by De Selby. Stitched entirely in full cross stitches with a sprinkling of backstitches, this design will be one that is cherished forever.
Rose Quilt Block
Rose Quilt Block
Design by Julia Lucas
William Shakespeare wrote, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smeel as sweet." You can almost smell the heady fragrance of the roses as you capture their blooms with each pull of needle and thread.
Summer Lace
Summer Lace
Design by Arlene Cohen of WorksByABC
A delicate lace pattern worked in snow white floss bursts forth on deep Dutch blue Cashel linen to create a piece that is both breathtaking and easy to stitch. The subtle shading in the project is created by using varying plies of floss.
Summer Mosaic Quilt
Summer Mosaic Quilt
Design by Charlotte Smyth of Charlotte's Web Needlework
Bold colors and intricate patterns combine to create a stitched patchwork design that is a treat for the eyes and the fingers. Featuring cross stitch, backstitch, lazy daisy stitches and French knots, this project also provides the chance to perfect some specialty-stitch skills.
Sunflower
Sunflower
Design by Olesya Novozhilova
The bold golden blooms of late summer and early fall seem to be more fleeting with each passing sunset. These colorful stitched petals will never droop and will remind you of summer's long days well into autumn's cool nights.
The Sampler Sleuth -- Writing Without Ink, Pen or Quill
The Sampler Sleuth -- Writing Without Ink, Pen or Quill
By Vickie LoPiccolo Jennett of NeedleWorkPress
An exclusive series about stitching history.
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