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Autumn Cat
Autumn Cat
Design by Evdokia Nikolaeva
Deep, dark black linen fabric creates a dramatic backdrop thatís perfect for the rich autumnal colors of terra cotta, yellow, browns and greens. Easy-to-follow finishing instructions will have you completing this feline-shaped project in no time.
Autumn Owls
Autumn Owls
Design by Durene Jones
Bold, vintage colors of rich avocado green, deep orange, royal grape and intense golds pair beautifully with a geometric border surrounding two charming and inquisitive owls. The border is also spiced up with satin stitches.
Autumn Plaid Hornbook
Autumn Plaid Hornbook
Design by Evdokia Nikolaeva
A palette of warm colors and simple cross stitches make this charming, bold-patterned piece a perfect project for stitchers of any skill level.
Babine Lake
Babine Lake
Design by Natalia Luneva
Take a walk in nature along the shores of Babine Lake, the longest natural lake in British Columbia, Canada. Along wtih the mountains and towering evergreens, some of nature's grandest mammals also make an appearance, including an elk, a moose, a bear and a howling wolf.
Cheeky Chipmunk
Cheeky Chipmunk
Design by Carol J. Grant
Bring a smile to your face with this cute chipmunk who is storing up acorns for a winter dinner. Simple cross stitches are highlighted by backstitches and long stitches, giving this design dimension and texture.
Colorful Leaves Biscornu
Colorful Leaves Biscornu
Design by Julia Lucas
Fallen autumn leaves worked in shades of topaz and reds settle delicately among evergreen leaves of the crisp season. A simple design of cross stitch, backstitch and beads is elevated to elegance by finishing it as a biscornu. Easy-to-follow finishing instructions will have this project eliciting oohs and aahs in no time.
Designer Q&A
Designer Q&A
Cheryl McKinnon of Tiny Modernist
Q. When did you begin cross stitching?
A. It's been a family pastime for generations. Both my mom and grandmother were stitchers, and my sister and I took it up at a young age. But as a kid, I never had enough patience to finish big projects. Once, I started stitching a huge piece, St. George and the Dragon, with an elaborate border and many colors. I worked on it for ages, and got it about 80 percent done, but then it got packed away somewhere, and I think it will stay as my "forever unfinished" WIP!
Fall Leaves Monogram Set
Fall Leaves Monogram Set
Designs by Elizabeth Spurlock of Saving Graces Fine Needlearts
A quartet of fall foliage colors surround a stately initial in this elegant set from Elizabeth Spurlock. Instructions are for a table mat and napkin ring, but you can use the motif on a tablecloth or a runner as well for a beautiful autumnal table setting.
Fall Teapot
Fall Teapot
Design by De Selby
A blooming bouquet of sunflowers springs forth from a lovely pumpkin teapot in this latest design from De Selby. Stitched entirely in DMC floss, the design uses full and partial cross stitches along with backstitches, making it the ideal project for any stitcher.
Floral Band Sampler: Part 5
Floral Band Sampler: Part 5
Design by Julia Lucas
Embark on a yearlong journey with us on a showstopping band sampler from Julia Lucas. Bands of specialty stitches blend with variegated cotton flosses to yield a project that will be keep you delighted all year long. Part 5 features satin stitches, diamond Rhodes stitch and four-sided stitches along with cross stitch and backstitch.
Halloween Spooktacular
Halloween Spooktacular
From pumpkins to black cats and bats to witches, here are six spooky treats to add some trickery to your Halloween stitching.
Hardanger Coasters
Hardanger Coasters
Designs by Roz Watnemo
Take Hardanger to a spooky level with subtle bats in this coaster pair from Roz Watnemo. Worked using satin stitch, buttonhole stitch, Kloster blocks, woven bars and a classic web stitch, these coasters will be perfect for your fall or Halloween gatherings or hung on an autumnal tree.
Harvest Bouquet Sachet
Harvest Bouquet Sachet
Design by Liz Almond of Blackwork Journey
Fallen autumn leaves worked in shades of topaz and reds settle delicately among evergreen leaves of the crisp season. A simple design of cross stitch, backstitch and beads is elevated to elegance by finishing instructions will have this project eliciting oohs and aahs in no time.
Helen Hally 1843 Scottish Sampler
Helen Hally 1843 Scottish Sampler
Reproduction by Deborah Fasano of Historic Handworkes
Perfect your Algerian eye stitches and satin stitches in this vividly hued Scottish sampler reproduction from Deborah Fasano. Worked in silks, the sampler features a house surrounded by typical birds and flowers on the bottom half; the top half of the sampler is adorned with several alphabets, numbers and familial initials, a common feature of most Scottish samplers.
House for a Wife, a Huswif
House for a Wife, a Huswif
Design by Charlotte Smyth of Charlotte's Web Needlework
Continue the threepart series with this delightful huswif design from Charlotte Smyth. The second installment features two more stately Elizabethan houses, complete with blooming trellises and ornate fences. Featuring a myriad of specialty stitches, this project is bursting with texture, dimension and style.
I Thank My God
I Thank My God
Design by Sarah Richards of Snoflake Stitchery
The timeless words of Philippians 1:3 take center stage atop a wreath of brilliant autumn leaves. Rich reds, vibrant yellows and golden oranges almost seem to glow from within each stitch of needle and thread.
Mountain Lodge Blanket
Mountain Lodge Blanket
Design by Kathleen Berlew
Increase your specialty stitch repertoire with this beautiful sampler-style design using only five colors of cotton floss. It features a myriad of specialty stitches, including satin stitch, eyelet stitch and diamond eyelet stitch.
The Christmas Stitch -- Welcome Home
The Christmas Stitch -- Welcome Home
Design by Nancy Wahler of Faithwurks Designs
The Sampler Sleuth: Scottish Samplers
The Sampler Sleuth: Scottish Samplers
By Deborah Fasano of Historic Handworkes
Historical Motifs & Mystery Mansions
Woodland Friends
Woodland Friends
Designs by Cheryl McKinnon of Tiny Modernist
Stitch a quarter of adorable woodland creatures in this design set from Cheryl McKinnon. A smiling bear, raccoon, fox and deer take center stage in each design amidst fun, bold autumn colors.
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