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12 Days of Christmas
12 Days of Christmas
Design by Lee Fisher of StitchyFish Designs
Sing your way through what your true love gave to you with a stitching project that celebrates The 12 Days of Christmas. From the classic partridge in a pear tree to five golden rings to 12 drummers drumming, each day is represented in an array of colorful hues and motifs.
Autumn Crazy Quilt
Autumn Crazy Quilt
Design by Carolyn Manning of Carolyn Manning Designs
A kaleidoscope of autumnal colors and quilt patterns combine harmoniously in this pillow project from designer Carolyn Manning. Worked in full cross stitches with a few backstitches, the project will be a graceful addition to any sofa or chair.
Christmas Gift Tags
Christmas Gift Tags
Designs by Anna Chinotto of La Bottega delle Meraviglie di Anna
Spice up your holiday packages with this pair of festive stitched gift tags. Choose between glistening bells or a full evergreen wreath to decorate all of your packages this season.
Christmas Mantel Scarf
Christmas Mantel Scarf
Design by Elizabeth Spurlock of Saving Graces Fine Needlearts
A showstopping kaleidoscope of colors comes together to create this stunning design worked in rich hues of red, aquamarine and soft cream. The trees, delicate peacocks and borders can be worked as few or as many times as necessary for a customized project.
Christmas Monogram Pendant
Christmas Monogram Pendant
Design by Nancy Wahler of Faithwurks Designs
Add a flair of elegance to any holiday outfit with this classic monogram pendant from Nancy Wahler. The script alphabet is worked over one thread and is surrounded by a delicate holly border. Use the colors suggested or change it up to match your favorite holiday outfit.
Designer Q&A
Designer Q&A
Julia Lucas
Q. When did you begin cross stitching?
A. I first began stitching in kindergarten when our teacher gave us small stiff cards with a printed pattern and punched holes, a very blunt needle and colorful yarns. She showed us how to thread the needle and work the designs so it would look pretty. I was very proud and took mine home to show my parents!
Eye of the Forest
Eye of the Forest
Design by Janet Bryant-Groves of Krafty Kat Designs
The 3-D effect of this intricate piece of Hardanger is achieved by using two pieces of linen—one piece for stitching and one to serve as background fabric, with a layer of thin quilt batting in between. Silk thread, DMC floss and Mill Hill beads work in harmony to create a stunning piece of art.
Floral Band Sampler: Part 6
Floral Band Sampler: Part 6
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 keep you delighted all year long. Part 6, the final segment, features four-sided stitches, diamond eyelet stitches, Smyrna cross stitches and ray stitches, along with cross stitch and backstitch.
Happy Holiday Tree
Happy Holiday Tree
Design by Gail Bussi
Towering trees, singing birds, glowing windows and a charming snowman all come together with the letters for Christmas in Gail Bussi’s latest design. Stitched primarily in cross stitch and backstitch, the project also offers a sprinkling of French knots and Algerian eye stitches for dimension and texture.
House for a Wife, a Huswif
House for a Wife, a Huswif
Design by Charlotte Smyth of Charlotte's Web Needlework
Join us as we wrap up part three in this stitching series that showcases a delightful huswif design from Charlotte Smyth. The last installment features a stately Elizabethan house and detailed finishing instructions. Featuring a myriad of specialty stitches, this project is bursting with texture, dimension and style.
Jake the Snowman
Jake the Snowman
Design by Janet Bryant-Groves of Krafty Kat Designs
Stitch a new friend for the holidays with Jake the Snowman. This unique project is worked in cross stitch with a sprinkling of Smyrna cross and Rhodes stitches, but the finishing is what creates this one-of-a-kind design that will have you giggling with every stitch.
Medieval Peacock
Medieval Peacock
Design by Marie Barber
The brightly colored feathers on this stately peacock include subtle shading, which yields an elegant effect. Cross stitches and backstitches are joined with vertical satin stitch and a sprinkling of French knots to create texture and dimension.
Nouveau Santa
Nouveau Santa
Design by Elizabeth Spurlock of Saving Graces Fine Needlearts
Bold reds, vibrant greens and dazzling golds stand out vividly against the deep black linen in a design that is both elegant and timeless.
Red Christmas Truck
Red Christmas Truck
Design by Elizabeth Spurlock of Savings Graces Fine Needlearts
Delicate hand-dyed linen from Crossed Wing Collection provides a beautiful backdrop for this picturesque design from Elizabeth Spurlock. Subtle shading using a rainbow of flosses creates a project that looks more like a painting with every stitch.
Sing Hey! for Christmas Day
Sing Hey! for Christmas Day
Design by Cynthia Young of Luhu Stitches
The words of 16th-century English poet Thomas Tusser take center stage in this holiday design that will be cherished for years to come.
Squirrel's Acorn House
Squirrel's Acorn House
Design by Teresa Murgida of Primitive Acorns
A house in the shape of an acorn -- what a perfect place for a squirrel to stash his acorns! This little treasure will be a fun piece of autumn decor for your home.
Starlight Pine Forest
Starlight Pine Forest
Design by Kathleen Berlew
Hues of soft blue, turquoise and peacock combine beautifully with the metallic silver sparkle in this wintry design. Worked entirely in cross stitch, this project is ideal for stitchers of all skill levels.
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