This is the third in my series of floral hearts for you to stitch. This time the simple, but pretty bluebell. It is always a pleasure to go with Webs through the local woods in April and May to see the swathes of blue stretching out amongst the trees. The dappled light that comes through the leaves on to the sea of flowers produces many shades of blues from the palest to quite dark shades of mauves.
Put a modern twist on this Eastern design with this willow pattern classic ……….
This willow pattern design is based on one of the many blue and white china pieces I have collected over the years. The pattern is simplified which helps define the shades of blue from the palest to the darkest making it both striking and simple to stitch. This iconic design is a favourite with many, as this distinctive and elaborate pattern has been popular since the 18 century.
Although shown here stitched on evenweave it can be successfully stitched on 14 count Aida but the stitched design would then need to be framed.
Find this design in the latest issue of Cross Stitcher magazine, issue 277.
Two of my latest designs can be found in issue 234 of Cross Stitch Collection; one a beautiful oriental floral arrangement of peonies and a small bird. It is a Japanese inspired cross stitch design that uses fresh colours and the gorgeous Kreinik gold braid which gives an extra special sparkle to the finished design.
I love working on any oriental based designs. This bird with peonies and plum blossom is no exception and was a joy to design and convert into the chart for stitching.
I love the way that Amanda, the editor, has dealt with the finished piece of stitching by mounting it in a gilt frame that echoes the colour and shimmer of the glorious gold metallic threads.
Age of opulence
This second design - the first was this lovely lace shoe for the 18th century – celebrates the colour and luxury of the next (19th) century with gorgeous shades of turquoise bursting with details of metallic threads and beads.
The nineteenth century was an age of invention, especially in the textile trade where wonderful new colours became available to the fashion trend setters. Here I have used shades of turquoise for the shoe to compliment the beautiful pink roses and mauve clematis.
The seed beads around the bow and along the trails left by the exquisite butterfly make this a design I am really pleased with and I hope you will want to stitch it.
Celebrate the start of spring with these ornate cards. There are 6 designs in all to choose from in the latest March / April edition of CARD magazine.
These butterfly designs are a perfect reminder that sunshine is just around the corner. I have chosen very simple shapes with beautiful bright colours. If cards aren’t required why not stitch three of them – without the sentiments and pop then into a triptych frame…………..simple.
And, also in this issue…………….
These simple blackwork – designs are just right for stitching for Easter, as they should only take 4 – 5 hours to complete. Find them in the latest edition of Cross stitch Crazy, issue 188.
I think these designs will be suitable for many occasions, especially if you remove the outer oval pattern. One a night for a week………. and you could have a supply of cards at the ready!
I know many of you have already started stitching the purple rhododendrons in this new flower series that started in last month’s GOLD, issue 108
But here, with the second instalment in this series, in issue 109, are a bright and colourful display of red, pink and orange hollyhocks. The hollyhock is a classic cottage garden flower, and there are quite a few that stand tall in the herbaceous borders of my garden. This design is brought to life simply with whole cross stitches, no fractionals or backstitches, meaning that anyone can attempt this design. If you a beginner then take it slowly and take a section at a time.
If you are as excited as me about these floral design then take a sneak preview for next month’s issue……………..glorious sunflowers!
and, if you like these, then look at www.bothythreads.com where you find more flower designs of mine like these, made up into kits.