Lesley Teare Needlework design

New Cross Stitch Book

24th Oct 2013

Well, here is the preview of the cover... It is some time since I wrote my last book and I am so excited about it, not just this one, as there are a series of four that will all be published by the end next year. I have been working with a lovely company in Turkey for a couple of years designing for their beautiful magazines, and I was asked to create this and the other books for them.


Here you...

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Cross stitch book

Beautiful berries

22nd Oct 2013

In the latest issue of Gold - 106 With this cushion, I have created a modern take on the mistletoe wreath - a softly curving sprig of bead - like berries, with bold patterned leaves.


The trend for contemporary Christmas colours, such as bright pink, purple and turquoise, seems to be growing, so I wanted to introduce these colours into my design.


My design uses cross stitch and traditional backstitches only so it is ideal for all stitchers... as the editor, Medina...

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Beautiful berries

Three Kings

22nd Oct 2013

Blackwork stitches add something special to this traditional nativity scene of the three kings. This design is in the latest issue - 106 - of GOLD magazine If you love designs that change you, then I think you'll enjoy stitching this glittering Christmas scene. I have used a combination of cross stitch and backstitch to create blackwork filling patterns for the three kings' magnificent robes. Colourful blackwork works particularly well here, with jewelled shades of turquoise, purple and cerise against...

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Black work star of wonder

Winter Robin

22nd Oct 2013

This cute little fellow is to be found in issue 229 of Cross Stitch Collection.


This picture is the last of my seasonal bird pictures - if you like this one then check back in my blog for the blue tit (issue 221), chaffinch (issue 223) and wren (issue 226) all of which are set amongst seasonal flowers. Although there is a gentle fall of snow, the scene is a colourful picture to delight in during the coming cold months.

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Winter Robin Cross stitch

Dare I say it... Christmas cards!

6th Sep 2013

As the first Christmas issue of Gold is in the shops I might as well make a start so here are two card designs to get you going! Some of you I know like to get ahead with your stitching.


As with the two designs I have already shown you - the partridge and the stocking - these cards are quite modern and not traditional in colour. They are, however, simple to stitch so make a start towards the festive season...

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Cross stitch Christmas card

Another new design for GOLD

6th Sep 2013

This is the second design to be found in the latest issue of GOLD magazine. It celebrates the first day of Christmas with this pretty partridge perched in a colourful pear tree. Although this design is intended for the first of the Christmas issues I will be very happy to have this cushion, with this chubby chap on my settee all year round.


I have used lots of bold shapes to make this piece stand out and opted for some non...

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Partridge cross stitch

Floral Christmas stocking

6th Sep 2013

I was thrilled when Medina, the lovely editor for GOLD, asked me to design a floral stocking for the start of the Christmas issues. I love flowers as you know, so I was thrilled to be asked to design it. It gave me the excuse to create some big, bold blooms! The pattern has a vintage feel, so 'right' for now and similar to the kind you'd see on an old needlepoint cushion. It also proves that Christmas designs needn't...

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Cross stitch christmas stocking

Pretty lace shoe

20th Aug 2013

I couldn't wait to let you see my latest design for Cross Stitch Collection - I SO enjoyed painting and charting this. It may be later in the week before the magazine is published for you to see this one, but here is a sneak preview. It is an age of elegance where this pretty lace shoe would have been worn and I have added the delicate flowers and butterfly to compliment the design. Don't forget your FREE download from...

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Lace shoe cross stitch

Poppy Delight!

27th Jul 2013

Red opium poppies are quite prolific in my garden - mostly in the rich red shades, but also in oranges and deep pinks. Like the majority of summer flowers, their beauty is fleeting, but I enjoy their moment of colour. The mauve and pink flowers help to balance out the reds, bringing a softness to the overall picture.


The design is to be found in the latest Cross Stitch Collection, issue 226 along with the delightful little wren, the third in...

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Poppy cross stitch

Alphabet in Bloom

26th Jul 2013

As you know, flowers are a great passion of mine, so a floral ABC was always going to be right up my street! An incredibly versatile design as the motifs can be used time and time again to stitch as cards, gifts and items for the home. I like the idea of putting the letters together to spell 'Welcome,' or how about decorating a set of gardening gloves or stitch a whole name and finish your work in a pretty...

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Cross stitch alphabet

Summer flowers in cross stitch

18th Jul 2013

If you would rather stitch a larger picture of a flower then Kate, at http://www.bothythreads.com has kits of some of my flower designs and following on from my simple peony card I thought some of you might, like me, really enjoy stitching these beautiful flowers to remind you that summer does come! You can choose from this group of four designs: purple poppy, rose, peony and pink hydrangea or go to her website for even more lovely flowers...

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Summer flowers in cross stitch

Summer Splendour

15th Jul 2013

I thought some of you might love the old fashioned vintage style - chic of this design, especially as it is so simple to stitch if you are a confident beginner. I tried to create a truly elegant design with calming shades of pale pink and soft cream that blend so well with the fresh greens of the foliage and the sky - blue butterflies.


Find this delightful design in the latest edition of The World of Cross Stitching. The back...

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Summer Splendour Cross Stitich