Category : Cross stitch
Commission patterns: Avery and Colby
8 years, 7 months ago 1
Posted in: Blog, Cross stitch

A while ago I was asked to create a couple of graffiti cross stitch patterns of a fellow stitchers children’s names and was thrilled to do it. Here’s what Colby (fan of royal blue) and Avery (hot pink aficionado) are going to have stitched up by their talented mum.

Commissioned pattern: Colby

Commissioned pattern: Avery

8 years, 8 months ago 4
Posted in: Blog, Cross stitch

Today I’m going to try an experiment that’s been floating around in my head for a while – I’m going to put out a little cross stitch pattern, line by line, via Twitter. This is only a 20 stitch x 20 stitch pattern, so nothing too complicated for a first shot! And if it all goes well, I’m planning on continuing it weekly… say, a TweetXS Tuesday?

So I’m starting it today: at 4pm Central European Time (3pm GMT for the Brits, 9am EDT for the Americans, and, sadly, 3am EST for the Aussies). I’ll post them line by line every, say, 10 minutes to my twitter feed. If you can’t join in live, search for the hashtag #tweetXS to gather them all up after. Or on my facebook page. Let’s see how it goes!

9 years, 11 months ago 0
Posted in: Blog, Cross stitch

First up: apologies to any commenters who were wondering why their comments weren’t approved. I generally tryto grab all the real comments as they come through and approve them immediately, but sometimes I miss a few. I’ve just spent an hour going through the hundreds and hundreds of spam comments that built up and found a few real ones that slipped by me the first time. Hopefully I didn’t inadvertantly delete any now while I was lost in the mind-numbing repetition of enhancements, registry cleaners and comments starting with NiksLove. If you’ve commented and it was lost, please feel free to comment again!

Secondly, I’m going to be playing around with this site in the next few days, so expect things to be a bit odd for a bit. I’m a long way from being any kind of web designer, so it may take a few false starts to get it all running again. It’ll look quite a bit different soon and hopefully a number of the annoying bugs I haven’t had the time or energy to straighten out before will be taken care of.

And with all that, I wish you (as the Germans say) a good slide into the New Year!

10 years, 1 month ago 0
Posted in: Blog, Cross stitch

You know how it is, right? Sometimes you just want to pick up a needle and do something small and quick. Something that didn’t require too much creative energy, but just fills in a bit of time with some relaxing, repetitive motion. Where it doesn’t really matter if you miss a stitch, or screw up your counting because it’s only a small piece of playing around.

About six months ago I visited MrXStitch without, wouldyoubelieve, taking any stitching with me. So on a rainy afternoon we visited a craft shop and I picked out two wee kits to tide me over and he challenged me to try and make them my own.

The first, a cutesy little mouse, I finished that weekend and it has found a home at MrXStitch Towers.

mouse before

mouse after

The second I didn’t get around to finishing until I threw my back this week and found myself admiring the ceiling for a few days.

helicopter beforehelicopter after

What about you? What patterns have you modded for your own purposes?

10 years, 10 months ago 0
Posted in: Blog, Cross stitch

Well here it is, after a loooonnngggg time in the making, the first Stitchalicious cross stitch patterns!


The first series to be released are The Virgins and came out of a collaboration with Berlin-based Chilean artist Karolina Kruz, the creative force behind Luciluxx. I mean, go and check out her stuff – who wouldn’t want to be able to cross stitch it?

The Virgins are very iconic, a little ironic, and show off the best of the Berlin street art vibe. There are three to choose from Maria Dolores, Maria Esperenza and Maria Inmaculada who is pictured above.  Are you starting to get a bit bored with full cross stitches? Want to push it a bit more? These designs use a lot of partial stitches – 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 stitches – which make the finished piece detailed but not too big. The patterns are printed on good quality card which will survive being pulled in and out of bags while you’re working on it and they’re also available as kits with 14 ct Aida, DMC threads and needle. Go to the shop to check them out!


11 years, 3 months ago 0


Two and a half years ago TheAnticraft opened up submissions for their book and -much to my astonishment- accepted my proposal. Unfortunately,  I only found their email really close to the deadline, plus I was in Australia on holidays and I didn’t have any of the materials I needed to make it. So I trundled down to the local stitching store and had an amusing conversation with the owner as I was picking out a needlepoint canvas for the background – because I was looking for the tackiest one I could find and she was gushing over the beauty my choice. I am assuming it was good salesmanship. And then I stitched twelve hour days for several weeks. Can anyone say serious shoulder pain?

Now, after the piece flew to the States, was beautifully framed and photographed and published, I’ve got it back. I happened to have a frame which fit it (not as sexy as the one in the book unfortunately) so I’ve put it up for a while. It’s interesting looking back on a piece you haven’t seen in over two years and although I don’t tend to put my own stitching on my walls, I think I’ll keep this one up for a bit.

Stitch Graffiti

Stitch Graffiti

11 years, 5 months ago 0
Posted in: Blog, Cross stitch

Cross stitch frog with ribbon leaves

This is my new favourite summer bag. It was a surprisingly quick make, once I’d sat down and made metres and metres of bias tape. The outer layer of the bag is a really coarse kind of hessian I found ages ago and was just perfect to cross stitch on.  I used a photo of a tree frog peering through some long grass as inspiration and just took off from there. The cross stitch was done with embroidery wool and the leaves are ribbon that I also had lying around (sometimes having a ridiculous stash of fabric and thread comes in useful!).

Frog bag as modeled by Leon Dog Wonder

Frog bag as modeled by Leon Dog Wonder

I kind of freehanded the bag, so it has a large back pocket and the smaller, angled front pocket where the frog sits. The whole thing is held together by bias tape I made from the same fabric and which I also made the (slightly too long) straps out of. The only thing missing is a clasp or zipper, but as a quick tote it’s perfect.