Angela, from CrossStitcher # 253 designed this free PDF chart of tiny Corgis sporting dapper handkerchiefs….including one with a verrrry British Union Jack! And Amanda from AmandaKennedyBlogs made a free chart based on the Keep Calm and Carry On poster produced by the UK government during the beginning of the Second World War, and intended to raise the morale of the British public in the event of invasion. Either of these designs would be super fantabulous adorning refrigerator magnets, iPhone cases, or bookmarks…hint: it isn’t too early to start stitching holiday gifts for special pals! Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.
Category Archive: Hand-Needlecraft
Charlotte, the ever charming British blogger from Tuppence Ha’penny created a tutorial on monogramming…from transferring the letters, to a preliminary padding stitch, to the final satin stitch. She includes her top five tips for professional looking hand-stitched monograms, and recommends the traditional satin stitch (we concur.) Monograms add a classy touch to blouse collars, shirt cuffs, cotton bath towels, and even luxurious bed linens.
Elsita is a Cuban trained artist who occasionally offers stunning hand-drawn free embroidery patterns for her blog readers. We are completely enamored with this crane wreathed by flying fish, and wide-eyed owl mere and bébé. She suggests embroidering one on a bag…and we agree!
Sister Twisty from the blog SisterTwisty embroidered these entwined foxes. Inspired by the singer Bjork’s song about creation myths, Cosmogony, and sewn with cotton, metallic, and silk threads, these creatures are amazingly ethereal and delicate. She takes us through the process of learning to embroider and shade, and comments that she likes how much the silk shading looks like fur. We love the night sky constellations made of little white French knots.
Whooo Whooo! Mrs. Stitchy Britches posted this free owl embroidery transfer pattern from a late 1960s crewelwork set. We love the melody of textures, line-work, and the Pennsylvania Dutch feel. This would be charming adorning the center of sofa pillows…go crazy and edge the pillows with coordinating ball fringe pom-poms!
The ever geek-tastic Haley from Brooklyn and master of The Zen of Making blog, made a groovy tutorial for cross-stitching a Doctor Who TARDIS iPhone case – perfect for all your time traveling needs! Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.
Summer is here, bringing street fairs, carnivals, parades, sand dunes, and picnics….and with summertime comes the brilliant sun. We love the sun, but we need to protect our tender skin from her glaring rays. Sahrye from ItCameFromTheStash gives us some basic instructions for recovering parasols (Part II on trimming your parasol is yet to come.)What a glorious project; all you need is patience and 1 1/2 yards of fabric…we recommend a sturdy taffeta.
Direct from the uber talented gal at Hancock’s House of Happy in the United Kingdom, comes this free cross-stitch chart featuring vintage Pyrex patterns. Vintage Pyrex kitchenware is so fabulously collectable right now, and makes me nostalgic for childhood; mixing up crazy overstuffed oatmeal cookies stiff with raisins, walnuts, coconut, and chocolate chips, or licking the bowl clean of stray devil’s food cake batter. Yum! A cross-stitched collection of Pyrex patterns would look wonderful stitched on the borders of kitchen towels, accenting pot-holders, or framed as a kitchen sampler. Pass the cookies and tea! Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.
I can smell the beginning of springtime in the city; trees are blooming with fragile pink flowers, surly bicycle messengers have risen from their winter rainy slump, and I’ve been eating lunch in Union Square with my shirt sleeves rolled up rakishly. It is time for spring cleaning, but rather than break out the suds, I’ll revive my pillowcases with some cross-stitched borders; a 14th century band sprinkled with fleurs-de-lys will provide a touch of chic to my tired bed linens (graphing courtesy of the talented needlesmith, Rosemary Stecher) Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.
According to Chinese tradition, the year of the dragon is particularly auspicious for new babies, and Aimee, blogstress and craftster extraordinaire, brings us a free Chinese dragon transfer to embroider. This sly fire-breather would be charming stitched upon a pillowcase, tea towels, or even a draw-string laundry bag!