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Category Archive: Hand-Needlecraft

Free Cross-Stitch Coversion Tool


Our new favorite cross-stitch toy is MyPhotoStitch, a magical free online cross-stitch conversion tool. Just in time to prepare for February 14th, we have converted a vintage Valentine ’s Day card of three angelic cupids carrying giant pots of heart-shaped flowers into a cross-stitch pattern PDF. The possibilities are endless…..cross-stitch zombies for Halloween, your favorite tot for mother’s day, or create your own personalized family crest with a mélange of symbols (because every family is special!)

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Elsa Schiaparelli and Jean Cocteau Collaborate


Paris is swell. Designer Elsa Schiaparelli worked in collaboration with avant-garde artist Jean Cocteau in 1937 to design a jacket for that year’s Autumn collection. The jacket was embroidered with a woman caressing the waist of the wearer, and long blonde glittering locks cascading down one sleeve, with the embroidering being executed by the couture embroidery house of Lesage. This stunning garment is made of linen, gilded metallic thread embroidery, beads, and paillettes. This is in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Free Moderne Holiday Transfer Embroidery Designs


Noelle from LuckyKitty designed these modern holiday transfer embroidery designs. Drawn with graceful lines, the sweet bird, holly leaves, stars, and ornaments are simple enough to be a quick project. They would be lovely hand-sewn onto a ready-made stockings, baby bibs, napkins, or even potholders!

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Free Embroidery Transfer of Queen Anne’s Lace


We love Queen Anne’s lace or bird’s nest for its delicate shape. This plant gets its name from the laciness of the white flower, with the red flower in the center representing a drop of Queen Anne’s blood from a tatting slip when making the lace. It is unclear whether it was Anne (1574 – 1619), the first Stuart Queen Anne, who was brought over from Denmark at fourteen years of age to be a Queen to King James of Scotland, or Anne (1665 – 1714), the daughter of William and Mary, and the last monarch in the Stuart line. Alicia of RosyLittleThings gives us a charming free transfer of graceful sprigs of Queen Anne’s lace, and suggests embroidering them upon the edge of a pillowcase. This would add a touch of summer meadow to any winter bed linen set.

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Free Harry Potter Craft Project Patterns


It is Harry Potter madness! Just in time for this weekend’s opening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 we have some cunning crafts. First we have a crocheted Golden Snitch by Melissa of Inner Child Crochet, then a Harry Potter Prisoner of Azkaban Gryffindor knitted scarf by Svyet of The Bookke Werm’s Realm, cross-stitch patterns for the crests of all four houses – Gryffindor (courage, bravery, loyalty, nerve, chivalry), Hufflepuff (hard work, tolerance, loyalty, fair play), Ravenclaw (intelligence, creativity, learning, wit), Slytherin (ambition, cunning, leadership, resourcefulness, pure wizard blood) by The Leaky Cauldron and LittleMojo, and lastly….. the officially crafty Harry Potter Craft Group. Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.

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Wee Felt Bunnies Tutorial


We think that bunnies are the new black. Straight from stylish New Zealand and the ever brilliant HazelnutGirl, comes a tutorial for making wee felt bunnies. She says that she was keen to resurrect this pattern because her grandmother used to make similar bunnies back in the 1950s. I’d like to see a festive flock of felt bunnies in autumn shades of warm browns, surrounding a cornucopia of pumpkins and dried corn

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Cross-Stitch a Faux Pumpkin


Meg from elsiemarley.com has posted this handy tutorial on cross-stitching a faux citrouille. All you need is patience, creativity, a fake pumpkin, thick yarn, a bamboo skewer (the ones you use for kebabs) or an ice pick or something similar, a yarn needle, and a pencil. We love the wonderful vintage feel of this Halloween project…and of course, one could also cross-stitch a pattern to any faux item! I imagine a Thanksgiving cornucopia centerpiece of happily grinning vegetables! FYI: Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.

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Vintage Transfer Embroidered Vegetables


How could anyone not eat their veggies! These embroidered vintage vegetables were originally published by doe-c-doe and are from The Vitamin Ball. Love is all around, with adoringly smooching squash and radishes, and carousing squash playing a squeezebox of peas. All brought to us by the wondrous Cherie of French-Knots: All Things Stitchy.

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Felt Cat Broach Tutorial


Salley, author of Felt Wee Folk, offers up this folk art inspired kitty cat broach tutorial. It is an easy way to practice some basic embroidery stitches including the blanket stitch, chain stitch, satin stitch and fly stitch. These would make lovely tokens of love for all of your furry loving pals, and are a great group craft project. Meow!

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Free Wee Cross-Stitch Patterns from France


Owl-lover, Catherine, from Boutique.Chouettalors has a lovely handful of les grilles gratuities on her website, including simple, easy-to-make cross-stitched silhouettes of owls, squirrels, mushrooms and reindeer. These would be tender and sweet embroidered upon coasters, potholders, cards or bed linens. I’d like to drink English Breakfast tea while snuggled in a set of cream cotton sateen sheets with nut red squirrels standing in an obedient line upon my pillowcase’s edging. Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.

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