Cross stitch

Fuck this shit

What happens when I have an ear infection and my needle and thread are nearby:

Fuck this shit


The Seal of Approval

The Seal of Approval

The Seal of Approval

A little while ago it was my boss’s birthday and I gave her a ‘seal of approval’ card. For some reason that meme escaped me and I found it hilarious (little things!). Anyway since then I’d wanted to design a Seal of Approval cross-stitch pattern – and I finally have. ¬†I wanted it to be circular but I need to practice a bit more before I try circular writing – if that makes sense.

Anyway – let me know what you think ūüôā

Put a bird on it!

So I’m still off work – the infection AND the antibiotics have succeeded in making me feel so nauseous and dizzy that I haven’t eaten a meal in 3 days. ¬†I feel quite terrible. ¬†So I thought I’d share some more free charts from

Inspired by the ‘Put a bird on it’ sketch on Portlandia:

I’ve decided to share some cross stitch charts with birds on them!

Again the charts are from scans of books that are in the public domain. I have tried to put a link to the original book underneath.

Muster altdeutscher Leinenstickerei : IV (1888) – it’s worth looking at this book just for the plates in the front! Beautiful.

Muster altdeutscher Leinenstickerei : IV (1888)


The Priscilla filet crochet book, no. 2 ; a collection of beautiful designs in filet crochet, introducing filet crochet brodé, embroidery on crochet and cameo crochet (1914)

Later on today I’m going to continue the theme with peacock cross stitch designs – so please come back and have a look.

And while I’m here I thought I’d share some of my favourite bird cross stitch designs from across the web. ¬†Some are free charts, some are just examples of cross stitch I love:

Firstly the awesomeness that is Felicity Hall:

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If you go to this link here you can find the free cross stitch chart on her website. ¬†I’m sure you’ve all heard of Felicity Hall but if you haven’t look at her other designs. ¬†She truly is royalty in the cross stitch world.

This next design is a free cross stitch pattern from gazette94 – a wonderful (yet unfortunately now defunct) website that has SO many free patterns.

gazette94_birdThankfully for us the website still is up and has its free resources there.So find gazette94 here.

Next up is another blog that is so generous with her free cross-stitch charts РLuli.  She has created this beautifully simple chart with birds sitting on cherry blossom:

Luli - cherryblossom

Another simple design which would be nice as a border РI think this was originally a knitting chart as it was pinned from Tricksy Knitter.  The colours are very Christmassy too!

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Finally some awesome swallows from Craft Gossip:

Screen shot 2013-11-11 at 07.32.41So go on … PUT A BIRD ON IT!

Back to Cross Stitch!

So this evening I have been trawling one of my favourite sites on the internet (after Pinterest of course!) –

When my mind has wandered to a new interest, I often turn to this site for a sense of the development of that area of interest.¬† If that makes any sense? (please excuse my lack of coherent waffle at the moment – I’ve just found out that after my operation I have two infections – which means I’m on shed-loads of anti-biotics, anti-nausea meds to counter-act the anti-bios AND painkillers to deal with the pain – ahhhhh what would I do without the NHS?¬† I’m so glad I now pay 40% tax because that probably covers my medical costs for this year!).

If you’ve never been to it can seem a bit unruly – like one of those old old bookshops you go into where nothing is really organised and you have to hunt through dusty shelves before you find the nuggets of paper gold that you are after.¬† It’s probably why I like it – there’s nothing I love more than a good old rummage in a second-hand bookshop – this is just a dust-free one! is an online collection of books, music, video and many other joys (and utter crap) that are within the public domain.¬† They state in their ‘about’ section on the website:

“The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.

Founded in 1996 and located in San Francisco, the Archive has been receiving data donations from Alexa Internet and others. In late 1999, the organization started to grow to include more well-rounded collections. Now the Internet Archive includes: texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in our collections, and provides specialized services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and other persons with disabilities.”

So – why am I telling you about this?¬† Because I’ve found some LOVELY old books about tapestry, cross-stitch, embroidery and filet crochet which have some useful and adaptable patterns.¬† I know some people have already found these books (I’ve seen a few on Pinterest) but I thought I’d share some of my favourites.

I used to download these books as PDFs however I find that the quality is often quite poor compared to doing a screen-dump of the page.¬† Additionally some of the patterns are hard to follow because of the resolution.¬† The ones I like the most I’m going to transfer using graph paper or StitchSketch on my iPad.¬† If I do – I’ll share these.

Anyway – here are some patterns I took a shine to this evening.¬† I’ll put a link to the full book underneath:

I thought this one would make a great Christmas decoration as the pattern looks like Christmas Trees.

ModelBuch4.1 ModelBuch4.2 ModelBuch4.3There are a few ‘Model Buch’ s on the site which have a variety of patterns.¬† These designs are from Model Buch: Teil 4 (1676), the author is Paul Furst (there should be an umlaut there but I can’t work out how to do it on here!).¬† They truly are ‘vintage’ designs.¬† But the fact that you see this kind of work being done still shows how timeless these designs really are.

It was purely by accident that I discovered that you can also adapt filet crochet patterns for cross stitch and I’ve got a couple of pieces started from The Priscilla Filet Crochet Book – not the ones I’m posting below as I’m in the process of transferring the patterns to StitchSketch which I will share once they’re done.¬† But here are some others I love too:

PriscillaFiletCrochet1 PriscillaFiletCrochet2 PriscillaFiletCrochet3You can find the book here: The Priscilla Filet Crochet Book (1911)

So there are just a few to pique your interest.¬† There are some beautiful old designs out there that I want to try out – there just aren’t enough hours in the day!



Scandinavian heart finished and another freebie

I finally finished the Christmas heart. Now the question is – do I ‘age’ it and back it onto hessian (burlap)? Or do I sew it onto appropriately Christmassy fabric? Any suggestions?

Scandinavian Christmas Heart

Scandinavian Christmas Heart

I’ve been working on some other charts too – inspired by some memes. ¬†Although I’ve been working on some traditional designs my heart lies with ‘subversive’ and ‘geek’ style cross stitch. ¬†I’ll be posting some charts for them soon too once I’ve sewn them for myself.

In the meantime here’s another little freebie – an Art Deco rose I did a while ago. ¬†Again, if you use it please let me see it as I’d like to see whatever people are creating with my charts (if anything!).

Art Deco Rose - all rights reserved

Art Deco Rose – all rights reserved

Yup – another new obsession – this time it’s cross stitch!

It’s been a while (again) but work has really been spanking my ass lately.
At the moment I’m on half-term and am convalescing after an operation. It’s all ok just a bit sore and tired now.
A few months ago I thought I’d give cross-stitch a go. With patchwork I have to go into the studio/ office/ study to use the sewing machine however, with cross stitch it’s a lot more portable and I can sit in front of the TV and do it! Always a bonus.
As usual Pinterest came up trumps.
I found a wonderful website (unfortunately no longer being updated) with some beautiful pieces:
You can find the website, gazette94, here

The image I’ve included is a Scandinavian style heart that I’m currently working on (and nearly finished):
(this image is from when I first started – it’s looking ok although I’ve made a couple of mistakes)

I thought I’d try and create some of my own designs and found an app for my iPad called StitchSketch which is quite easy to use and provides you with different colour charts for different embroidery threads.
I’ve taken some screen shots from the app so you can see the DMC thread colours I’d use:

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So I designed these borders in my favourite colours – red and blue. I haven’t stitched these yet but I thought I’d add them in case anyone wants to have a go. I haven’t worked out how to do these as ‘proper patterns’ for people to use but if anyone can have a go at these I’d love to see your results. Obviously they are ‘all rights reserved’ and it would be nice if people linked back to this website if you use any of my charts and they’re not used commercially (although if you ask nicely I’ll think about it!).
I also thought I’d give a fox a go so here’s my little fox that I designed as well:

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Again I’ve not stitched it myself yet but see if it works. Hopefully it will!

Finally – I did a Halloween ‘mash-up’ of a few charts I found on Pinterest – I’ll link to the original charts underneath:

The ‘owls’ are from here: Revalry
The border and bird is a freebie from here: Primitive Bettys
The house and tree is adapted from the free Creepy Hollow chart here: Stitcheree

The lettering is my own!