Antonia Rosel y Garcia 1886
I have decided I am drawn to Spanish samplers. This is the second I have reproduced and I am ever on the lookout for more. I wasn’t able to find out much information about Antonia, but I can say she had a real eye for color. My reproduction is stitched on 40 ct Antique Lace by Seraphim Hand-dyed Fabrics with silks from Hand-dyed Fibers. This is charted in both a faded and a bright colorway. There are also conversions to overdyed flosses and DMC included in the chart. You can find this at many fine needlework shops.
Carolyn’s Balloons – Autumn
Carolyn’s Balloons is the brainchild of good friend Carolyn Zook (CZookStitch on YouTube and Instagram.) She requested a design with hot air balloons and autumn coloring. I decided this would make a great seasonal piece. Carolyn helped me pick the colors and after some tweaking of the design, I came up with this. It was a hit at Needlework Expo 2022! There will be 3 more designs representing the other seasons. This is stitched on 46 ct Light Nougat by xJuDesign in overdyed flosses. There is a conversion to DMC also included in the chart. You can find this at many fine needlework shops.
Palace of the Winds – A Study in Variegated Threads
This design was inspired by a pillow I saw at a local furniture store. As soon as I saw it, I knew it would make an incredible cross stitch pattern. To achieve the look I wanted, a distressed look, I knew I had to use equally incredible threads, and I found them from Cottage Garden Threads. In this design, the focus is on using these gorgeous variegated threads so that the different colors shine. I have included a link to an instructional video in the text of the pattern to teach you all you need to know about using variegated threads. A DMC conversion is also included in the pattern. The fabric in the model is 40 ct Old Stationary by Seraphim Hand-dyed Fabrics. This design can be found at many fine needlework shops.
Samplings of Lace – Autumn
This is the second in my Samplings of Lace series, the designs which highlight motifs from my Seasons in Lace series. I have used the same colors and floss as I used in Seasons of Lace, to give you a Sampling, or a taste of the bigger piece, without all of the work! These are stitched on 36 ct Vintage Country Mocha with NPI silk floss. A conversion to DMC is also provided in the chart. This design can be found at many fine needlework shops.