Category Archives: Cross Stitch

Elemental Fractal Series – AIR Part 4 of 4

The final design in this series is based on an actual aerial view of the earth, showing the air streams. Again, this fourth element is a more muted colour palette. I hope you’ve enjoyed this series as much as I enjoyed creating it! Download pattern. Read more in our Issue 58. Designed by Jo Gatenby […]

Always be a Butterfly Wall Hanging

I had an idea for a half butterfly / half quote design, but I was originally thinking something wise or inspiring… then I came across this little gem, and it made me laugh, so that was it! These are my favourite shades of blue, but you may (of course) change the colours to your own […]

Elemental Fractal Series – FIRE Part 3 of 4

As with EARTH, this fractal is more of a kaleidoscope composition, based on a flame – as you can tell from the brilliant colours! I quite like that two of the four pieces in this series are more muted colours, and two are quite bright, it makes for a nice balance, and an interesting composition […]

Elemental Fractal Series – WATER Part 2 of 4

While there are many examples of fractals in nature, from shells to cabbage, for WATER I became totally enchanted by a photo of a colorful spiral of coral, part of which became my ELEMENTAL WATER FRACTAL. This is one of two true fractals in the series (along with the last in the series, AIR). EARTH […]

Slutsak Belt

The town of Slutsak became famous for making the most expensive and luxurious piece of garment of the Shlachta, the privileged noble class of medieval Belarus. Today, the Slutsak Belts are widely known as a Belarusan national relic Download pattern. Read more in our Issue 56. Designed by Iryna Varabei Spirit of Belarus www.ivarabei.wix.com/spiritofbelarus www.facebook.com/SoB.design

Woven Diamonds

Several years ago, while working as a smocking teacher at a knitting shop in Aurora, ON. I spent quiet store hours browsing knitting books and magazines for ideas for my smocking designs. This is where inspiration came to me for the original piece photographed here. I worked it out but couldn’t find a place to […]

Elemental Fractal Series Part 1 of 4 Earth

I have always been fascinated by Fractals… things like those childhood kaleidoscopes, or Spirograph, would keep me entertained for hours! So, when I was considering ideas for an elemental series, the natural fractals found in nature were irresistible. Though I’ve taken a few liberties (the first Elemental Fractal in the series – AIR – and […]

Simon the Musician

Simon the Musician is one of the first designs I created when I moved to Canada. I wanted to create a Belarusan archetypal image. Simon the Musician is a popular character from the poem of the same name written by Yakub Kolas. Simon is a young village boy shunned by all for his love of […]

The Castle Nursery

The Castle Nursery Pattern

This piece was a happy combination of the theme for this issue and an art project our youngest did while in University! Katie created this large castle wall full of windows, and when you opened each window, you could see the room inside. I kept the project pieces long after she graduated, as I always […]