Category Archives: Cross Stitch

The Mir Castle

The Mir Castle Pattern

A little history… The Mir Castle. In medieval times, Belarus (the former Grand Principality of Litva) was considered a ‘country of palaces and castles’. Unfortunately, there are very few ‘old’ things left after the numerous wars and 200 years under Russian occupation. Still, Mir Castle is undoubtedly known to everyone who has heard about Belarus […]

Flamingo Greeting Cards

In this feature, I also provide several tips for those who have never worked on perforated paper before, and even those who have may discover something useful. By the way, if the stitching on one of the cards looks slightly different from the others, that’s because I changed one of the pink colours to provide […]

Ember Anne 2020 Sampler

This design was inspired both by the celebration of our newest family member, Ember Anne, and from cross stitch samplers common to my province in the mid 1800s. Ember’s birth provided the perfect opportunity to pull motifs from antique samplers to create something entirely new. Antique samplers were often stitched by very young girls and […]

Canadian Santa, International Santa Series

You will have noticed that the last two International Santas have contained a good injection of humour, and this Canadian Santa continues the trend. During their design process I was going through some major personal challenges. Thankfully, designing cross stitch patterns is a good form of therapy for me. Humour lightens my heart and I […]

Spring Posy Thrifted Candy Dish Topper

Spring Posy Thrifted Candy Dish Topper Pattern

Small flower bouquets called a ‘posy’ have existed since medieval times. This particular pattern is inspired by that history as well as the time-honored art of lace making. The piece utilizes freshwater pearls from a never used bracelet, a scrap piece of 28 count white Monaco, DMC floss and a $2.99 thrifted pedestal glass candy […]

Paper Tube Bracelet

Paper Tube Bracelet Pattern

Not long before ANPTmag suggested recycling as the theme for this issue, designer Jo Gatenby had been browsing the internet, collecting pictures and ideas for a guild project – including making jewelry from recycled items. Great minds think alike! Jo says, “I immediately pulled out my folder and began figuring out what I would do […]