Cross Stitch Crazy

Yes, I’ve been going cross stitch crazy! I always used to feel that I preferred art and design that I had a hand in designing so I avoided cross-stitch, except for teeny tiny greeting card style ones. Also, I find that some cross-stitch – especially the ones where the whole canvas is stitched – very complicated and I always made critical mistakes. For a long time, I haven’t done cross-stitch.

But…

For Christmas last year, I sent my Mum a teeny tiny cross-stitched Robin on a mailbox for Christmas (photo to come). And I kinda caught the bug. But, as ever, I’m a total skinflint and so I didn’t want to buy any cross-stitch patterns.

So would you believe it – the internet is FULL of free cross-stitch patterns. And they’re nearly all amazing. I love, in particular, the primitive designs. I’ve added a few photos of my versions of these glorious freebies and linked to the website where I got the free chart. Thank you very much to the talented designers whose freebies I’ve so enjoyed these last couple of months.

To thine own self be true – from Plum Street Samplers. Such beautiful designs and a bevy of other freebies if only I had more time for bigger cross-stitches. It’s funny how I picked designs that were particularly relevant. This one was at a time when I was feeling under pressure with someone else’s opinions (at University, teacher-training) and I had to keep reminding myself that my opinions are mine and valid.

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One of my favourite little Halloween’s: Boo! By Glory Bee.  Bearing in mind, it is Autumn in March in New Zealand. Although they /we don’t celebrate Halloween in March/April here, the spiders don’t care, nor do the pumpkins, they go on about their business.

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This snowman and a sheep “Happy Snowman” a freebie from Shepherd’s Bush – ahh, it reminds me of my drive to school, seeing sheep with their black faces in misty fields. The trees silhouettes as the sun peeps orange and purple over the mountain ranges. I actually haven’t finished it yet, it was Amy’s 3rd birthday, all that school and then we’ve all come down with the winter flu.

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Some more beautiful freebie designs are to be found at Snowflower Diaries – there’s a whole year calendar Joyful World freebie stitchalong – but although it’s on my ‘to do’ list, it might be a while before I get there.  There is a fox design for January and there’s hedgehogs in the autumn months (of course, I’d have to change the month name to suit the year here).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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