Cross Stitch pattern designer
4th Sep 2019
It is exciting to be starting another part series with you that will take us through to Wednesday 4th December and allow you to stich a blackwork Xmas sampler or 12 small Xmas cards and one larger one.
Today I am starting with the complete border and the sections that go between each design. This should then make it quite easy to add each weekly motif in the correct spot, starting next Wednesday 11th with the holly leaf top left. Also...read more
30th Aug 2019
Here is the list for the details for my new blackwork SAL that begins next Wednesday, so I hope you will all be prepared to make a start! I have also shown one small motif with a new border which I think will make a nice addition to the designs if you are stitching them for cards.
AND, remember this Sunday, 1st September my new owl chart for the month will be published.read more
27th Aug 2019
Hi everyone, this is a preview of my design that I will be adding next Wednesday 4th September, when I will start my new part series. Stitching this design will take us up to the beginning of December when I hope you will have 12 small motifs and a larger one stitched!! You will be able to choose whether you stitch them as separate designs which will make lovely, simple cards, or, perhaps as the complete sampler for Christmas 2019.read more
20th Aug 2019
Just a quick comment this week to show you a snippet of my new design. The blue jay from North America is the bird that has been chosen and thanks so much for your comments on that. Here is the start of the surround for that design which is coming along really well. Hopefully this will be available in a few week's time.
Happy stitching and I hope you all have a good week, Lesleyread more
13th Aug 2019
Gosh, now into the middle of August! Hope your stitching is going well, but I know with school holidays many of you will have a few interuptions.
The latest Gold Cross stitch magazine, issue 158, has a group of my four christmas teddy designs....cuddly teds, wrapped up in winter woolies, so that you can send warm wishes for the festive season. Hope you will enjoy them.
Hope your week goes well and here is a picture of our Tilly at 9 weeks,...read more
6th Aug 2019
Feeling a little lost without our part series for the blackwork flower. Thank you so much to everyone that have contributed in sending in comments and pictures. Both series appear to have been successful in as much as many of you have said that not only have you enjoyed the stitching, but, you have really enjoyed working on the blackwork techniques.
I'm having a break during August, so there will be no designs to download, but I am thinking about another...read more
30th Jul 2019
Here we go! The final chart to complete my blackwork flower of this 12 part series.
It has been wonderful looking at all of your pictures each week and thank you for sending them in.
Today you get the last section for the colouful cross stitch flowers and the all important backstitch lines that will bring your flower to 'life.' I have added the palette details again today, so if you have only just found my Wednesday Blog ...and welcome....then everything is...read more
23rd Jul 2019
The penultamate chart! ...and an easy one to complete. The exciteing part will be next week when we add the final cross stitches and the so important backstitching.
Hopefully many of you have seen my note on my FB page and on the section for last week's floral cushion chart about a lovely project that I am taking part in. Along with 49 other designers from across the world we will be creating charts for a new book that Lakeside Needlecraft...read more
16th Jul 2019
The blackwork flower design is begining to look really pretty with all of the added cross stitch colours. Thank you for your kind words and I am really pleased that so many of you are really enjoying this.
This Friday the July section of my floral cushion SAL will be available for you to download from here on my website and also through the SAL page. This floral design is also looking really lovely now as we come up to the...read more
10th Jul 2019
Our blackwork flower design is really taking shape and this week more colourful cross stitches to add. Thank you for sending me pictures of how you are getting on as it is lovely to watch your progress.
Also this week I have managed to complete the designs for my Owl SAL so you can now see the remaining 5 owls that you will be working on. I had a delay as I wasn't happy with one of them, but finding time...read more
2nd Jul 2019
A very simple section this week, so not much work! Just check the chart as I have found a few mistakes on the blackwork patterns. I did say right at the beginning of this series that unfortunately I haven't the time to stitch my freebies and the stitching is the one thing that sorts this out, so I am sorry if there are a few mistakes. I have updated so I hope I have sorted most of them out! But...read more
26th Jun 2019
We start on the colourful cross stitch pattern today that surrounds the blackwork flower. Remeber the outline on the petals will be added once all of the cross stitch designs are complete. Hope your week is going well and you are all enjoying stitching my latest series. Lxread more
19th Jun 2019
Part 6 of my blackwork flower and this now completes all the blackwork sections on the petals. Next week we start to add the colourful cross stitches surrounding the flower - remember the outline on this will be added last.
Hope you have a good week and happy stitching,
12th Jun 2019
The patterns are certainly looking good now and here is part 5 to start another one.
Remember it's this friday, 14th, that the June section will be available to download for my Floral cushion SAL. Hope you are ready!
Have a good week and happy stitching, Lesleyread more
4th Jun 2019
High, just a big thank you to Rachel Watson, my website designer, who put last week's charts on to my Blog whilst I was away. Another week and we are now on to the next blackwork design on the third petal. It has been lovely to see how many of you are getting on with this and enjoying a new technique. All the details for fabric size and threads can be found on my Wednesday Blog, 15th May.
Just added to...read more
29th May 2019
Our third week for my part series of this blackwork flower design. This time another petal and another blackwork pattern to try. If you still need the full details for this project then please look at my Wednesday Blog on the 15th May or please join us in the SAL at this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/322109094855799/
21st May 2019
This is our second part of my blackwork flower design. It has been lovely to see your start on this project, but now we begin working on the actual blackwork patterns. As I have split each petal shape as a separate design then I hope you will find it easy to follow. If you are just joining us then please go back to the 15th May to find all of the details for this exciting project.
I will look forward to...read more
15th May 2019
I am starting another part series today which will run for 12 weeks. My last one was such a success as I know how many of you really liked it, not only perhaps learning a new technique but being able to work on small sections at a time. Just one comment from me is I hope that there won't be any mistakes, but in order to provide charts like this for you to stitch they have to be simulated ones...read more
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