Cross Stitch pattern designer
5th Dec 2013
It's time for the annual British Craft Awards from the publishers of Cross Stitch Crazy, The World of Cross Stitching, Cardmaking and Papercraft and Quick cards made easy.
You can vote on line:http://www.britishcraftawards.com or by postal vote if preferred. Everyone who votes will be entered into a prize draw to win one of three fabulous prizes - a year's worth of crafting stash!read more
27th Nov 2013
Hi everyone, just one last chart for Christmas... if you can't stitch the whole sampler in time, then these quick, cute motifs stitched separately for cards will take no time to stitch... no fractionals so you are away. Just remember to remove the wording.read more
24th Nov 2013
I once read that swans mate for life - a romantic notion, which I have tried to reflect in this scene of a protective male swan, spreading his wings around his elegant lady friend.
Swans are beautiful birds at any time of the year, but winter is a particularly fitting setting, as it is such a romantic season. I always hope that I get the chance to take snowy walks and wonder at the beauty of nature. With snowy - capped...read more
24th Nov 2013
I've designed many cross stitch pieces featuring geisha in my time, but they continue to be popular and I have never grown tired of the theme. In this scene my geisha is framed by cascading wisteria and big, blowsy peonies which also decorate both her hair and gown. I do hope you will be inspired to add this one to your collection.
Peony geisha is found in the latest edition of Cross Stitch Collection, issue 107read more
5th Nov 2013
Hi everyone, according to Helen Dorritt, my lovely editor on Crazy Cross Stitch magazine, this design has been a massive hit with many of you. It's one of my favourites and although the chart was a special for Crazy subscribers I will hopefully soon be able to sell the chart here on my blog.
Just trying to sort out a few things and then, with the whiz kid Rebecca, who will use her expertise to get 'The Shop' up and running...read more
24th Oct 2013
Well, here is the preview of the cover... It is some time since I wrote my last book and I am so excited about it, not just this one, as there are a series of four that will all be published by the end next year. I have been working with a lovely company in Turkey for a couple of years designing for their beautiful magazines, and I was asked to create this and the other books for them.
Here you...read more
22nd Oct 2013
In the latest issue of Gold - 106 With this cushion, I have created a modern take on the mistletoe wreath - a softly curving sprig of bead - like berries, with bold patterned leaves.
The trend for contemporary Christmas colours, such as bright pink, purple and turquoise, seems to be growing, so I wanted to introduce these colours into my design.
My design uses cross stitch and traditional backstitches only so it is ideal for all stitchers... as the editor, Medina...read more
22nd Oct 2013
Blackwork stitches add something special to this traditional nativity scene of the three kings. This design is in the latest issue - 106 - of GOLD magazine If you love designs that change you, then I think you'll enjoy stitching this glittering Christmas scene. I have used a combination of cross stitch and backstitch to create blackwork filling patterns for the three kings' magnificent robes. Colourful blackwork works particularly well here, with jewelled shades of turquoise, purple and cerise against...read more
22nd Oct 2013
This cute little fellow is to be found in issue 229 of Cross Stitch Collection.
This picture is the last of my seasonal bird pictures - if you like this one then check back in my blog for the blue tit (issue 221), chaffinch (issue 223) and wren (issue 226) all of which are set amongst seasonal flowers. Although there is a gentle fall of snow, the scene is a colourful picture to delight in during the coming cold months.read more
6th Sep 2013
As the first Christmas issue of Gold is in the shops I might as well make a start so here are two card designs to get you going! Some of you I know like to get ahead with your stitching.
As with the two designs I have already shown you - the partridge and the stocking - these cards are quite modern and not traditional in colour. They are, however, simple to stitch so make a start towards the festive season...read more
6th Sep 2013
This is the second design to be found in the latest issue of GOLD magazine. It celebrates the first day of Christmas with this pretty partridge perched in a colourful pear tree. Although this design is intended for the first of the Christmas issues I will be very happy to have this cushion, with this chubby chap on my settee all year round.
I have used lots of bold shapes to make this piece stand out and opted for some non...read more
6th Sep 2013
I was thrilled when Medina, the lovely editor for GOLD, asked me to design a floral stocking for the start of the Christmas issues. I love flowers as you know, so I was thrilled to be asked to design it. It gave me the excuse to create some big, bold blooms! The pattern has a vintage feel, so 'right' for now and similar to the kind you'd see on an old needlepoint cushion. It also proves that Christmas designs needn't...read more
20th Aug 2013
I couldn't wait to let you see my latest design for Cross Stitch Collection - I SO enjoyed painting and charting this. It may be later in the week before the magazine is published for you to see this one, but here is a sneak preview. It is an age of elegance where this pretty lace shoe would have been worn and I have added the delicate flowers and butterfly to compliment the design. Don't forget your FREE download from...read more
27th Jul 2013
Red opium poppies are quite prolific in my garden - mostly in the rich red shades, but also in oranges and deep pinks. Like the majority of summer flowers, their beauty is fleeting, but I enjoy their moment of colour. The mauve and pink flowers help to balance out the reds, bringing a softness to the overall picture.
The design is to be found in the latest Cross Stitch Collection, issue 226 along with the delightful little wren, the third in...read more
26th Jul 2013
As you know, flowers are a great passion of mine, so a floral ABC was always going to be right up my street! An incredibly versatile design as the motifs can be used time and time again to stitch as cards, gifts and items for the home. I like the idea of putting the letters together to spell 'Welcome,' or how about decorating a set of gardening gloves or stitch a whole name and finish your work in a pretty...read more
18th Jul 2013
If you would rather stitch a larger picture of a flower then Kate, at http://www.bothythreads.com has kits of some of my flower designs and following on from my simple peony card I thought some of you might, like me, really enjoy stitching these beautiful flowers to remind you that summer does come! You can choose from this group of four designs: purple poppy, rose, peony and pink hydrangea or go to her website for even more lovely flowers...read more
15th Jul 2013
I thought some of you might love the old fashioned vintage style - chic of this design, especially as it is so simple to stitch if you are a confident beginner. I tried to create a truly elegant design with calming shades of pale pink and soft cream that blend so well with the fresh greens of the foliage and the sky - blue butterflies.
Find this delightful design in the latest edition of The World of Cross Stitching. The back...read more
10th Jul 2013
Enjoy the exquisite bloom of a water lily all year round by stitching this serene design. The chart is to be found in the latest Cross Stitch Collection, issue 225.
The beauty of water lilies has led to their widespread use as ornamental plants. The French artist Claude Monet depicted the flower in many of his paintings but I chose to show a single flower and naturally thought that a gorgeous dragonfly would be perfect to complete the design.
I have chosen...read more
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