Lesley Teare Needlework design

Floral Sampler

21st Dec 2012

This flower sampler, in the latest edition of Cross Stitch Collection, will be a lovely, colourful picture to stitch and admire as a framed piece. The design however, can also have a dual purpose as each flower with its month will make ideal motifs for greetings cards throughout the year.

The small picture of the snowdrop shows you how one of the motifs could look when stitched separately. I have added a single row of cross stitches to form a border...

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Floral Sampler

I hope you all have a happy festive season, Lesley xx

6th Dec 2012

This chart requires the following colours:

Cross stitch: a red, green, yellow, black, brown and white......choose from the selection of stranded cottons you have.

Backstitch: a black or dark grey - or a dark brown will be fine.

Happy stitching, Lx

I hope you like the latest free chart..........just in time! I'm having trouble getting the chart large enough but here goes so I hope it will work.

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Christmas card cross stitich

Angel's Wings

4th Dec 2012

An update for you as Cross Stitcher magazine is now in the shops. My design of the angel's wings makes a pretty cushion and I think not just for Christmas as I know it will look lovely in my bedroom with the creams and taupe decor that I have.

However, the design of two Scottie dogs in this issue by Felicity Hall is an absolute delight .............it's hush, hush though, as Webs might get a bit jealous.

Scottie dog cushion

The latest...

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Angels Wings Cushion

Latest design to hit the shops!

28th Nov 2012

The hyacinths in this month's Cross Stitch Collection will just about give us a glimpse into Spring..........on a dreary day like today oh! how I wish.

No free charts with this one, but keep watching and next month..........the delightful anemone will be on show with a lovely small free chart to download.

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Another View

28th Nov 2012

Another view of the hyacinths as this may be a little clearer to see. Will be touch soon with more updates. A very busy month so far as I think everyone is leading up to that festive holiday!!

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Stars for Christmas

4th Nov 2012

The backstitches are in red as I hope this will make them clearer for you when stitching. Please choose any colours for the motifs - metallic threads and gold beads would look lovely. Use them for quick cards, invitations to your Christmas parties or glue the stitched designs to white card tags as simple ties for your presents.

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Christmas Stars

Helen's Quilt

2nd Nov 2012

Do check out Helen Phillips's blog and take a look at her new quilt that she has just finished - it is so cheery and makes me feel really happy......plus a sneak preview of the cover of her new book : Pretty Patchwork Gifts, that will be published next Spring - it is a great idea.

Helen's quilt

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23rd Oct 2012

Webs, my companion, thinking about food no doubt! The swing was put up earlier this summer by my two sons.............absolutely lovely. It hangs from a large willow tree and is the perfect spot to watching dragonflies dart up and down my stream that flows through the centre of the garden.

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Webley by the swing in Autumn


23rd Oct 2012

Hi everyone, getting back to the blog, as I said, bear with me its new, and at present Im a little involved with the preparations for my youngest sons wedding it is next week! Im sure it will all go well.

I hope some of you had a go at red and white designs oh, so simple, but so effective and, brilliant for Christmas ideas.

Just to say there is an update on 'About me' especially for CareyAnne...............another...

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Christmas Ideas

17th Oct 2012

This design came out in issue 215 of Cross Stitch Collection but it is available to buy as a chart from www.themakingspot.com


Christmas is such a lovely time of the year and if, like me, you enjoy bringing out special designs for the season then this cushion would be ideal . Do look at 'Ideas for you' page above and add your own.


This is the free chart to make your own Christmas card version:

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Holly Leaf Key
Red and white cross stitch sampler