Lesley Teare Needlework design

Canadian theme

8th Apr 2013

I have just had a bit of a calamity this afternoon with my blog and here I am trying to redo the charts!!

As I said previously, these two Canadian motifs are free charts that I was asked to do for a WI member who made contact with me. It celebrates the day when Canada became self – governing, although remaining a dominion of Great Britain. Some of you may like to use these designs as cards for Canadian friends and...

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Canadian Mountie figure


15th Mar 2013

Just in case you are looking for a bold and bright spring flower picture rather than the pretty bird one, then check out my colourful tulips…..also to be found on The Making Spot - Go to the Designer names and click on Lesley Teare and follow through to the charts.

This design will also make a great cushion and, if you are into canvas work, then check out my idea for turning this great design into a needlepoint one. Go to...

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Tulips Cross Stitch

Delightful blue tit design

15th Mar 2013

This year my bird series in Cross Stitch Collection starts with the delightful blue tit. How I love to watch this playful little bird on my feeders. Despite the freezing conditions of late many of the birds appear to have started building their nests. One robin in my garden, has found a safe and sheltered spot in my old barn….how very sensible of it. The next birds to watch for will be a pair of blackbirds which regularly nest in...

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Wild birds cross stitch

Mother's Day / Mothering Sunday

27th Feb 2013

Remember the date: 10th March

Mother's Day is the contemporary version of the original name – 'Mothering Sunday.' The occasion dates back to the 1600 during which time the poor used to send their children to work as domestic servants. Once a year, these children were given leave to visit their Mother Church as well as their own mother. The common practice would be to take fresh flowers or freshly baked cakes – quite often Simnel cakes.

This shows a small watercolour...

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Mothers Day Card

Home is where the heart is

18th Jan 2013

Just thought some of you might like something other than flowers to cheer the day…….. 'Home is where the heart is' shows an ideal design to stitch for a new home or just because you like it! This charming cushion is to be found in the latest edition of GOLD magazine and perfectly captures happy thoughts of home and the warmest of welcomes that a contented cat will always provide…….. I hope the small FREE chart will be a simple...

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Home is where the heart is

Signs of Spring

18th Jan 2013

It might be cold and dark outside, but enjoy the promise of sunshine to come with my spring flower display. This design is to be found in the latest issue of Cross Stitch Collection – out today.The small stitched sections will give you an idea of the colour shading; the blend of different yellows makes the petals glow with warmth.

Some of you may be interested in seeing how I work on an idea for a chart. My first step...

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Spring flowers cross stitch cushion

Rustic Style

14th Jan 2013

This small design - one of mine - is to be found in a chart booklet that accompanies the latest Cross Stitcher magazine.

There are lots of lovely small designs, as the following shows, with simple pretty motifs that are perfect for the country kitchen. With these charts you can add some country cottage charm to your home with projects inspired by nature.

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Rustic Beauty

Look out for a Valentine's Day chart

6th Jan 2013

The red and white designs are so popular so look out for my latest designs to appear for Valentine’s day…..it will be a couple of love birds but with the red and white appeal…………. keep stitching, Lx

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Elegant Anemones

21st Dec 2012

This design is to be found in the new redesigned Chart of the Month in the latest Cross Stitch Collection. Here you can read a bit more about my designs and get expert tips from the stitcher of the design -Gill Muggeridge says 'I love to stitch anything to do with flowers and the anemones were very realistic when stitched' There are no backstitches as I wanted the design to rely solely on the shapes and colours of the flowers...

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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