Lesley Teare Needlework design

Dare I say it... Christmas cards!

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...

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Cross stitch Christmas card

Another new design for GOLD

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...

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Partridge cross stitch

Floral Christmas stocking

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...

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Cross stitch christmas stocking

Pretty lace shoe

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...

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Lace shoe cross stitch

Poppy Delight!

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...

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Poppy cross stitch

Alphabet in Bloom

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...

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Cross stitch alphabet

Summer flowers in cross stitch

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...

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Summer flowers in cross stitch

Summer Splendour

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...

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Summer Splendour Cross Stitich

Waterlily and dragonfly

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...

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Waterlily and Dragonfly cross stitch

Dancing Duo

14th Jun 2013

Capture all the glamour of the ballroom with this elegant dancing duo. I have always loved all types of dancing but sadly don’t get much opportunity now……..however I can dream when I look at this picture. This chart is more detailed than the following vintage teacup pictures, as it uses both fractional stitches and the addition of beads and metallic threads throughout the design. However, if you love to dance or know someone who does, it will be worth a...

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Dancing Duo Cross Stitch

Vintage Roses

14th Jun 2013

This gorgeous summery floral cushion is still in the vintage, shabby – chic look. The jug, an original Laurua Ashley design, is one I purchased in the early 1980s and is still a favourite and often used. If you like roses as much as me then have a look at my section; Ideas for You, where you can find another design showing off these beautiful flowers.

Remember to check out The Making Spot where each month you can download a free...

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Vintage rose cross stitch cushion

Sports Motifs

12th Jun 2013

Hey ho!! who managed to hit the wrong button yesterday and remove all of the Father's day charts!! But, as it is probably too late anyway for stitching a card for him, and the cricket season has started and..... Wimbledon mania is about to descend on us, here are the reinstated charts, plus one for fishing enthusiasts and one for tennis fanatics.

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Fathers' Day motifs