magazine feature

Tea Collection: eight new designs!

We have been quiet for a while, but we are pleased to announce that we are back with a new wonderful collection!

If you follow our Facebook page you probably remember the “Winter Tea” cross stitch chart designed by Valentina Sardu, featured last year in the Lakeside Needlecraft Winter Cross Stitch book.

Now it is finally available through our webshop, together with other seven delightful embroidery patterns, collected in three PDF files, and inspired by seasonal teas and infusions, botanical art, and antique doilies.

A Tea for Each Season, one of the three titles in the new Tea Collection, includes four easy cross stitch and blackwork charts, suitable also for beginners especially when stitched on a 25 or a 28 count evenweave fabric. Each pattern is 60×60 stitches and can be used to embellish any tea-time accessory, such as a tea-cosy, a table runner, napkins, coasters, or invitation cards.

The other two titles in the collection, available as always in digital download, are two sets of botanical cross stitch designs, enhanced in the background by white elegant laces worked in Holbein stitch.
In the first set you will find the common Tea plant (Camellia sinensis), and the Rooibos plant (Aspalathus linearis), better known as African red tea; in the second you will find the hibiscus tea plant, or Karkade (Hibiscus sabdariffa), and the South American Yerba Mate (Ilex paraguariensis).
The delicate and intricate geometry of the white doilies, together with the brilliant colours of the plants, will stand out on linen fabric, natural or, why not, hand dyed with tea leaves.

We hope you will enjoy stitching them!

Introducing a new title in the Vintage Cross Stitch series

Our beloved book series, Vintage Cross Stitch, returns this month with a new title: Vintage Cross Stitch Flowers

The book, curated by Valentina Sardu, features wonderful full-color illustrations: 60 tables in large format, 410 x 290 mm, with over 90 cross stitch floral motifs, retraced from original charts published during the Nineteenth century and at the beginning of the Twentieth century.

Here you can see some of the antique charts used for this project…

 

Take a look at the video preview (watch in HD for a better resolution):

One of the patterns, a gorgeous cushion with poppies, has been also featured on the cover of the Italian magazine RicAmare (June 2017).

Discover all the titles in the Vintage Cross Stitch series!

 

Another “Best Buys” feature in The World of Cross Stitching!

The World of Cross Stitching – issue 251

What a pleasure to be featured on The World of Cross Stitching again!
Our Swallowtail Butterflies design has been included in the “Best Buys” section of this month’s issue of the magazine (#251).

Click here to take a look at the whole Butterflies Collection.

 

Blackwork Clematis on RicAmare magazine

We are really happy to start this new year with a new design featured in the January issue of the Italian magazine RicAmare!

Here is for you a preview of this wonderful blackwork piece, together with the original drawing by Valentina Sardu:

 


Pictures left and above:

RicAmare – January 2017
The chart for the Clematis design

is currently available exclusively
in this month’s issue of the magazine


UPDATE – January 2018

The design is now available as a single chart in digital download, here: Clematis