View Full Version : Anyone like to cross-stitch?

Rowan Darkmoon
September 22nd, 2009, 09:58 PM
I just taught myself to cross-stitch using a counted cross-stitch pattern, and I LOVE it! My mom always shied me away from cross-stitch when I was younger (she taught me to do needlepoint) because she said that she hated the counting aspect of it. However, I found it very relaxing and rewarding.

I would love some links, if anyone had them, to free pagan cross-stitch charts, I found this pattern today that I think I might try for Samhain.


September 22nd, 2009, 11:59 PM
Here's a link to a list of several sites featuring some free, but mostly purchasable designs:

A lot of those links are dead, though.

This site has a nice unusual take on the Green Man:

September 23rd, 2009, 12:20 AM
I love the way cross stitch looks and I am fascinated by how it's done. Unfortunately with my vision I can't see well enough to do it.
That one is really cool!!!

September 23rd, 2009, 12:33 AM
I buy my cross stitch patterns at Michael's. I'm almost done with a large wizard and I have one waiting of a maiden with a unicorn. They have a large selection, and they give you all the strings you need. I don't have any links to anything, though in the book Sabbats there are several very simple patterns.

September 23rd, 2009, 12:33 AM
About.com has some as well:


Rowan Darkmoon
September 23rd, 2009, 09:35 AM
Thanks guys!

September 23rd, 2009, 10:26 AM
I do! I've been cross-stitching since I was a kid.

I like really challenging pieces and I have trouble finding them for free. This site (http://xs-collectibles.com/subjects1.aspx) and this one (http://www.scarletquince.com/) are my favourite; it can get a bit pricey though when you buy patterns then all the thread. I'm actually working on the picture in my avatar at the moment. It's by far the most difficult that I've done and is going to take a while lol.

There's a bunch of cute free patterns here (http://www.cyberstitchers.com/PatternLibrary/index.asp), actually there's a fairy I think is really pretty.

Oh, a good way to get free patterns is from books in libraries. There are a few nice witchy and fantasy type ones I've seen that you might be able to get hold of, like this (http://books.google.com.au/books?id=cvD2aNYsyvEC&dq=fantasy+cross-stitch&printsec=frontcover&source=bl&ots=YC8z63xf-m&sig=fatI694NNspyl3YTQY1UvB2YAi8&hl=en&ei=Vyy6SsvWONifkQWi6o3uBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=12#v=onepage&q=&f=false) and this one (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cross-Stitch-Magic-Saifhon-Borisuthipandit/dp/0715312219).

I like the witch you're going to do, happy stitching :)

ETA: the first link isn't working for me at the moment, hopefully it will be back up soon.

Crystal Willowtree
September 23rd, 2009, 10:40 AM
great patterns shared so far
http://dragondreams.accra.ca/Sample_Charts.html has some great fantasy themed patterns (see my thread on dragons in this section to see the ones I've done so far)

September 23rd, 2009, 07:56 PM
I used to cross stitch a lot but real life keeps getting in the way. I am still working on a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge* for my (almost) brother in law's wedding which was in August 2008 - oh well, maybe it will be ready for Christmas. *I know it sounds weird but that was where he proposed :)

I love the links posted and particularly liked the cyberstitchers.com goddess bookmark pattern - just search for "goddess"

September 23rd, 2009, 08:01 PM
I want to get into it. I think it'd be cool to be able to cross stitch a wheel of the year sampler for my home.

September 24th, 2009, 02:05 AM
I have cross-stitched very little; what I did do, I enjoyed. I cross-stitched video game sprites. I still have Terra (Esper form) from Final Fantasy 6. It's about Christmas-tree-ornament size. XD

October 23rd, 2009, 12:21 PM
I use a site that has a free pattern every day.
If you give me your email address (even create a hotmail account) address and name or nick name I recommend you. When you sign up for FREE I get 30 points to "buy" patterns they have in archive. You get 30 points to start to "buy" the archived patterns and they post 1 new pattern every day.
Also if you Love Fantasy patterns Teresa Wentzler has a site with some free patterns. Her's are tricky because she uses a lot of blended threads but are quite beautiful when finished.
Her site is:

I going to sell off some aida fabric in 18 count in the Market place if anyone is interested. Look for For sale: Aida x stitch fabric.
Happy Stitching

October 23rd, 2009, 01:12 PM
Ooooh Teresa Wentzler!! One of my favorite designers!!

I love counted cross stitch, and just haven't had as much time available to do it as I like! I have a piece I've been working on for my sister for far to long that I really have to get back to.

I was just shopping in th Lancaster, PA area and found a kit of one of my favorite hex signs (the autumn leaves one) that is on my to-do pile.

Here are pictures of a lot of my UFOs (un-framed objects). (http://cellar.org/showthread.php?t=5882&)

January 14th, 2010, 07:34 AM
I love to cross stitch and enjoy making little gifts for friends and family and for the home as well.
I have made a blog about my projects and it has a some How to do stuff on it as well.

I am in the process of making a cushion cover for myself with a Tudor Rose on it. I do not have a sewing maching so everything I make is hand stitched.
I have some scrap material that I want to make small items from and add a cross stitch design to them as well.

January 15th, 2010, 04:41 PM
Your work is beautiful :)

I finally finished the picture of the Golden Gate Bridge I was stitching for my brother in law's wedding (18 months late :( ) - he proposed to his wife there.

One day I may even finish the Mountain Ash Flower Fairy that I have been working on for more years than I care to remember :smileroll

January 15th, 2010, 09:23 PM
I enjoy cross stitching very much, though I rarely have the time for it these days. Lately, the only things I make are baby gifts and the like... I'd like to get back to it though.

Astara Seague
January 15th, 2010, 09:24 PM
I used to but havent for years

January 16th, 2010, 10:36 AM
I am going to do some cross stitch for my cover of my Kitchen BoS it needs updating and refreshing. Not sure what I will do yet but I will figure it out and I am sure I will be inspired to create something.

January 17th, 2010, 01:25 PM
I'm currently trying to finish up a design by Teresa Wentzler. I've been working on it forever, but I love it. :loveduv: It's her Castle/Dragon design.

March 16th, 2010, 03:42 PM
I'm a big cross stitcher as well. I've been stitching for about 25 years now (embroidered before that).

I do stuff on linen and evenweave and usually end up with large projects. Right now I'm working on this pattern: http://www.kustomkrafts.ca/New%20Website/counted%20pages/90023fullpage.htm :) I've gotten to the upper third of the picture. I have about 3/4ths left to do! It's solid whole stitches.

I highly recommend this site. She has a few freebies but her regular partterns aren't all that expensive and her stuff is all whole stitches as well, no tricky stitches. www.whitewillowstitching.com (http://www.whitewillowstitching.com). Tell her Chrissy sent you. :)

And here is a site for Wiccan type of stitching! http://www.stitchwitchcircle.com/

Good luck!

August 18th, 2010, 09:42 PM
I'm currently trying to finish up a design by Teresa Wentzler. I've been working on it forever, but I love it. :loveduv: It's her Castle/Dragon design.

That's one of my unfinished objects ... I'm about 1/3 done.

September 29th, 2010, 02:27 PM
If you go to "Michaels" site click projects, you will find a number of free patterns. Not the Canadian site, they have nothing in the way of projects.

September 29th, 2010, 04:23 PM
I'd like to learn :)

September 30th, 2010, 09:35 AM
Just search "How to cross stitch" there are several good sites that give very good step by step instruction using video.
Also there are a number of good sites that offer free patterns to print out.
I suggest starting with something small (like a bookmark) or a square to get the feel of how to stitch and find out if you enjoy it.
Your initial cost would be a couple of colors of thread, a package of fabric, a hoop and some needles.
Or you can try a pre printed kit (the design is printed on the fabric so you don't have to count) or count kit.
The simple kits start under 10.00, but you will have to buy the hoop about 3.00.
Michaels carries a lot of stuff, but try the auction sites, you can pick a bargain if you are patient and wait for the right thing to be listed.
I've got a lot of patterns on my computer, tell me what you are interested in and I can email you the pattern.

Same goes to anyone who is looking for free patterns.

Email me at skysteed@hotmail.com put in subject line " looking for pattern" and I will send out patterns.


September 30th, 2010, 12:45 PM
If you are doing counted cross stitch, you are probably better off NOT using a hoop. The fabric is stiff enough to work with just in your hand, and it's easier to see if you are pulling the thread too tight and distorting the evenweave fabric.

Hoops are better for stamped cross stitch. For really large counted pieces, a frame is a better option that a hoop, and it won't mark and stretch the fabric the way a hoop can.

I learned counted cross stitch by buying a small (2"X3") kit of a bunch of broccoli (long story) and just figuring out how to do it. The important points are ...

Don't tape the edges of your fabric, stitch around the edges by hand or use a machine to do a zig zag stitch.

Find the middle of your fabric AND the middle of your chart. That's where you start and grow out from there.

Make sure you are consistent in which stitch of your X goes on top.

Read the instructions, particularly about numbers of threads in the needed at least twice before you start.

September 30th, 2010, 01:47 PM
I love to Cross-stitch, but haven't done it since the Spring due to knitting being more interesting to me right now. My neighbor taught me as a kid and I have done it on and off ever since.

September 30th, 2010, 03:24 PM
I love to Cross-stitch, but haven't done it since the Spring due to knitting being more interesting to me right now.

I'm really enjoying the knitting too. I find it easier to set down something I'm knitting and pick it back up again than a cross stich project, especially with a baby who is into everything!

I used to stitch all the time. One year I made a big nativity scene for my in-laws. It took me months. Hubby and I went out one afternoon and when we got back it was destroyed. The dog got pissed at us cause we went out and locked him out of our bedroom... so he tore apart my craft bag and literally ripped my project to shreds. Haven't really cross stitched since then.

September 30th, 2010, 03:47 PM
I like to cross stitch, but I'm not very good at it.

September 30th, 2010, 05:14 PM
Like they say
"Practice makes Perfect"
Just don't worry about it, if you enjoy stitching, you will get better with practice. I've only been stitching some 30+ years and still learn little tips from other stitchers.

And YES a frame is better to work with, but for someone just learning a hoop is a lot cheaper investment and smaller/easier to handle.

I use a hoop on 98% of the time, if the fabric is a really large piece I use a frame. When done stitching my item I give it a light bath and let it air dry for a couple of hours and iron it dry.
The piece is unwrinkled and the fabric is again nice, crisp and stiff.
(I can only stitch on aida type fabrics, my eyes can't handle evenweave or linen.)

October 1st, 2010, 12:57 PM
This is the site for Michaels, seems the canadain site transfers you to this one.
large sample of free charts, from beginner and up;

October 2nd, 2010, 11:52 PM
Absolutely love it! I haven't done it in a long time, though. Think it's time to start up again!

October 8th, 2010, 08:00 AM
Cross stitching is my passion! I pretty much do it everyday because it relaxes me. I always do the counted cross stitch because that's how I was taught so the stamped ones aren't enough of a challenge to me at this point. I mostly do them and give them (matted and framed) as gifts although I tend to keep the cat ones I do for myself. :)

October 8th, 2010, 08:08 AM
I just started a new one. This one I figure is going to take a year to complete.
Van Gough's Starry Night.
over 50 colors,
528 x 352 stitches on 16 count.
I think this one I will frame and keep. If anyone wants to take a go at this see next post, I found the link.
The pattern is 15 pages so be ready for the size.

October 9th, 2010, 09:10 AM
Just found the site with Starry Night.

Also a lot of other FREE patterns.

These are more challenging patterns because of size but most seem to be full stitched and no back stitching.



October 14th, 2010, 08:02 PM
I'm selling off a number of cross stitch patterns. Check the Marketplace to get the details.

February 1st, 2011, 09:40 PM
Oh wow!! I LOVE stitching - I'm surrounded by two of my projects right now! I mostly like to do historical/cultural pieces. Right now I'm working on this -> http://www.maiaembroidery.com/images/5678000-01110.jpg I'm finding it very rewarding although it is NOT for beginners by any means!

There is a free program out there called KS stitch that you can use to create your own patterns. I was pretty impressed with it. You could definitely use something like that to create a pagan sampler or pattern. It's a little unwieldly to draw in at first, but practice makes perfect.

September 30th, 2011, 04:35 PM
<raises hand> I do! My adoptive mother taught me stamped embroidery when I was a kid, and I learned counted x-stitch on my own. I've also done ribbon embroidery, Hardanger and quilting, and I'm thinking of taking up Blackwork. I almost never finish projects, but I'm trying to turn over a new leaf. Someday I want to design patterns for altar cloths, reading cloths (Tarot, rune, etc.) and antique-style samplers, a la The Victoria Sampler, with Pagan-friendly verses. It'd probably help if I could draw!