Monday, June 12, 2017

Bunny Bloom Cross Stitch Pattern


Hello Friends!

This sweet cross stitch pattern is inspired by vintage embroidery. The design is worked in silk thread or DMC cotton floss. The flowers are stitched in vintage-y colors. Creamy yellow, pistachio green, bunny brown and hot pink show up here.



I imagine you might stitch this pattern on the porch with a cold glass of lemonade or on a vacation by the sea. Maybe you'll stitch it on a rainy afternoon, Maybe you're a midnight stitcher who likes to cross stitch while binging Netflix.

You can frame it in a hoop. I'm searching for a pretty frame. Once I find one, I'll show you the framed piece. I hope you enjoy my Bunny Bloom cross stitch pattern!  





Bunny Bloom 

This sweet design is inspired by vintage embroidery.
The pattern is stitched with two strands of silk floss on white linen. Follow my suggestions or stitch it in your favorite colors. It can be stitched in all one color too.

 Finished Size of The Design Area Is Approximately:  4x4 inches

If you are new to cross stitching, please see my basic tutorial here: Learn How To Cross Stitch

To learn more about this pattern, please visit my online shop or click here: Bunny Bloom Cross Stitch Pattern
   

Happy Summer Stitching!
xx ~ Jilly 



Sunday, June 11, 2017

Vintage Needlepoint


Hi Friends!

As promised, here's the vintage-needlepoint-treasure I recently found on etsy. The frame is painted with white chalk paint. I love the cheerful flowers against the shell-pink background. I like to keep clutter at a minimum in my tiny home. But somehow I always find space for sweet and nostalgic vintage needlework. 

I hope you're having a wonderful weekend! I'm off for a walk in the park near the sea. The flowers are in full bloom. The sky is robin's-egg-blue. After the nor'easter we just had, I'm grateful for the warm sunshine. 

Happy Stitching! xx ~ Jilly        

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

French Blue Silk Thread



Just a quick note...  I've added French-blue silk thread to my petite shop. Also, I'm almost finished with my next cross stitch pattern called Bunny Bloom. Hopefully, I'll be releasing my new pattern very soon. Stay Tuned! xx ~ J

   

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Inspiration










Hi Friends!

Sorry I've been MIA for awhile. I'm an advocate on an anti-homelessness task force. Our mission is to promote the humane treatment of homeless individuals through community outreach, networking, free meal programs, emergency shelter, housing, mental health referrals, resume writing tools and supportive services. I'm grateful for my interaction with the poor and the marginalized. They teach me many important things. In the face of insurmountable odds, their resiliency is inspirational. If you live on the North Shore of Boston and you're in need of food then please click on the link: Saint John's Church. 

Thank you for all the lovely photos of your finished cross stitch patterns. You're so creative in the way you make some of the patterns into pincushions and pretty boxes. I love how you put your own spin on my patterns. Thank you for taking the time to send me emails with kind comments too. I am very happy you find peace and joy in my cross stitch patterns. You're an inspiration!

For those who missed it, the French Rose Bouquet pattern is for sale now in my shop: French Rose Bouquet

For those interested in the French monogram pattern, I still haven't heard back from the French company about whether they will wholesale just the pattern. I don't think they're too keen on just selling the pattern. At present, the French monogram is sold only as a kit. If you're interested in the monogram kit, it can be found on their website: French Monogram

I'm always on the hunt for vintage needlework. There are two more pieces coming my way this week. I hope to share them with you soon. I love needlework because it's textural and three dimensional. The walls of my tiny home are filled with my own finished pieces, hoop art and vintage needlework treasures.

I recently purchased a freestyle floral hoop-art piece stitched by the talented Tessa Perlow. She updates her shop on a regular basis.You can view more of her work here: Tessa Perlow

Finally, I'm stitching a small pattern with blooms and a bunny, As usual, I'm stitching this design with silk thread. I hope to offer this petite pattern in my shop soon.  

That's all for now....until next time..happy summer stitching! xx ~ J

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Tessa Perlow's Inspirational Hoop Art




I love sharing the work of embroidery artists. I stay inspired this way. Tessa Perlow's beautiful blooms can be found in her Etsy Shop. A wonderful interview with Tessa was done by Sarah K Benning in her Craft With Conscience Series. I hope Tessa's work inspires you too! Until next time...Happy Stitching! xx ~ J

Saturday, April 15, 2017

French Rose Bouquet


Hello Friends,

I promised to share a photo of my framed French Rose Bouquet Cross Stitch Pattern. The design was stitched with silk thread on white linen. You can learn more about this petite French bouquet by visiting my SHOP.


I Hope You Had A Happy Easter & Passover!
xx ~ Jilly 


Thursday, April 6, 2017

French Monogram


Hello Friends!

Many of you have written to me about this French Monogram. Thank you for your interest. I stitched the design about ten years ago. The monogram remains one of my favorite pieces. I had such a relaxing time working on this pattern. Cross stitching allows us to slow down and make something with our own hands. With each stitch, the stress of the day fades away.

It's also amazing to me how a simple piece of handmade textile art can turn up the charm in a room. Everyday, I admire the gentle scrolls, flourishes and quiet elegance of this French monogram. Fresh roses in mint julep cups and pearly-shells are part of the decor here too. I was schooled in the simple elegance of flowers in julep cups by a high-end florist I worked for in Philadelphia. Julep cups make garden roses and even supermarket flowers into something elegant and special. Effortless flower arranging at its best.



Anyway...back to the monogram. I cannot recall the exact color of the linen I used to stitch this monogram. I think it was 32-count Confederate Grey Belfast Linen made by the Zweigart Company. The color is a very light blue-grey. I usually stitch all my pieces with 32-count linen made by Zweigart. They have a nice range of colors. I used French white silk thread to stitch this piece. The French silk thread is available in my Shop.

I've contacted the French company that makes this monogram. If I can offer the monogram in my shop, I will. I'm waiting to hear back from them about whether I can sell this pattern by itself. The chart is clear. There's an alphabet of letters for personalizing the design. At present, the company only sells the pattern as a kit with natural linen. If you're interested in their kit, it's available at Rouge du Rhin. Click here to go to their website. 


Happy Stitching!
xx ~ Jilly