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Cross-stitch patterns & charts

Downloadable patterns & charts for all levels of ability

Cross-stitch patterns created from my own designs & photographs — each pattern is supplied with a detailed colour chart for thread picking and suggestions for canvas type. The default chart uses DMC thread colourways as standard, but you can of course substitute with the brand of your choice. For the accomplished knitter, it is possible to use these charts as knitting patterns.
When you purchase one of these patterns through my Etsy store, as soon as payment goes through, you will receive a mail with the pattern download link attached.

Purple iris — for accomplished stitchers

Downloadable PDF cross-stitch pattern & colour chart

Description:
An advanced cross-stitch pattern for capable stitchers, this downloadable PDF file includes a chart with colour key to produce the single iris flower which is a rendition of the accompanying colour photograph in the listing.

The chart includes a DMC thread colour chart, but of course you can use any brand of embroidery floss, perhaps already available in your own stash at home. You might prefer to use a cream coloured canvas in order to avoid stitching all the background in yellow, but that is of course down to personal choice.

Once you have completed your work, you can use it in various ways — perhaps as a wall hanging, or a cushion cover.

Have fun!

Folk style houses cross-stitch pattern

Folk houses — for medium level stitchers

Downloadable PDF cross-stitch pattern & colour chart

Description:
A simple cross-stitch pattern suitable for novices and youngsters, (for the latter, preferably with some help from an adult or capable stitcher), this downloadable PDF file includes a simple chart with colour key to create a single design or border strip of folk style houses in yellow, red and green.

The chart includes a DMC colour chart, but of course you can use any brand of embroidery floss, perhaps already available in your own stash at home.

Once you have completed your work, you can use it in various ways — as a wall hanging, as a border for tea-towels or bath linen, table runners or for items of clothing. Please note that you can lengthen the pattern or just use single units of it according to your sewing project. This is a continuous pattern for extended lengths of braid if you wish.

Have fun!

Follow this link to my Etsy store to purchase the Folk Houses chart

Miss Pumpkin cross-stitch pattern

Miss Pumpkin in orange & black [easy level]

Downloadable PDF cross-stitch pattern & colour chart

Description:
A simple cross-stitch pattern suitable for novices and youngsters, this downloadable PDF file includes a simple chart with colour key to create a cute Halloween witch in the traditional spooky colours, black and orange.

The chart includes a thread named colour chart, but of course you can use any brand of embroidery floss, perhaps already available in your own stash at home.

Once you have completed your work, you can use it in various ways — as a wall hanging, as a special card, or perhaps even attached to trick-or-treat sack.

Have fun!

Follow this link to my Etsy store to purchase Miss Pumpkin!

Red rose of San Marco


A special day in Venice today — not only is it the day that Italians celebrate their Liberation at the end of WW2, but it is also the day for loved ones — a day to present your love with a red rose — ‘la festa di San Marco’ when under normal circumstances the city would be alive with courting couples walking the streets and when one of them at least would usually be holding or wearing a red rose bud.

This year, 2020, is a bit different since we are all living under a cloud of restrictions in an effort to stop any further spread of the coronavirus which has wreaked so much damage (and continues to do so) around the world, leaving thousands of lost lives in its wake — there will be no celebrations for either the Liberation nor loved ones.

So here is my offering — a red rose for you to stitch. Not an easy pattern, but the time it will take to complete it will undoubtedly remind you of these difficult times. Pick up your pattern and colour chart from the download link below.

DIY emergency mask template [English & Italian]

For the moment I don’t have a photo to post, but will get one organised soon.
Just thought it might be useful to have immediate access to this mask pattern and tutorial so that you can supply your friends and family with community masks as requested by numerous local authorities at the present time.

They are NOT medical masks, but are in keeping with local community activities such as shopping and recreation where it is important to keep our OWN droplet emissions from spreading when we cough or sneeze.

Feel free to download for your own needs. In the pdf file you will find a template and instructions to make the mask — including tips for down sizing for children.

Mask kit available for those who would like to make their own but have little or no access to the necessary materials for doing so. Click here for details

Versione italiana

Easter Bunny cross-stitch


A new one to add to the collection of freebie cross-stitch patterns and colour charts. Might be a bit late for this year, but you will certainly have plenty of time to get it all stitched up and ready for next.

Make protective masks

Making masks — whilst it is not possible to make and contribute homemade masks to medical staff, it is possible to make them for your local community where masks are hard to find. In some places (areas of northern Italy for example), people are obliged to wear them outdoors, so in the face of the shortage, homemade becomes a useful source.If you want to have a go, take a look at the two mask patterns Spoonflower is offering for free, both accompanied by a clear video tutorial on how to make them. Scroll down the Spoonflower web page to find the tutorials towards the bottom, along with the mask download links.

I must reiterate that these masks are NOT medical masks and are intended for community use only.

Click for free mask tutorials

Pink Flamingo cross-stitch pattern

pink flamingo cross-stitch image

Difficult times for most of us right now. The Coronavirus has turned our lives upside-down and being closed indoors can be trying, particularly where there are young children to keep occupied and feeling safe in such an uncertain world. So this pattern is offered to those who need to keep their hands and minds busy in order to relax and calm down.

You will find a colour chart attached to the pattern — the DMC threads chart has been used, but of course you can use any brand of threads you like, and even substitute colours where it would be more economical to do so. You might even have a stash of threads that you can use. No rules here — just take it easy and remember that every little coloured square on the chart represents a stitch.

Using an 11 squares per inch canvas, your finished work will measure approximately 30 cm x 40 cm — but there are no rules to say you can’t do this pattern on a scrap of fabric — or even as a knitting pattern. I’m no expert there, but if you are, you will know how to transfer the chart to knitting I’m sure.

Christmas carriers

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Eco-friendly shoppers

Let me just remind you that you can find our tutorials for Christmas themed carrier bags in these downloadable pdf files. You will need to download the images and the tutorial pdf.

We offer two different versions of the carrier — one in traditional reds and greens and the other in more elegant shades of grey.


Just download the files and instructions for these shoppers using the links below.




Big cosy collar

knitted-collarI just made myself this big, cosy collar with a big pair of needles (size 10 European guage) and a ball of chunky wool in black with bright flecks of colour. I was supposed to follow a pattern, but I just ignored it and did my own thing! Love the results, so I thought I would share.

Big cosy collar [Tutorial]

So easy it almost knits itself!
This lovely collar looks great over a simple crew neck sweater for indoor wear, or as a cosy collar ‘cum cowl hood outdoors as a substitute for a normal scarf.

Materials required:

150 grams chunky wool (soft acrylic used for the one in the image)
Size 10 knitting needles
Darning needle & toning thread

Method:

Cast on 35 stitches
Simple plain knit stitch for 58 – 60 cms (I did a purl stitch at each end of the rows)
Cast off
Stitch together the short sides of the completed rectangle

Made by Hand

When you buy something from an artist, you are buying more than an object. You are buying hundreds of hours of failures and experiments. You are buying days, weeks and months of frustration and moments of pure joy. You are not only buying a thing, but a piece of heart, a part of the soul, a moment in the life of someone.

by Giacomo Cinque
'La Sartoria Antica'
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