That's meHello! Glad to see you on Happy Stitch.

This is a site dedicated to one of the most wonderful hobbies in the world – embroidery – and focuses on the classical cross stitch technique and on ancient Japanese art of crafting Temari balls. I enjoy both of these crafts immensely and as far as you’re here I hope so do you.

Who am I? That’s not an easy question to answer.

I’m Maria, web-master by profession, mathematician by specialization and artist at heart. I currently live in Moscow, Russia with my husband and my cat Pryanik (Gingerbread). I’m a bit of a cat-crazy lady and have a big website dedicated to cats, the Cat Gallery ( ).

I love traveling around the world, reading, and good music (from classics to rock, and great thanks to Blackmore’s Night for helping me fall in love with my wonderful husband). My husband is a fan of Irish and Japanese cultures, thus I have developed a soft spot for both of these countries. I also like transforming chaos into structure in many different ways, though you would never believe it if you could look inside my wardrobe 🙂

I started making cross stitch charts for my personal use, but sometime after decided that I should share my charts with other cross stitchers. My personal favorite is the Mayan cushions series, but I know that most of my visitors prefer the Vintage peony chart.

I really appreciate when you drop me a comment or two. You can inspire me for weeks with a couple of warm words 🙂

Me in a medieval dress