As a small update for the previous post, here is a freebie for all Singaporeans, who want to stitch the official SG50 red dot 🙂
35*35 stitches and only two colors: white and red. Choose your colors, and download the image – it has all the information you need!
Punk project challenge (week two, since I have effectively overslept the previous one) is to make a project using my favorite colors. And for me nothing represents my favorite color – blue – than the beautiful Mediterranean doors, deep blue on perfectly white walls. So today I made a big pattern using three images of such doors.
The pattern, as usual, is completely free to download (look for the link below the image).
Three blue doors cross stitch patterns
Pattern size: 327 x 136 stitches, 27 colors (approx. 46 x 19 cm on #18 canvas)
Uses: cross stitches, back stitches.
There’s something magical about doors, as if sometimes a door is a gate to another world or dimension. The most beautiful doors that I’ve seen so far were in Tunisia and in Ireland. Tunisian doors are usually deep blue in color and covered with ornaments or carvings, while Irish doors like to be on the bright side and make an amazing contrast to green-and-gray reality around them.
Anyway, today’s chart is yet another door, straight from the Italian province of Tuscany (the one with great olive oil and even better wine). The door itself may be quite common, but I love the flowers around in and lots of different greens in the overall picture.
A Door in Tuscany cross stitch chart
Stitch count: 109 x 109 stitches, 23 colors
A Maneki-neko (the “beckoning cat” or the “welcoming cat”, typically a Japanese bobtail with calico coat and a very short tail) is a traditional Japanese symbol of good luck. You can often see it in shop windows or restaurants. It is believed that the right paw in welcoming gesture welcomes people while the left paw welcomes wealth and good luck.
Stitch yourself a meowing good luck charm!
Stitch count: 60W x 90H
! Download Maneki-neko cross stitch chart
[More original cross-stitch cats]
This pattern was inspired by a church in Rostov the Great – one of Russia’s small towns with long history. The church of the Savior on the Sands was build in 17th century and is a good example of Russian architecture of the period. I think that the chaste white walls of this church give a great impression of old Russian culture. They say that on the inside the church is decorated with beautiful paintings, but unfortunately tourists are not allowed in.
> Download The Savior on the Sands church pattern
Continuing the Mayan theme that started with the Lizard is the second pattern for ethnic cross-stitch cushions – the Mayan turtle.
This pattern for making a cross-stitch cushion was heavily inspired by Mayan culture. An ethnic-styled lizard curles over the Mayan symbol for water (bottom right). It is the first in the Mayan-series cushions I designed and I even cross-stiched this one in a real cushion (photo inside!).