When I found these illustrations from some vintage magazine, I absolutely fell in love with them. But then I stored images away in a very deep and uncategorized folder on my computer and forgot all about it. Only a couple of days ago, when Holly posted a comment on my Lady Iris pattern I remembered that I had something vintage and chic to convert to cross stitch pattern in mind 🙂 So today’s pattern is an adaptation from an old fashion magazine.
Pink vintage lady cross stitch pattern
(When created, the file’s name was bhm;dfh,alfdk.jpg because my cat decided to sit on my hands and hide both the screen and the keyboard)
Today’s free cross stitch pattern is an easy 13-color adaptation of a beautiful ukiyo-e work by Japanese artist Katsushika HokusaiMount Fuji Seen Through Cherry Blossom. It has been on my to-do list for several months, and I’m really glad to finally post it here 🙂
Hi everybody! I didn’t post anything yesterday, but today I’m making up for it and posting yet another flower pattern. It is based on a Victorian drawing of a pink rose, and is a great addition to my collection of vintage flower patterns.
Pink vintage rose cross stitch pattern
Size: 95w X 200h stitches (appr 17.24 X 36.29 cm on #14 canvas), 25 colors
Last time I counted my patterns and decided that this is going to be the #100 – but today I found out that I actually already made over a hundred different cross stitch patterns. Seems like someone here is not good at counting…. 🙂
When I found this photo, I instantly wanted to turn it into a cross stitch pattern. Though I’m not a big fan of roses, being more into something simpler, like peonies, chrysanthemums or sunflowers, this particular rose is very nice and tender.
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
The sacred Indian lotus, or Nelumbo nucifera, is one of the most beautiful aquatic plants in the world. It is often confused with water lily (Egyptian lotus), and to be honest, before making this chart I also thought this plants came from the same family 🙂 But as far as Wikipedia told me, the only flower that can be referred to as lotus, is this one.
Lotus flower cross stitch chart
Stitch count: 96 x 96 stitches, 26 colors. Best done on dark canvas.
Indian lotus is (surprise!) the national flower of India and also Vietnam. It symbolizes non-attachment, purity and beauty. The Indian name for lotus is Padma.
Besides its cultural and religious uses, lotus is also cooked and eaten in many different ways. Young flowers and rootlets are pickled, dried petals make herbal tea, stems are used in salads. In cooking a lotus it is very important to use the right flower. If you can’t tell water lily from a lotus, be aware, that some species of lilies contain an alkaloid that has effects of a psychedelic aphrodisiac. But my website is about needlework and not cooking, so be sure that it is completely safe to download and stitch this free lotus cross stitch pattern.
Yay! On July, 25 I’m going to visit a temari workshop organized by Japan Foundation. I’m sooo excited!
To celebrate this fact here is a gallery of my recent temari made in classical kiku (chrysanthemum) pattern. I used four different shades of pink to create the color gradient 🙂 ( Follow my Temari board on Pinterest to get regular updates and photos of temari balls I make.)
My husband says this ball is a bit dull, but i prefer the term delicate. What do you think?