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 Cross-stitch garden flower sampler embroidery pattern and cheater fabric on pale seafoam - look at swatch view to see stitches fabric by mina on Spoonflower - custom fabric

Preview scale: 24 x 24 inches

by mina

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By Mina Wagner

All the designs I do somehow come out as fabric designs. They may start as photos, drawings, embroidery, dye-painted fabrics, batiks or virtual batiks, or even typography, but they all lead to fabrics. Often they are Art Nouveau or William Morris inspired

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Multi-purpose cross-stitch embroidery pattern for a sampler of garden flowers.This can be used as a pattern chart for your own counted cross-stitch.

___Printed at this scale, this can be used as a cross-stitch pattern chart for your own embroidery. It is set at about 8 stitches per inch. Cross-stitch is worked usually over 2 threads each way on even-weave fabric, or, at this scale or larger, it can be sewn on finer fabric directly over the printed stitches. Straight lines are worked in backstitch. Printed patterns for cross-stitch of that sort were available at least in the mid to late 1900s, often used for pillowcases. I do not recommend embroidering cross-stitch from the reverse - I have done it, and it was very hard to keep the geometry straight in my mind backwards!__At this size or smaller, this makes a cross-stitch look fabric, a cheater embroidery fabric. ___ I was doing the designs that are the basis for this set of fabrics in the 1980s and very early 1990s. Most of them have been hiding in my graph-paper notebooks ever since; a few I embroidered as counted-cross-stitch on even-weave fabric or Aida cloth. I did a version of this sampler as counted-cross-stitch.___My philosophy of cross-stitch design prefers to use the minimum number of stitches per motif to make the identity clear, and that flowers should be identifiable (sometimes to genus and species), even when drawn in pencil. No "it's a mass of amorphous purple, it must be violets".___ You will notice that this fewer-stitches-per-motif design philosophy means less work for the embroiderer too. Besides a sampler for the wall, this would make a great pillow-cover or chair-seat design.___Or a great place-mat or tray cloth.___Slightly updated October 2014. See other cross-stitch designs in my cross-stitch collection, and a cross-stitch teatowel calendar in the linen teatowels collection.___ See the smaller version at ___ The smaller one, which looks very like real cross-stitch embroidery, is now for sale.

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mina says: Thank you rhondadesigns. It was designed originally (in another shape) as a chair back, and then I stitched a sampler version as a test, in a still narrower shape. It was easy and straightforward to stitch, and the tight spacing between the motifs made the layout easy to count.

Posted about 6 years ago.


rhondadesigns says: This is a beautiful, well-planned embroidery design that would be a pleasure to stitch!

Posted about 6 years ago.


mina says: Thank you cjldesigns. This version is made with lightweight printed stitches to embroider over. I plan to test and make available heavier stitches, which I think will look better as fabric.

Posted about 6 years ago.


cjldesigns says: Very pretty!

Posted about 6 years ago.