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Biggest Cross Stitch Ever

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When life gives you time, make giant tapestries! We’ve been home now for a few months due to COVID social distancing, so I figured it was a great time to start a cross stitch project the size of a 12-year-old.  🙂

I made this amazing Alice in Wonderland silhouette cross stitch pattern the other day and I wanted it BIG. It’s 32×45.29 inches, on a 14 count fabric! It only uses one color though, so it shouldn’t be too bad, right? …….. Right? I’m going to use 3 strands of black DMC 310 throughout so it’s a thicker weave.

Here’s a video I made of me putting the 36 page chart together:

 

Here’s a picture of my 3-year-old next to the pieced together pattern. It’s 100% bananas.

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It all begins with one stitch:

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Here’s a picture of me stitching on a 59 inch Aida cloth. It definitely takes a little bit to get used to:

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Week one done, and feeling good:

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I’m excited about the process and I hope you’ll join me on my journey! Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebookfor weekly photo updates, and let me know what you think of this project! Here’s a link to the chart, if you’d like to stitch it along with me, too!

Thanks so much for crafting with me, and happy stitching! xoxo

 

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FREEBIE – Fairy & Bunnies Silhouette Cross Stitch Pattern

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I thought you might enjoy a cross stitch project you can easily begin on without having to go to the store for lots of DMC colors. This freebie pattern uses only 1-2 colors (depending on whether or not you choose to stitch the background).

Fairy and Bunnies Silhouette

I’ve also included some samples of what it will look like with different color combos. You can use any colors you’d like!

Fairy and Bunnies Silhouette collage

Enjoy, and happy stitching!

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Introduction to Cross Stitching

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Welcome to cross stitching 101!

Ever wonder how to begin what may appear to be a daunting journey? Well, look no further, my friend! Bella Stitchery is here to the rescue!

Rest assured, it’s actually not that difficult once you get started. I just posted a YouTube video all about how to read and begin a cross stitch chart, along with some background information on Aida cloth and needle sizing.

In the video, I promised to provide you with the “Meh.” pattern free if you’d like to practice your newly acquired knowledge. Well, here you go. Just open, print or save, and start stitching today!

Meh. Pattern

Please be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel for all things crafty, and keep in touch! Thanks so much, and happy stitching! xoxo

 

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Cat and Mouse

Updating you on my stitching journey. I love work in progress photos! ❤️

This is a cat and mouse counted cross stitch I was hired to stitch for a customer.

I’m about 40% done now (two months into the project). This one is (relatively) quick to stitch, since I’m not stitching the background at all.

Here’s where I was about a month ago…

Here’s where I am today…

Here is the link for the cross stitch chart too, if you want to stitch along with me:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/118013471/cat-apult-black-white-pdf-cross-stitch?ga_search_query=Cat&ref=shop_items_search_16

Please share your stitching journey too – I would love to be a part of it! ❤️❤️✂️

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Freebie Friday – Girl with the Pearl Earring Cross Stitch Pattern Download

Girl with the Pearl Earring cross stitch pattern

Happy Friday! Every week I post a free pattern download. They’re available for 24 hours. After that, you can find them in my Etsy and eBay shops.

This famous artwork is all about the intimacy of the girl’s gaze toward the viewer. It’s haunting and engaging. I was so excited to make this into a unique, one-of-a-kind cross-stitch pattern.

Click here to download the free pattern.

Finished piece will be about 13.5×20 inches, based on a standard 14 count fabric (196×280 stitches).

Please share this link with those you love! Enjoy and happy stitching!

xoxo

Genevieve

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Work with a Pin-Up

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Want to work with a pin-up? Cross-stitch pattern, that is. These kitschy pin-ups are some of my favorite retro illustrations, and my earliest cross-stitch pattern creations were based on famous pin-up art from the 1950’s.

You can find these and lots more saucy fabulousness at my Etsy shop – I have so many available, they even have their very own category!

Remember, all patterns are currently buy 3, get 3 FREE, so it’s a great time to put lots of unique projects in your hopper!

Happy stitching!

xoxo

Genevieve

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Color Your World in Sepia

In a world full of color, sometimes it’s the bold shades of brown that catch our eye the most. I’m on a sepia kick right now, and am excited to share these gorgeous cross-stitch patterns with you!

I have had so much fun making patterns for everything from flowers to celebrities!

You can find these, and lots more, in my Bella Stitchery Design Etsy shop.

Radiance Flower cross stitch pattern tulip cross stitch pattern

Lily pad cross stitch pattern
Lily pad cross stitch pattern
Keira Knightly cross stitch pattern
Keira Knightly cross stitch pattern
Dramatic flapper woman pattern
Dramatic flapper woman pattern
Typewriter cross stitch pattern
Typewriter cross stitch pattern
Sepia Paris cross stitch pattern
Sepia Paris cross stitch pattern
Paris cherry blossoms pattern
Paris cherry blossoms pattern

Enjoy, and happy stitching!

xoxo

Genevieve

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Fabric Blocks – the Wave of the Future!

Fun with fabric blocks

Cross-stitching, embroidering, quilting – all great, wonderful craft options. They are very time consuming, however, and I always have a dozen or so cross-stitch patterns in my hopper. Sometimes, I want to make a quick little something, either for my wall or to make as a gift. Enter, the fabric block.

Retro Birthday Collage
https://www.etsy.com/listing/204601754/set-of-four-retro-vintage-child-birthday

If you haven’t worked with fabric blocks before, you are in for a treat! They are SO versatile and easy to work with. I make my own here at Bella Stitchery, and have several here in my Etsy shop under the “Fabric Block” category. I can also custom print designs or images for you as well. Fabric blocks are great to frame and hang as-is, or you can personalize them with your own special embroidery and embellishment. The sky is the limit!

Van Gogh Collage
https://www.etsy.com/listing/204610757/set-of-two-van-gogh-fabric-blocks-starry

They are fabulous to use on so many projects, too:

*pillows
*frames
*quilting
*messenger bags
*wall hangings
*scrapbooking
*embroidery

Fabric Blocks by Bella Stitchery https://www.etsy.com/shop/BellaStitcheryDesign?section_id=11632228&ref=shopsection_leftnav_9
Fabric Blocks by Bella Stitchery
https://www.etsy.com/shop/BellaStitcheryDesign?section_id=11632228&ref=shopsection_leftnav_9

My fabric is all handmade, so they are dry-clean only. Feel free to contact me regarding custom orders and special prices for larger quantities.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and happy crafting!

xoxo

Genevieve

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Friday Freebie – Vintage Pumpkin Patch Cross-Stitch Pattern Download

FREE Vintage Pumpkin Patch Pattern

Welcome to my Bella Stitchery blog, and I am so happy to give you today’s freebie pattern!

I made it just last night with the help of a Vintage Thanksgiving illustration, Photoshop, my cross-stitch software, and some late-night coffee (love the Caramel Brulée Latte from Starbucks).

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Simply click here to download the pattern, complete with DMC floss requirements. All the stitches are full X stitches, so it’s great for any level of cross-stitcher. This piece will be approximately 20×12.25 inches, based on a 14 count fabric (you can use any size you like, however) and the stitch count is 280×173.

Please sign up to receive email updates of my blog posts and be the first to hear about future freebies, new listings in my shop, and more crafty goodness. Also, feel free to contact me regarding custom patterns – I would love to hear from you!

Thanks so much, and happy stitching!

xoxo

Genevieve

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Thankful for Fiber Art

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The holidays are here once again, and it’s a great time to cozy in with the family, enjoy a little time off of school and work, and get busy cross-stitchin’! With all the classic holiday movies about to start up on television, what better way to relive those old favorites than with a Thanksgiving themed cross-stitch pattern?

Here are some that I have made. They can all be found under the holiday section of my Bella Stitchery Design shop on Etsy.

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Do you have a favorite image or photo that you would like to make into a cross-stitch project? Please feel free to contact me for custom patterns – I would be delighted to design a special project for you!

xoxo

Genevieve