Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Cross Stitch Pixies

Like a lot of you, I enjoy cross stitch along with many other types of handwork.  I found Shelly's Pocket Pixies to be great inspiration in designing some very simple and fun cross stitch pictures.   Here is Nettie, as a doll and as a cross stitch banner.  The Nettie Chart and the Nettie Color Key can be found by clicking on the links.  The chart looks like this:

Here is Robin, also as a doll and a banner.  These little designs could be framed, backed with fabric, made into a tiny quilt, stitched on vinyl and used as a mug insert, or a trivet, or just about anything simple little thing you can think of.

Click the links for the Robin Chart and Robin Color Key .

 Actually, I started out by wanting to make a tiny cross stitch portrait of Wren to put in her dollhouse living room.  Here she is, with the edges finished in crochet and mounted on a circle of stiff cardboard.  This could be turned into a cute little pin, and you could substitute your own name for Wren's.

Click the links for Wren Chart and Wren Color Key.


These little designs were created with a program called Pattern Maker, by HobbyWare.  I've had the software since 2002; it was purchased after I broke my leg and is probably responsible for me not going totally crazy while my leg was in a cast up to my hip for 10 weeks.  It is easy to use, and I've had a lot of fun with it.

Hope you enjoy these little designs.  Don't be surprised if more show up here :-)

15 comments:

  1. Beth, these are wonderful. So dainty looking. I love to do cross stitch and I am always looking for a way to connect it to the dolls.

    Thanks for sharing
    Sandra

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  2. This is such a fun idea!

    Thanks for sharing! =)

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  3. Thank you both for your kind comments :-)

    Beth

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  4. Hi Beth!

    These turned out so beautifully! You really are amazing with your talents! I especially love the little portrait of Wren and like the idea of doing it as a brooch/pin. We need you on Etsy!!!!

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  5. What a wonderful idea! And a great way of combining two different hobbies! As always, thanks for sharing!

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  6. Oh! So this is where you've been hiding...cross stitching, hah. I've missed you posting almost every week. Welcome back. GREAT JOB!...Beth. These would also go great on childrens carry along tote bags. Lovely.

    Carolyn

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  7. Thanks so much for your good words, Shelly, Millasew, and Carolyn :-)

    Beth

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  8. Are you multi-talented? Yes you are ! What a super idea

    Helen ;-)

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  9. Hi, Beth! My name is Kai, and I just recently discovered your blog! My two favorite creative pastimes are crocheting and counted cross stitching so I am thrilled to see someone else who loves those, too! And your work is BEAUTIFUL! How generous you are to share all those awesome patterns. I can barely WAIT to make one of your dolls with ALL the clothing! THANKS!!! I will be visiting daily - hope that's okay - and I am really glad to 'meet' you!

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  10. Sandra and IamMe, thank you for your good words :-)

    Kai, I'm glad you found your way here; enjoy making the little dolls and clothes. They are a lot of fun :-)

    Beth

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  11. How very precious! I am so impressed with your talent.

    Hugs,
    Lois

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  12. THANK YOU so much for the Bluette pattern - absolutely fantastic - can't wait to try it! Vicki

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    1. thank you, Vickie; hope you enjoy making your crochet Bleuette :-)

      Beth

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