Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Candle cross stitch design for Birthday cards

Candle cross stitch design for Birthday cards

Hello everyone

Today I thought I'd share with you all a small design of a candle. This design would be nice for birthday cards of course please feel free to change up the candles colours, maybe pick a colour to compliment the card you have chosen or the favourite colours of the birthday person.

This design is small so can also be used for a gift tag as something a little different to the usual gift tags or for a small envelope to present a gift tag inside.
With it being quick to sew I think I'll see about sewing this design on a few spare scraps of fabric to make some extra cards to sell for charity. :)

For more birthday designs check these designs out:
Presents with stars - Fun and colourful Birthday card cross stitch designs
Small birthday cake design - perfect for cross stitched greeting cards.

For more card sized motifs why not check out these links:

Geometric black and purple cross stitch design
Rainbow coloured Geometric pattern
Wishing well card sized cross stitch design
Question Mark Maze
Cute bird sitting in some bushes
Blue and green sewn bird
Bright orange and yellow summer sun motif
Bunch of colourful balloons
Jesters hat small card sized cross stitch design
Rainbow pencils cross stitch design - Thank you card
Pencil themed Thank you card for Teachers or artists cross stitch design 
Tiny wishing well motifs

Cinema themed motif collection
Tattoo style dragons
New home card motifs
Square flower motif
Small motifs for St Patricks day cross stitch cards
Elemental coasters - simple cross stitch designs

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Wednesday, 10 June 2020

The Lovers of Valdaro - skeleton cross stitch design

The Lovers of Valdaro - skeleton cross stitch design

Thread numbers:
Off white
Black (used only for backstitch)

Note: You do not need to stick to my thread number recommendation, an off-white or very pale yellow shade would work for this design

 This is designed to be stitched on black aida, you can stitch all the black if you like but I would not recommend it as there is a lot of it.

Hello everyone,

I found a request for the Lovers of Valdario cross stitch design on one of my favourite cross stitch related Facebook pages. I'd like to say I hopped right to it but ended up spending a hour researching this fascinating historical burial.
These two skeletons are dated at approximately 6,000 years old found in a tomb near Mantua. The thing that fascinates people about them is that they appear to have died or have been buried in a lovers embrace holding each other even in death.
The pair are now displayed in the National Archaeological Museum of Mantua on display to the public.

I can't decide if this design should go in the Halloween category as it is skeletons or the Valentines category as some people consider the Lovers as symbols of eternal love so I'll put it in both categories.

For more Halloween themed designs here are some links:
Simple sweet themed Trick or Treat Bag
I Love my Mummy simple Halloween motif
Pumpkin Alphabet
Jack O' Lantern Coaster designs for Halloween
Cute ghost coming out of a pumpkin
Cute cat in a pumpkin
Cute ghost giving a gift
Happy Ghost at a gravestone
Halloween Haunted house silhouette cross stitch design
Pentagram for Altar cloth
Butterfly inspired sugar skull cross stitch design
Witches bookshelf - small bookmark cross stitch design
Sad ghost at a gravestone
Simple scary skull cross stitch for Halloween Trick or Treat bags
Sugar Skull cross stitch design template
Cute Skull and cross bones in red and black heart cross stitch design

For more Valentines day designs here are some links:

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Thursday, 21 May 2020

Pretty orange mermaid with Blonde hair cross stitch design

Number Name: Comments Length / yd. Stitches
ANC 868 Flesh md Skin main colour 15.5 788
ANC 302 Citrus md lt Darkest hair shade, darker yellow colour on scales 11.76 598
ANC 295 Jonquil md lt Mid hair shade 6.73 342
ANC 324 Apricot md Tail and top main colour 20.2 1027
ANC 330 Melon dk Outlines 25.63 1303
ANC 2 White White of eye and teeth 0.26 13
ANC 292 Jonquil vy lt Lightest hair shade and lightest shade on scales 4.05 206
ANC 337 Terra Cotta md lt Shading on skin 4.64 236
ANC 1012 Chicory lt End of tail main colour 10.76 547
ANC 162 Sapphire md dk Light shade in iris 0.18 9
ANC 133 Blue dk Dark shade in iris 0.18 9

Chart is designed with Anchor colours, Suggested thread lengths are based on using two strands of thread on a 14 count aida. If you are using a diferent number of threads or aida size please adjust accordingly.

This design was based on an image found in the public domain here

Hello everyone,

Today I thought I'd share a fun cross stitch design of a pretty orange tailed mermaid, perfect for a fantasy lovers bedroom as a cushion or in a cute frame.
To add a little sparkle why not try replacing one of the yellows in the scales with a metallic gold thread?

I wanted to do a nice fantasy design which did not revolve around pink as you see that a lot on fantasy cross stitch so this made a nice change.
I have a few more ideas for mermaid designs so if you like to stitch fish tailed friends then keep checking back.

For more cute designs here are some links:
Cute pastel unicorn - kawaii cross stitch design
Kawaii coffee cross stitch design - I love coffee, coffee loves me
Toy Unicorn Cross stitch design
Cute Golden Unicorn
I love you to the moon and stars and back again - small symbol
Cute girl bundled up in a purple scarf cross stitch design
Large bubble Alphabet
Mummy's princess - heart with a crown
Make a Wish - Dandelion seeds turning into Butterflies
Primrose Fairy surrounded by Primroses
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Thursday, 14 May 2020

Excel Saga - Anime Cross stitch design

Excel Saga - Cross stitch design

Full design preview

Colour Where is it used Anchor Thread numbers
Black Outlines and glove 403
White Highlights in eye, on collar and on tooth 1
Pale fleshtone Main colour on face 1009
Mid fleshtone Shadows on face 4146
Pink Tongue 8
Dark pink Inside mouth 10
Light blue Clothing 1060
Mid blue Sky behind character 159
Dark blue Details on clothing 131
Blue-grey Cuff on glove, shadow on clothing (above hands) 922
Grey Highlights on glove and glove cuff 900
Dark green Center of eye 246
Light green Iris 226
Dark orange Main hair colour 324
Orange Highlights on hair 298
Light yellow Highlights on hair 292

Hello everyone. This is a cross stitch design of Excel from Excel Saga
I chose to do this design after digging out an old denim jacket I had tried to embroider on with this exact picture. Its been in my cupboard for so long that it doesn't fit me any more.
However I still LOVE Excel Saga and want to show everyone this new design for the Excel Saga jacket (2nd try). Its only about 10 years after I started the first one.

For anyone who hasn't seen it Excel Saga it is a rather random and energetic Anime based on a manga comic written and illustrated by Rikdo Koshi. The author appears in every episode and declares what type of story it will be this time. It ranges from Horror and sci fi to a really cool Micky take of 90s western animation. (this episode is awesome) Then the characters have to carry out that episodes story within the confines of the new genre leading to certain hilarity each time. In addition this anime is very self aware and it plays with themes common in anime as well as this episodes genre.

This was actually the first Anime I really watched which wasnt one of the common kids shows around in the 90s. (like Pokemon) I knew very little of the tropes they were referencing and several references to other popular anime and manga flew right over my head at the time. However I still thoroughly enjoyed it and once Excel Saga started me on the path of being an anime fan I came back to it once in a while able to appreciate even more of the jokes, references and subtle nods to other media making this a series that many anime fans should at least try.

This anime does contain loads of specifically Japanese references but on the DVDs there is a cultural reference mode where a small pop up appears throughout each episode to explain references either to Japanese culture, media or subtleties in language which may not be apparent in the direct translation.This is a really cool feature to turn on while watching the series a second time. It'll really give you a few 'Oh so thats what that was' moments as well as a whole new bunch of laughs as a few more jokes just click into place. I also learnt a few things about Japanese culture along the way.
In addition on the DVD I owned there were two sets of English translations, one direct and one which is more tailored to a western audience. This means that some jokes are told in rather different ways in each of the sets of subtitles making it yet another way to rewatch the series (and like I need any more excuses to get out this set of DVDs)

For more anime themed designs here are some links:


Cardcaptor Sakura cross stitch design
Sumomo from Chobits cross stitch design
Large Pom Poko Cross stitch design
Chi and Freya from Chobits cross stitch design

Anime style (not from a particular show)

Cute girl bundled up in a purple scarf cross stitch design

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Thursday, 7 May 2020

Just my luck - Unlucky Dungeons and Dragons player cross stitch design

Just my luck - Unlucky Dungeons and Dragons player cross stitch design

My finished stitch of this design, this design was made into a fluffy green cushion.

Hello everyone,

This is a design I drew for my boyfriend. When we play Dungeons and dragons together he often rolls a Natural 1 (critical failure) at the worst possible moment. At least it keeps the game interesting as we run away from the alerted guards. But then when everything turns to an utter shambles out he comes with a Natural 20 (critical success) and saves the day. The phrase Just my luck is something he says often when fumbling his rolls.

I have no suggested colours for this one. I unfortunately lost the original design file when my laptop broke but luckily I kept a back up of the pattern itself somewhere else to allow me to at least post this and actually finish stitching the cushion.

On my stitched piece the top right die is stitched with variegated thread. To create the swirled patterns I filled in the design by filling the gaps by stitching in curves instead of straight lines back and forth. This is an easy way to mimic a marbled design dice if you want to try adding one of your own luckiest or unluckiest dice in your collection

I recommend if the colour you choose for the dice ends up being too light for the number to be clearly seen then add some darker colour backstitch to make it stand out. You can see that I have done this on my stitched design on the bottom left dice outlined in a cheerful orange.

Much love and happy stitching

Gemma xx

For another D20 cross stitch design heres a link: D20 small dice design

If you like this one why not check out a few more nerdy designs

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Sunday, 19 April 2020

Crafting for charity (Charities based in the UK)

Crafting for charity (UK focused)

Hello everyone,

Do you love crafts? Are your walls full of your makes? Do your friends and family have no more room for your wonderful creations? Do you want to make people smile with your creations? Then this is a small list to help my fellow UK crafting friends to donate your craft work. Some of these charities accept international donations but please be aware of postage costs to UK headquarters.

Love Quilts UK 

Crafts: Cross stitch, quilting


This charity makes quilts for children in hospital or have lifelong illnesses. They aim to make special personalised quilts to brighten their beds. Cross stitchers make up designs based on a childs interests and a amazing team of quilters put them together into an amazing quilt with matching fabric.
This group also has a awesome Facebook group which is so welcoming and supportive of new members (find a link to the page on the website) so new stitchers and quilters can join a lively community of crafters all wanting to make children's lives happier.

The little Yellow Duck project

Crafts: All


The Little Yellow Duck project is a really fun cause to support. The idea is to craft a Little yellow duck and leave it somewhere in your community with a label from the webpage. The label encourages the finders to pass along a kindness. They also suggest that a kindness can be donating blood or signing up for organ donation and gives information on how to do so in each country.

Leaving a little gift not knowing who will find it is like giving a blood donation and not knowing who it will help. It is a fun way to share this concept.

There are loads of designs available on the website to use or make your own duck if you like. Im finding it very fun to hide little ducks. I have so far hidden some small duck bookmarks in books in my local library.
I have created some cross stitch designs for use for the little yellow duck project for my cross stitching friends. You can find those here:

Knit for nowt

Crafts:  Knitting, Crochet, Sewing


Knit for Nowt focuses on creating therapy toys for therapists who work with troubled children. These toys are very useful to carry out therapy through play, break the ice and give children new means to express themselves. More information on how the toys are used can be found on the website.

There are loads of patterns on the website to get you started from easier finger puppets to larger worry monsters so there's something for all skill levels.

Making the toys is loads of fun, the worry monsters can be customised in many ways. In fact the brighter and more interesting the monster the more it will appeal to the children so let your imagination run wild.

The Innocent Big Knit

Crafts: Crochet, Knitting

Facebook page: 

The Big Knit takes place every two years, crafters create cute little hats made to fit on the top of Innocent smoothie bottles. When those bottles are sold in stores a donation is made by innocent for each hatted smoothie. The donations go to Age UK who aid older members of the community get the help and information they need.

The hats are small and generally quick to make. The Big Knit website has a selection of patterns for all skill levels so even a beginner can join in. Also the Facebook page is a lovely friendly place to get advice on hat making or see other peoples creations. Its always nice to take a scroll through the lovely makes.

Theres also a great community making even more hat designs for you to try with all these resources it'll be hard to run out of new things to try. I have personally been able to use these small projects to practice advanced knitting skills before I use them on larger projects.

For a large collection of these community designed hats check them out here:

I hope you all enjoy looking though these wonderful charities. I have made items for each of the charities mentioned on this page. So if you like to craft but don't know who to craft for why not give one of these charities a try and use your skills to help others. :)

Much love and happy stitching
Gemma xx

For a few more links to crafty musings and other craft related articles here are some links:

Index of Crafty Musings

Index of Craft book reviews

Index of Artist/ Product spotlights

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Sunday, 12 April 2020

Some fowl just want to watch the world burn - Untitled Goose Game cross stitch design

Some fowl just want to watch the world burn - Untitled Goose Game cross stitch design

Thread numbers

Anchor colours
DMC colours
Red (on fire)
Mid orange (on fire)
Pale yellow (on fire)
Dark gold (on bells)
Gold (on bells)
Grey (on Knife)
Beige (on knife)
Bright orange (on beak and feet)

Hello everyone,

For my first untitled goose game design titled 'This is the way the world ends, not with a bang but a HONK' click here: Here!

I have been spending a lot of time playing Untitled goose game it is such a charming game where you play a horrible little goose causing trouble in a quaint English village. From stealing a gardener's rake and dumping it in the lake to trapping a boy in a phone box you can get into all kinds of mischief. 

Untitled Goose game was made by House House for more information and the official merch store check out this link: 

If you'd like to see some more game themed designs here are some links:

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