Wednesday 23 December 2020

Grand piano top black and white cross stitch design

 Grand piano top black and white cross stitch design

This first design reads:

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything!

This design contains a whole lot of backstitch for the letters but will be worth it if you want to display this poetic quote. 

Plain version of grand piano design

Finally heres a teeny tiny little grand piano design using just a little backstitch to create the edge of the white keys and the black keys on the piano keys. 


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Hello everyone, 

Today I have a little grand piano desigm for you. I was sent the quote shown above and was inspired to draw something music themed. This is a quick sketch so I may go more in depth with it later. 

These little designs can be good for cards, orinments are little gifts for a music lover in your life. 

For a few more designs you may like here are some links. For some small designs check out the motif collections and since this post is going out around Christmas maybe check out the Christmas designs for anything which strikes your interest. 

Motif collections

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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Bah humbug - Cheeky Christmas cross stitch design

Bah humbug - Cheeky Christmas cross stitch design

Colour Anchor Thread numbers
Black 403
White 2
Red 334

Hello everyone,

Today I wanted to share a new Christmas design for anyone not feeling too Christmassy this year. 
Its been quite the year hasn't it? So I'll be making this as this years Christmas decoration. 

For this picture the Humbug is a humbug sweet. If you have not tried one of these delightful snacks before its a boiled sweet usually flavoured with Peppermint which is striped black and white. Though other colour and flavour combinations exist the back and white minty sweets are by far the most often seen. 

For more information check them out on Wikipedia:

Tuesday 15 December 2020

Single colour Christmas card designs - Simple to sew cross stitched cards

Single colour Christmas card designs - Simple to sew cross stitched cards

A lovely ornate heart for someone you love this Christmas

A bold Christmas tree to wish someone a Merry Christmas

Colour Anchor Thread numbers DMC thread numbers
923 699

Hello everyone,

I was asked for a couple of designs which only used one colour to keep my nieces busy while they visited Grandma without having to bring along lots and lots of threads. I chose green for these because green is very festive and goes with almost any other Christmas decoration but theres no reason to stick with green if theres another colour you'd love. Why not try one of these with some variegated thread to really let the colour variations of the thread show through.

If you wanted the areas which are white in the original design to be a different colour you could always fill this in or to save yourself a little time (since there's always many Christmas cards to sew at once) change up the colour of the aida to something which compliments or contrasts with the embroidery thread you are stitching with.

I hope everyone has a lovely Christmas time and can have great fun with their family as well as fitting in a little relaxing stitching in the holidays.

Much love and happy stitching
Gemma xx

If you'd like to see some more Christmas themed cross stitches here are some links:

Christmas designs

Christmas stocking maze
Christmas bauble collection
Gingerbread people
Colourful Christmas Crackers
Christmas bauble maze
Cute advent calendar motifs
Not a creature was stirring not even a mouse - card and bookmark design.
Pengiun in a Christmas hat
Making friends - Santas Elf making a snowman
Fur topped stocking Christmas card design.
Sprouts! Just say no! Christmas cross stitch design for sprout haters!
Wavy Christmas tree - Simple Christmas card cross stitch design
Christmas Angel playing a trumpet cross stitch design
Simple cross stitched Christmas gift tag designs

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Wednesday 9 December 2020

How to make painted Kirby bauble Christmas tree decoration

How to make painted Kirby bauble Christmas tree decoration

Hello everyone,
Its that time of year to get your decorations on the tree. I got given a few baubles covered in scrapes and chipped colour which were not neat enough for the tree but not broken so I just didn't want to throw them out. Instead I decided that painting them was the answer to cover all the little scuffs.

This little Kirby bauble came about because I thought this character would be perfect to place near the star on the tree. With his round shape he is perfect for a Christmas bauble and his happy face seems perfect to bring a smile to those who see it.

So with no further ado lets get to this tutorial going :)

What you will need:
Spare bauble
Acrylic paint in pink, black, white dark pink and blue.
String or ribbon to hang your bauble from the tree.
Paint sealant spray (optional)

Step 1:
Get your bauble, if you have managed to get one in light pink skip over to step 2. However if like me you havn't been able to find a pink bauble or have a scuffed one you will need to paint one pink.
Paint it in light pink acrylic paint, you may need to paint one half at a time while resting it in a cup to dry. (I used an egg cup for a small bauble)

Tip: If you are able to remove the piece of the bauble with the hanging loop do so before painting the whole bauble, this will help it stay neat for later but if you cannot remove it be careful when painting around it.
This piece cannot be removed on all baubles so do not force it else you risk breaking it.

Step 2:
Once your light pink paint is fully dry draw on Kirbys features in pencil.

Heres an example of the pose I used. The feet are up around the body like Kirby is sitting so it looks correct around the bauble. Feel free to copy this pose or make your own.

Tip: Don't forget that the bauble will be hanging a certain way up so it is recommended to ensure that the hanger is facing upwards when drawing your pattern. 

Step 3:

Next we need to fill in some of your pattern
Fill in the eyes and mouth with black and the feet with dark pink. Let this dry before the next step

Step 4:

Paint in black acrylic around the arms, you will need a thin paintbrush for this
Put a white dot at the top of each eye then allow the paint to dry

Step 5:

Add a blue dot at the bottom of each eye. Then using the dark pink you used before for the feet add a little oval on each cheek and a tounge at the bottom of the mouth.

Step 6: (optional)
Once all of the paint is dry use the paint sealant spray according to the packet instructions and allow it to dry as recommended by your product. 
This will help prevent the paint on your bauble from chipping if the bauble is dropped but you can get away without doing it if you are careful with your new decoration. 

Finally hang your new Kirby onto your Christmas tree. Add some ribbon or string to the bauble to allow you to do this easily or hide it among the branches. I think a Kirby bauble looks really nice with some gold/yellow star shaped decorations which reminds us of course of Kirby's warp star 

And that's it! how easy is that? I hope everyone has fun upcycling their old Christmas baubles.

Much love and happy crafting
Gemma xx

Christmas Bauble Upcycling

Upcycling worn out Christmas Baubles
Spiderman Halloween decoration
How to make a Bloody handprint Halloween decoration from an old Christmas bauble
How to make a dripping bauble Halloween decoration.
Pokemon Gastly Halloween decoration
How to make a Wrapped sweet Christmas decoration.
How to make a Squirtle Squad decoration
How to make a Jake the dog decoration
How to make a Chain Chomp Christmas bauble

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Sunday 25 October 2020

Baby Stegosaurus dinosaur cross stitch design for kids



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If you like this design theres another Dinosaur design on this blog

Hello everyone,

Today I have the cutest little Stegosaurus drawn to be a fun addition to a dinosaur mad kids room. I'll have a few more Dinosaurs coming up when I finish sketching them as they are so fun to draw

Dinosaur relaxing on a sunny beach

Fantasy/ enchanted world

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Tuesday 8 September 2020

Skeleton Cameo Gothic cross stitch design

Skeleton Cameo Gothic cross stitch design

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Anchor colours
DMC colours
Dark brown
Light brown
Light yellow
Pale Golden brown
Golden brown

Hello everyone,

My favourite season Halloween is fast approaching. I can't wait to get some snacks and watch some horror movies to celebrate the whole month 
So today I thought I'd share a skeleton Cameo, its something you may find in a haunted house where all the family portraits turn into something spooky. I was inspired a little by the haunted mansion at Disneyland Paris. I remember being fascinated as a child by some pictures in the queue line which turn from normal old fashioned portraits to spooky skeletons, ghosts and vampires as you walk past. Im sure I missed a few places in the queue walking backwards and forwards to watch the portraits change. 
I really want to go back to Disneyland one day. I wonder if those portraits are still there? 

Much love and happy stitching
Gemma xx

This design is based on an image in the public domain which can be found here:

If you like this design Why not check out these
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

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Friday 14 August 2020

True Crime and Red Wine with evidence markers cross stitched bookmark design


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Evidence Marker Alphabet designs. 

Hello everyone,

This week I have a request from a friend. She loves to relax with a glass of red wine while listening to true crime podcasts or reading true crime books so we thought it would be fun to mix these two loves together in a bookmark. So when she has finished her chapter she can pop this little bookmark in to keep her place for next time.

I have also included an alphabet to be used on the evidence marker in the main design. In this way you could use the first initial of the person who will receive this if you are making a gift as an easy customization. Though any letter or number will do if you don't have anyone particular in mind.

I have not included white in the design inside the wine glass. You may stitch this if you like or if you are stitching the design on coloured aida to ensure the glass stands out. I left it off so that on white or light coloured aida the lack of a block of stitching makes the glass look more transparent and also makes the design really quick to sew as the bulk of the design is backstitch which I usually find very quick to do.

If you are a fan of true crime podcasts to listen to while cross stitching here are a few of my favourites to listen to:

My Favorite Murder - A true crime comedy podcast hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark where they talk about true crime and also a slice of life. I am very fond of the positive attitude towards mental heath, medication and therapy The fanbase of this podcast call themselves 'Murderinos' 

Last Podcast on the left - This podcast has a lot of true crime comedy content but if you fancy a lighter change check out the episodes on conspiricy theories, bigfoot, creepypasta and strange news. Theres something for most people in this podcast and all episodes have easy comedy banter throughout. 

Lore - Lore is a podcast delving into folklore. Each story is well explained and researched. I find each one a fascinating listen as the stories are varied throughout the podcasts long run. 

Casefile - This true crime podcast deep dives into each true crime tale. With detailed descriptions throughout the story.
This isn't a comedy podcast and can occasionally give some details of disturbing topics but for someone interested in true crime these podcasts are a great introduction to a great amount of cases. 

For more food related designs here are some links:

Marmite jar

Raspberry ripple ice cream in cup
Ice cream cone with heart decoration
Ice cream double scoop cone - Summer fun cross stitch design bookmark
Kawaii coffee cross stitch design - I love coffee, coffee loves me
Cute coffee - Simple Kawaii cross stitch design
Giant Ice cream sundae with loads of scoops- summer fun cross stitch design

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Sunday 9 August 2020

Wake up and be awesome, rooster crowing cross stitch design

Cross stitch with grid
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Hello everyone,

I hope you like this design today. It is based on a sketch by a friend who wanted to make a new take on the phrase Wake up and be awesome. I love this idea as a rooster is an ultimate sign to wake up as they would crow at the dawn being natures alarm clock. Though being a city dweller I just leave my bedroom curtains open so that the sun can wake me up naturally. :) 

I designed this with very few colours as the challenge was to make it mostly back and white. But I thought I would add colour to the rooster and around the motovational phrase to give it some oomph in the design. 

Anyway I hope you have fun stitching this, 
Much love and happy stitching
Gemma X

If you like this design here are some links

Counting themed designs

Kids animal counting: 1 Hippo
Kids animal counting: 2 Giraffes
Kids animal counting: 3 Monkeys

Kids Animal Counting: 8 Elephants

Kids animal counting: 11 Slimy Snails
Kids animal counting: 12 Pawprints

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Sunday 2 August 2020

Wake up and be awesome sunrise cross stitch design

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Hello everyone,

This design was inspired by a very special litte boy. He has medical difficulties throughout his life but strives to be positive every day. This Phrase, Wake up and be awesome is one of his favorite phrases. I love this phrase as it inspires several things including to start the day as you wish to go on. Get up, stretch and proceed to be awesome in everything you do. It is a brilliant positive phrase which I find inspiring so I hope it will inspire you too. Its something so simple but powerful at the same time if you think about it. 

If you don't have the exact threads don't worry just go for this design with whatever colors you think feels right as sunsets are all sorts of colours after all. nature provides us with a different display every day. 

Much Love and happy stitching

Gemma xx
If you like this design here are a few more nature related designs 

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Thursday 30 July 2020

Space themed Motifs, planet, rocket, satellite, sun and Ursa Major cross stitch design

Space themed Motifs, planet, rocket, satellite, sun and Ursa Major cross stitch design

Design preview

Cross stitch design with grid

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Hello everyone, 

Today I have a space themed cross stitch for you. These can be used as individual motifs or all together as one big stitch. I designed this with a space mad child in mind. When I was a child I was fascinated with space, I had those glow in the dark stars and made sure to place them on my ceiling in the shape of constellations so I could practice spotting them before I sleep. I even had a scientific star chart on my wall to Make sure I could correctly identify all constellations in the northern hemisphere.
So this chart is for all the kids like I was who loved to learn about space. 


Motif collections

Monday 20 July 2020

Bee Happy - Bees, honeycomb and flower heart cross stitch design

Stitched view

Bee Happy cross stitch design

Hello everyone,

I thought it would be time to draw a nice colourful and summery design. This could be a fun decoration, a gift or a large card for someone special.

Stitchers note: Stitchers can use either 1 or two strands of thread for the back stitch. 1 strand will produce a more delicate design while two will be thicker and bolder

Theres no need to stick to the exact colours for the flowers, feel free to pick your favourites or just some pretty colours if your bits and bobs stash.

Much love and happy Stitching


If you like this design here are a few more you may like:

Flowers/ Plants Nature

Girl blowing a Dandelion
China blue flower motif
Make a Wish - Dandelion seeds turning into Butterflies
Small backstitch flower motif
Primrose Fairy surrounded by Primroses
Pretty circle of Butterflies and Flowers
Bright Modern flowers

Kawaii/ cute

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

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