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 FREE Cross-Stitch Pattern Downloads

Classic Themes


 Tunnel People Bookmarks

 Just for Fun

Cartoons

Keychains & Bookmarks

Winterfest

Cross-Stitch Tips


Many of these patterns have been completed and may be viewed in the Fabric Art section of the

Treasure Chambers Museum


More complex patterns are displayed in the Cross Stitch Gallery

A complete list of all B&B patterns may be downloaded HERE
NOTE: All pattern files are zipped and include an image of the pattern.
Patterns may be viewed or printed using the free Hobbyware Viewer, or the Patternmaker software.
The Hobbyware Viewer may be downloaded here. 
This pattern format is compatible ONLY with PC/Microsoft Windows computers.
Graphic and image files of the cross stitch charts are available upon request.

For more information, please email:
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Classic Themes 
Click on images or underlined pattern name to download pattern

Mini Portraits

43w X 63h count
Done on 22 count canvas, these fit a mini frame and measure about 2" x 2 3/4" (
5cm X 7cm)

RP mini #0950
23 DMC Colours


Download HERE
(zip file)

 RP fin
Finished embroidery
v mini #0951
26 DMC colours

Download HERE
(zip file)

vincent fin
Finished embroidery
cath mini #0952
28 DMC colours


Download HERE
(zip file)


stitch
Finished embroidery
#0953
father 31 DMC Colours

Download HERE
(zip file)

father
elliot #0954
28 DMC colours



Download the zip file HERE


0932

0931
Sunrise Vincent
98w X 115h
50 DMC colours

Download the zip file HERE

0928

distant shore
A Distant Shore - compact
Based on a Clare Sieffert painting
95w X 128h
52 DMC colours

Download the zip file HERE
0933

masques sp

Masques - compact
based on a Clare Sieffert painting
100w x  78h
30 DMC colours

Download the zip file HERE
0940
0928

Vincent & Catherine Portrait
based on Clare Sieffert Stained Glass 
112w x 102h
 30 DMC colours

Download the zip file HERE

0941

Portrait Rose

Olivia Portrait Rose

31w x 31h
4 DMC colours

Download the zip file HERE
0910Vincent's Window

Vincent's Window
150w x 93h
8 DMC Colours
Download the zip file HERE

Tunnel People Bookmarks
0960
 All bookmarks are 26w x 80h and designed for cross stitch ribband/bandingAll use 13-15 DMC colours.
Download all 12 bookmarks in a zip file HERE
Series 1 Series 2 Series 3
Vincent
Vin bmk
Catherine
Catherine bmk
Father
Father bmk
Mary
mary bmk
Mouse
Mouse bmk
Pascal
pascal bmk
Paracelsus
paracelsus bmk
Narcissa
narcissa bmk
Winslow
winslow
Jamie
jamie bmk
William
william bmk
Elliot
elliot

Just For Fun

halloween2016 0942

Shades of Grey


Size: 47w x 54h
Colours: 
11 colours
Canvas: black

Measures 2.5 " X 3" (6.5cm x7.5 cm) on 18 count canvas

Download zip file HERE

Yule 2016 0943
Vincent & Catherine

Yule 2016

Size:  150 x 137 count

Colours: 12 DMC
Canvas: Aida Antique White

Download the zip file HERE
halloween vin

0944

Halloween Vincent


100w X 100h

13 DMC colours

Download the zip file HERE
Cartoons

V&C cartoon
0970

Vincent  & Catherine
Valentine's Day Cartoon

 98w x 71h
21 DMC Colours

Download the zip file HERE
masques
0971

Vincent & Catherine Halloween
100w X 74h

19 DMC Colours

Download the zip file for the patternHERE

Keychains and Bookmarks

val x stitch 2016 key chain
0961
Vincent Valentine Key Chain
Cross stitch pattern for key chain blank

30w X 35h count
3 DMC colours

Measures  1/4" X 1 1/2" (3cm x 3.2 cm)
on  28 count canvas

Download the zip file HERE
v walking wtv walking bkfinished
0962
Vincent Walking
Bookmark, keychain fob, or..?
25w X 63h
1 DMC colour

Download both version in a zip file HERE
V
0963
Vincent & Catherine Keychain
 60w x 43h
7 DMC Colours

Download the zip file HERE
2 hearts light 2 hearts dark
0964

Two Hearts Rose Keychain
40w x 41h
4 DMC colours
Download the zip file HERE

Winterfest

winterfest 2015
0984
Winterfest 2015

73w X 90h count
Five colours

Download the zip file HERE
WFOL 2012 bookmark

0983

WFOL 2012
26w x 80h

7 DMC Colours

Download the zip file HERE
WFOL 2011 pattern

0982
WFOL 2011
26w X 87h

7 DMC Colours

Download the zip file HERE

WFOL 2010 pattern
0981

WFOL 2010

53 x 100

5 DMC colours
Black canvas

Download the zip file HERE
WFOL 2009 Candle lighting pattern
0980

WFOL 2009

85w x 94h
7 DMC colours
Black canvas

Download the zip file HERE

CROSS-STITCH TIPS

About the bookmarks

All bookmarks on this page can be stitched on 2" (5 cm) 16 count (to the inch) ribband or Aida banding, which is 26 stitches across and has a scallopped edge. They can also be stitched on any count Aida canvas individually, or as a group. Two strands of cotton floss should be used on banding.  Allow 5 empty rows at the top and bottom for finishing. The back side of the bookmark can hidden by 1 1/2 inch  (4 cm) ribbon.
A tail can be knotted and secured beneath the ribbon at the top. Use lengths of the floss colours used in the bookmark.


Any embroidery floss of the approximate colour can be used. If you wish to match non-DMC floss, download this compact DMC Floss Chart (pdf) to use as a  guide.

Embroidered bookmarks may be viewed in the Treasure Chambers Museum Fabric Art section.

Aida banding can be purchased by the yard online, in various colours and borders, directly from DoveStitch, Massachusetts, USA, who will ship internationally.  
Click on the icon below to go directly to the banding page.
An information page about the Aida banding / Ribband, with comparisons and tips for use, can be downloaded here


DoveStitch logo

About cross-stitch

Cross stitch embroidery is probably the easiest embroidery to learn. Since the advent of computers and cross-stitch software, this art form has become a favourite of fabric artists. Images can be adapted to create photo-like embroideries of great complexity and beauty. Cross stitch patterns are created on a grid, making them easy to follow via a printed pattern and key. Although special stitches, such as back stitch or French knots can be used in addition to cross stitch, the basic "X" can be used exclusivlely. Any fabric art created on a grid can be adapted to cross-stitch. Hooked rug patterns, for instance, make wonderful miniature cross-stitch embroideries.

lions Left is a 20" x 27" (51 cm x 69 cm) hooked rug of a lion, with the framed cross-stitch embroidery adapted from it in the lower right (without the zebra stripes). The cross stitch ( 71w x 81h count)  measures 4 sq.in. (10 cm)  on 18 count black canvas and uses 10 DMC floss colours.
(This pattern is available free. Just email the address at the top of this page.)

Stitching


Cotton floss is generally used in cross-stitch embroidery. The most commonly available manufacturer is DMC, manufactured in Europe and North America, which has over 300 numbered colours. Skeins provide 8.7 yds (8 m) of 6 strand floss. The number of strands used depends on how fine the count (stitches to the inch/cm) of the canvas. The higher the count, the finer the canvas.

Because floss will fluff and thin as it is pulled through canvas, many people draw the strand(s) through beeswax before using it. A very light-coloured beeswax is best, since it won't impart any colour to the embroidery. When the embroidery is finished, the beeswax may be melted off the work using a paper towel and hot iron. Leave the beeswax on the reverse side of the work and use the iron to press floss ends away from the edges of the embroidery into the middle, in preparation for framing. 

The basic cross stitch is worked diagonally across a block, defined as the area between four holes which form the corners of a square. The diagram below illustrates the stitch. A half stitch uses just one arm of the "X" and a quarter stitch, half of one arm (to the middle of the canvas square).

Various techniques can be used to stitch the "X". Some patterns recommend stitching a row of one arm of the "X" across, and then reversing to do the other arm. This technique is impractical in any pattern with several colour changes across a row. Many so-called experts recommend always stitching the arms of "X" in the same direction. This gives a very uniform look to a finished work, but can be a detriment when a block of the same colour is used, for instance, in a face. The uniformity of the stitching then becomes clearly visible. It is far better to vary the direction of the stitches. The finished work then gains a slight texture which makes individual stitches less obvious. Varying the stitch also allows more flexibility in working the pattern, and can save a significant amount of floss in the long run.

Some people like to begin an embroidery in the middle of the image (which can be indicated on the printed pattern), others like to begin at the upper left corner. Most patterns are designed to be worked from the upper left. Small patterns which do not fill the canvas completely with stitches (see finished Vincent and Catherine portrait at the top of this page), are easier to stitch from a middle point.

x stitch

Canvas

For those unfamiliar with cross-stitch canvas, it is manufactured especially for this kind of embroidery. DO NOT use linen weave canvas for any patterns on this site, as the weave is not uniform and the finished piece will be distorted. Aida or cross-stitch canvas has a very uniform, even weave with holes at warp and weft intersections. These are used to stitch the basic "X" used in all cross-stitich embroidery.

Canvas is measured in count, or the numer of stitches (holes) to the inch. Counts range from 10 stitches to the inch (very large) to 32 (petit point). Common counts are 14, 18 and 22. The canvas is available at specialty stores in many colours, and of both 100 percent cotton, and cotton/acrylic blends. 100 percent cotton is stiff and holds its shape well while being stitched. Lugana and similar acrylic blends are very supple and may be awkward to use without an embroidery frame.  All fabric canvas frays at the edges and must be treated to prevent this.


canvas This is a sample card of cross-stitch canvas in various colours and counts (l-r coarsest to finest)

 

Size

Cut a piece of canvas larger than the finished embroidery (as per pattern information for canvas used), but with no more than a 2 -3 inch (5 - 8 cm) border. Fold the canvas in half, then half again in the opposite direction. Mark the middle with a pencil dot. Then count half the stitch count in each of the four directions and make a mark. Extend the marks across the canvas to get a penciled frame the size of the embroidery. When you begin to stitch, do so in the upper left on the reverse side to the pencilled frame.

Preparing the canvas

It is best to finish the edges of the canvas before beginning, to prevent fraying, especially if (like me) you don't use an embroidery frame. Thread a needle and blanket stitch through alternate holes on all four edges of the canvas. Strengthening the edge will also make it easier to stretch the finished embroidery for framing.
Some people tape the edges with masking tape to prevent fraying. Stitching the edge using a sewing machine is not advised since it does not secure the edge as well as hand stitching.

blanket st This is what a blanket stitch looks like, so called because at one time it was used to finish the edges on wool blankets to prevent them fraying.
It is easily done by hand and very practical. I also use it to finish the seam edges in doll clothes.

 
Framing


Although special deep frames for embroidery may be purchased, they're expensive, and hide the details of your work. Regular picture frames can also be used, and unique ones can often be found in second hand stores and thrift shops. They do not need to have glass. The trick is to NOT use the glass in front of the embroidery (which squashes the stitches, and hides details, as well as making them difficult to photograph). 

First stretch and stabilize the embroidery. Cut a piece of card the same size as the glass or backplate, then using button or heavy thread, stitch back and forth firmly across the back, well in from the finished edge, until the embroidery is stable without distortion. Knot the thread well. Adjust the embroidery as needed to centre it. Then place the glass behind the stretched embroidery before inserting the back plate.




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B&B embroideries are on display in the Fabric Art section of the Treasure Chambers Museum




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