Friday, September 23, 2016

Special Thanks to The World of Cross Stitching Magazine...

Hello friends! And a warm welcome to everyone who has found me here over the past week or so! As many of you will already know, I have some big news to share...

The World of Cross Stitching magazine Issue #247 November 2016
The World of Cross Stitching magazine Issue #247 November 2016

Last week, the November Issue #247 of The World of Cross Stitching magazine went on sale in the UK... and I am featured! It has taken a little while for it to actually sink in, even though I've been preparing for this all year - it is quite surreal. To see my work in print is an incredible feeling - and yes, that is me on the front cover! ;o)

The World of Cross Stitching magazine Issue #247 November 2016
The World of Cross Stitching magazine, Issue #247 November 2016

I am absolutely thrilled that my first design for WOXS is now published. As you can see, it is a Christmas themed pattern of a festive heart shaped wreath. If you've been following along for a while, you will know how much I love designing these pretty little heart shaped wreaths! ;o) I spent a lot of time on this design, making sure it was perfect and I hope many of you will enjoy stitching it as much as I enjoyed creating it! :o) 

This opportunity really is a dream come true for me and I wish to say a very special thank you to the Editor, Ruth, who has made it all possible and has been absolutely wonderful to work with over the past year! I am so grateful to the the entire team at WOXS for including me in their fabulous magazine! Make sure to pick up a copy so you can get a head start on your Christmas projects this year with The World of Cross Stitching magazine! :o) And, if you are outside the UK and can't wait for the hard copy to arrive in your country, there is always the digital option! Available for iPad in the AppStore: or for Android: or at . 

As always, happy stitching!
Jenny x

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Give Thanks Cross Stitch Pattern

Hello Stitchers! 

Once again, it has been a couple of months since I last updated the website/blog, but if you have been following along with me on Instagram or Facebook you will know that this week I released the pattern I have been working on for... well, most of the year! I am excited to introduce my late summer/autumn inspired design 'Give Thanks'.

give thanks autumn fall Thanksgiving cross stitch design by homestitchness
'Give Thanks' by homestitchness

The phrase 'Give Thanks' is a sentiment that means a lot to me and is something I try to remind myself to do on a daily basis. For this design, I knew I wanted to stitch a floral garland with a prominent sunflower and the colours I chose seemed to lead me in the direction of an autumn harvest theme, with lots of red, orange, gold and brown threads used. Also, I could not resist including another little monarch butterfly to the design, as well - it was such a popular addition to my 'Summer Garland' pattern that it deserved to be featured again!

give thanks autumn fall Thanksgiving cross stitch design by homestitchness
'Give Thanks' by homestitchness

'Give Thanks' has been flying off the virtual shelves in my Etsy shop over the past couple of days and for a limited time, you can purchase the PDF at the special introductory price of just US$4.50. The design is quite large and fits perfectly in a 10"/25cm embroidery hoop for framing. With the autumn months just around the corner here in the Northern Hemisphere, it would be the perfect design to stich as part of your fall decor this year, and especially for the celebration of Thanksgiving! :o)

Happy stitching!  
Jenny x

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A Free ANZAC Poppy Chart...

With ANZAC Day drawing near in both Australia and New Zealand, I have a free chart I'd like to share with you all... 

free ANZAC poppy cross stitch chart by homestitchness
A free ANZAC Poppy cross stitch pattern

Last year I stitched up this little red poppy for ANZAC Day and shared it on my Facebook page and Instagram. One of my lovely cousins (who is also a cross stitcher) asked me if I'd mind sending her the chart so that she could have her primary school students stitch up poppies as an ANZAC themed activity for her class. As she recognised - this would make a great project for children. 

free ANZAC poppy Australia New Zealand cross stitch chart by homestitchness

It is a very easy and straight forward pattern that is suitable for beginners. All you'll need is a black button from your stash, a scrap of fabric (the larger the count the better) and a few thread colours to stitch the design. 

Spending some time quietly stitching is a great way to reflect on the sacrifices made by the many men and women who have fought to ensure our freedom. You are welcome to use/share this chart as much as you wish. 

Lest we forget.

Jenny x

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Anniversary Sale...

Hi everyone! Just popping in to let you know that this week marks THREE YEARS since my original four homestitchness design releases were accepted into several needlework stores throughout New Zealand! What a journey it has been since then...

To celebrate this anniversary, I want to let you know that there is a SALE happening all week over in the homestitchness Etsy shop! If you've had your eye on any patterns, you can receive 40% off by entering the code 'ANNIVERSARY' at check out. :o)

Thank you so much for your continued interest and support - I appreciate you all!

Jenny x

Thursday, October 29, 2015

New Little Kiwi Cross Stitch Pattern...

Hi friends! Just wanted to let you know that my latest design - 'Little Kiwi Chick' is ready! The PDF cross stitch pattern is now available in the homestitchness Etsy shop for just NZ$5.00 - this special introductory price will only last until the end of October.

New Zealand Kiwi Cross Stitch Gingham Kiwi Bird Embroidery Hoop Wall Art
'Little Kiwi Chick' by homestitchness

It has been a while since I released a 100% NZ design and this little Kiwi was so much fun to stitch! This 5" hoop art would make a super cute handmade gift for a new baby, for friends and family living overseas (read: Christmas!) or it could even be a great project to use when teaching your child how to cross stitch!

New Zealand Kiwi Cross Stitch Gingham Kiwi Bird Embroidery Hoop Wall Art
The pattern includes nine different gingham colour options.

The Kiwi can be stitched facing either left or right and you can choose from 9 different gingham colour options. I enjoyed stitching this one so much that I am going to make another one for our son's room - in blue, this time :o)

Happy stitching!
Jenny x

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A Free Gift :: THANK YOU!

I first released this pattern two years ago (to the day, even!) and have just spent some time updating the chart. Lately, I have been thinking about what an amazing journey this little creative venture I call homestitchness has been! Although there have been challenges along the way, I have already met several goals I set for 2015 and since I have so many more people following along now than I did when I first published this chart, I want to release it for a second time in case some of you would like to stitch it.

Today I am here to simply say THANKS to each and every one of you who have shown an interest in what I'm doing and supported me. It means so much to me that you are here and the following pattern is completely FREE if you'd like to stitch it. Below you can read about the story behind the design and I invite you to share the chart on social media as much as you wish! The threads I stitched the model with are true to the original colours, but you are more than welcome to change them to match your decor. If you do stitch it, I'd love to see it all finished! 

Thanks again and I hope you will enjoy this little project!

Jenny x
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Sunday, October 6, 2013

A Free Gift: Decorative Cross Stitch Tile Pattern

I am excited to share this project with you as it is something I have been wanting to recreate for a long time now and the story behind it has special meaning for our family...

Free Belgian Tile Cross Stitch Pattern by homestitchness
Decorative cross stitch tile pattern
My husband is Belgian by name and by ancestry, so I like to say that "I am Belgian by marriage" :o) Both grandparents on his father's side came to America when they were young, then met and married over here. Several years ago, we had the privilege of visiting Belgium and staying with a cousin and her family. We fell in love with the country and the experience made me rather proud of my inherited Belgian heritage.

Belgian Flag Personalised Cross Stitch
A gift I designed and stitched for my husband's very first Father's Day
During our time in Belgium, we were taken to the site of my husband's grandmother's family home where she lived before moving to America. Sadly, the house had not long been demolished for the purpose of new development and all that remained was a pile of rubble. However, out of the ruins, his cousin had salvaged a number of broken pieces of patterned 'tile' as you can see in the photo below, which I believe originally decorated the kitchen. 

Decorative Belgian Tile
Our little piece of decorative tile from Belgium
We were given this piece of tile along with a photograph of the cottage to take home with us and the tile has been an ornament in our garden ever since. It is starting to look a little weathered and worn, now, and since I have always liked the pattern, I have been wanting to stitch up a replica to 'preserve' the design and create another keepsake. I finally got around to charting the pattern a few weeks ago and funnily enough, I realised the colours in the tile are exactly the same colours we used to decorate our daughter's bedroom when she was a baby - I had never noticed before! It will be a nice little piece of family history to hang on her wall.

Free Belgian Tile Cross Stitch Pattern by homestitchness
Stitched Belgian tile hoop art
I want to include the pattern here as a little gift of thanks to you all for your interest in homestitchness. I am not sure how to make it available as a PDF to download straight from the blog, so instead I'm going to post the pattern below and you can click on it to enlarge it, then right click and save it onto your computer and print it out that way... 

It is a repeating pattern, so you can stitch as much or as little of it as you wish. I chose to work on Wichelt's 28 count Clay linen as the colouring of it is very similar to the clay coloured background of the actual tile. It has saved me a LOT of work not having to stitch in between the decorative motifs, but I have suggested a comparable thread colour for stitching in the 'gaps' if you wish. For my project, I wanted to stay true to the original colours of the tile, but there would be so many other gorgeous combinations you could try - for a bolder look I think Navy, Red, Mustard and Cream would look amazing!

Obviously, the design is not my own, I have simply charted it so I can recreate the pattern with needle and thread. You are most welcome to use the pattern for your own project and share it with your friends :o) I would love to see what you make with it!

Happy stitching :o)

Jenny x

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Summer Garland Cross Stitch Pattern

I am back again with another new design!

The 'Summer Garland' pattern is now available as a PDF download in the homestitchness Etsy shop! Here in the US summer has now faded into autumn, but I know everyone in the Southern Hemisphere is very excited that spring has finally arrived and the anticipation of summer is on your minds! So here is a design inspired by some of my favourite florals and the monarch butterflies that have frequented our garden over the past few months...

summer garland wildflower heart wreath cross stitch design by homestitchness
'Summer Garland' by homestitchness
This pattern is listed at a special introductory price until the end of the month, so be quick and download your copy today!

Happy stitching!
Jenny x