New Etsy Store

We invite you to browse and shop our newly opened store! This shop is an update version of our old shop – StitchesandQuills. We will be sticking new items gradually, so if there is anything that catches your fancy from our old shop, just drop us a message about it!

New Cross Stitch Pattern – Fawn Labrador

We continue to create cross stitch patterns for the Dog series, and the next one is Fawn Labrador. These are dogs with friendly personalities and a sense of fun. Many people convinced that their Labrador has a sense of humour. Some Labradors are highly playful, and not just as puppies. Of course, temperament, abilities and general personality may vary somewhat from individual to individual, but, all these dogs are social and affectionate, that makes them one of the most loved dog breeds.

Fantasy Sal

Have I talked about my New Year’s resolutions here? I don’t remember, but it doesn’t matter because I can say it now: I am going to finished all my cross stich projects I’ve ever started. The first one is Fantasy Sal, my first Sal bu Durene Jones pattern. I’ve completed the last part – Fairy and now I have to finisha border. Two pictures for you – finished part before and after backstitch’s done.

Cross-Stitched Pictures

We are really so glad when our customers send us pictures of their stitching by our patterns. We are going to show you their beautiful work all the time and now is the first time – some completed Chaffinsh on Orange Roses. What is interesting, the pattern presents different depends on the material it was stitched on.

Trish Burr Embroidery

At the beginning of the year, I noticed incredibly beautiful embroidery on Instagram. It was Spider Chrysanthemum, embroidered by famous needlework expert Trish Burr.  The author announced pre-order for her Book of embroidered flowers and I bought it right away. Then I forgot about that and was very surprised when I got it. It was like a dream! That’s why I’d like to share my joy with you.

So this is The Kew Book of Embroidered Flowers written by Trish Burr and created in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. This folder edition is complete with all reusable iron-on transfers you need, safely stored inside the front pocket.

The book contains several very useful sections like What is needle paonting? or Anatomy of a Flower, or Useful advice before you start, and only after them, there are the projects themselves: from simple to complex. There are eleven beautiful embroideries in the Book, reworking of botanical artworks from Kew’s Art Collection. Focusing mainly on long-and-short stitch and Trish’s delicate, considered use of silk shading, the book clearly illustrates all the stitches needed, and gives thorough advice on preparation and choosing fabrics and threads – including a handy thread conversion chart. In one word, this book is perfect if you want to star your adventure with embroidery, which I an going to do in the near future. So wish me luck!


My first completed cross stitch this year is a small gift for my first 2021 customer. This lovely card goes to the USA tomorrow with finished cross-stitched picture Winter Mouse and a Tit, which was purchased for the first time 😆😆 I hope all this “first” brings #stitchesandquills to life again! I am going to open a new Etsy shop instead of Stichesandquills next week.

Christmas Stocking

Christmas gift delivered on time, so I can boast about it. My best and most complicated 2020 year stitching – Dimensions Gold Collection Santa’s Journey Stocking, designed by Peggy Abrams. This was my first Dimensions, I bought the kit on , waited a month before it reached me and stitched it in two months. The kit contains presorted thread, metalic thread, wool yarn , 18 count white Aida, felt, beads, needles (one for stitching and one for beading), and instructions with an alphabet. What is it worth buying an original set for? “What makes a Gold Collection design so special? – An extensive colour palette, stitches (and half stitches) that create texture and depth, and exquisite detail are all hallmarks of the Gold Collection. You create a work of art, and heirloom to enjoy for generations to come.”