Black Friday

We have Black Friday sale 15% off at our shops: http://www.etsy.com/shop/stitchesandquills and http://www.etsy.com/shop/stitchersland

If you would like to support small business, you are welcome!

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Sokoke Forest Cat

Hello, my dear readers. I wasn’t there for a few days because I had a lot of translation work, but I’ve come back and I want to show you the new pattern in our shop – Sokoke Forest Cat. This exotic cat originates from the Sokoke district of eastern Kenya but was further developed in Denmark. Despite its wild character, Sokoke Cat is friendly by nature and can be perfect for those seeking an animal companion. It has a relatively small head with almond-shaped eyes that are usually amber to light green in color. But the most eye-catching feature of the Sokoke Cat, however, is its unusual coat, which is lustrous, short, and body-hugging. The coat pattern, dubbed “African Tabby,” resembles the Blotched Tabby with a “wood grain” look. The color of the coat ranges from warm light brown to deep chestnut brown. So if you are a Cat person, you can stitch this beauty and have it for yourself forever!

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Finished Cloudberry Picture

I’ve done it! Complete cross-stitching and framed in a hoop.

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Now I can say, that it was an adventure and a challenge for me. Cross stitching wasn’t a big problem, I know the author of the pattern and I was aware of the fact, that Serafima Abramova uses a lot of blends in her projects. That’s ok, but I haven’t back stitched with two threads before. One thread is ok, but two? What is more, it was a light green thread. So when I started back-stitching, I noticed, that it doesn’t look nice for me. And since I’m a perfectionist, I couldn’t leave it like this. After consulting with the author of the pattern and my cross-stitching colleagues from a Facebook group, I tried some different methods and decided to do this backstitch with couching. I did it for the first time and I understood, that I need either stands or the third hand to do it correctly. Can you imagine, what it looked like? But because I’m still very stubborn, I made it.  Everything else was simple. Although I was afraid that the red color might stain the fabric during washing, I almost completely dried out the picture and only then I ironed it carefully and it turned out that ironing the natural linen is much harder than evenweave. I was also a little afraid of sewing white felt to the back of the picture, but everything went well and in the end, I’m satisfied with the result of my work. I hope that the customer will also be satisfied with this cross-stitched picture.

Fox

We’ve just started a new series of wildlife patterns – foxes. The first one is a Fox in Autumn or a Fox in the Fall, due to November – still autumnal month. It’s so cute, isn’t it?

Foxes are found all over the world — in North America, Europe, Asia, and even North Africa. These animals are very social and live flexible lives. They live in forested areas. What is interesting – foxes are usually monogamous, so they have only one mate for life. They also take on nannies to help with their pups. The nannies are female foxes that are not breeders. Foxes can identify each other’s voices, just like humans and they also have excellent hearing. In folklore, foxes are typically characterized as cunning creatures sometimes having magical powers.

 

Lighthouse

We have two lighthouse patterns at our shop now. The first one is in colour and the second one in sepia, so you can choose the one you like more. It is said that we cross-stitch a lighthouse for a dream to come true. What is more, a lighthouse can symbolize various things, such as overcoming challenges and adversity or guidance. It is most commonly used to symbolize a way forward and help in navigating through the world. So, what are you waiting for? Just grab the pattern and help your dreams come true!

This is a lighthouse built on the small island at the southern tip of Sakhalin, Russia, by Japan in 1939. Now the Aniva lighthouse is abandoned. There are many young seagulls there and they do not fear man, but they hover around. You can see the 360 degree sea on the lighthouse and the place where the Sakhalin Island begins.

 

Raven Counted Cross Stitch Pattern

When we were in London in September, we planned to visit the Tower of London and we knew that no trip to the Tower would be complete without a sighting of a raven, which is the symbol of Monarchy, tradition, and history. “If the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall and Britain with it.”Or so the legend goes! The ravens were there!

Ravens are one of the smartest animals, which sometimes associated with death and dark omen. Edgar Allan Poe knew what he was doing when he used the raven instead of some other bird to croak out “nevermore” in his famous poem. But the real bird is somewhat of a mystery. Cultures from Tibet to Greece have seen the raven as a messenger for the gods. Celtic goddesses of warfare often took the form of ravens during battles. The Viking god, Odin, had two ravens, which flew around the world every day and reported back to Odin every night about what they saw – more interesting facts about this bird you can read here

It is said, that people born in the month of Raven find strenth in solitude and don’t like the hustle and bustle. They can also easily find the right solution to any problem because of developed powerful intuition. As Ravens, they are always calm and confident, because these birds are associated with wisdom and insight knowledge. What is your Zodiac sight? Maybe Raven? Or Wolverine? We are going to create more Zodiac sights by Slavic Horoscope, so the theme is continued.

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