Remember Me

Remember Me

Poor eyesight need not mean that a stitcher has to abandon his or her hobby. This lovely rose, called 'Remember Me', was given to our 86-year old Gran as a birthday present. When it flowered, I photographed the flower, made a cross stitch chart out of it and printed it up on four sheets of A4 paper so that she could read the chart. The rose was then cross stitched on Binca using all six threads of stranded cotton and was framed in a gold frame. I also made up a cross chart using different colours for each shade of orange so that the shades could easily be seen apart.

Cross Stitch Chart - Flowers RoseC201
Tapestry Chart - Flowers RoseT201

Pauls Scarlet

Paul's Scarlet

Paul's Scarlet was a present from a dear family friend. It would look good stitched in the middle of a tapestry cushion. It also is perfect for a cross stitch emblem on a sweatshirt using the waste canvas technique described below.

Cross Stitch Chart - Flowers RoseC202
Tapestry Chart - Flowers RoseT202

Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth

This pink rose is a variety called Queen Elizabeth, dedicated to our current Queen, and is grown in the garden at Box Tree Cottage. One of my favourite summer flowers which I could not resist turning into a cross stitch chart.

Cross Stitch Chart - Flowers RoseC203
Tapestry Chart - Flowers RoseT203

Why not try the waste canvas technique using these cross stitch rose patterns? You need a piece of waste canvas the same count as you would use for aida. Tack this to the middle of your piece of cushion material or garment. Cross stitch through the waste canvas just as you would on a piece of aida. Then wet the waste canvas thoroughly to disolve the glue which holds it together. Using tweezers, pull out each thread of the waste canvas to leave the cross stitched work intact. This technique works well on garments such as sweatshirts and children's clothes - an additional fancy cross stitched initial can look very attractive - and stranded cotton will wash at reasonable temperatures though it might lose some of its colour at a very high temperature.




I couldn't resist turning these cheerful pansies into a cross stitch design. Mine, a variety called Jolly Jokers, are very like a larger version of the old fashioned Hearts' Ease so loved for cottage gardens. You could vary the colours and match them up to the pansies in your own garden, bright and lively winter and summer alike.

Cross Stitch Chart - Flowers PansyC211
Tapestry Chart - Flowers PansyT211


Polyanthus flowers always seem like a breath of Spring and these four different cross stitch ones in their fresh blue and white pots make lovely pictures. They are quite big and the colours are much brighter than they appear on the colour charts. When these were offered as prizes in a giveaway feature in a cross stitch magazine I had hundreds of replies - I hope the lucky winners have finished their cross stitch pictures by now and that their polyanthus cross stitch pictures are adorning their walls.

These are available as both cross stitch and Tapestry Charts.

Cross Stitch Chart - Flowers PolyC221
Tapestry Chart - Flowers PolyT221

Cross Stitch Chart - Flowers PolyC222
Tapestry Chart - Flowers PolyT222

Cross Stitch Chart - Flowers PolyC223
Tapestry Chart - Flowers PolyT223

Cross Stitch Chart - Flowers PolyC224
Tapestry Chart - Flowers PolyT224