Box Tree Cottage Designs was founded in 1997 to provide a friendly, personal service for clients who want their own photo turned into a cross stitch or tapestry (needlepoint) chart which they can then follow to create a delightful portrait of their favourite cat, dog or other pet. (Though pets seem sometimes to extend to the engine driven type.) And, of course, special family events and occasions can also be successfully remembered with a cross stitch chart.

Charting is inexpensive for such an individual item - a simple basic cross stitch chart costs about 18 and a very complex one with several images on it might go up to 25. Each client receives a colour cross stitch or tapestry (needlepoint) simulation, a symbol chart and details of the threads required to stitch the picture, plus any back-up help and advice required.

To view more examples of the cross stitch charts developed from my clients' photos please visit the Dogs and Cats Gallery, using the buttons at the bottom of the page.


Two Dogs

Photo of client's Jack Russell dogs, a little off centre

The finished cross stitch chart, centralised and rounded out.

These little Jack Russells were full of character but rather hidden by their basket. My client wanted the background and the basket removed and the lower dog 'rounded off' so that his feet could be seen.

Marmalade Cat

The finished cross stitch chart.

This splendid marmalade cat is a resident of Cyprus, and much loved by his owner, who misses him terribly when she comes to England. So she decided to stitch a large tapestry (needlepoint) picture of him from her own delightful photograph.

Wartime Wedding

Photo of the wedding photo, too precious to send.

The finished cross stitch chart, in a range of greys.

My client wanted this wartime wedding charted so that she could cross stitch it as a Christmas present. It was quite a challenge to create a cross stitch chart with so many shades of grey but the client was delighted.


The finished cross stitch chart.

Vintage RAF Lorry

A vintage RAF lorry presented certain problems of perspective, but was very rewarding when finished.

The cross stitch chart.

Large Steam Tractor

The photo of this magnificent steam engine was taken at a Steam Rally on one of those gorgeous English summer days we so rarely see! It translated well into a design for needlepoint (tapestry) but the vehicle itself could easily be taken from the tapestry design and stitched in cross stitch

The cross stitch chart.


'Trekkaway' is a Colvic Watson motor-sailer belonging to my friends Bill and Marilyn. If you look closely you can see Bill in the wheelhouse. Marilyn loves tapestry so I made this up specially for her from a photo.

Society Sampler

Carnival Glass Society Sampler

A particularly enjoyable piece was this sampler style cross stitch I produced for the members of this society. The designs used motifs which occur in the decorative patterns of carnival glass.

The finished cross stitch chart.



Charts are produced to the client's own requirements - you specify size, whether cross stitch or tapestry (needlepoint), alterations and the make or type of thread to be used. No money is ever asked for until the client is happy with the design. So far I have produced cross stitch and tapestry (needlepoint) charts ranging from cats and dogs to a war-time wedding, two horses (photo service, finished cross stitched portrait of Humdinger to left), a vintage RAF lorry and a steam engine! I have also designed a full set of kneelers for an Abbey, based on stonework and architectural features (heads, gargoyles and so on), and a large millennium sampler for a local village.

Box Tree Cottage Designs does not sell materials such as aida or stranded cotton. Your cross stitch chart pack will contain a colour simulation, a black and white symbol chart, full instructions and a guide to the threads used, all contained in a useful re-sealable plastic bag to keep your cross stitching materials tidy.

Any help and advice you may need is always available as part of the photo service - just ring Ann Griffiths on 01905 360234 or e-mail

Testimonials for the Photo Service

I was delighted to see the draft cross stitch chart and I cannot wait for the finished product to arrive

May I thank you for fulfilling the cross stitch chart from my photo commission so efficiently and brilliantly - I really am ever so thrilled with the cross stitch chart you have produced

Thank you very much for the cross stitch design, it's brilliant!

I have received the cross stitch charts of our two dogs and am very pleased with them and the photo service. The likenesses are incredible. I just can't wait to get the threads and start it now.

I will have hours of pleasure from doing this cross stitch design.

I really am delighted with the coloured printout cross stitch chart of my requested design! It is absolutely stunning, and so very true to the photo I sent your cross stitch chart from a photo service.