Category Archives: Cross Stitch

Patterns, supplies and information about cross stitch.

HTTPS Secure Server Migration

In this age of cyber hacking and concerns about security, I have decided to move all of this website to a secure server – Https not http. Although no personal financial information is collected at this site and I provide information only, you can’t be too careful. This has been done now. You will see that the top address bar now takes you to

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A few weeks ago I had a lovely holiday in Kassiopi, Corfu. I had visited there a few years ago and had discovered a very talented weaver who has a small shop on the main street of Kassiopi. I was very pleased to see that she is still in business and is doing well. She is expanding her style and line of goods as her daughter-in-law is now learning to weave and is adding some of her own handwoven products to the shop.

Agathis Weaving Shop

Agathi studied weaving, sewing, crochet, needlework and textiles at a specialist school in Crete. She first started her shop in the early 70’s by crocheting and selling her products out on the street to the tourists who would pass by her home. Fairly quickly she was able to expand into a shop and she has successfully run her business and worked there since.
Crete Textile School

Agathis has a loom in the middle of the shop that always has a new project on it. During the summer months, you can see Agathis busy at work throughout the day and into the late evening.

Agathis loom

Bamboo Reed
bamboo reed
Agathis showed me a beautiful bamboo reed that her mother used to weave with. The bamboo dents occasionally broke but they could be replaced by cutting and filing another piece of bamboo.

Not only weaving – Agathis is proficient at crochet, needlework, embroidery, weaving and just about any other textile craft. Her shelves are brimming with handmade products that she has produced. I could spend hours at her shop, marvelling at what she has made. Every piece has a story behind it, and she is very happy to share her wealth of knowledge.

Crewel Work – Chain Stitch Embroidery
Chain stitch embroidery

Flokati Rugs
Flokati rugs

Embroidered Laces
embroidered laces

Crochet Angels

Handwoven Linen dyed with Natural Dyes

(Red and Yellow Onion Skins)
Red onion linen

red onion linen

Hand woven Throws
Handwoven throws
She also has a larger loom that she puts up during the winter months so she can weave wider projects such as throws and blankets.

Mario’s Olive Wood Workshop

Agathis also has a very talented son, Mario who specializes in woodworking using olive wood. He also has a shop in Kassiopi and ships his products worldwide.
Mario's olive wood
Mario's olive wood


Ebay Finds

Nilus Leclerc Floor Loom 45” 4 shaft - Current price: $599.00

Leclerc Loom Dorothy 4 Shaft Loom Made in Canada 10 Years Old Excellent Cond - Current price: $299.95 - Auction

FREE SHIPPING 2010mm Tribal Tribe Old Textile Sunkit RITUAL BLANKET CLOTH FABRIC - Current price: $159.99 - Auction

- Current price: $154.95

Macomber Ad-a-Harness loom for sale - Current price: $1,250.00 - Auction

- Current price: $122.18


Cross Stitch Painting Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival

“Along the River During the Qingming Festival (Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival) (simplified Chinese: 清明上河图; traditional Chinese: 清明上河圖; pinyin: Qīngmíng Shànghé Tú) is a panoramic painting by Song Dynasty artist Zhang Zeduan (1085–1145). It captures the daily life of people from the Song period at the capital, Bianjing, today’s Kaifeng. The theme celebrates the festive spirit and worldly commotion at the Qingming Festival, rather than the holiday’s ceremonial aspects, such as tomb sweeping and prayers. The entire piece was painted in hand scroll format and the content reveals the lifestyle of all levels of the society from rich to poor as well as different economic activities in rural areas and the city. It offers glimpses of period clothing and architecture. As an artistic creation, the piece has been revered and court artists of subsequent dynasties have made several re-interpretive replicas…
In the original 5.28-meter long picture, there are 814 humans, 28 boats, 60 animals, 30 buildings, 20 vehicles, nine sedan chairs, and 170 trees drawn. “

Qingming Cross Stitch – EBay
I don’t usually write articles about EBay items, but I found this one and thought that it is an impressive piece of cross stitch and was worthy of a mention. Follow the link to see more closeup photographs of this handiwork.
This cross stitch measures 162″ x 24″

Qingming Cross Stitch


Ebay Finds

40 Spools Polyester Embroidery Machine Thread - Current price: $33.89

- Current price: $24.70

- Current price: $32.00

- Current price: $112.99

- Current price: $24.95

- Current price: $24.00

Cross Stitch Software: xstitch sfw

Cross stitch software is very useful for converting your photos and images into your own cross stitch patterns. There are almost too many to choose from. How do you decide which one? It is best to download their demos and see which one works best for your needs.

Stoik Stitch Creator

Win Stitch
Win Stitch from Ursa Software.

PC Stitch

Dp Software – Cross Stitch

Digi Stitch

Cross Stitch Thanksgiving: xstitch-tgiving

Thanksgiving Turkey

A Free Thanksgiving turkey design for cross stitch

A free pattern from Cross stitch for free.

Turkey Freebie
A free turkey design from Needlework tips and techniques.

The Twisted Stitcher
Visit The Twisted Stitcher for holiday stitching inspiration.

Thanksgiving Crafts

Thanksgiving Beadwork

Thanksgiving Knitting Patterns and Projects

Thanksgiving Crochet Patterns

Thanksgiving Cross Stitch & Needlework Patterns

Thanksgiving Clipart

Thanksgiving Feltmaking Crafts

Halloween Cross Stitch: xstitch halloween

Cross Stitch Witch
Free Halloween cross stitch patterns from Kreinik: witches, pumpkins, cats, bats

Halloween Sampler
A free cross stitch pattern from Lizzie Kate

Halloween Ornaments
Cross stitch patterns for pumpkins and cats

Happy Hallowe’en
Free cross stitching pattern for Hallowe’en.

Hallowe’en Pumpkin Cat
In counted cross stitch

Hallowe’en Cross stitch Pattern for Kids
These Hallowe’en bookmarks are great projects for beginners or kids. Unfortunately this website has lots of annoying popups – so beware.

WhimZi Black Spider
A complimentary jack-o-lantern and spider cross stitch pattern.

Hallowe’en Crafts and Patterns:

Hallowe’en Beadwork
Hallowe’en Knitting Patterns and Projects
Hallowe’en Crochet Patterns
Hallowe’en Cross Stitch & Needlework Patterns
Hallowe’en Clipart
Hallowe’en Feltmaking Crafts


Qingming Cross stitch

A free pattern for a cross stitch Shamrock.

Stitch Hiker
Stitch Hiker features unique cross stitch kits designed by Birthe Wilson-Achtner.

Cross stitch Samplers

Sweet Spring
Mountain meadow wildflowers worked on linen using long-arm cross stitch & double cross stitch. Design by Linda Reeves.

Native American Theme

Salt and Pepper
Native American cross stitch kits: Spirit Dancer, buffalo.

Oriental Theme

Maia Embroidery
Cross stitch with kimono pagoda.

Long-Arm Cross Stitch

Best Hand Embroidery
How-to stitch long-armed Cross stitch.


Grape Motif
A grape motif or border from an original Spanish artifact.


Embroidery HQ
A great resource for finding embroidery supplies.

Kamala Yarn
Naturally Dyed Embroidery Yarn: Kamala on Etsy

Cross Stitch Books

A Rainbow of Stitches: Embroidery and Cross-Stitch Basics Plus More Than 1,000 Motifs and 80 Project Id eas
Kindle Version:
Elegant alphabets to 1970s-inspired flowers and leaves, from sweet fairies to vintage-chic ladies in classic Dior dresses.
UK: A Rainbow of Stitches

Cross Stitch Kits – EBay Watch


Ebay Finds

- Current price: $32.00

- Current price: $24.95

DIY 5D Diamond Embroidery Painting Blue Rose Cross Stitch Craft Home Decor S7A5 - Current price: $2.53

Something Special Counted Cross Stitch Still Life Fruit Candamar Designs 50479 - Current price: $14.95

- Current price: $24.00

Lot of 4 Cross Stitch Patterns~NEW - Current price: $45.99

Cross Stitch Patterns



Shamrock Cross Stitch
A free stitching pattern for a Shamrock.

Shamrocks Towel
A shamrock motif that can be stitched onto a towel or used as a border.

Shamrock Motif
Here is a simple shamrock

St. Patrick’s Day Crochet
St. Patrick’s Day Knitting
St. Patrick’s Day Cross Stitch
St. Patrick’s Day Beadwork

Celtic Knitting

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Cross stitch Kits


Ebay Finds

- Current price: $9.85

- Current price: $32.00

- Current price: $24.95

DIY 5D Diamond Embroidery Painting Blue Rose Cross Stitch Craft Home Decor S7A5 - Current price: $2.53

Something Special Counted Cross Stitch Still Life Fruit Candamar Designs 50479 - Current price: $14.95

Dimensions Felt Ornament wallhanging KIT Welcome Friends 5x9 Feltworks birdhouse - Current price: $6.50