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.
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.
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 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
Handwoven Linen dyed with Natural Dyes
(Red and Yellow Onion Skins)
Hand woven 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.
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″
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 from Ursa Software.
Dp Software – Cross Stitch
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A Free Thanksgiving turkey design for cross stitch
A free pattern from Cross stitch for free.
A free turkey design from Needlework tips and techniques.
The Twisted Stitcher
Visit The Twisted Stitcher for holiday stitching inspiration.
Thanksgiving Knitting Patterns and Projects
Thanksgiving Crochet Patterns
Thanksgiving Cross Stitch & Needlework Patterns
Thanksgiving Feltmaking Crafts
Cross Stitch Witch
Free Halloween cross stitch patterns from Kreinik: witches, pumpkins, cats, bats
A free cross stitch pattern from Lizzie Kate
Cross stitch patterns for pumpkins and cats
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 Knitting Patterns and Projects
Hallowe’en Crochet Patterns
Hallowe’en Cross Stitch & Needlework Patterns
Hallowe’en Feltmaking Crafts
Qingming Cross stitch
A free pattern for a cross stitch Shamrock.
Stitch Hiker features unique cross stitch kits designed by Birthe Wilson-Achtner.
Cross stitch Samplers
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.
Cross stitch with kimono pagoda.
Long-Arm Cross Stitch
Best Hand Embroidery
How-to stitch long-armed Cross stitch.
A grape motif or border from an original Spanish artifact.
A great resource for finding embroidery supplies.
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
Elegant alphabets to 1970s-inspired flowers and leaves, from sweet fairies to vintage-chic ladies in classic Dior dresses.
UK: A Rainbow of Stitches
Shamrock Cross Stitch
A free stitching pattern for a Shamrock.
A shamrock motif that can be stitched onto a towel or used as a border.
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
Ant of Sweden
Free cross stitch patterns for Easter eggs, flowers and other spring themes.
DMC Chart of the Week
It is listed as a Blooming Red Puppy – but I think it’s really a Poppy.
The Rainbow Gallery has a varied assortment of cross stitch, needlepoint, hardanger and other free stitching charts for Easter and springtime.
Easter Craft Projects
More Easter Crafts and Projects
Felted Easter Eggs
Dyed Easter Eggs
Easter Felt making
Berry Patch Easter Eggs, Etc. (Cross stitch)
Easter Cross stitch pattern for strawberries, daisies, a rose, violet, rabbit, blue bird, cardinal, tulip, daffodil, lily, spring season, summer season, fall season, winter season, mama hen, mama duck, colonial bird, colonial flowers.
Primitive Stitched Easter Bags
You get 2 of these wonderful cross stitch baskets. One is stitched with “Easter” and the other says “Eggs”. Each is 6″ tall and 6″ wide and 2″ deep. Back of baskets is blank. Handle is beaded. Green Grass strands in bags are included.
Spring Cross Stitch
Spring is in the air, time for planting, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter on this cross stitch creation – 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle.