9+ Winter Cross Stitch Patterns

The weather outside is frightful, so we’re staying in and working on some of our favorite cross stitch patterns! No matter your level of expertise, you’ll find a range of projects in our roundup of 9+ Winter Cross Stitch Patterns.

Winter Cross Stitch Patterns

Rose Dishcloth and Potholder

Rose Dishcloth and Potholder

This gorgeous tutorial includes a crocheted gingham dishcloth and a cross-stitched rose potholder. If you’re a lover of both crafts, this is the perfect pattern set for you!

Rose Chair Caddy

Rose Chair Caddy

Speaking of roses, this chair caddy is a gorgeous project that is both decorative and handy! Keep your essential craft supplies, especially those for needlecraft, in this caddy.

Freshwater Fish Cross Stitch Pattern

Freshwater Fish Cross Stitch Pattern

You may not have fish on the mind since it’s such a cold time of year, but if you want to have this cross stitch pattern done in time for summer, you’ll have to start this project now!

Night Sky Bookmark

Night Sky Bookmark

This bookmark is the absolute loveliest for reading before bed! Small projects like this one work up more quickly and make great gifts.

Hearts Plastic Canvas Tissue Box

Hearts Plastic Canvas Tissue Box

This tissue box is so precious. It’s a fun project to get in that Valentine’s Day spirit (already!), and it’s also very beautiful to add a cozy feel to any room.

Daisy Tissue Box Cover

Daisy Tissue Box Cover

Speaking of tissue boxes, this daisy cover is another lovely option, especially for spring! The little bow is a darling touch.

Cherries Cross Stitch Oven Pad

Cherries Cross Stitch Oven Pad

The cherries in this cross stitch oven pad pattern are so cheery and would fit right in any fruit-themed kitchen. This is a great quick project and would be great for that cherry-loving friend.

Easter Egg Cross Stitch Ornament

Easter Egg Cross Stitch Ornament

Over the course of winter, get a head start on those Easter projects! This cross stitched Easter egg is a lovely option, and the designs really lend themselves well to cross stitch.

Hedgehog Cross Stitch Pattern Keychain

Hedgehog Cross Stitch Pattern Keychain

This hedgehog keychain is the cutest pattern to round out our winter list. Anytime a loved one takes out their keys, they’ll think of you when you make them this keychain.


31 Free Cross Stitch Patterns

We have tons more free cross stitch patterns, too! View our collection of 31 Free Cross Stitch Patterns.





What cross stitch patterns would you like to see on FaveCrafts?



Unique Cross Stitch Patterns for the Holidays

You wouldn’t think it, but cross stitch is a great project for the holidays. You can make an endless amount of unique craft projects with cross stitch — all you need is your creativity! From DIY ornaments to gift tags, you can easily incorporate cross stitch patterns into your holiday crafting. Just scroll through our list for some crafting inspiration and for some free cross stitch patterns!

Unique Cross Stitch Patterns for the Holidays

Cross Stitch Babushka Ornament: this cross stitch project is so adorable! We’d love to create a family of Babushka dolls to decorate our tree.

Cross Stitch Babushka Ornament

Cross-Stitch Holiday Towels: looking for a way to add some festive flair to your kitchen? Try this pretty cross stitch pattern. You can even add this gorgeous pattern to table napkins for an extra special detail to your table decorations.

Cross-Stitch Holiday Towels

Beautiful Christmas Angel Cross Stitch Pattern: an angel is such a classic cross stitch pattern, but we think this design is so unique – we absolutely can’t get enough of this colorful design!

Beautiful Christmas Angel Cross Stitch Pattern

A Child is Born Dish Towel: this is a wonderful dish towel idea. We love the idea of using a cross stitch pattern to put a classic Christmas saying on a DIY home decor project. It’s simply charming!

A Child is Born Dish Towel

Christmas Tree Cross Stitch Necklace: we love the idea of creating a unique piece of holiday DIY jewelry with cross stitch. We even think this craft idea would be great if you want to make a DIY ornament for your tree as well!

Christmas Tree Cross Stitch Necklace

Printable Cross Stitch Gift Tag: this gift tag is so simple and easy. It’s made even easier because it’s a printable design. What a fun and unique way to add some cross stitch into your holiday gift wrapping!

Printable Cross Stitch Gift Tag

Cross Stitch Holiday Card: if you aren’t into gift tags, then try making some handmade cards for Christmas. You can use this craft project idea to make a fun, cross stitch Holiday card.

Cross Stitch Holiday Card

Wooden Cross Stitch Ornament: this a such a unique and different ornament idea! Get creative and make different cross stitch designs for your tree. We even think these DIY ornaments would make great stocking stuffers.

Wooden Cross Stitch Ornament

Cross Stitch Gift Tag Idea: another great DIY gift tag idea! This cross stitch gift tag is truly a work of art.

Cross Stitch Gift Tag Idea


Comment below and let us know, what’s your favorite Christmas tradition?

Needlefelted DIY Wall Art

Needlefelting is one of the easiest crafts to learn because it’s fun, it’s colorful, and it’s a great stress reliever too. With a needle punch tool and a little imagination, you can create whimsical DIY wall art project like this silly sunny daisy. Needlefelting is like painting with wool – try it, you’ll like it! Feel free to use this technique to get creative and design your own DIY art projects for your home.

Needlefelted DIY Wall ArtSupplies:

  • Felt sheets
  • Wool roving
  • Yarn
  • Needle punch tool
  • Foundation brush
  • White pencil
  • Embroidery floss and needle

Needlefelted DIY Wall Art

Start by drawing or tracing a design onto a sheet of felt with a white pencil. Place the felt on top of a foundation brush which is what you punch into. Then, pull off a few strands of wool roving to begin. A needle punch tool has five special barbed needles inside that work to lock fibers together as you punch straight up and down.

Needlefelted DIY Wall Art

Little by little, keep filling in your design with more strands of wool. You can work with a single color or blend colors just like you’re painting. Tap each strand in with just a few punches at first, to make sure you like it. You can easily pull the wool up off the felt sheet if you change your mind. Once you like it, then punch more to lock it in. Don’t over punch though – or too many of the fibers will disappear beneath the surface.

Needlefelted DIY Wall Art

Above is a picture of what the back side looks like – the needle forces the wool fibers through the felt. Lift your felt up off the brush every so often to reposition and to prevent all the fibers from sticking to the brush itself.

Needlefelted DIY Wall Art

Outline your design in desired with a soft yarn and punch it into place. Accent your design with embroidery. I added an outline stitch in the center of each petal.

Needlefelted DIY Wall Art

Now that your wool canvas has been painted, you have several options for how to display it. You can sew it to a larger felt or fabric panel, frame it inside a shallow shadowbox, or mount it on a wood plaque with a dry adhesive like fabric tape. Enjoy!


Comment below and let us know, what design would you make with needlefelting?

Happy National Embroidery Month!

Since February is National Embroidery Month we’re taking a look at the well-known craft that’s remained popular for centuries.

Embroidery starts when an outline is drawn on fabric and then stitched over with a back stitch. This will create a solid line in thread. Projects ranging from handbags to ornaments can include embroidery. Traditionally, embroidery was limited to being a hand-craft but with technological advancements, new computerized machines have modernized the craft.

One of the older forms of embroidery is Redwork. Here’s an article on Redwork Embroidery by our resident Craft Expert, Maria Nerius.

Does Redwork Make You See Red?

Redwork will have you seeing red only because it is created with a red cotton thread! It is a simple embroidery technique that is one of the most beloved traditional crafts. Redwork is believed to have originated in Europe in the 19th century. It is believed to have made its way to America before the Civil War by immigrants. This style of embroidery was most popular with the working classes as it was not out of their price range. It’s first popularity had much to do with its affordability, simplicity, and availability.

In the United States penny squares were sold; penny squares were 6” muslin square marked with a design that could be stitched. The square was sold for a penny and for an additional penny you could buy a skein of red thread. The squares were often used to create quilts, bedspreads and linens. The squares eventually went up in price, but folklore loves the origins.

The stitches and designs were simple enough for children to use to learn and improve their stitching skills. The designs were often no more than just the outline of a motif like a flower, dog, or child. You could purchase these squares at the local general store and by mail order from ads in catalogs, newspapers, and magazines. The popularity of Eedwork embroidery died done after WWII, but it can still be found in books, magazines, and online.

Materials Needed for Redwork:

  • Red embroidery floss
  • Fabric, traditionally plain cotton muslin
  • Needle, small sharp
  • Hoop, to hold the fabric in place while stitching
  • Design, usually a transfer design

Additional Tips:

  • Wash your muslin before you transfer your design or start stitching
  • Redwork is simple and doesn’t translate well to fussy or overly detailed designs.
  • Traditional Redwork designs included alphabets, samplers, farm animals, fruits, and holidays.

(Find a review of “Redwork from THE WORKBASKET” on AllFreeSewing.com)

Want to celebrate National Embroidery Month? Learn how to embroider and find free project ideas below.

Bottle Koozies

Buttercup Embroidery Design

More Embroidery Projects:
Baby Girl Rattle Embroidery Design
Tea Set
Dancing Leaves Pillow
Easter Bunny Applique Pillow

The National Needlework Association Trade Show

I’m at the TNNA trade show. Basically, it’s the place where your favorite yarn shops and needlework shops come to see what’s new and get yarn, canvasses and more. And it’s amazing! SO much to see and do. The Fashion Show on Friday night was amazing, and Saturday I got to walk the show floor and see some of those fabulous fashions up close. I’m constantly in awe of the skills and design ability of the industry designers — women (and men) that create the designs and projects that we are able to share with you on FaveCrafts, AllFreeCrochet, AllFreeKnitting, AllFreeSewing, and more. I plan to make more contacts at this show with some of your favorite yarn companies so we can feature even more great projects with you in 2011!

So let me know what your favorite yarns are to work with. Do you have yarns you’d love to work with but haven’t tried yet, due to price or availability? Let us know what you are interested in by leaving a comment below and we’ll see what we can do about working with some of your favorite companies to provide projects, yarn giveaways, and much more in 2011.

New Pattern Monday: Tissue Box Covers

Tissue manufacturers try their best to make cute designs on their tissue boxes. However, their best just isn’t good enough. If I ever see another mauve paisley tissue box, I just might scream. Plus, no matter how cute your tissue box is, it’s still made out of cardboard. If you’re into plastic canvas patterns, making a cute tissue box cover is a cinch.

Window Frame of Flowers Tissue Box Cover: This cover is for those who love too many colors. Stitch a flower of every color inside each “window frame” on this tissue box.
Window Frame of Flowers

Music and Flowers Tissue Box Cover
: Stitch a piano vignette and attach a romantic rose to this tissue box cover and give to your tango partner!
Music and Flowers

Framed Flowers Tissue Box Cover: A great spring home decor accent, the framed flowers tissue box cover features silk flower embellishments for a unique, 3-D look.
Framed Flowers

Check out our other home decor craft projects!

How to Convert Cross Stitch to Needlepoint

When first asked if it was possible to use a cross-stitch chart as a needlepoint chart I thought the process would be so easy that there was no need for explanation at all, however, I always do my research and never assume anything! Although it is not a difficult switch, it is one you do need to think about before just jumping in.

Cross stitch is made of basically of a right angled half stitch and a left angled half stitch used together to create that X stitch. Needlepoint and plastic canvas these same stitches as the Continental and Alternating Continental (when crossed these two stitches create the Cross Stitch) along with Scotch Stitch, Slanting Gobelin, and Long Stitch. Many cross stitch charts can be used as is, you decide if you want to use only the slanting stitches or a full cross stitch.

Experts say to check all diagonal lines within the pattern or design. Diagonal lines slanted up and to the right translate well when converting from cross-stitch to needlepoint.

If you want to convert a cross-stitch pattern to a needlepoint pattern, it’s best if there are not a lot of back or decorative stitches to be done, unless you can complete the pattern without using these stitches. So take a good look at any photos of the finished pattern or any symbol charts.

You should also keep in mind that a majority of cross stitch patterns or designs use the material or fabric used as the background whereas in needlepoint the entire pattern or design is stitched. If converting a cross-stitch pattern into a needlepoint design you’ll need to decide if you are going to want to stitch the background. Any filling needlepoint stitch can be used. Most experts agree that it’s best to start at the center of a design and work out.

Stitch Guides

Cross Stitch Stitch Guide 1
Cross Stitch Stitch Guide 2

Needlepoint Stitch Guide 1
Needlepoint Stitch Guide 2

When Creativity Knocks FAVEulous Find of the Week: Flight of the Monarch Butterfly

The Fall season brings to my mind the migrating journey of the Monarch butterfly. Tiffany Windsor has created this lovely butterfly plant stake with some Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue, brown grocery bags and a couple other things. The finished butterfly reminds me of the remarkable Monarch.

ANA’S TIPS: Leave out the wooden skewer. Tape a piece of fishing line in between the layers of the butterfly and hang them from your chandelier or on your Christmas tree.


One of my favorite episodes of When Creativity Knocks is: Giving Back, Monarch Butterflies, where Megan interviews Ranger Chris at Natural Bridges State Beach in California about the Monarch. She then reads a poem: “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” by Pavel Friedman from Children’s Drawings and Poems from Terezin Concentration Camp. We tell you about The Houston Holocaust Museum Butterfly Project, and I teach you how to make a wool felt butterfly.



Enjoy the episode.

“Teaching the world to craft one door at a time”
Ana Araujo

Plastic Canvas, Cross-Stitch and Embroidery for Fall

[Editorial Note- This an excerpt from today’s newsletter. If you would like to receive our free craft newsletter, you can sign up here.]
National Sewing Month left many of you crafters craving other ideas for what to do with your needles. You asked for more plastic canvas and more free embroidery patterns, so we found them for you.

For Halloween, use plastic canvas to create a Glow-in-the-Dark Bag for trick-or-treaters or spooky home decoration. Complete a Halloween costume with a plastic canvas mask. A simple to make Pumpkin Patch Pin adds great color to any autumn outfit (shown).

If you prefer cross-stitch, create an Autumn Leaves Table Runner from waste canvas, with matching Leaf Placemats. This colorful set is perfect for autumn entertaining. You can also get started on this beautiful cross-stitch Christmas Angel for holiday decorating.

If you’d like to embroider some of those great sewing projects from last month, check out the patterns below or all our embroidery patterns here.

Felt Bouquet

Satin Butterflies

Delicate Flowers

Tropical Fish

Jenny Hart’s Embroidered Effects & Sublime Stitching

My favorite craft is embroidery. I had never tried embroidery until the summer of 2000. It was something so foreign and familiar to me at the same time. I thought large portraits would be wonderful and also that it was high-time for some less traditional themes for people to stitch. I founded Sublime Stitching in 2001 to re-inspire anyone to try embroidery. In 2008 I wrote a column called “Crafting A Business” and  I have a new book of embroidery instructions, patterns and projects called Embroidered Effects (Chronicle Books). Future projects include “Hart Crafts” which I’m really excited about!


Get hip to Hart’s embroidery:


Some more alternative looks at needlework:

Feeling Stitchy
Jenny Henry Needlepoint
Laura Hughes Needlepoint
Mr. X Stitch
Subversive Cross Stitch (NSFW)
Wool and Hoop Crewel