Simple Stitches

It’s easier, I find, to discover simple, ¬†good, recipes than simple, pretty, cross stitch patterns.

This, I consider a crying shame in my current time-poor life. Same goes for the crochet, although that’s more because my tired brain can’t quite cope with the concentration required for my monster projects. I’m hoping this will change shortly.

However, and for which I will be very grateful because my April is full of birthdays, a recent edition of CrossStitcher held within its pages simple, but effective, birthday card designs.


There was another design similar to this, but a smidgeon smaller with the words ‘With Love’ picked out. I have a strong suspicion that these designs will be my go-to birthday card patterns. Especially since they only took an hour or two each.

Have you any favourite simple cross-stitch designs? Where did you find them?

Preparing the Flower-pots for Planting


Having decided that my aim this year is to cross-stitch birthday cards (and being several birthdays down which I failed – they were too close to the beginning of the year), I suddenly realised that I have four birthdays in April.

Which means I’ve got to get stitching.

Fortunately card-designs tend not to be overly large or complicated things, and can easily be done in an evening or three.