Star-Spangled Happiness Free Cross Stitch Pattern

freepatternstarspangledstackedJust a quick little freebie to stitch up over the Independence Day holiday this weekend.

Unfortunately, the weather forecast here in my part of the U.S. looks hot, humid, and rainy :( – good weather for staying in to stitch, but not so great for taking the kids out to see fireworks, cooking on the grill, and other fun stuff.

Hopefully your weather is a little nicer. East coast folks, please stay safe, it looks like we’ll have our first storm of the summer this week.

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Pattern Size: 70w X 117h ~ I did include a legend for the colors in the chart, but as always you can pull threads from your stash and get creative ~ I look forward to see everyone’s finished stitches. You can send me an email, post a reply here, or share your pictures on the Facebook page.
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Maya Angelou Quote “Be a Rainbow” Free Cross Stitch Pattern

rainbow-in-cloud-representationMy kids and I love this quote from Maya Angelou. It’s such a beautiful way to remind ourselves to be kind to each other because you never know what storm someone else is weathering in their life. Giving a smile to someone may be the small thing they need to help lift them up again.

Since the first time I read Letter to My Daughter this quote has been stuck with me and I’ve used the phrase with my kids on many occassions in teaching them to be be kind to other people.

With the recent passing of Maya Angelou, my youngest son has recently taken this quote to heart even more than before and he has been using it quite frequently. He asked me to chart it out so I could stitch it, frame it, and hang it near our front door. Once I had it charted out, of course I wanted to share the pattern with everyone as a free gift here.

The truth of the matter is, you are all rainbows for me. Having such a wonderful community of stitchers and crafters means so much to me, you are the reason this website even exists. This pattern is being made free to everyone to celebrate that spirit of community and the passions that bring us all together.
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Just Cross Stitch Collection 2001 – 2010

Just Cross Stitch Magazine on CD plus ornament issues

I was poking around the web looking for an issue of the Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue that I was missing and I ran into this, I had no idea such awesomeness existed - all of the JCS issues for 2001 - 2010 on CD, including 10 years of the famous … [Continue reading]

Cross Stitch Kit in a Jar; Brilliant Idea!

cross stitch kit in a jar by Terrie at Eclectic Darlings

I came across this adorable idea while browsing some cross stitcher blogs this week. So adorable and fun, such a great gift idea. The example uses the cute Wendy's Owl freebie from Ship's Manor, but you could use any little pattern. Hop over to … [Continue reading]

Need Some Graph Paper to Rechart or Chart a Cross Stitch Pattern?

graphpapergrid

Sometimes you just need to rechart the date on something, or maybe you want to use a different color or add small detail like your name to a piece, or maybe you want to chart a small motif for a custom piece - you need a sheet of graph paper or some … [Continue reading]

The Cirque des Cercles Finish You Simply Must See!

angled view of Cirque de Cercles design stitched in BEADS by Sheila C.

(photos and finished piece belong to Sheila C., she was kind enough to let me share them here) I've probably said it a million times, every time I see a Cirque des Cercles finish it looks stunning and unique from every other time I've seen it … [Continue reading]

Nevermore Biscornu by Cloudsfactory is Chart of the Week

Nevermore biscornu by cloudsfactory on Etsy

I was browsing around on Etsy over the weekend (as I often do) and this design caught my eye ~ Nevermore biscornu by cloudsfactory Now, I have to say that I've never made a biscornu before... but I think it's time I get in the groove and give it a … [Continue reading]

Newsletter Returning April 1st

Hello stitchy friends :) I want to thank everyone for the kind notes and your infinite patience. The year got off to a rocky start here (flu, snow, lots of work to do, unexpected expenses, more flu, injured toes, extra orthodontist visits, bacterial … [Continue reading]

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