Benefits of carrying a small cross-stitch project in your handbag!

July 28, 2017
  1. It can help ‘pass the time of day‘ whilst on a long journey. It is also a great topic of conversation with fellow passengers! It usually starts off with ‘That looks very complicated, you must have a lot of patience!‘ I usually end up handing it over and letting them have a go!


A small cross-stitch project makes time pass quickly whilst travelling.

2) A small cross-stitch project is a great companion whilst on holiday. You can bring it out whenever you come across a comfy bench with a lovely view and again people always want to see what you are doing, so you’re never on your own for very long!

Whilst I was stitching this sampler (see below) children were fishing for crabs off the sea wall, which made the subject matter so relevant and it did make me smile!


X-stitch is a great companion whilst on holiday, all you need is a comfy bench & a lovely view. 

3) At the end of the day you have a lovely greetings card or small sampler to add to your collection! You can add a child’s ‘Name’ & birth details (at a later date!) to make a mini birth sampler or birthday card. They make lovely gifts!

This letter ‘R’ design is from our ‘Children of Bygone Times‘ alphabet.


Custom designed Wedding Sampler kits

July 20, 2017

This custom designed cross-stitch wedding sampler was charted for Jane from West Lothian. The wedding of ‘Andrew & Hannah’ took place at Dalhousie Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland on the 13th May 2017.

Dalhousie Castle Hotel, Cross-stitch wedding sampler,

Custom designed cross-stitch wedding sampler ‘Dalhousie Castle Hotel’.

Jane sent us a photograph of the venue together with a sample of the tartan fabric use on the grooms kilt. The groom was going to be wearing a Scottish kilt of ‘Murray of Athol’ tartan and we were told that the bride would be wearing an ivory dress with a bouquet of lilac & cream flowers.

Dalhousie Castle Hotel

Photograph of Dalhousie Castle Hotel

Dalhousie use an owl as a ring bearer so we included an owl on the design too!

As the wedding was a English / Scottish wedding we added a Scottish thistle & an English rose. The hearts in the corners were taken from the couples ‘Save the Date’ cards.

Dalhousie save the date hearts

The hearts across the top of the design were taken from the ‘Save the Date’ cards

We think everything has been included to create a beautiful keepsake of the happy occassion.

For more information about our custom designed wedding samplers please do not heistate to contact us –

We can design a cross-stitch sampler for your hero too!

June 28, 2017

We can create a personalized ‘Our Hero’ cross-stitch sampler kit featuring your hero! These designs have a military theme but they can have any theme!

Our Hero USA

US Military Cross-stitch – Airforce Officer, Military Aircraft, Tanks & Stars & Strips Flag.

All our designs can be personalized to create a truely unique design and supplied as a complete cross stitch kit containing – pre-sorted DMC floss on organizer cards, a choice of fabric (14 count AIda,18 count Aida or 28 Count Evenweave), a large full color chart & DMC key, needle & instructions.

My Hero

Military Cross-stitch

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us –

See more examples of our cross-stitch designs in our flickr albums –


Birthday cross-stitch

June 5, 2017

Happy 13th Birthday – ‘JAMES’. James was in the army cadets and he loved everything military! Our completed cross-stitch ‘NAME’ samplers make lovely personalized gifts for friends & family.

JAMES military

13th Birthday cross-stitch

Happy 60th Birthday – ‘DAVID’. David was a keen scuba diver, so Sue thought this sampler was perfect! We have various characters / themes to choose from and if you don’t see what you are looking for please do not hesitate to ask.

DAVID divers

60th Bithday cross-stitch

Happy 70th Birthday – ‘DAD’. This vegatable garden design can be charted on ‘ANY NAME’ and supplied as a complete cross-stitch kit.

DAD gardener

70th Birthday cross stitch

If you have any queries about our birthday cross stitch sampler kits please do not hesitate to contact us –

We have more examples of mens ‘NAME’ sampler designs on our FLICKR Page –

Cross stitch aeroplanes

June 4, 2017

Our cross-stitch aeroplane ‘Name’ samplers are suitable for boys of all ages (even the old boys who are young at heart!) The cross-stitch planes can be charted on ‘Any Name’ and supplied as a complete cross-stitch kit for you to stitch. We have a collection of different planes & helicopters from military to pleasure craft.

William James planes

Cross-stitch planes

We can change the color of the lettering and add flags from various different countries. The cross-stitch kit is supplied with DMC floss and a choice of fabric ( 14 count Aida, 18 count Aida or 28 count Evenweave).

William Richard Flipo

Cross-stitch aeroplanes

For more information please do not hesitate to contact us.

Military cross-stitch

May 23, 2017

We can chart personalized ‘NAME’ samplers with a theme from any of the armed forces – Army, Navy, Airforce etc.. and supply as a complete cross-stitch kit for you to stitch.


Military Cross-stitch – US Armed Forces

We can change the uniform of the character so that it resembles the featured officer.

Sharon navy

Royal Navy cross-stitch

We can add a personalized ‘message to the design to make it into a commemorative plaque

HENSLEY US military

US Airforce cross-stitch

and add various military vehicles aircraft, tanks etc..

REECE military

Military cross-stitch – Brtish Armed Forces

See our FLICKR album for more examples –

Angel & Cherub cross-stitch

May 20, 2017

Our angles & cherub characters are used in cross-stitch samplers kits for new born babies as in the example ‘Sienna Rose’,

Sienna Rose cherubs

Girls birth announcement cross-stitch sampler kit with angels / cherubs

they are also a very popular choice of character for our girls christening samplers!

Lauren Beth cherubs

Christening / Baptism / Blessing / Naming Ceremony cross-stitch with angels / cherubs

Our angels & cherubs are loved by girls of all ages. Pamela ordered this sampler as a present to her self for her 60th birthday.

PAMELA angels&cherubs

60th Birthday cross-stitch with an angel & cherub theme

The angel & cherub characters are also used on our ‘angel baby’ / ‘baby loss’ cross-stitch designs.

ABBIE memorial

Angel baby / Baby loss cross-stitch pattern

Cross-stitch ballerina kits & patterns

May 12, 2017

Our ballet themed cross-stitch designs can be charted with ‘ANY NAME’ and supplied as a complete cros-stitch kit. Ballet themed ‘MIRIAM’ has been charted in ‘CAPITAL’ lettering (DMC930 – Slate Grey) with an adult ballerina and four children ballerinas on stage.

MIRIAM ballet

Cross-stitch ballerina kits & patterns

‘Maddison’ our little girl ballerina themed design has been charted in ‘Lowercase’ lettering (DMC3326 – Wildrose). It can be used as a birth announcement cross-stitch sampler or we can remove the message lettering.

Maddison ballet

Cross-stitch ballerina’s

Our adult ballerina is suitable for young ladies of all ages.

Amie ballet

Ballet themed cross-stitch kits & patterns 

Our ballet themed cross-stitch kits contain – Pre-sorted DMC floss on organizer cards, a choice of fabric (14 count Aida, 18 count Aida or 28 count Evenweave), a large full color chart & key, needle and instructions.

Fairy ‘NAME’ Sampler kits

May 8, 2017

Our best selling cross-stitch kits are our ‘NAME’ samplers with fairies! The fairies are arranged to create a balanced design, with each fairy being charted in delicate shades of DMC floss.


Cross-stitch fairies 

The fairies can be charted on ‘CAPITAL’ lettering (‘DIOR LOUISE’) or ‘Lowercase’ lettering (Quinn Avery). We never duplicate a fairy on the same letter (see ‘O’ above) and the color of the lettering can be changed to a color of your choice. The lettering on these fairy examples has been charted in a delicate wildrose DMC3326, this allow the fairies to stand out against the lettering.

Quinn Avery fairies

Cross-stitch fairy 

Your fairy ‘NAME’ sampler kit contains – Pre-sorted DMC floss on organizer cards, a choice of fabric (14 Count Aida, 18 Count Aida or 28 Count Evenweave), a large full color chart & DMC key, needle & instructions.

For more information about our fairy ‘NAME’ sampler designs see our web page –

Personalized Wedding ‘NAME’ samplers

May 7, 2017

Here we have examples of a couple of personalized wedding ‘NAME’ samplers we created last year.

Patrick & Kelly CORRIGAN from Cleveland, Ohio, USA are avid supporters of the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team, the Cleveland Browns american football team and the Cleveland Indians Baseball team plus Patrick likes to play golf in his spare time and Kelly is a keen runner. They got married on the August 27th last year. I think their cross-stitch sampler says it all!

CORRIGAN wedding

Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Browns & Cleveland Indians personalized cross-stitch wedding sampler kit.

SHAHEEN wedding

Nick & Molly were married on the July 2nd in Chicago, they met at Miami University, support the Michaigan Wolverines & Detroit Lions (American Football Team) and they have a big red bus. Nick is a musician & plays the guitar.

Nick & Molly SHAHEEN were married in Chicago, Illinois, USA. They met whilst at University in Miami. One of them supports the Michaigan Wolverines and the other the Detroit Lions football teams. They drive a big red bus and Nick is a musician who plays the guitar – ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’