Cross Stitch Addict

Hi, I'm Alison, chief designer and owner of Country Cross Stitch Kits ( and I am a 100% confirmed cross stitch addict! I know I am not the only one out there, so hopefully if you are an addict too you will enjoy my blog.

Location: Norfolk, United Kingdom

I am lucky enough to have been a designer / artist for most of my adult life. I have always had a passion for fabric crafts and for quite a few years produced paintings, mainly of flowers, on pieces of silk using dyes. My main passion has always been cross stitching however and a couple of years ago I took the plunge and set up Country Cross Stitch Kits. The rest, as they say, is history and here I am still adding new designs and trying to build my business. The best part of all of this is meeting so many lovely people who share a love of cross stitch. I hope you enjoy my blog, feel free to add any comments and have fun!

Thursday, November 30, 2006

FREE Cross Stitch Chart - Twinkle the Fairy

Hello All

Here is our latest 'exclusive to blog' free pattern - Twinkle the Fairy!

The pattern is 2.1" x 2.7" (when stitched on 14 / 28 count fabric) and uses 5 colours. As with all our patterns it contains:

  • Cross stitch chart

  • Separate back stitch chart

  • List of threads required with both DMC and Anchor numbers

  • List of thread lengths and finished sizes when stitched on 11/22, 14/28, 16/32 and 18/36 count fabrics

  • Colour picture of finished design

  • Full cross stitching instructions

Click on the link below the picture to download this FREE cross stitch pattern

Don't forget to check out the free cross stitch patterns page on our website for more free patterns.

Best regards and happy stitching!



Saturday, November 25, 2006

Cross Stitch Tools - Stitch Count rulers

Hello all,

We are always looking to produce free items to help all of you cross stitchers out there when we can. The first item we have released is a 'Stitch Count Ruler'. This item, as shown below, is available to download from our website Country Cross Stitch Kits - (see the 'Stitch Count Rulers' link on the left hand side of the page).

Stitch Count Ruler

These rulers will be available for 11, 14, 16 and 18 count aida fabrics (which equate to 22, 28, 32 and 36 count evenweave) on a one sheet .pdf document that you can download, print out and then either stick to a piece of card or laminate for strength.

The divisions on the rulers are not inches or mm but stitches, if you lay the ruler along a row of stitches it will tell you how many stitches there are.

Whilst there are 'check marks' on the downloadable document that you can check against a standard ruler to ensure your computer / printer has not rescaled the document, we would not recommend using the rulers as the sole method of counting stitches. They are intended as a confirmation tool so when you have counted the row twice and are thinking "maybe I should count it one more time...." you can use the ruler to verify your count.

Happy stitching!


Saturday, November 11, 2006

FREE Cross Stitch Chart! - 'Poppy'

Hello all

As a thank you for reading my blog, I would like to offer you our new cross stitch pattern 'Poppy', shown below, absolutely free of charge! You can download this pattern by clicking on the link below the picture.

Download our FREE poppy cross stitch pattern

If when you click on the link above nothing happens (you may hear a 'bing' noise) it may be that you have a pop-up blocker operating which is preventing you from accessing the free pattern. To allow the free pattern to download press and hold down the control key (the 'Ctrl' key on the bottom left of your keyboard) while you click the link again. This will allow you to download the free pattern without turning off your pop-up blocker.

For access to more free patterns check out our free cross stitch patterns page on our website.


Friday, November 10, 2006

Welcome to my blog

Hello all,

I have decide to take the leap into the brave new world of 'blogging' because my very favourite part of running Country Cross Stitch Kits is the contact it gives me with so many lovely people.

It is always a pleasure to receive emails from our customers, newsleter subscribers and everyone else and the comments we receive are such a joy to read I thought that the next logical step was a blog - so here it is!

I hope to use this to let everyone know what's new, what work we have in progress and what we are thinking about doing in the future with regard to new patterns, kits and informational pages on out site. If anyone has any any requests, ideas or comments on any of this I would love to hear them - please do not hesitate to add any comments you wish to this blog.

Mackintosh Style 'Blue Roses' Wedding Sampler
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