Cross-Stitch Minis: Valentine Hearts

It's been a minute . . . actually, it's been more than seven months . . . since I shared some of my mini cross-stitch motifs. In my blogging life, as in the rest of my life, I find that the worst thing I can do is to say "this is how I'm going to do (fill in the blank) from now on." So when I announced last summer that I intended to make my "cross-stitch minis" a regular blog feature, I was doomed to fail. I had the best of intentions, but then I got busy with other projects--which is a good thing--and the blog got put on the back burner.

Good news! Now that I'm filled with the fresh-start spirit that the new year brings, I am sharing a new cross-stitch minis collection--hearts and arrows, just in time for Valentine's Day. I decided not to create a color key for this set because they can really be made with any colors of floss you have on hand. I created the charts with shades of red, pink, and purple, but please use your favorite romantic pale…

Cross-Stitch Minis: Summer Stripes

Floss & Fleece: Summer Stripes cross-stitch chart

Floss & Fleece: Summer Stripes cross-stitch key

Big news! I've decided to make "Cross-Stitch Minis" a recurring feature here on the blog. I shared spring motifs in April, and sea-themed designs in May. (Please check out my previous posts if you missed them.) This month, I've collected four different summer stripe designs--sea and sun-colored horizontal stripes, black-and-white zigzags, a red and white op-art design, and a fun arrangement of tiny stripes in blue, green, aqua, gold, raspberry and grape.

I love making little cross-stitch projects like these. They're so quick and easy to stitch. They also make unique gifts if you mount them on brooch or pendant settings. The square settings shown below are my favorites. You can find them in all shapes and sizes at the Etsy shop Kailea

The key above includes the floss numbers for the colors I used (both DMC and Sullivans). Please use whatever colors you like--I'd love to see your creations. Leave a comment on this post or tag me on Instagram. As always, happy stitching!

Floss & Fleece: cross-stitch striped pin Floss & Fleece: cross-stitch op-art pin

Floss & Fleece: cross-stitch op art pin Floss & Fleece: cross-stitch striped pin