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Free Cross Stitch Patterns
Free Cross Stitch Patterns Make for an Affordable New Crafting Hobby
Cross stitch can often be an expensive hobby, but it doesn't have to be! There are plenty of free cross stitch patterns on the internet and from a large variety of designers.
These free cross stitch charts give you the opportunity to try a new designer's style, learn a new technique, or maybe just put together a quick gift without going on a massive chart hunt.
The butterfly cross stitch pictured here to the left is a free cross stitch pattern that I created myself using PC Stitch on my computer! It's available along with several other free stitching patterns at Stitching the Night Away.
Look at all these different butterflies... all from the same pattern, just interpreted in different ways and using personal color selections. Beautiful! I love my stitching community!
Stitched by 9-year-old Gavin
Stitched by Nancy
Stitched by Maggi
Stitched by Prithivya
Stitched by by Nicola
Free Cross Stitch Patterns are Great for Charity Projects!
The design pictured here was created as part of a charity project several stitchers at Stitching the Night Away did collaboratively for Love Quilts along with a few other free Celtic cross stitch designs from around the web and a few other inspirational words that I charted out.
If you're not familiar with it, Love Quilts is a cross stitch group that creates cross stitched quilts for children with life threatening or lifelong illnesses.
Two Great Charity Stitching Examples - It makes my heart happy that both of these charity items used free patterns that I provided on Stitching the Night Away
Beautiful Quilt for Love Quilts UK Charity Group
Knotted Hearts Quilt for WOCS Charity Group
Where to find free cross stitch patterns
Below you'll find a list of a handful of websites that offer free cross stitch patterns for you to download and stitch. This is just the tip of the iceberg, there are hundreds more out there to find just waiting to be stitched. And if you can't find something you like, you can always create your own and stitch those and share them with the world.
Even though all of these cross stitch patterns are downloadable for free, they are only going to save you money on the actual chart, you still need cross stitch supplies. You may just find yourself splurging on fancy threads and fabrics with the money you saved on the chart!
These cross stitch websites all have free cross stitch patterns that you can save, download, and stitch to your hearts content!
Celtic Hope Block
Lavender Garden Knotwork
Christmas Ornament Free Cross Stitch Patterns
You can change the look and feel of a pattern just by changing the colorway of the threads you use, and using different fabrics for punches of color and texture. Christmas ornaments make great gifts and can be quick to stitch as well.
Here's an example of Teresa Wentzler's Beginner Whitework Ornament free cross stitch pattern.
I've stitched this multiple times and every time it looks different and it always amazes me.
This one I think is my favorite version. Stitched with Silkweaver (www.silkweaver.com) Summer Fun Pack when they ran a contest a few years ago, and was the third time I stitched this ornament pattern.
This will be a gift come Christmas time, I think this one will be for my mother in law who loves pansy flowers, the colors make me think of pansies or even African Violets, very fun and pretty!
I've stitched this same ornament at least 5 times now and it looks different every single time I stitch it up. I've stitched it with beads and without beads, in different colors, solid colors, on plain fabric, and on hand dyed fabric. The possibilities are endless.
This picture is from the very first time I stitched the TW Whitework ornament and I chose to go with blues and subtle hand dyed colors that matched the fabric.
I wanted to go for a whitework look without using white thread on white fabric. Whitework embroidery refers to any embroidery technique in which the stitching is the same color as the foundation fabric and is traditionally stitched on white linen.
You can check out some of the other ornaments I've stitched from free cross stitch patterns in my Flickr album or stop by my stitching blog.
If you're looking to download a few free cross stitch ornament patterns, visit Stitching the Night Away where I frequently publish my free patterns.
Cross Stitch Books on Amazon
Pretty self-explanatory ... great reference book to have on hand.