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Free Cross Stitch Patterns

Updated on October 23, 2016

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

Dream Celtic Quilt Blog - Free Cross Stitch Pattern from Stitching the Night Away
Dream Celtic Quilt Blog - Free Cross Stitch Pattern from Stitching the Night Away

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

Bat Moon

Italic Loves

Independence Eagle

Retro Love

Lavender Garden Knotwork

Goddess Bookmark

Snowflake #1

Knotted Hearts

Garnet 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 ( 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

New Cross Stitcher's Bible (Cross Stitch (David & Charles))
New Cross Stitcher's Bible (Cross Stitch (David & Charles))

Pretty self-explanatory ... great reference book to have on hand.


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      Darcia Douglass 10 months ago from Kennewick, WA

      Isn't it amazing how different people's interpretations of a pattern can change the look entirely? Love the butterfly/dragonfly quilt. I've stitched for LoveQuilts as well!

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      Loretta 3 years ago from United States

      beads and stitching are best friends, though I think the sort of beadwork you're referring the pattern lines would be different than with a cross stitch pattern :)

      here's a cool beaded finish to check out:

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      Kathy McGraw 3 years ago from California

      I am curious. Can you use these patterns for beading? You have a couple I would love to see done in beadwork. Pretty cool stuff here.

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      Loretta 4 years ago from United States

      @Ibidii: Thank you :) If you stitch up one of the Stitching the Night Away patterns I would love to see a picture when you've finished!

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      Ibidii 4 years ago

      Thank you for the free bat/moon pattern! Awesome lens! :D

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      Birthday Wishes 5 years ago from Here

      Wonderful lens about cross stitch patterns!!! Thanks for sharing!

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      jayavi 5 years ago

      its beautiful. Thanks for haring. Very useful lens.

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      May Matthew 5 years ago

      I know a few people who like cross-stitching a lot. Thank you for this nice lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I wish I can cross-stitch... or wish that I have the patience to do so.

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      dingbat1932 5 years ago

      Some nice patterns her, thank you for sharing.

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      Lovely to offer free cross stitch patterns, many thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very nice lens - helpful instruction

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      Mark Falco 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Very useful for those who love cross stitching. My wife has been talking about getting into it again but it has been years since she last touched a project.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love cross stitching, thank you soooo much for this lens. I think that the art of cross stitching is kind of unpopular at the moment (at least where I come from) so it is really difficult to find good patterns. Again, thank you.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you!

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      Loretta 5 years ago from United States

      @anonymous: This might help: ;-) Happy stitching!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Love this because I cross stitch small canvases to put on mason jar tops (my next lens maybe) Carpal tunnel, how does a stitcher cope with that?

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      Genesis Davies 5 years ago from Guatemala

      I haven't done any cross-stitch in years, but would like to get back into it. These patterns are perfect!

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      dennonlow lm 5 years ago

      My wife would love this.. Thanks.

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      happynutritionist 5 years ago

      This is something I used to do quite a bit of, I still have a couple of kits that are quite a few years I crochet...but it is nice to have access to free patterns, the internet wasn't around back when I did this:-) *blessed*

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      olmpal 5 years ago

      I used to cross stitch a lot when I was younger. Thanks for sharing the free cross stitch patterns websites! Great tips also for avoiding making the top 3 mistakes!

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      Billie Keeslar 5 years ago from Mississippi

      It looks nice to me and I like that you've included some free patterns

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      Phoenix2361 5 years ago

      Good lens. Thanks for posting the free cross stitch pattern sites.

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      Ann Hinds 5 years ago from So Cal

      After twenty years, I have picked up cross-stitching again. This is truly helpful and now I am overwhelmed with new ideas.

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      My mother would love this lens.. I will show her when she gets back from work! Thanks for sharing.

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      peajock24 5 years ago

      i love cross stitching and i use my picture to create a pattern.. new project i have is a face taken from my personal camera... nice hobby...

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      AJ 6 years ago from Australia

      Happy St Patrick's Day!

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      Ribolov LM 6 years ago

      Nice lens, good infos. Thnx.

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      razeitup 6 years ago

      Great lens. My wife used to do cross stitching, it's pretty neat

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very fascinating...It's a great site.I really thankful to this site.

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      Pat Broker 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I have never cross stitched, but the free patterns are so fun, especially the dragon, that I might have to learn.

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      Socialcard 6 years ago

      Wow..awesome stitching patterns!

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      Tiggered 6 years ago

      I design my own patterns, but seeing anything about cross stitching makes me happy :)

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      Beautiful patterns! :)

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      Jennifer_Glennon 6 years ago

      I used to do cross stitching. These are great.

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      DecoratingMom411 6 years ago

      I suppose it took some time until these patterns were created. Nice lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Enjoyed stopping by and seeing this.

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      AlexTedford 6 years ago

      Very fascinating...thanks for sharing!

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I haven't done any cross stitching in a while, but I do enjoy it. It's an inexpensive craft and relatively quick to learn.

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      Joanie Ruppel 6 years ago from Keller, Texas

      Cross stitching was a huge part of my life for about 20 years. I recently gave all my supplies to my 26 year old daughter who has taken it on as her hobby now. Enjoyed the lens!

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      Totus Mundus 6 years ago

      I was really into stitching in my youth, this brings back memories. Nice lens, thank you.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      love this.

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Love that needlework! Blessed!

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      rainbowbutterfl1 6 years ago

      Cross stitch is one of my hobbies. Thanks for sharing especially , the common mistakes :). Learn from it .

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      anne mohanraj 6 years ago

      Useful tips and information! Thank you for sharing.

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      kellypr83 6 years ago

      Love doing cross stitches! Started out when I was a kid and saw my mom doing them :) Great Lens!

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      kellypr83 6 years ago

      Love doing cross stitches! Started out when I was a kid and saw my mom doing them :) Great Lens!

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      Loretta 6 years ago from United States

      @curious0927: Thank you :) Glad it was helpful!

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      Loretta 6 years ago from United States

      @lynnegirl1: Thank you :) I'll keep an eye out for airplane patterns!

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      curious0927 6 years ago

      As a Cross Stitch lover, of course I enjoyed this lens tremendously. I recently started notes on doing a lens on it, but it's still in it's infancy. The "3 most common mistakes" really help me and I've been stitching for over 20 years! Most are framed and gifted or hanging on my walls. I'm now inspired to do more! Blessed!

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      Loretta 6 years ago from United States

      @nightbear lm: thank you :)

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      lynnegirl1 6 years ago

      Beautiful work and great resources for cross stitch. I'm always looking for cross stitch patterns of airplanes.

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      nightbear lm 6 years ago

      Oh I do love cross stitching. Wonderful! Blessed.

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      fugeecat lm 6 years ago

      Thanks for the free patterns and the three mistakes is really helpful.

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      mockingbird999 6 years ago

      It's been a really long time since I've done any cross stitch. It was fun. Maybe I should take it up again.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Beautiful patterns!

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      sushilkin lm 6 years ago

      Cool stuff. Thanks for sharing.

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      Loretta 6 years ago from United States

      @Faye Rutledge: Thank you :) That's one of my designs available at

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      Faye Rutledge 6 years ago from Concord VA

      I love this butterfly cross stitch pattern!

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      Loretta 6 years ago from United States

      @hlkljgk: Thanks! I was so excited when I saw that today :)

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      hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

      cross stitch is so fun and for anyone. Congratulations on being featured on the 50 Crafts I Want To Try MonsterBoard!

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      pawpaw911 6 years ago

      We have a guardian angel done in cross stitch. Nice lens.

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      Noelle and Dan 6 years ago

      Nice len. My love of hand embroidery is show cased in my lens where I show and discuss my hand worked needle crafts in crewel, counted cross stitch and Hardanger.

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      Sanam 6 years ago

      It remind me of school days and my home economics teacher who teach us cross stitching in 8th standard. You have made a useful lens on the topic with lots of beautiful cross stitching patterns. Love it.

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      Craftybegonia 6 years ago

      Very lovely and useful lens, thanks for sharing!

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      seoacrossworld 6 years ago

      like it

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      phoenix arizona f 6 years ago

      Cool lens.

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      chillstick_61946 6 years ago

      Its good to read this lense.Thanks for sharing it.


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      gottaloveit2 7 years ago

      I used to love to cross stitch and you may have just inspired me. Great resources here for free cross stitch patterns. Thanks!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Free cross stitch patterns will get many started at this lovely art expression. I have done cross stitch in the past and really enjoyed it.

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      Morticella LM 7 years ago

      I liked this lens, This is an Art. Brava

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      diyconservatoriesdream 7 years ago

      i really like cross stitching among other things you got some nice patterns here so thanks!


      get the perfect DIY conservatory to improve the look and feel of your home!

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      sorana lm 7 years ago

      Cross-stitching is fun and such a relaxing activity. Nice patterns.

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      happynutritionist 7 years ago

      I used to love cross-stitching...still have a couple of kits that are undone since taking up crocheting again...I have to find a way to do both:-) Great patterns.

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      bames24 lm 7 years ago

      I love cross stitching... I used to make one big project every year and give it to close friends and family... I love your lens... :)

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      Loretta 7 years ago from United States

      @anonymous: Thanks for stopping by Kimberly! :-)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      It's wonderful to find free patterns to use in various projects. Thanks for this collection, can't wait to see more!

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      Loretta 7 years ago from United States

      @LadyJasmine LM: Thank you so much! It's one of my favorites too.

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      Loretta 7 years ago from United States

      @LadyJasmine LM: Thank you so much! It's one of my favorites too.

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      Loretta 7 years ago from United States

      @HiddenTreasureH: I'm so glad to hear that you want to stitch again :) Awesome!

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      Loretta 7 years ago from United States

      @MargoPArrowsmith: That's one of my designs, thank you so much :)

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      Loretta 7 years ago from United States

      @CrazyforCollecting: That's what I love to hear!!! :)

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      CrazyforCollecting 7 years ago

      Great lens. I may take up the needle again. Thanks for inspiring me.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago

      I love that Goddess pattern!

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      What a great lens. Nicely presented resources and thanks for sharing. Top marks

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      HiddenTreasureH 7 years ago

      Wow, great job on the lens! I love to cross stitch but I haven't done any for the past year and a half at least. Reading this lens makes me want to start something right now! Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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      DesignedbyLisa LM 7 years ago

      Cool! I haven't thought of cross stitching for years.

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      LadyJasmine LM 7 years ago

      I love the cross stitch Goddess picture, that's awesome! :-)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My mother and my mother in law cross stitch. I have met women in rural Mexico that earn what little they have to eat with cross stitching.

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      imolaK 7 years ago

      I like embroideries and cross stitch, and I have napkins, table wears, but it was a long time ago when I had time to begin such a project.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I used to cross stitch a lot, I learned how at school in England where I grew up, and worked on and off on pieces until my 30's. Not sure why I stopped, I am always finding something new to try maybe :)

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      HorseHelper 7 years ago

      My mom taught me to cross stitch when I was little. I haven't done it in awhile because I took up knitting and crochet, but I'll have to give it a try again soon.

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      Loretta 7 years ago from United States

      @Rita-K: my oldest two boys do know how to cross stitch and they've done small projects, my youngest two haven't quite learned yet but they will eventually ;) I'd like them all to learn basic sewing skills also, like mending and button attaching.

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      Rita-K 7 years ago

      I love cross stitch, I still cherish all of my great grandmother's kitchen towels that she spent hours cross stitching. Do your boys cross stitch?

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      Loretta 7 years ago from United States

      @Julia Wildman: Thank you :)

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      Loretta 7 years ago from United States

      @damagedinc: Thanks :)

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      scar4 7 years ago

      Thank you for the informative lens. It's really nice to know the resources for free cross-stitch patterns.

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      Julia Wildman 7 years ago

      great lens, with good tips for cross stitchers!

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      damagedinc 7 years ago

      Great lens....5 Stars!


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