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Horse Cross Stitch And Needlework Patterns

Updated on November 15, 2014

Welcome To My Artful Horse Stitchery Guide

I'm a great lover of all things equine and so it seems only natural for me to create pages about my favorite subject, horses. Having been in the art & framing industry for over 20 years I have stretched my share of needlework over the years for framing. What is so amazing is how intricate and tapestry like so many of the designs are these days. Many of the patterns and kits available on this page are created off from original equestrian artworks making them a stunning element to any decor and truly a work of heirloom quality needle art that is sure to be treasured for generations to come.

I have assembled on this page some of the most artful horse designs that I could find. Any of these would make a great project for you or a wonderful gift for the horse lover in your life. Why not create something home made for gifting that is truly personal and a piece of needle art crafted with love is just the thing.

Additionally I have included some tips on how to create a beautiful piece of needle art. Some of these tips may be common knowledge for the experienced stitcher but there may be some information that even the experienced enthusiast had not thought of. Also I have included some thoughts on how to frame your finished needle art. There are some framing things that will make your it shine and a few thoughts regarding common mistakes people make when framing their needlework that may actually harm it.

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Percherons In Fog - Photo by Mona Majorowicz
Percherons In Fog - Photo by Mona Majorowicz

Make A Splash With This Stunning Design Featuring Wild Horse Galloping In Water

Exuding both power and beauty, four horses romp through the wilderness river in this exquisitely detailed design. Powerfully dynamic and vividly colored this amazing cross stitch design brings the beauty of horses home to your decor. When framed this horse stitchery is the perfect size for most spaces. A must have for any equine enthusiast.

This Horse Cross Stitch Kit Contains:

  • Cotton thread & Blending filament
  • 16 count dove grey Aida
  • Color-coded thread sorter
  • Needle
  • Easy instructions
  • Finished Size: 18-Inch by 10-Inch

A Spectacular Horse Cross Stitch Image That Truly Captures The Magic Of Horses

What a thrilling image as the ocean wave rolls in creating white horses surging in the sea foam while Neptune rides high. This artistic and stunning equine stitchery design is sure to be a point of interest in your home or it would make an excellent gift for any equine enthusiast. Dramatic imagery couple with an impressive size means it'll be quite the statement piece in any room.

About This Horse Cross Stitch Pattern

  • Premium chart coil bound to lie flat * (floss and fabric not included)
  • 640 x 254; about 35" x 14" (on 18-count fabric)
  • 105 colors (charted for DMC floss); uses solid and blended floss colors
  • Black & white chart printed on heavy bright white paper, coil bound to lie flat
  • Picture shows finished results, not original art

This Horse Stitchery Would Make An Excellent Christmas Gift For Your Horse Loving Friends And Family

The chill in the air, the hush of a new fallen snow, the enchantment of a bygone era-all this and more are evoked by this charming design. A Victorian winter scene complete with horse drawn scene make this elegant image the perfect accent for your home's decor. This design is a nice ready made frame size so either with or without matting you can frame it without the extra expense of custom sizing.

This Horse Cross Stitch Kit Contains:

  • Cotton thread
  • 16 count dove grey Aida
  • Thread palette
  • Needle
  • Instructions
  • Finished Size: 16-Inch by 12-Inch

A Few Tips From A Professional Picture Framer For Creating A Beautiful Piece Of Needle Art

Simple Steps For Creating An Amazing Framed Needlework

I've been a professional picture framer for over 20 years and I have stretched quite literally thousands of needle works over the years. In that Time I've learned a couple of things.

* Wash Your Hands Before Beginning Natural hand oils do stay in the fabric so be sure to wash up even if you think your hands are clean. And never handle the stitchery after applying hand lotion.

* Don't pull the X's too tight. A couple of things happen when you do this. The stitchery pulls at an angle and may not stretch straight. Also if the framer pulls too hard on it to get it straight, some of your stitches may pop.

* Try to keep your X's going in the same direction. This allows for your finished needlework to look smooth and tapestry like. Light will hit the X's differently if they are crossed in different directions.

* Do Not tie off your loose ends using knots. Simply thread them through others to hold in place. Knotting your floss will cause it to be lumpy when framed. The back side of your stitchery should be neat and you should be able to see the image as clearly from the back as from the front.

* I'm not sure if this is as important as it used to be but it's a good idea to soak floss for bleeding before using it. This way when you wash it before framing it, your colors won't run.

* Do Not Fold The Stitchery Rolling it is best to avoid dirt and creases along fold lines. These do not always wash out and there's nothing more frustrating than wasting months of hard work to have a marks that don't come clean.

* Try not leave your needlework in hoops too long. Sometimes the ring marks don't wash out.

* Wash (with a mild soap) and if necessary iron your stitchery before having it framed. Not all frame shops offer this service for you. There is no need to starch them though as sometimes this makes the stretching and mounting more difficult.

A Wonderful Equestrian Themed Design - A pair of horses in a bit and tack border surround.

This lovely design features two fine equines surrounded by a bit border for an elegant look. A quick to create project that will add interest to any equestrian themed room. It finishes out to a 5x7 inch size making it easy to frame with a ready made frame either with or without matting.

This Horse Cross Stitch Kit Contains:
* Cotton & metallic thread
* 14 count beige Aida
* Needle
* Easy instructions.
* Finished size 7" x 5"

Sweethearts Cross Stitch Kit is perfect for the equine enthusiast. - Stallion and Mare design

This beautiful equine stitchery design features two horses standing strong together set against a brilliant sky with the wind whipping their manes. Together they will succeed. This handsome design would make a great gift for wedding or anniversary gifts for your equine loving friends.

This Horse Cross Stitch Kit Includes:
* Charted design with 14 count cotton Aida
* Pre-sorted cotton floss
* Needle
* Size. 9" x 12" (23cm x 30cm)

created from the artwork of Derk Hansen.

A Beautiful And Serene Mare And Foal Design

This tender scene of a mare and foal in sharing a quiet moment in the paddock bathed in the soft glow of light filtering through the wood. This stitchery features warm colors and beautiful shading for a delightful and heart warming image that would make the perfect gift for any equine enthusiast.

This Equine Stitchery Kit Contains:

  • Cotton thread
  • 18 count ivory cotton Aida
  • Thread sorter
  • Needle
  • Easy instructions.
  • Finished Size: 14-Inch by 12-Inch

A Tender Moment Is Shared Between Mother And Foal

The bonds between a mare and foal are very strong. This design is not just for equine enthusiasts alone, it is perfect for celebrating the relationship between mother and child. The heart warming imagery of this design will capture your heart and enhance your home.

This Cross Stitch Kit Contains:

  • Cotton thread & Needle
  • 14 count ivory Aida
  • Thread palette
  • Easy instructions
  • Finished Size: 13-Inch by 11-Inch

Celebrate The Bonds Of Friendship With This Sweet Stitchery Design

A couple of young foals stop to smell the flowers from their earlier playtime. This charming needlework design is sure to please any lover of horses. Create this pattern for your horsey friends or simply enjoy it yourself. The preprinted fabric make this a quick, easy and fun design for you to create.

About This Horse Cross Stitch Design

  • Printed white sailcloth
  • Finished Size: 12-Inch by 11-Inch
  • Easy to follow directions

Needlework from the back that I framed for a client.
Needlework from the back that I framed for a client.

A Few Thoughts In Regards To The Actual Framing Of Stitchery

* Wash and press your finished stitchery before getting it framed When stretched over a bright white mounting board previous non-noticeables suddenly may show up.

* Use glass when framing your stitchery if you plan to hang it anywhere it may get dirty. This is especially important in places like a kitchen, near a fireplace or in a bathroom, if you have dust issues or a smoker in your home. This will save you from the expense of having it torn apart to be washed and then re-framed.

* Use clear glass only on needlework As non glare or anti reflective glass take on a foggy appearance which is even more pronounced when any depth is added like for matting.

* Create an air space between the needlework and the glass. as this prevent mold growth. An airspace can be achieved by simply using matting or using framing spacers.

* Don't use tacky boards For Framing Your Stitchery Most are not acid free and can after a number of years yellow your needlework from the acids in the board or it's adhesive.

A Tender Moment Shared By Mare and Foal - Paints Horse Cross Stitch Kit.

This heart warming needlework design showcases the loving bond between a mare and a foal. This cross stitch design has an artistic twist of the paint mare with colored foal at her side. A charming horse image to be sure.

About This Horse Stitchery Kit
* Floss and needle included
* Exquisite design detail
* Finished Size 11-inch by 13.75-inch

A Beautiful Horse Design Of A Native Pony

This beautifully detailed equine design features a pinto pony complete with war paint and a feather. The horse's expression catches your attention and makes this a truly realistic looking needlework design that is both dynamic and appealing. It finished out to an 8x10 inch ready made frame size making this diminutive darling the perfect accent in any room.

This Cross Stitch Kit Includes:

  • Color chart
  • Presorted floss tied with ribbon
  • Premium 28-count Evenweave fabric
  • 2 color coded floss separators
  • Trilingual instructions
  • Acetate storage sleeve.
  • Measurements: 10x8"
  • Designer: Melinda Blackman.
  • Made in USA

Pegasus Originals Appaloosa Kit - Single Horse Portrait Designs

Any lover of the painted ponies will adore this stunning blanket pattern appaloosa. This design is the perfect gift for any enthusiast of this flashy breed.

About This Stitchery Kit
* Stitch count 99Hx85W.
* 14 count fabric
* Presorted DMC floss
* Needle
* Instructions and charted design included.

A Dramatic Native Warrior That Has Real Visual Impact

This stunning equine design features a Native American mounted on his beautiful black and white paint horse. This design offers mood and excitement with its details of rolling clouds and eagles flying in the background. Perfect for the Western enthusiast this design is sure to please.

About This Stitchery Kit

  • Includes 14 count Aida
  • Floss
  • Needle
  • Comes with chart and easy to follow instructions
  • Finished dimensions are 11 by 14 inches

Classic Art Horse Cross Stitch Designs and Patterns

Enjoy creating the elegance of classic and traditional equestrian artwork with these stunning and solidly stitched cross stitch patterns.

Create This Stunning Artwork In Floss And Fabric

George Stubbs has always been one of my favorite equine painters. He captured the true essence of the horse and painted them with a sensitivity that is unrivaled. This pattern of a beautiful dapple gray horse standing alertly next to a large tree with green hills seen vaguely in the background. His neck is arched and his ears pricked, and he seems poised to dash away at any moment. (1765) This pattern is solidly stitched.

About This Classic Horse Art Stitchery Chart

  • Premium chart (floss and fabric not included)
  • 375 x 317; about 20" x 17" (on 18-count fabric)
  • 92 colors (charted for DMC floss); uses solid and blended floss colors
  • Black & white chart printed on heavy bright white paper, coil bound to lie flat
  • Picture shows finished results, not original art

A Tranquil View Of Arab Life Is Captured In The Sumptuous Horse Cross Stitch Design

The Bedui cherished there fine horses and often brought them inside for the comfort of these special animals. Nestled safely against its mother's side this adorable little Arab foal is quite at home in the cool shade of the tent. A truly heart warming scene filled with intricate details and is solidly stitched to create an heirloom quality piece of needle art that is sure to become a treasured family heirloom.

This classic work of art has been lovingly reproduced into a solidly stitched equine pattern for you to enjoy.

About This Chart

  • Premium chart (floss and fabric not included)
  • 371 x 247; about 20" x 13" (on 18-count fabric)
  • 100 colors (charted for DMC floss); uses solid and blended floss colors
  • Black & white chart printed on heavy bright white paper, coil bound to lie flat
  • Picture shows finished results, not original art

A Dramatic Scene At The Horse Fair

This equine design is one of my personal favorites as I grew up with this amazing scene in my own home. This beautiful design was created from the very famous painting by Rosa Bonheur called "The Horse Fair." Enjoy recreating this fabulous work of art in needlework form. Stunningly detailed and solidly stitched this gorgeous image is the perfect classic art that is just the thing for the equestrian enthusiast in your life.

About This Classic Horse Art Cross Stitch Chart

  • Premium chart (floss and fabric not included)
  • 696 x 348 about 38" x 19" (on 18-count fabric)
  • 93 colors (charted for DMC floss); uses solid and blended floss colors
  • Black & white chart printed on heavy bright white paper, coil bound to lie flat
  • Picture shows finished results, not original art

Create This Famous Equestrian Portrait In Cross Stitch

A pattern of a portrait of the famous horse Whistlejacket, the star racehorse of his day. The plain background and absence of people focuses all the attention on the horse himself, and has led to speculation that the painting is unfinished, but Stubbs specialized in painting horses and all indications are that he intended the portrait to glorify Whistlejacket without other distractions. The portrait shows the horse rearing, his mane and tail flying, capturing his personality as well as his physical beauty. (1762) This pattern is solidly stitched.

About This Chart

  • Premium chart (floss and fabric not included)
  • 263 x 301; about 14" x 16" (on 18-count fabric)
  • 87 colors (charted for DMC floss); uses solid and blended floss colors
  • Black & white chart printed on heavy bright white paper, coil bound to lie flat
  • Picture shows finished results, not original art

A Tranquil Scene Of Heirloom Quality For You To Create In Fabris And Floss

Another famous painting from the renowned equestrian artist George Stubbs. Enjoy creating this classic art stitchery masterpiece for yourself. A peaceful grazing herd enjoys some peaceful rumination beneath the sheltering branches of a large tree. Graceful and elegant bring this heirloom quality solidly stitched needlework image home.

About This Cross Stitch Chart

  • Premium chart (floss and fabric not included)
  • 506 x 262; about 28" x 14" (on 18-count fabric)
  • 123 colors (charted for DMC floss); uses solid and blended floss colors
  • Black & white chart printed on heavy bright white paper, coil bound to lie flat
  • Picture shows finished results, not original art

Friesian Brood Mare - Photo by Mona Majorowicz
Friesian Brood Mare - Photo by Mona Majorowicz

Free Horse Cross Stitch Patterns and Designs

Yep, I Said Free Horse Patterns

Free stitchery patterns are rather rare to come by, especially when you narrow down the search to only horse designs. But after some searching I found a few sites that offered totally FREE horse patterns.

Alita Designs - Free Cross Stitch and Needlework

Alita Designs - Free Patterns

Craft Designs 4 You

Cyberstitchers Library of Free Patterns

Sillybirds Carousel Collectors and Creators

Mona Majorowicz with her horse
Mona Majorowicz with her horse

About The Author This Page

Mona Majorowicz of WIld Faces Gallery

My name is Mona Majorowicz I am a professional artist who has been making my living selling my work for some time now. I am an animal artist, (meaning I paint critters) who works primarily in Oil Pastel or Water Soluble Pencil.

I own and operate Wild Faces Gallery with my husband Mike in a small rural town in Iowa. There we sell my original artwork and prints, as well as do quality custom framing and offer Giclee printing for other artists as well as for ourselves. I have over 20 years experience in the art and framing industry, both as a business owner and as a working artist.

I write a regular column for Apples 'N Oats (an equestrian magazine) about painting horses. If you would like to see real life photos of Catch, or want to follow the painting's progress (with full story) from start to finish please visit my blog, Fur In The Paint

Animals are my passion and art is how I chose to express it.

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      4 years ago

      Lori, I have also started work on this one...with a clpoue of friends...Athough we are using Stitch in time here in Australia for our blocks.It will be the first quilt my daughter will have it will be a pleasure to stich alongside her.We received our firts packing this month and I have completed one circle...not that i should have really...but its always nice to stitch with excitement something new.

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      4 years ago

      LOL - well you tempted me, and I got the tis the sesaon book, not sure if i will join you on the quilt journey....but will definately be stitching from it, I have created litle kits from the book as gifts for my mum and sister for the little wall hanging - although i changed two of the little stticheries for who knows...just about to sit and finally cut out some fabric to join up my first block, I am determined to catch up on the Garden Jouranl!!

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Oh my goodness, these are so pretty. I wish I had time to do a project like this. I haven't ever done a big cross stitch design, I do a lot of plastic canvas though. These are wonderful pictures of horses for frames cross stitch. Best Wishes

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      Laraine Sims 

      6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I just love this sales lens! I wish that I had taken up cross stitching years ago. I have some very nice pieces done by my mother-in-law that I really appreciate! My favorite of the whole bunch? Since I am also nuts about kids is, "Baby Kisses."

      Angel blessed**

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      6 years ago

      Loved this! Had to buy one - sad to see the pillow was out of stock - I would love to find one.

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      7 years ago

      What a terrific lens! So many gorgeous horse designs to choose from and lots of great info.

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      7 years ago

      I love horses too! Lovely cross stitch lens. There's lots of great patterns here - I like the Blue Horse best.

      Thank you for your blessing!

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      Daphsam LM 

      7 years ago

      Great patterns. I am a huge fan of needlepoint! My favorite is the Mare And Foal. Beautiful colors. Great lens.

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      Renaissance Woman 

      7 years ago from Colorado

      Such mystical, magical, ethereal, wondrous, spirit-filled needlework images. My favorite pattern here is the Horses of Neptune, though I love all of the art that you feature. Many thanks for these gorgeous options to be creative and immersed in a deep love of mine (horses, of course).

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      7 years ago

      Great choices! Horses and cross stitch together!!! Blessed!

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      7 years ago

      Magnificent designs and colours are superb. My sister does cross stitch but I have given up all fancy work now. Too bust on computer and other things. Great lens,

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      7 years ago

      I haven't done cross stitch in a long time, but it is so beautiful. Outstanding collection for the horse lover.

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      Judy Filarecki 

      7 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      Wonderful collection. My favorite was the horse friends.

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      7 years ago

      What a beautiful lens. I love some of the more complicated patterns especially the knight picture. I also love the amount of effort you have gone to to get great information.

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      E L Seaton 

      7 years ago from Virginia

      Great looking horses there squiddly. Thanks for sharing. Do ya do mules too? Keep up the good work.

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      7 years ago

      Beautiful lens - and helpful information

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      7 years ago

      These are beautiful! I use to cross stitch, but not in a long time. This selection had me drooling.

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      HorseAndPony LM 

      8 years ago

      Great collection. My favorite is Little Kisses. My daughter would love a few of these.

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      8 years ago

      Beautiful horse patterns, and a beautiful lens. I admire your talents in art, and in crafting great lens.

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      Darcie French 

      8 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Beautiful horse cross stitch patterns- lensrolled to my Horse games fun pages -:)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      You have featured some beautiful designs! I love to cross stitch and I appreciate all of your great tips about framing my work.


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