cross-stitch patterns | B & I

Marian Parsonscrafts, cross stitch patterns, Tutorials

Before I get to the cross-stitch patterns, I wanted to share that I actually scheduled some milk paint workshops at the studio!  I get asked about it a lot, so I finally pinned myself down and put some on the calendar.

Friday, July 15, 2016, is a Milk Paint 101 Workshop from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm.  In the past, my 101 workshops have been learning to use the products on sample boards, but I’ve mixed it up, so we’ll work on three small projects for you to take and use in your home or give as gifts.  Slots are available to purchase HERE.

Saturday, July 16, 2016, is a BYOF (bring your own furniture) Workshop from 10:00 am – 3:30 pm.  These are so much fun, because you can bring a piece to paint and we’ll work on it together.  You learn while you finish a piece.  You can purchase a slot for that workshop HERE.


So, I’ve been sharing my new love for cross-stitching on linen and I thought I would share some simple, antique patterns as I find them.  I have several antique monogrammed textiles in my house already, so I’ll start with those and then add more.  (I just ordered a bunch of cross-stitched towels from Europe.)

 Today, I’m sharing a simple B & I from this linen tea towel that I made into a pillow cover…


…and a border from this antique textile I also made into a couple of pillows…


(For those who are brand new at this, you put an X wherever the pattern is colored in and the squares represent the natural grid pattern created in the weave of linen.)

Here is what the B looks like on the linen…


…and the pattern I made for it…


The I on linen…


…and the pattern…


And lastly, this border…


I love the simplicity of it but it has a sort of Scandinavian feel to it.  Since the top and bottom of the border are straight stitches, I decided to mix it up and make it a “checkerboard” pattern.  You could certainly do straight stitches, if you wanted to, though.


I like this border to run along the top edge of a pillow, for linen ribbon, and trimming a napkin or a tea towel.

More letters and patterns to come!

Something funny about cross-stitching…  My boys participated in a football camp this weekend and, Saturday afternoon, it was my turn to hang out there (mostly because our youngest is a type 1 diabetic and he’s not quite old enough to manage it on his own.)  I brought along some magazines and the towel on which I had started cross-stitching a “P”.

I pulled out the towel and started stitching, looking up now and then at the action on the field.  During a water break, a boy, about seven or eight, with a faux-hawk hairdo, slowly walked over to me, surveying my work.

He pointedly asked, “Is that a tea towel?”

I set the needlework on my lap.  Did that boy just ask me if this was a tea towel?!  

“Well, yes.  Actually, it is a tea towel!”

He smiled and nodded.

“So, how do you know what a tea towel is?”

He smiled again and rolled his eyes, “Oh, my mom has them all over the house.”

A little later, an older kid, about nine or ten looked over my shoulder and said, “Oh, that’s beautiful!”

It was such a funny surprise, my interaction with these two boys, because I honestly felt like a big dork doing cross-stitch on the sidelines.

Those little nuggets of encouragement helped me get over myself and just enjoy the pretty day and the busy work.

It just goes to show cross-stitch is cooler than one might think!

cross-stitch patterns | B & I

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