Saturday, 6 June 2015

The Garden Fairy

With a little down time this month I have been able to work on a new pattern for my Etsy shop! We bought a bunch of flowers a few weeks ago and it inspired this idea for a garden fairy who prances around the garden planting flowers and seeds.

Garden Fairy ©Shannon Wasilieff 2015
She is full of beads and has hints of Kreinik #4 braid in her. She will definitely glisten and dance in the light. I am going to stitch her on Aerial by Picture This Plus.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Fantasy SAL 2015

I just want to let you all know there is a new free cross stitch SAL going on in my Facebook group at the moment (Here) The theme is fairytale and fantasy and with this theme it involves a lot of beads and sparkle.

The first block is a princess. I designed her with Cinderella in mind so she is wearing a classic blue princess dress and her hair in an up-do, which are both often associated with her.

©Shannon Wasilieff 2015 Fantasy SAL
Also did I mention that there are a lot of beads in this SAL?...I went a little crazy, oh well!

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Spring Has Sprung

It is really nice waking up to the fresh air of the early morning. The pink blossoms are starting to show on the trees and the grass is turning into a lush green. It is still cool out so it is enjoyable and comfortable to go outside. Spring has definitely sprung in my area, which inspired me to stitch up a motif from my Rose Alphabet last night.
(c) Shannon Wasilieff 2015, Motif from Rose Alphabet

The Snow Queen

Even though it is spring time, my mind is stuck in the winter months when it comes to designing cross stitch patterns. My latest cross stitch design is this Snow Queen who prances around in the sky while creating the falling snow.
(c) Shannon Wasilieff 2015, Snow Queen
She is covered in Kreinik and Mill Hill beads and is stitched using DMC threads. I am currently waiting on some hand dyed fabric so I can stitch the model of her to show off all of the beads and sparkle.

She is currently available on my Etsy site.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Kanavice 38

I am excited to announce that I am published in another cross stitch magazine. The magazine is a Turkish publication by Tuva Publishing called Kanavice. I am in the current issue 38 with this cute little English cottage.
English Cottage (c) Shannon Wasilieff 2015

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Garden Shed Cross Stitch Patterns

In a few days the latest edition of The World of Cross Stitching issue 228 will be hitting the shelves and my latest cross stitch designs will be in them. This month I have designed 3 garden sheds, 1 for every stage of gardening. The planting, the growing and the enjoying stages!

(C) The World of Cross Stitching issue 228 2015 (c) Shannon Wasilieff 2015
Each garden shed contains a colourful pallet of DMC threads. There is also a few little critters hidden within the designs. The kitties were inspired by 2 cats I look after, chirping at the birds in the windows with their tails quivering being driven crazy that they can't go and catch those humming birds.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Anne Boleyn Cross Stitch Pattern

My latest project is studying faces in cross stitch patterns. I want to design some gorgeous lady cross stitch designs but I know that the face has a lot to do with the overall finish of the design. I know for me, if the face doesn't look correct or pretty in a pattern it kind of turns me off of stitching it, or I try to change it to fit with the pattern so I am happy with it.

My first cross stitch pattern that I have designed is Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII second wife. I tried giving her a slim, long face and I came up with this cross stitch portrait :
I even included her iconic B necklace and pearls. She is of course adorned in beads and metallic threads to show her status.
Anne Boleyn Portrait (c) Shannon Wasilieff 2015
The pattern can be found on my Etsy site here: LastingAllure