Author Archives: Elise

I bought a house

When this year started I did have a lot of plans for my Etsy shop, but also more tutorials and freebies on this website. Little did I know that after I had posted my New Years-post that I would end up buying a house just a couple of weeks later.

As we had to wait for to get the keys until May I’ve been struggling maintaining any kind of focus, despite my plans, ideas and whatnot. I spent a lot of time staring at a blank screen before surrendering and watching youtube videos instead.

Now we are finally in May, we’ve got the keys and we gotten a good look at what we’ve bought. It’s in worse state than we initially thought, and as the living room is the largest room we’ve decided to renovate that particular before we move in.

We’ve been at it for almost a week now and it’s coming together nicely. But alas, it also means I can not do anything with this site or my etsy shop as I’m also working fulltime while we renovate. And I’m rather exhausted (and in a lot of pain pretty much everywhere).

I apologize and promise to make a strong return as quickly as possible.

A new year and some thoughts

In 2017 I set up my Etsy shop to sell cross stitch patterns that I had made. I had no real plan, no big ambition and made very little effort to any kind of marketing of any kind. I let it run its own course while I was stitching my various own projects and tutorials.

During the spring of 2018 I decided I was no longer going to let it sail its own course, I was going to make an effort to make more patterns that people hopefully would like and I would stop wasting lots of money on marketing through Etsy.

My goal was not to make money. I don’t look at this as a part time, and certainly not a full time, job and I have moments when the stitching and drawing bug disappears for months.

My goal was to break even.

I wanted all the money I poured into Etsy for Promoted listing to be paid for by the sales I made. And since the changes made in June to my listings, keyword strategies and changes to promoted listings I have fortunately been rather successful. May was the last time I had to pay Etsy for anything, everything has been covered by my sales. Sometimes I even get 5+ dollars transfered to me at the end of the month because people liked my patterns enough to pay for them.

As always I try my best to keep my prices on the low side. This is not to undercut other designers or devalue my own work.  I’m more interested to be affordable in a sense and hopefully inspire people to draw their own patterns the way they want them.

My plans for 2019 are the same as 2018. To continue making patterns and break even.

I hope you all had a merry christmas and a happy new year.

Chinese Traditional Folk Floral Mandala

Chinese Traditional Folk Floral Mandala is a cross stitch pdf pattern recreated from a museum piece which is believed to have been first created between 1850-1900 in Western China. Originally embroidered with blue thread on unbleached linen.

I’ve been coming down with a nasty fever, but as I slowly wait for it to past I have not exactly been lazy. I came across an embroidered panel at the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) and decided to see if I could make something out of it.

The different roundels on it are absolutely amazing and I hope I did it justice.

If you like this pattern you can find it in my shop.

Chinese Traditional Folk Embroidery Carp Motif

So I know I originally said “Scandinavian embroidery”, but there is so many beautiful things out there it seems like a shame to restrict one self.

This beautiful carp roundel was made somewhere between 1880-1920 as part of a wedding valance in the Yunnan province of China. It had four other roundel motifs on it which I might reconstruct as well.

Evidently, the carp lays quite a lot of eggs and are therefore a symbolism for fertility.

All the same, I’m quite happy with how it ended up and you can find it in my shop here

The Blue Fluted Mega Heart

My friend is getting married in two weeks and as a wedding gift I adjusted this beautiful picture for cross stitch.

The reason why I settled on this pattern is a bit silly, albeit with the best intentions.

In the mid-1700s Germany  a porcelain painter made what will be later called the “blue fluted”. It never really hit off much in Germany, but in Denmark it’s one of the most loved porcelainsets you can get. Royal Copenhagen has the copyright of their pattern, Bing & Grøndahl made their own version as well.  The pattern itself later traveled to Norway in the mid-1800s and are called “Bogstad Straw”. With various subtle alterations of course.

My friend is originally from Germany, who came to Norway a couple of years ago and since then gotten her citizenship. So I wanted to make something that fits the “something borrowed, something blue” and her story. As such the pattern itself fits rather well.

I don’t know who drew the original heart which I found on pinterest and that’s a shame. At some point I hope I come across them so I can tell them how amazingly cool it looks.

If you want to stitch this heart as well you can download the pattern for free here:

Please do not resell or redistribute. For private use only.

Back from vacation!

I’ve spent two wonderful (and exhausting) weeks in North-Jutland of Denmark.

My original plan was to draw up some new patterns and work with those during the evenings when we weren’t out exploring somewhere.  It did not quite work out that way and instead of doing all that, I ended up stitching the same pattern over and over but with different usage of the same colours.

My plate of biscornu pincushions can now welcome 5 new additions in various colourful combinations.

During the vacation though I came across various antique book shops and second hand shops where I was able to get my hands on various new books, patterns, kits and fabric I’m sure to put into good use some time in the future.

Norwegian Bunad Biscornu Pincushion

The Fourth Norwegian Bunad Biscornu Pincushion

I love the traditional Norwegian patterns for the “bringeduk” because they come in some many different shapes and patterns and on top of that, everything changes depending on the colours you use.

This one is very yellow and I stayed as true to the original colours as I could. Its a very good size and is slightly bigger than my hand. It was a lot of fun to make, although I did stitch like crazy to finish before I leave on vacation in three days.

As always, if you want to buy this pattern so you can make it yourself, please click here to get to my Etsy shop.

The THIRD Norwegian Bunad Biscornu Pincushion

It’s been made clear to me that the frameholder I bought long ago is not working well for me. It might be that my chair is all wrong or that the frameholder is just positioned wrongly regardless of my adjustments. Either way, making 4 different biscornu pincushions in one month certainly left its mark. Or should I say, left a constant pain in my back and neck.

So this will be the last biscornu pincushion for a while as I after all have a vacation coming up aswell. I plan on spending my vacation in Denmark going through antique bookshops and secondhand shops sweeping the kingdom clear of old embroidery work and charts.

So if you really like this pattern (or any of the other ones I’ve posted) you can find the pattern in my shop here

Swedish Rhombus Folk Embroidery pdf pattern with birds in cross stitch

Swedish Rhombus Folk Embroidery pdf pattern with birds in cross stitch

Instead of working on my next biscornu pincushion, which is halfway complete, I decided to take a nosedive into Swedish Museums. A bit for inspiration, but mostly to procrastinate.

Several hours later I suddenly found myself finishing up a newly drawn pattern from all the traditional headscarves I came across. They came in so many different varieties and all in some form of blackwork. And I love that because it’s also very similar to the traditional head scarves that some Norwegian folk costumes use as well.

I quite like the rhombus shape and for fun I also mixed some colours up to see what it could look like in a two-tone. I wasn’t disappointed. I think it actually looks best as two-tone. But that’s just how I feel about it.

Swedish Rhombus Folk Embroidery pdf pattern with birds in cross stitch

If you would like to buy this pattern please click here

The second Norwegian Bunad Biscornu Pincushion

The second Norwegian Bunad Biscornu Pincushion

My second pincushion in biscornu form is in beautiful shades of purple. Fun fact: My favourite colour is actually purple.

When I came across the original pattern which had been used as a breastcloth (bringeduk), or breastplate if you like, it’s alignement was slightly off and things just didnt not seem to add up in the repetitive pattern it’s supposed to have. That was the first thing I fixed.

I kept all the original colours as I thought they were quite beautiful already and needed “no fixing”. I dare even suggest that they are bold enough to almost make it appear like a modern piece of embroidery rather than a 50 year old one.

It’s size is just between the previous large and small at just 45×45 squares. It was a bit fiddly at times, but I got there in the end.

If you like this pattern and would like to buy it, please visit my shop here.

The basic biscornu shape is easily obtained, you can read the tutorial on how to get it here.