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Cross Stitch & Counted Thread

The following FREE patterns are available for Cross Stitch and Counted Thread embroidery types, and can be worked on evenweave fabric over two threads, or on Aida.

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Counted Thread Flag SAL


Make a Counted Thread Flag using just 3 colors of floss, a piece of linen and basic counted thread stitches.  This project is the featured as a SAL and is a terrific way to build your skills. It’s also a lot of fun to make, and can be completed quickly.

I’ve finished my project two ways – as a stuffed ornament, and framed as wall art (it fits a 4×6 frame).  It would also look fabulous finished as a small accent pillow or used as the pocket on a denim tote bag.

Red Quaker Sampler

Cross Stitch Quaker SamplerThis classic two-tone sampler is worked in cross stitch and back stitch. The pattern uses just two colors of floss, so it can be easily adapted to your favorite color palette.The finished size of the sampler is 12×16″ when worked on 14-count Aida, or 11×14″ when worked on 16-count Aida.

 Mediterranean Grapes Towel

Cross Stitch and Drawn Thread Border

Stitch a pretty Mediterranean-style towel in a traditional grapevine design in earthy tones.

The bottom band of the towel is enhanced with optional drawn thread bands and a self-fabric fringe. The materials list below is enough to make two towels.

May Flowers Pin Cushion


To celebrate the arrival of Spring, stitch the May Flowers Pin Cushion using basic counted thread techniques, including cross stitch and straight stitch.

I’ve used bright shades of raspberry and turquoise to make my pin cushion, but feel free to change the colors to suit your own tastes, or to match the flowers blooming in your garden.

Autumn Acorn Medallion

Cross stitch Autumn AcornCelebrate Autumn by stitching this pretty acorn and leaf medallion. The completed embroidery design can be finished as an ornament or as a biscornu.

The design is worked in basic cross stitch, with the tendril accents worked in back stitch. It’s quick and easy to stitch and is perfect for the beginning stitcher. The finished size of the design is approximately 4×4 inches when stitched on 14 Count Aida. I made my own trim using the same floss as the project.


  1. ruth michaels, canal fulton, ohio USA
    July 22, 2014 at 11:33 am - Reply

    The Red Quaker sampler is just GORGEOUS!!!! I consider an experienced beginner in cross stitching. However, I will make this one for myself in the next few months – I am beginning to work on my Christmas gifts right now. Question: Do you recommend an unworked border of 6 inches on all four (4) sides of the stitched area? I don’t do this often enough and I’m wondering if the 6 inches is a hard a fast rule for those items I am going to have framed. Again, thanks so much for the free design, I just love, love, love it.

    • Editor Needleknowledge
      July 24, 2014 at 6:38 am - Reply

      I recommend a minimum of 4 inches for smaller projects, and a minimum of 5 to 8 inches for larger ones, but make sure you have zigzag finished the edges. You just never know when you’ll need the extra border area, but IMHO, anything larger ends up getting trimmed – and wasted. There are no steadfast rules, but do keep in mind the finished use of the item. You may need more – or less – fabric around the edges.

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