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Beautiful Birds Cross Stitch Designs

I believe in creating some pieces of art for your home yourself. It adds meaning to your home. I have many cross-stitch pieces in our house; it is something I am good at and enjoy making. You can have a look at the designs I did for our youngest son’s room here. Cross stitch is not always budget-friendly (materials, cost of framing, time spent on design, etc.), but it is worth it for me.

Cross-stitch embroidery feels like it should live in a different era, but I love the look in my home, and I love the new modern take on this old craft.  I started embroidery when my Mother was making my Matric farewell dress in my final year at school.  She was creative, and I also wanted to be creative.  I started on a design by Catherine Mollink, she has lovely South African designs (animals, birds, insects, flowers, etc.), and the first one was a Cape Robin.  Birdwatching is one of my hobbies, so the bird design was the perfect way to go. 

Beautiful Birds Cross Stitch Designs and Free Patterns - All 3 designs |

Birds Cross Stitch Designs for our Master Bedroom

I embroidered this Lilac-breasted Roller but never had it framed and didn’t know what to do with the design until we got married, and I started thinking about art to hang above our bed. I wanted two others to go with the Roller but could not find patterns that suited my idea.  So I made my own.  I added a European Bee-eater and a Brown-hooded Kingfisher. These are birds that my husband and I really like and see quite often. The colours also suited our bedroom. 

Beautiful Birds Cross Stitch Designs and Free Patterns - Lilac Breasted Roller |
Lilac-breasted Roller

I scanned images from one of our multiple bird books and created the designs from there.  I’m so happy with how they both turned out, and they look perfect with the Lilac-breasted Roller! We had the three pictures framed by professional framers. That is the way to go if you want to preserve the embroidery image for longer and to have the stretching done professionally. I stretched and framed the ones for my son’s room myself. But it is a difficult job, and I had specific frames I wanted to use for that project.

Beautiful Birds Cross Stitch Designs and Free Patterns - Brown Hooded Kingfisher |
Brown-hooded Kingfisher
Beautiful Birds Cross Stitch Designs and Free Patterns - European Bee-Eater |
European Bee-Eater

How to get these patterns and much more

The Lilac-breasted Roller pattern is available for purchase if you follow the link above.

The European Bee-eater and Brown-hooded Kingfisher patterns will be up for sale on my Etsy shop really soon! I’m excited to be opening up an Etsy shop. With my passion for cross-stitch embroidery and pattern design, this was the perfect next step for me. I’ll be launching my shop in August with ten South African bird designs, so be sure to check back for the link.

What do you think, do you like it? Do you like cross-stitch embroidery, and is it a craft that you do? I would love to hear from you in the comments below.

Goodbye for now!

Junette |

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  • Catherine

    Love these! Beautiful birds and beautiful cross-stitch 🙂

    March 26, 2019 at 9:11 pm Reply
    • windmillprotea

      Thank you Catherine!

      March 27, 2019 at 2:08 pm Reply

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