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Beautiful Birds Cross Stitch Designs with Free Patterns

I believe in creating some pieces of art for your home yourself. It adds meaning to your home. I have a lot of 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 for me, it is worth it.

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 doing 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 the idea I had.  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 at 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

Free Patterns

Unfortunately, I can’t share the Lilac-breasted Roller pattern, as I am sure you can understand. You can follow the link above to the website where it is available for sale. (Not Sponsored)

Beautiful Birds Cross Stitch Designs and Free Patterns - European Bee-Eater |
European Bee-Eater

I will be sharing the European Bee-eater and Brown-hooded Kingfisher patterns with you, you can find them in my printable library. Please subscribe to my email list to gain access to my printables library. The password will be in the welcome email and every newsletter I send out.

If you like these designs, please save and share them on Pinterest.

Cross Stitch, Brown-hooded Kingfisher and other designs, free patterns
Beautiful South African Bird Cross Stitch Designs with Free Patterns
Free patterns for cross stitch designs of beautiful Southern African Birds
Free cross stitch patterns for South African Bushveld Birds

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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