Some of the cutest free designs we have showcased on Cross Stitch Review. I wonder if the CumberCollective would like the Otter?
What is it?
To set the mood for a good weekend, we have Freebie Fridays; each week presenting a different designer. All sites listed here design their own charts. These designs are copyright to the designers, please do not abuse their generosity.
When sharing knowledge of a free design, please link back to the designer’s original page. Do not just copy and share the pattern. The designers offer these free from monetary payment; we “pay” for them by visiting the designer’s site, seeing their other designs, commenting on their blogs and pages and showing them our stitching of their designs. Please do not take and not give back.
From the Designer
Here are charts based on my own drawings and designs. The charts are available by clicking on the pictures. Of course, it would be my pleasure to receive pictures of your finished projects!
Why this designer?
Linda isn’t as prolific as some of the other designers we have showcased, but her animal designs are the cutest I ‘ve ever seen. Her website is very easy to navigate and the charts are easy to follow and customise.
Linda’s blog and chart instructions are written in both French and English. I do urge you read her blog as she blogs about her stitching her life and her designs. For example this is what she writes on why she designed a chinchilla chart
At first I started off with a fox cause it’s cute and all, and the more I got ideas for other animals, the more I went for pets (cats, rabbits…) and I though that one thing you don’t see often, are chinchilla charts.
Alot of people have one, they are nice and perky, just as a much as a bunny if you spend time with them. I wanted to make a chinchilla chart simply because I welcomed this summer a new family member…
All of Linda’s free charts are available only on the free chart page of her blog. As she is finishing her studies this year, she will only design cross stitch in her downtime. I recommend subscribing to her blog so you don’t miss any new releases.
To access the free designs, you click on the picture of the design you want. The associated chart will then open in another window or tab. The charts are PDF files and you save them your normal way; on a PC that is right-click “save as”.
Linda’s charts are coloured squares on a large grid. There are no symbols and no floss list. These designs are adaptable so you choose your own floss from your stash; this allows your imagination to soar. Each animal uses three colours, so you can use gradient colours, or snip a single hand dyed thread. You can use Whisper thread for the lion’s mane, metallic thread for the love hearts, the possibilities are endless.
Linda uses large grids but each design prints out to a single A4 or US Letter sized sheet of paper.
Each design has been stitched in full cross stitch only, with the backstitching providing the details. If you wish, you can include your own partial stitches, or you can leave the design as is, with the slight overfill or underfill of cross stitch as part of the charm of the design.
Places to Buy
Colours Down Under is a bricks and mortar store that stocks many different types of floss for you to stitch these designs.
Colour Cascade Fabrics “I Love Foxes with Blue Moon and I love Squirrels with Blue Orchid”
Tammy offers a 15% discount for readers of this site. Code is: CSReview. Offer ends 27 February 2015.
Casa Cenina in Italy stock a variety of fabrics and floss for your unique creation.
SewandSo has a range of floss and fabrics to make this design uniquely yours.
Crafty Kitten “The lion, I’d possibly put on Goldrush or Forest Canopy.”
“I love otters, Sunlit pool”
“I love cats 2 (the birman/ragdoll type one – can’t not suggest for that can I!)… I might be tempted by summer sky to set the eyes off.”
Polstitches has a range of Dragon Threads and hand dyed fabrics for you to make this design unique.
Sparklies “I chose the blackwork butterfly and picked St Clements thread on Aries fabric for a really bold combo :)”
Thread Pickerz Silkz Eileen of Thread Pickerz also kindly offers a 10% discount on her floss to Cross Stitch Review readers. Use code: xstitchreview . This works in conjunction with other offers (such as free postage for spending over £30uk / £70 international) but cannot be used with other discount codes. Code expires 8 January 2016.
“blackwork butterfly in amazon parrot. With such a highly coloured thread best with a simple fabric like colour cascades silver springs or icicle from crafty kitten”
“I love foxes – jet black, orange crush, polar and christmas red. ”
“I love Squirrels – jet black, orange crush, polar and christmas red, with werewolf for his nose”
“I love cats – jet black, orange crush, polar and christmas red plus buttercup”
“I love lions – Aztec gold for his mane, werewolf for tip of tail and nose, christmas red heart, jet black outline and fools gold for body. Again if I was doing it I would pick fabrics previously mentioned to use up material I had.”
Chromatic Alchemy “I have chosen the seasonal hearts as the freebies, the animals are cute but these stand out for me I have picked a fabric that I think is quite seasonal too so for spring I have chosen Nuriels forest, Summer – Ashardalon breathes, Autumn – Tigers Eye and Winter – Candy Cane”
123Stitch has the thread in stock and offers a variety of fabrics.
Stitches n Things offers a variety of floss and fabrics to suit your tastes.
Fiberlicious “I think hand dyed flosses would work great with “Blackwork Butterfly”. Stitchers can have options of stitching the butterfly using variegated flosses or stitching with black and filling in colors. My floss suggestion goes to American Snow Cone, Sea Dragon and Mystical Garden. A dreamy, fairytalish looking butterfly!”
Fiberlicious has a 15% off sale until Jan 11. Nguyen offers an additional discount of 5% for readers of Cross Stitch Review (20% in total). Just let Nguyen know you read this site when you place your order.
Under the Sea Fabrics “All of the little animal freebies are adorable. I’d stitch them all on Apollo, a warm yellow. Or lined up together on Sandy Shores”
Do you like these cute animals or does your taste run differently? What sort of free designs would you like me to showcase? Comment below and I will try to find something suitable.
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Last Updated: 9 January 2015