It’s World Cross Stitch Day today and that’s a good excuse to share some more kawaii patterns, kits and free charts. I’ve come to really enjoy cross stitch over the last couple of years and really recommend it for everyone as it’s easy to pick up and doesn’t need a lot of expensive tools or supplies.
For a simple starter project, Marvling Bros Ltd have lots of mini kits all packaged in a kawaii matchbox. There’s a mix of food, rainbow and holiday themes and they’d make great gifts too.
Stitchonomy (EU) have kits and digital patterns for all skill levels, including some adorable animal designs. For something different, these mini kits fit inside a tiny hoop that would be a cute addition to a gallery wall or shelf.
Ellbie Co. (UK) are the folks behind the crafty Make Happy Club box I reviewed recently and you can now buy that Mother Nature design as a digital cross stitch pattern. There’s lots more positive patterns too, and some are also available as kits.
It’s also Friday the 13th today so all signs point towards starting a Halloween project. The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery (UK) have released a new A Candy A Day PDF pattern that even slow stitchers should finish in time for spooky season. There’s loads more Halloween designs to choose from too.
The Maggie Magoo cross stitch kits at Cloud Craft (UK) are on my personal wish list and I’d love to try the Bugs & Moths. If that’s a bit too creepy for you, there’s butterflies and flowers too.
PixlStitch (NZ) have a very fun pixel art style including pop culture maps and customisable people. This kawaii food cross stitch pattern is pretty irresistible.
There are loads of free cross stitch patterns on the web too. The Wild Olive blog has a huge archive to browse through and Mollie is also working away on her Kawaii Crossing series. There’s a whole street of shops from last year and a new house design appearing every month.
Thread company DMC have a nice selection of free patterns to download and this colourful alphabet is especially useful. You could stitch initials on aida with a border or try the waste canvas technique to stitch words or names on things like tote bags or tea towels.
And something fun to finish on. Snarky Crafter Designs (US) sell a range of stitchable wooden blanks that are easier to stitch on than aida fabric. The gaming ones are my favourites but there’s also keyrings and US states.
Marceline is the co-founder and editor of Super Cute Kawaii and author of The Super Cute Book of Kawaii. She also designs cute character goods as Asking For Trouble. Having visited Japan five times, Marceline is enormously inspired by all things Japanese and especially loves bunnies, space and any kind of food object with a happy face.