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About Me: I am the creative person behind Ribbonwood Cottage. A mother, wife and grandmother. My goal in life is to leave a lasting legacy to my family that life is incredible. God gave us this one life and it is worth the journey! A believer. A pianist, church music and worship director. Focused on intentionally living the best life possible.

August 16, 2022

Free Fall Cross Stitch Chart for you - Cottage Series

Free patterns are one of my favorite things to look at and enjoy. When working on fall stitcheries, I love to stitch and sew pumpkins and other fall favorites.  I have been working on a new Cross Stitch Series that I love. It is inspired by my love of old quilts, quilting, fall and Christmas, well loved furniture, barns and homes...

I want to share a chart from this new Series! It is a Fall Cottage Garden- This is free for you.

For some reason the thread key above is a bit blurry. I enlarged it a little to make it easier to read.  Click on images to open, save to your device.

Be sure to see my other post if you need a few reminders how to cross stitch. It covers many of the basics of cross stitching.

How to Cross Stitch Post.

Please tag me when you complete this fall quick stitch design! #ribbonwoodcottagexstitch

Here is another Fall Cross Stitch pattern that I created earlier this year - Can you tell I love fall? It is available in my shop.

Available HERE

Thank you so much for coming by for a visit.

Here is the first Christmas chart in my Christmas Cottage Series  Cross Stitch patterns. The houses will all be the same size so a little Cross stitch town will be stitched and the different seasons will be reflected. I can't wait to share them all with you! I will be publishing the next chart (Cottage Christmas Tree Farm) in the series next week - August 22, 2022

Here is the first Christmas Cottage chart Available in my Etsy shop.


A few thoughts.  If you have never cross stitched and you wonder what all the commotion is about, it is an enjoyable craft. But it is also easy to take with you in a ziplock type bag. Throw a project in your purse and pull it out and stitch while you are waiting in the car, or waiting at the doctors office, or at kids sports practices. 

I often feel that I unwind and relax more when I am cross stitching. It helps me process my thoughts and my schedule. A few little stitches here and there and add up and they are good for the soul.


Debbie Booth

August 4, 2022

How to Do Things - Cross Stitch

How to Do Things - Cross Stitch 101

Hello everyone I want to share a series of How to do things. A series of posts. 

I will be starting with different sewing and stitching techniques. I was fortunate to have a mother who taught me basic sewing skills.  And a grandmother who taught me quilting. But I was very interested and practiced until I improved. I have found great joy in stitching, cross stitching and quilting over the years

My mother. 

My grandmother.
In this post I am going to show you how to cross stitch and I am also going to give you links to Youtube videos showing you how others cross stitch. So you will see and be able to understand and start stitching your own projects or stitch from a kit. Whichever you prefer.

Basic sewing is not difficult, and I wanted to offer you resources to assist you in hand sewing, stitching and cross stitching. 

Always learning and always growing your skills and technique is wonderful. You will find that you enjoy  things because you know how to do them. Cross stitching is popular because it can be done anywhere. While others are playing sports, watching tv, visiting and more you can sit there and stitch. 

In my Etsy shop I sell quite a few cross stitch patterns. They are fun and fairly quick to stitch so you can start your next one as soon as one is done!

First you will need to pick up or order some supplies. Cross Stitch fabric (Aida 14 ct is a good choice to start with), cross stitch needle size 24 or 26, embroidery thread, pattern  or kit of your choice.

Let's begin -

Take your embroidery thread and cut an 18" long piece. Embroidery thread is made up of 6 ply strands(6 single threads wrapped into a 6 strand). Pull out one strand of the 6 strands. Thread the needle and knot the bottom(this means when you are stitching you are stitching with 2 threads). There is another technique for threading the needle I will show you in a bit.

The second way to thread your needle and begin stitching is to take your 18" long thread. Take the 2 ends and thread the needle. Pull the thread through 2" or so. This means you will have a loop at the bottom end of your thread. 

Come up through your fabric where you plan on beginning to stitch, go back down and as you pull your thread through, make sure to pull it through the thread loop. Pull till the loop catches. This finishes the thread on the back without knotting the thread. It also makes for a clean and neat finish on the back of the fabric.

I found out early in my life that I loved making things with my hands. Whether sewing, cross stitching, painting, I enjoyed the creativity it brought and the joy it made me feel. That is why I enjoy teaching others how to stitch or sew. And I also enjoy making simple patterns that help others be creative and make things.