cross-point.com – NEW Design of the Month April 2014

Design of the Month at 20% off Retail
APRIL 2014
A COLLECTION OF cross-point™ PATTERNS
in summery sea spray colors

a collection of cross-point kits in summery sea spray colors

Last year I posted a photo on the Facebook cross-point™ page of my living room all “dressed up” for summer with stitched pillows in palest sea spray and aqua, dusty grayed greens,  sand and linen white. The photo is still available on our cross-point™ facebook page. summer scheme for cross-point pillowsYou asked about the patterns for pillows shown.  So this year, I offer  a portion of this group as the special Design of the Month for April. (I added additional soft darker teals and greens from Pisac, Lindisfarne and Oahu for my room.) As you know, cross-point™ kits are stitched quickly and so you have lots of time to get ready for your summer interior decorating. Please go to the individual pattern page on the website to see all size options and to place orders. Kilim 06 colors are available in 3 sizes, as are Pisac 03, Oahu 03 and Tabriz 06 colors. Triangles 03 is available with or without acorns in the large size only, and Kilim II comes in only one size but can be custom ordered as a long rectangular pillow.

By the way, next month, May, I plan to repeat this idea of a group with summer blues and in June is our semi-annual sale. In the meantime, though, while sending out our monthly email via Constant Contact, I have noticed that not everyone is able to open the mailing.  I do not want my emails to be a source of annoyance so this month is the last Constant Contact mailing. The cross-point™ website will always show the latest design of the month and I will continue to write about the patterns on this blog. Please send me an email via the Contact page on the website if you wish to receive an email notification directly from us.
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cross-point.com – NEW Design of the Month March 2014

Design of the Month at 20% off Retail
MARCH 2014
Pattern: BALOUCH STRIPE & COMPANIONS

bal-st-04 with blues 280Balouch Stripe, while based on an original rug pattern from the 11th or 12th Century, can be both contemporary and traditional. By changing the colors and depending on the setting and companion pillows, a whole range of design possibilities exist. For the first time, I am making companion pillows available at the same discount of 20% off Retail. The blues shown above speak to me of “summer” and magazines are currently showing blue and white, an ever popular combination.The webpage shows at least 12 companion pillows in the same blues.

bal-st-01 with jewel 280The beauty of our Balouch Stripe pattern is that it blends so well with a large number of other patterns in the cross-point™ collection. Please visit the cross-point™ website to see more examples on the pattern page. In the photo above, #BAL-ST-01 is shown with jewel color related Morocco Stripe #MORST-03 in the foreground, Pisac #PISA-02 at right, Log Cabin #LOG-03 in the background.Other companion pillows are Chevron #CHE-03, Nilos #NIL-01, and, our most popular pattern – especially for beginners – Berber Stripe #BEBP-03.
Balouch Stripe in one pillow sizes is available in six color choices, from pastels to primary. Continue reading

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cross-point.com – NEW Design of the Month February 2014

Design of the Month at 20% off Retail
FEBRUARY 2014
Pattern: BASILICA

Balouch on ottomanThe beauty of our Basilica pattern is that it blends so well with a large number of other patterns in the cross-point™ collection. Please visit the cross-point™ website to see examples on the pattern page. In the photo above, Small Basilica 03 is shown with color related Balouch 04 custom upholstery on the ottoman, Berber Stripe 04 and Game Board 03.

Basilica in all three pillow sizes is available in nine color choices, from pastels to primary. The chart pages include a separate “stitching aid” page of the outline only. Once the easy to count outline is stitched, the remaining colors are quickly and easily filled in. The small size of 11″x11″ can be stitched in one weekend – I’ve done it, so I know. One snowy weekend I needed a wedding present and unable to get out to a store, my Small Basilica pattern turned out to be the perfect solution. Continue reading

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cross-point.com – NEW Design of the Month January

Design of the Month at 20% off Retail
JANUARY 2014
Pattern: BALOUCH

Small Balouch - NEW SIZE

Small Balouch – NEW SIZE

Nomadic Balouch are known for somber, tightly woven saddle bags, wool kilims and other useful objects. Balouch women weave their objects on ground looms – like cross-point™ kits – they are easily transported from camp to camp. Kilim type patterns are a lot of fun to stitch and can be addictive! This is especially true for our Balouch Pattern – everybody just “loves” stitching this design! With snowy and very cold weather across our country, this is a wonderful stitching project this winter.

Available in 5 sizes: Rectangles: lumbar (“good for your back”) pillows, 21×17″ and 18×13″; a small rug 28″ wide by 48″ long (ideal size to throw over an ottoman); a small insert to add to a pillow center 7 1/4″ wide by 11″ high; a long border 80″ x 7 1/4″ wide that fits beautifully over a large wing chair or upholstered loveseat, sofa, or across the foot of a bed. All of these are shown on the web page at cross-point.com and can be had in all 7 colors shown. And, as with all our kits, we offer custom colors. The pattern lends itself as well for upholstery of stools, ottomans, chair seats, even headboards, and the discount is included in the special offer this month. On the website (and in the photo below) we show an ottoman with custom borders around 4 sides. An entire room color scheme can be easily created around this fabulous pattern.

Room Setting - Warm Reds

Room Setting – Warm Reds

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animal patterns for cross stitch

animal patterns for cross-point™

During the last several months I have become more and more aware of how many animal patterns are shown in home decorating magazines. Recently there was a photo of two Zebra pillows on a bed of white linens on an  antique dark brown four poster. Simply stunning! it looked both very contemporary and yet traditional. It reminded me of the Zebra pillow in my cross-point™ collection which is available either pre-drawn or only  for counting. This 3 color pattern is also available as shoulder bag, eyeglass case or upholstery by the square inch as shown on the stool top at right.zebra-01Zebra Upholstery on Stool

The beauty of animal patterns is that they go with everything as they have long been considered “neutral”. Exotic animal skins have been used by humans throughout history. They occur in coats of arms, zodiac signs, as national animals. throughout literature, and feature prominently in mythology and folk lore around the world. From maharajas to princes, from tribal chiefs to movie stars, animal skins have decorated bodies and interiors to show wealth and status. Hunted to near extinction, our patterns are our “green” answer as we showcase these fabulous natural designs in stitched pillows, rugs and upholstery. Below are two more options in animal patterns from the cross-point™ pattern page: Pony (pillow, rug, upholstery) and Tiger (Pillow, small upholstery). For stitchers who love to count, our Leopard pattern as pillow or eyeglass case is also available in either two or three wool colors.

Pony Pillow & Upholstery and Tiger patterns.

Pony Pillow & Upholstery and Tiger patterns.

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plaids and tartans for cross-stitch

plaids and tartans – cross-point™ kits

Plaid compositeAll this past year, both fashion and home decorating magazines have been focused on plaids: for clothing, shoes, handbags, upholstery, even tableware. At cross-point™ we introduced our tartans in 2007 in a broad range of colors and now, according to one of the prominent home decorating magazines, “…tartans are all the rage”.

Confusion surrounds the origin and definition of tartans but it is generally agreed that they are of great antiquity, perhaps dating as far back as the 1st Century B.C. In more recent times, since the early 1800′s, many famous Scotish clans have become identified by specific traditional colors and patterns. My Plaid design is an alternative and a liberal interpretation of this historic textile pattern, and, according to our sample stitchers, “a lot of fun to stitch”. I have stitched several of these myself and I agree – they are indeed fun to stitch. And, as with all cross-point™ kits,  available in custom colors so you can create your personal touch!
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cross-point ANNUAL Anniversary Sale 2013

CROSS-POINT.COM ANNUAL SALE 

……to celebrate 17 years of our online presence  – get 20% off during our Annual Sale on all cross-point kits from November 15 through  December 15, 2013.

Now is the time to stock up on kits for the months to come, and, please, add cross-point kits to your Christmas wish list!

NEW Triangles, shown here with Tabriz companion pillows

Another year has gone by. Last year 3 new patterns were added to the cross-point™ collection as well as many new colorways, new sizes to existing patterns, and a number of upholstery designs.This year I concentrated on adding wider pillow sizes since so many of the magazines are showing wide pillows centered on large sofas and beds. In addition to existing SIENA, OAHU, PARMA, MOROCCO STRIPE and MOROCCO, new width sizes are now also available for  KARAKUM (kar-L-03 shown below) and PISAC.

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KARAKUM & PISAC - NEW WIDE SIZES

KARAKUM & PISAC – NEW WIDE SIZES

Our new shopping cart with PayPal – still the safest service available for credit card processing – makes it easy and convenient to order one of our kits. During our sale, PayPal will initially bill the full retail price and we issue the 20% discount directly to your credit card the same day. You also have the option to place an order by telephone to 828-628-2743, between the hours of 9 to 5PM, Eastern Standard Time, Monday to Friday. By the way, PayPal now also offers a “pay later option” which gives you the opportunity to order a whole year’s kits at the 20% off price, yet pay for them over time.

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Autumn/Winter stitching projects

Autumn/Winter stitching projects

With the return of cooler weather and the changes in color in the landscape, I was reminded today that it’s time to make Apple Soup again. (the recipe is on this blog). Next month, November, we will once again offer our stitching friends a special discount on all cross-point™ kits during our ANNUAL SALE. Continue reading

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cross-point.com-NEW Design of the Month October

Design of the Month at 20% Off

October 2013

PATTERN: SIENAsie-02

YOU ASKED FOR IT – WE’RE BRINGING IT BACK

If you subscribe to our Constant Contact email news, you are already aware that we brought back our popular SPECIAL OFFER – DESIGN OF THE MONTH. In March we featured ANATOLIA; in April MOROCCO STRIPE, and in May CELTIC KNOT; in June it was  GAME BOARD ; in July and August TULIP & TULIP BORDER. In September, we offered our PISAC pattern and, now for October, SIENA. The current month’s pattern is available at  20% off Retail . On the cross-point™ online website, you will find a listing of companion pillows that are related in color and pattern.

Recently a friend sent me a page from the New York Times (Thursday, September 19, 2013), HOME section, with a short article on a store specializing in antique fabrics that reopened in Manhattan  on 68th Street (Antique Textiles Collection). Photos of the showroom and the page banner showed several pillows made of antique fabrics. Pillows “start at $800.00″. My friend attached a note: “some of these pillows look like yours!” Indeed they do! Continue reading

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cross-point.com-NEW Design of the Month September

Design of the Month – September 2013

PATTERN: PISAC

YOU ASKED FOR IT – WE’RE BRINGING IT BACK

If you subscribe to our Constant Contact email news, you are already aware that we brought back our popular SPECIAL OFFER – DESIGN OF THE MONTH. In March we featured ANATOLIA; in April MOROCCO STRIPE, and in May CELTIC KNOT; in June it was  GAME BOARD ; in July and August TULIP & TULIP BORDER. For September, we are offering our PISAC pattern at the 20% off Retail as our current DESIGN OF THE MONTH. On the cross-point online website, you will find a listing of companion pillows that are related in color and pattern.

pisa-01The Pisac pattern was inspired by a trip to Peru’s Sacred Valley. It was an amazing experience and one I will never forget. High above the valley and the town of Pisac are terraced agricultural beds as seen in this photo:

peru_terraced fieldsI don’t know if there is a connection to this “terrace” motif that occurs as a design again and again throughout Peru – in stone, in jewelry, and in woven textiles.  It reminded me of the eight pointed star that occurs in nearly all ancient cultures across the globe:

peru_onePISAC is available in three sizes and in 7 colorways (from bright to muted), as well as a repeat pattern by the square inch. Eminently suitable for upholstery, it would be stunning on a stool, ottoman or chair seat and back.  Please place orders directly from the web site pattern page for PISAC. There is also a short video on youtube previously included on our FACEBOOK page.

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