– Design of the Month July/August 2015

Design of the Month


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Our CHEVRON pattern stitched by the same customer for two different benches illustrates the versatility of cross-point™ patterns. On the website, we show yet another version for a stool top. I am attempting once again this year to convince you that cross-point™ is uniquely suitable for upholstery. It is strong and not easily damaged, not even by cat claws. I know, I’ve had stitched chair seats and an ottoman on which Max sleeps every day for as long as I have had Max – 10 years to be exact.


3 chair seatsWhether you upholster a chair seat or simply create pads for seat and back, more than 35 choices of patterns existing in the cross-point™ Collection. Above, left to right, patterns PARMA, FLAMESTITCH and 12TH CENTURY GEOMETRIC are just 3 of those versatile designs. In fact, PARMA used on a chair back on the front panel and a small check in the same colors on the back panel is stunning. The 12TH CENTURY geometric pattern is also available as a stripe. Another option might be to stitch a pillow for a sofa and a chair in the same pattern, like ANATOLIA for example, shown below:

anatolia chair 200x276 If you have stitched a cross-point kit for pillows before, you can easily stitch upholstery or cushions for chairs and stools with confidence. That’s the beauty of my cross-point technique – “easy, fast, fun”- guaranteed! Choose from overall repeat patterns, horizontal or vertical stripes, pre-drawn or counted animal patterns. Designs are available in traditional and modern styles.  We show many options on the website.  You can also submit a piece of fabric you want to blend the upholstery colors with and let us suggest appropriate patterns to choose from.
Measuring for upholstery is easy:
For an existing chair seat, measure front to back, including any padding; then measure side to side including any padding. If the chair seat is narrower in the back than at the front, take those two measurements as well. If possible, draw a simple outline on paper using the measurements.
Alternatively, lay a piece of muslin over the chair and follow the seat outline all around with a #2 pencil or magic marker. Stools work the same way. You need to include your padding but we automatically add the wrap around of 1 1/2″ all around.

Sampler pattern on piano benchThe example above is our SAMPLER pattern adapted to a piano bench. The same pattern can be used as a pad (with your own fabric as backing), and can be in any length and width as required by you. And there are many more patterns for shorter, smaller and lower stools on the website.

You can initiate an order with a simple phone call to me at 828-628-2743. Or submit your paper or muslin pattern for fixed sizing and wool quantity calculations to the address on the website. Custom orders are not available in the online store.  As a price guide, the cost is $.30 (30 cents) per square inch and I am waiving the  $25.00 set-up fee during this special offer.  Kit contents for upholstery are the same as for our pillow patterns.


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About Sieglinde

Designer and owner of, my cross-stitch kit business. By profession I am a Landscape Architect near Asheville, NC. I currently have two wordpress blogs, one for and another I named Garden Threads (
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