Earlier this week I spent a happy morning poking around Cheryl Fall’s Needlepoint site at About.com. One of the things I love about the site is that, as a professional designer, Cheryl has a wealth of patterns she is sharing with us, for free.
Before we explore some of the great patterns there, she has a page describing how to use the patterns. This is particularly helpful because it includes instructions on how to print and enlarge the patterns.
Her patterns are designed for beginning and internediate stitchers. The index page for them is organized by category.
Scrap Bag projects are among my favorites and French Braid is a delightful quilt-inspired piece that could be done as a row or two for napkin rings or expanded to make a pillow top. There are also larger projects, such as Asian Maple (a favorite).
While many of the patterns work great for first projects with limited color palettes and all Tent Stitches, some, like Pear Trio, use a variety of stitches.
I’d particularly like to highlight some of the holiday patterns here. Winterscapes is six separate small design that can be used separately or together. I love Holiday Stars which has shaded stars in three colors. You could change the colors or background to make this a great piece for other holidays.
With so many great patterns and projects, this site should be on your must read list.