Over the years we have done many hundreds of Cross stitch pictures - some for ourselves, some as commissions, some we have sold. They have all been precious to stitch, as I felt I was giving something of myself as I worked them. I have taught several people to do this - and have revelled in seeing them unfold as a person, as they learned how to relax and stitch.
We have used several designers' patterns - Paula Vaughan, Jayne Netley Mayhew, Stoney Creek, and precious Moments, amongst others. We even became bold and designed some of our own. The large, "seasons" picture with the Ecclesiastes passage in it is a compilation of elements from about 6 different patterns. "Blessed is the man" is one of hubby's designs; and the bird in the cage is my own effort. I found a picture in a Victorian children's book, and simply stitched it from there - matching colours and size as I went. The pattern was drawn as I went along!!