Cross Stitch: Frosty Treats

Hello friends!

My goodness the days whoosh by! We’ve been in a whirlwind of designing and stitching, and now I think I’m seeing double. Or I just need to rest my eyes a bit. Who knows. Ice cream! (It helps.)

Side-note: Does this happen to you? Things start out tidy enough… Then somewhere along the way, everything ends up right in front of me and I’m all out of elbow room.

I wanted to pop in, in the midst of our creative flurry, to chat a bit about cross stitch. We love it! We love designing the patterns, and I positively adore the stitching process. Currently, we have about twenty different xst patterns in the works, from petite kawaii gems to large and lovely samplers. This might explain why we’ve been so busy, especially when you add the upcoming felt softie designs to the mix. (Xst patterns take a bit longer to design, which means those patterns will trickle into the shop more slowly.)

We wanted our first set of patterns to be the xst counterparts of our kawaii felt softie patterns: pink cheeks, sweet smiles, and perfectly simple designs. They’re such a fun and breezy stitch – totally beginner-friendly, and rather addictive. (Each one takes me about 4-5 hours, and I’m always looking forward to the next!)

Of course we went with frosty treats for starters. But cheery little vegetables and fruits are also on the way! More on those shortly. And much much more to share and discuss with all the other upcoming xst patterns.

‘Till then, cheerio!

2017 Garden Stitchalong

Happy Monday, friends!

There’s a bit of a false spring here in Southern California. We went from stormy gale-force winds to cool sun-drenched afternoons in just a week. Still too early for gardening, but always perfect for needle & thread.

In case you didn’t already know, our favorite thing to do indoors is stitch. And our favorite thing to do outdoors is garden. So we had this delightful idea to combine the two loves. The inspiration came earlier this season, when a touch of the winter doldrums set in:

“It’s cold and gloomy and I miss our garden veg.”

“Won’t be long now. Just a few more months of winter.”

A few more months of wint-”      LIGHT BULB

“If we can’t grow a garden, we will stitch one!”

(Now I can’t definitively say which of us originally came up with the idea, because we’re a team, and there’s no “I” in team. But there is an “m” and since “me” begins with “m”, I think it’s okay to admit that it was I. Err, me. Or D. Remember, we’re a team.)

So that’s what we set out to do: Design a felt softie garden. It’s been a total delight! It’s brightened even the stormiest winter days – sketching, cutting, and stitching these huggable garden buddies. We love their big innocent eyes and cheery cheeks. We love that look:

Hi, I’m Leek. Will be you be my buddy?

Yes, I will totally be your buddy, Leek. You’re a cutie pie.



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The Details

The Garden Stitchalong is a year-long celebration of hand-stitching and garden magic.

We will design vegetable and fruit softie patterns that are seasonal. (That means no matter how much we love pumpkins – and goodness knows we do – we’ve got to wait ’till pumpkin season before launching the pumpkin softie pattern.) Our goal is to make the Garden Stitchalong fun and festive! We want to look forward to each new season, with all the cheerful comings and goings of a garden.

Note: Gardens have a lot more than fruits and veg, so expect to find some furry critter patterns as well! Also some with wings, and others that just sort of stand around quiet as gnomes. *wink*

We know you’re going to love this! If you’ve got little ones, these stitchable buddies are sure to inspire their love of the garden, and possibly make that broccoli on the dinner plate look a lot less intimidating.  (We can hope, right?) But while these veggies aren’t edible, they’re all about nourishing and uplifting your spirits. That’s what stitching and crafting (and gardening) are all about.

So please join us in this colorful hand-stitched adventure!

To kick off the stitchalong, ‘Garden Leek’ is now in the shop, ready to stitch and love.

Oh, and don’t forget!

Whether you’re on tumblr, twitter, or instagram, be sure to use #gardenstitchalong so we can admire your lovely creations!

‘Till next time, dear friends – cheerio!


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If you love hand-stitching felt softies, cross stitching, embroidery, and all things needle & thread, you’ve come to the right place.

What’s Trellis & Thyme?

Trellis & Thyme is an indie pattern company founded by a wife and husband team. We create, illustrate, design, stitch, and photograph all T&T patterns. (And some days, we even remember to get the laundry done!) Trellis & Thyme’s style is based on our love of all things kawaii, sweet, simple, and modern. We believe that stitching happy things makes us happier people. So we’re delighted to offer an ever-growing and seriously cheerful menagerie of hand-stitchable softies, cross stitch, and embroidery patterns (and even a few mini-quilt and crochet patterns!)

The Trellis & Thyme Blog

Crafting is always more fun together, and that’s why we decided to start this blog. We wanted to have a place to share all things Trellis & Thyme – to talk about upcoming patterns, explore the crafting life, and share fun ways to use and enjoy the patterns you stitch up. Keep your eyes peeled for some darling freebies and tutorials as well!

We’re pleased as pie that you’re here, and hope you’ll pop in often to see what’s new. We’d love to hear from you, too, so leave a comment and share a bit about your own crafty adventures.

‘Till next time – cheerio!