Sunday, 7 February 2016

Art Nouveau inspired prints

I use floral imagery a lot in my design work and I think my biggest influence has to be the Art Nouveau movement. I love it use of colour and it's combination of intricate and simple patterns. William Morris is a favourite of mine and I have various bits of his work around my house. It was one of his pieces that inspired me to create these bubble flower prints.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Free cross stitch pattern, little boat

How cute is this little boat? Right now I could just imagine sailing away on it. As we battle with the cold weather and the runny noses it seems like the perfect getaway. I can also imagine this boat being the perfect accent to finish of a nursery. However you choose to use it, I hope you enjoy my free pattern. Happy stitching.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Valentine's fabric collection

Feeling romantic? Or creative? How about both? These designs are part of my Loved up collection and are all available as fabrics from My Spoonflower and WovenMonkey stores.

Free cross stitch pattern, Calligraphy frame

I often find when working on a small motif in cross stitch I want to add a frame to it to make it suitable for a card or just to add something extra special. This calligraphy inspired frame does just that. Use it portrait or landscape to add a bit of class to your stitching and make some thing extra special for someone. Why not use it in combination with one of my heart designs, you can find them in my cross stitch patterns page and make a gift for a loved one this year. Whatever you use it for I hope you enjoy stitching another of my free patterns and continue to stop by Craft with Cartwright to see what else I have made for you to enjoy.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Free cross stitch pattern, coffee pot

Free cross stitch pattern, coffee pot
I don't know about you, but in our house our weekend revolve around hot beverages. Whether your a tea or coffee drinker, it always seems to be 'Who's putting on the kettle?' or 'Would you like another cup?'. So I came up with this quick and easy, fun, coffee pot pattern. It'll look great stitched up and framed in the kitchen. Change the colour to suit your own look, but whatever you do, don't forget to put the kettle on.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Spoonflower design competition - The year of the Monkey

Do you know Spoonflower? It's a great website which allows you to design and print your own fabric. It is also a great place to shop for unique and original designed fabric as many of the designers list their work in their own little store. I have a store on Spoonflower and would love it if you took a look.

They also run a weekly design competition and I love to take part as it often make me design things I wouldn't normally draw.

The latest competition is entitled The year of the monkey.

It asked you to create a pattern to celebrate the Chinese new year. The year of the Monkey.

I went for a simple repeating design and think it would look great at soft furnishing fabric for a New babies Nursery.

What do you think?
If you like my design please pop over to Spoonflower and vote for me.

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Free cross stitch pattern 'I'm Batty for you' Funny Valentine

 I'm not one for soppy cards and hardly celebrate Valentine's day. But I do love a good play on words and I love to give my Husband silly cards for any occasion. So with that in mind, here is a cute Bat themed Valentines card. It's not very large just 50 x 50 on 14 count aida, so it's perfect to stitch up in a night and make into a card.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Art Nouveau inspired prints

I really love the Art Nouveau movement, with it's rich colours and use of florals it sums up what textile design is all about for me. Inspired by the Art Nouveau movement and the work of William Morris I created this small set of art prints.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Vintage pastel bird prints

Here is my latest Spring time fabrics and Print on demand collection. Pastel birds. It features a range of classic bird silhouettes and uses a fresh Spring time pallet. I do love the white crane print featured here but the other designs have pleased me too. A great collection set for the return of the sun!

Monday, 18 January 2016

Bee cross stitch and fabric

How cute is this Bee design? A must for any Child's nursery or lover of all things wild. The pattern is a available via my Etsy store and is a bargain at just 0.90p.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Water inspired abstract art

I have been finding and sorting lots of my archived design work recently and I thought I would focus on some abstract 'water' themed work that I found. With Spring on it's way I find myself draw to blues and greens and find them a refreshing change to all the gaudy colours of Christmas and New Year.



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