Librarian, reader, needleworker.
Many authors say if you can’t find the book you want to read, you have to write it. When I can’t find the pattern I want to stitch, I design it. It has taken me years (due to job changes, moving, relationship changes, etc.) to get to a place in life where I can create patterns and make them available to other needleworkers. Thus I take revenge on lost time and missing patterns and offer you The Count of Many Stitches: Cross Stitch Patterns for Readers and Revenge Seekers, named for the classic novel of revenge and one of my favorite books, The Count of Monte Cristo.
My mother taught me how to cross stitch when I was about 13 with a stamped kit that I never finished. It was a basket of flowers that said “Kindness is Contagious.” Who knows where it is today? At that age, I preferred to spend time drawing and reading and did not pick up stitching again for years. I had always been interested in art and drawing so I attended the Columbus College of Art and Design for my first year of college with the plan to someday illustrate children’s books. At the start of my second year, I decided to leave art for a more “reliable” career, and I moved back to Cleveland and earned a degree in Middle Childhood Education. I taught six years in Cleveland schools. At that time, my friend and fellow teacher, Lora, took up crocheting. I, too, wanted to do a craft but didn’t know what. Then I remembered I knew a little about counted cross stitch. I bought an easy kit of two hummingbirds. I was immediately addicted!
I began buying all of the DMC floss colors, books, patterns, fabric, and anything else related to cross stitch. Of course I never finished the hummingbirds because I was eager to move on to something else. I tried to finish it later but I accidentally threw out the thread. My first project I finished was two Siamese cats I made into a pillow. I have been stitching ever since! I also began designing patterns while I was a teacher. My first design was a kitchen sampler of purple and green grapes.
Now I am a librarian in Cleveland, Ohio and live on the east side with my husband and two cats. When not working, I am reading, stitching, and designing patterns. My patterns are hand drawn on graph paper then finalized using PCStitch. Patterns available for purchase can be found on my Etsy shop. I include with my patterns Recommended Reading — titles of favorite books that complement the pattern’s subject.
My hope is that you find a pattern here that you have always wanted to stitch and a book that changes your life.
Browse patterns by The Count of Many Stitches at https://www.etsy.com/shop/CountofManyStitches
See finished needlework on flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/21156363@N05/with/31938859268/