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Free Cross Stitch Pattern # 2: Tudor Queen 1

Here’s my second free little cross stitch pattern. I’m having a great time designing and cross stitching, so I think I’ll be continuing for awhile on this little project! Please see my previous post for details on how to get started.

Here’s my first little Tudor Queen.

Tudor Queen Free Cross Stitch Pattern by Laura Daub

And here are a few more photos showing how the two figures look together, the distance between them and what the pattern download looks like:

And Here’s the link to download and print the Free PDF:

Enjoy and feel free to share with anyone who likes creative projects!!!

Free Cross Stitch Pattern # 1: Flapper with a Magic Little Black Dress

Here’s hopefully the first of many free little cross stitch patterns! I had a goal to make many patterns for sale inspired by my artwork, but unfortunately, every time I cross stitch seriously and/or spend too much time on the computer, I get some serious pain in my hands and arms. Sad for me for sure because I have always loved cross stitching and really enjoy making patterns. Any advice from stitchers out there would be appreciated! As you can see, I bought myself a Morgan Lap Stand – I highly recommend it and it certainly helps, but I still cannot stitch too much, or I pay for it!

I stitched mine on a large piece of 32 ct Laguna Linen (approx 24″ * 32″ – just the size I had on hand) so I can add more figures as I design them. I recommend linen if you are an experienced cross stitcher. I figure once I fill up the fabric, I’ll frame it and then start another. That’s the goal, but anyone who knows me, knows I tend to move on to other projects if there’s not much interest right away. If there is a lot of interest though and I see a lot of downloads happen after I make a few free patterns, I’ll continue making them.

For the next free figure cross stitch pattern coming soon, I’ll be sure to include how many stitches I space between the two.

This pattern can also be stitched on Aida cloth, even 14 count – it will just end up a little larger. I highly recommend Aida cloth for beginner cross-stitchers because it’s much easier to understand where to cross stitch and a little easier to manage all around. I used DMC threads which I highly suggest, but of course you can use other brands and switch colours if you’d like. I know it may be hard to purchase the exact threads I’ve listed with the pandemic going on.

I don’t have any instructions for you other than the number of threads to use, so I’m assuming you know a bit about cross stitching before you start. That being said, there are tons of beginner tutorials online, especially on YouTube, and this piece would be a great project for a beginner, but also a fun, quick piece for anyone who already cross stitches!

You’ll find the download link after the photo of the pattern below and you can see I did not use symbols in my patterns, just the colours. I hope it is simple enough to understand and follow… let me know!

And Here’s the link to download and print the Free PDF:

Enjoy and feel free to share with anyone who likes creative projects!!!


Vlog 8: Gnome for the Holidays – A Free Cross Stitch Pattern

As I mentioned in my last Vlog before the New Year, I’ve been working on a new offering – patterns of my work in cross stitch. I’ve been teaching myself a new software to do this and thought I would share this very simple, but sweet pattern with you.

Please feel free to download the PDF – Laura Daub Gnome for the Holidays

I didn’t include the colour key for it, as I only had black and white threads in mind – 2 strands of DMC floss is suggested for this pattern on 14 ct aida cloth. Do stitch it up any way you see fit with any colours you’d love to see on it and make it as festive as you’d like! I think a nice variegated red floss would be simple, elegant and beautiful. As you can see below, I’ve been working on a variation to the pattern in colour. I made the pattern smaller for you too, so you won’t have as many stitches to do as I’ve been working on here. I didn’t include any cross stitch instructions as this pattern might be for anyone who has either had some experience with cross stitch or for anyone who might feel inspired to try it… I recommend grabbing some tea and chocolate and nestle in to dive into YouTube videos on how to cross stitch… the perfect winter indoor activity in my opinion!!! It’s very easy to learn and do, but good to learn about different types of patterns, stitches, fabrics, etc.

Happy Holidays! Laura

Vlog 7: Make Your Own Heirloom Christmas Tree Hanger Using Recycled Fabrics

In this week’s video, we’re getting Christmas-y. I show a time lapse video on how to make a sweet Heirloom Textile Tree that could be passed on for generations using mostly recycled materials. I describe where to source some great fabrics and show a few tips and tricks I’ve learned in making and selling these for the past few years.

Free Tree Template to download and print: Here it is!

I’ve also added a small Star Template: Here it is!

I’ve also added a large Star Template: Here it is!

I know it’s early on in my YouTube career but I have added a Buy Me a Coffee link just incase you feel you are getting a lot out of my videos and feel you’d like to buy me a coffee!

Buy me a coffee

No pressure at all though, but if you do, I will gratefully enjoy it!

See you next week.

Yours truly in all things Mystical and Magical,

Laura

Music Credit required for: Canon and Variation by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/

 

Vlog 6: DIY Art for the Holidays – Making a Gnomedala

Gnomes, Nordic Art and Folklore inspired by Magical Childhood Memories

This week’s Art Vlog has a Wintery Nordic theme based on my love for Gnomes, my first love of magic and myth from my childhood. I talk about my childhood memory of my grandfather’s folklore cure and paint a meaningful work of art in time for the holidays using watercolours, gouache, and gel pens.

Laura Daub - Nordic Art inspired Gnome Holiday Art

I do hope this video inspires you into thinking about a childhood memory that felt magical to you and perhaps inspire you to think of how you could incorporate it and perhaps your family’s culture and background into a work of art of your own.

Want to create your own but want a lesson? This vlog is just a time-lapse to inspire you, but I created a circular pattern using my Drawing Mandalas Techniques from last week’s Vlog where I showed a free step-by-step DIY mandala – so do watch both vlogs if you’d like the practical tips on how to get started!

As I mentioned in today’s vlog, I am including a free download of my little templates you can print, cut out, and use for tracing here:
Nordic Gnomedala Cutouts Template

The link to my shop where you can buy a digital print of mine that will download for you to print for only $25 CAD is here:
Dear Laurel Digital Downloads

And last but not least, I know it’s early on in my YouTube career, but I am adding a Buy Me a Coffee link just incase you feel you are getting a lot out of my videos and feel you’d like to buy me a coffee!

Buy me a coffee

No pressure at all though, but if you do, I will gratefully enjoy it… maybe coffee, maybe tea… but definitely caffeinated!

See you next week.

Yours truly in all things Mystical and Magical,

Laura

 

Vlog 5: How to Draw Beautiful Mandalas

In this video on YouTube I go through the step-by-step process to draw meditative mandalas I developed for teaching.

Meditative Arts: Making Mandalas

Learn the Art of Making Beautiful Mandalas as a unique form of meditation, to reduce stress and anxiety and build a deeper connection with your creative soul.

Supplies List:
Paper
Gel Pens – Sakura Brand Gelly Roll gel pens from Wallack’s in Ottawa & gold Sanford Uniball Gel Impact on Amazon Canada
Pencil & Eraser
Protractor – a good old fashioned protractor.
Ruler

I’d suggest to maybe watch the video once first to understand the general process and then perhaps play it again and pause it when needed as you create your own. For more inspiration, look below where you will find several photos of mandalas I have created. Feel free to right click and save them to your computer and use them whenever you need some different pattern ideas to work from!

I know it’s early on in my YouTube career, but I am adding a Buy Me a Coffee link just incase you feel you are getting a lot out of my videos and feel you’d like to buy me a coffee!

Buy me a coffee

No pressure at all though, but if you do, I will gratefully enjoy it… maybe coffee, maybe tea… maybe caffeinated or not. It all depends where I am in the learning process in filming and editing these videos each week… this one I had to fix and export three times totaling 6 hours of just exporting video! I’ll get the hang of it soon, I’m sure, right? Ha!

A huge thank you to my husband, Jody Daub for his help AND all of his music used in this video. I’m lucky to be married to a musician!

See you next week.

Yours truly in all things Mystical and Magical,

Laura

Vlog 3: The Season of the Witch – The Witch Wall and the Mystic in the Making

Here is the fabric collage I created for Vlog 3 due to upload on YouTube on Nov 1st.

Materials Used:
Fabric Scraps (you can also use paper scraps as well if you don’t have fabrics!)
Scissors (and Exactoknife but it’s not totally necessary)
Old Paintbrush for glue
Glue – Matte Acrylic Gel Medium – I use Wallack’s – a local Art Store brand
but your local art store will definitely carry it, or you can use Elmer’s White Glue or Fabric Glue!
Large Black Matte Board (as the background) or any strong art board.
2-way foam tape – I taped my Mystic Piece to the Black Matte Board
White Gel Pen – I use Sakura Gelly Roll Pens from Wallack’s
Ink Jet Printer to print the women’s heads PDF below – or you can have your local office supply or printer print it out for you.

Nice to haves:
Avery Printable Fabric for Inkjet Printers- I use these to print out images like the women’s heads and extra free images I find online to add to my collages – Amazon.ca Link 

Lutradur Mixed Media Sheets – I use these a lot in my collage work because it’s very stiff paper/fabric-like that you can paint on, sew on and use as a good stiff base to your work – Amazon.ca Link

Gold Foil – I used this for the moon in the background, but any decorative paper would do.

Suggestions:
Be as Creative as you’d like – the weirder the better, in my opinion. Make her dress any shape you’d like, add boots if you’d like, wings, witch hat, gnome hat, jewels and glitter! Go for it!

A great website for ideas and free images is The Graphics Fairy

*** The best tip in making these is to make sure you put something heavy (I use books) on them after each time you glue your layers for several hours, usually overnight is best.

Print this out this Free PDF of Women’s Heads I made to make a collage for yourself!

Here are some paper collage hangers I made using the same techniques:


Have fun and please do let me know what you make! I’d love to see them, so please do tag me in any photos if you were inspired by my vlog and made your own!