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Michael Powell


English Village I from Michael Powell - click for more English Village II from Michael Powell - click for more
English Village I & II
Oh my gosh, I LOVE this guy's artwork! Used to be -- only kits were available -- now, we are beginning to get charts of lots of Michael's designs. Just stick me inside one of these charming Olde English Village houses... I could either be Cinderella or the Gracious Lady of the House... either way would be good!

Two parts to this charming scene, each finishes approx 8 x 12-1/2 inches in size. TONS of stitches in these, and TONS of color changes (coded for DMC, Madeira and Anchor) they call for 49 colors and then he blends 10 more together! You HAVE to LOVE backstitching to do these... there are NOT quarter stitches in them, you just backstitch hither and thither to create the charming, crooked, antiquey charm of these.

Each chart contains TWO charts -- one for the regular Cross Stitches, the second is JUST the backstitching. We have tons of other designs by Michael on his interior pages... some are cute and small, I have one started...............!


Flowers With Check Border from Michael Powell - click for more
Flowers With Check Border
Not into Olde English? What about contemporary, fresh, cheerful flowers? This 5 x 5 design is worked on any white fabric you like best, and finishes that 5 inches in size on a 14/28 ct size.

TWO charts in here... one is just the Cross Stitches, the other is the backstitch detail. Coded for DMC floss... it uses 18 colors. The charts are HUGE and clear, and have great pics of HOW to do those crooked backstitches on fabrics that are over one or two.



Scissor and Key Keep Kit X100 CUPCAKES from Michael Powell - click for more Scissor and Key Keep Kit X101 DAISIES from Michael Powell - click for more Scissor and Key Keep Kit X102 HEARTS from Michael Powell - click for more Scissor and Key Keep Kit X103 TUSCAN CHURCH from Michael Powell - click for more Scissor and Key Keep Kit X104 CHAPEL from Michael Powell - click for more
Miniature Scissor and Key Fobs
Scissor and Key Keep Kit X101 DAISIES -- click for a larger view Presenting a delightful set of miniature key and scissor fobs -- all featuring the artwork of Michael Powell! I have always loved his things... and since he showed at market this Spring we were able to treat ourselves to lots of fun things!!! This is a collection of 6 different PAIRS of designs -- each is TWO-SIDED -- so each kit has essentially 4 designs in it! All are worked on 18ct canvas -- don't panic -- (it just makes a stronger and more durable fob when finished.)

All Cross Stitch, the larger piece is the scissor fob -- 36 x 36 stitches -- finishing 2 x 2, while the key fob is a smaller companion version of the same design -- 27 x 27, finishing 1-1/2 inches square. Different on the fronts and backs, Michael has each of the 4 designs charted twice -- crosses on one chart, backstitch on another for clarity. All the flosses are included for everything... these are DARLING!!!!!


Venice Bookmark Kit from Michael Powell - click for more Greek Islands Bookmark Kit from Michael Powell - click for more Spanish Hill Town Bookmark Kit from Michael Powell - click for more Misty Hill Town Bookmark Kit from Michael Powell - click for more
Miniature European Landscapes -- in Bookmarks!
Venice or The Greek Islands... stitch your own little-bit-of-heaven with these! Don't hide your finished piece in a book for heavens sake! Presented as complete kits of the presorted and labeled Anchor flosses and that 2-inch 14ct banding, each of these finishes approx 1-1/4 inches by 5. Also included is a cut of wool for backing and that cotton tassel you see in the pictures. Just beautiful little glimpses of the world -- way way far away from your back door!


Flower Meadow Bookmark Kit from Michael Powell - click for more FLOWERS in a Glass Vase Bookmark Kit from Michael Powell - click for more HEARTS in a Glass Vase Bookmark Kit from Michael Powell - click for more
Flowers and Hearts in Glass Vases
Which two go together? The two flowers -- or the two in the glass vases??? Just charming -- kits include pre-sorted anchor flosses, that banding, the backing and tassel -- ALL of these are lovely and deserve NOT to be hidden away in a paper book!!!


Harlequin Hearts Bookmark Kit from Michael Powell - click for more String of HEARTS Bookmark Kit from Michael Powell - click for more String of DAISIES Bookmark Kit from Michael Powell - click for more
More Hearts... You can personalize these!!!



Strawberry Ice Bookmark Kit from Michael Powell - click for more Vanilla Ice Bookmark Kit from Michael Powell - click for more Cupcakes Bookmark Kit from Michael Powell - click for more Celebration Cake Bookmark Kit from Michael Powell - click for more
And finally -- Desert!
Every one of these looks good enough to eat! All the same full Cross Stitch with the herky-jerky backstitch, double charts for clarity, bandng y ou can switch out, backing wool and the tassel, pre-sorted flosses -- each finishes the 1-3/4 x 5. And remember, just because they SAY 'bookmark' in the kit title, you DO NOT have to make them into bookmarks!!!


Little Gem Best Friend Chart from Michael Powell - click for more Little Gem Flowers for You Chart from Michael Powell - click for more Little Gem Happy Anniversary Chart from Michael Powell - click for more Little Gem Happy Birthday Chart from Michael Powell - click for more Little Gem Thinking of You Chart from Michael Powell - click for more
The Little Gems
Here is a delightful collection of small designs -- each one kind of looks the same -- but all of them are different and as charming as the last! They are presented as small charts -- and finish about 3 x 3 each on 14/28ct. Charted for DMC, Madiera or Anchor flosses, they are whole Cross Stitches and feature Michael's signature 'hither-and-thither' whimsical backstitching.

14 Different designs in the set... they are all pictured on the back of each one of them... so if you have one border chart... you have 13 other ideas for different words to stitch inside! (and when we run out of the ones you ordered... we might ask you to sub... and you'll still be happy!) Just super cheerful and fun!


Little Gem You Are Special Chart from Michael Powell - click for more Little Gem Well Done Chart from Michael Powell - click for more Little Gem Thank-You Chart from Michael Powell - click for more Little Gem Laugh Often Chart from Michael Powell - click for more Little Gem Smile Chart from Michael Powell - click for more


Little Gem Live Life Chart from Michael Powell - click for more Little Gem Have Fun Chart from Michael Powell - click for more Little Gem Happy Christmas Chart from Michael Powell - click for more Little Gem All My Love Chart from Michael Powell - click for more Little Gem Happy New Year Chart from Michael Powell - click for more



Michael Powell counted cross stitch -- click for a larger view
European Villages
Artist Michael Powell has been charting his delightfully whimsical houses and village scenes for a few years now.. but is finally offering his creativity in chart form, rather than full kits... and we are THRILLED!

So many charming design elements in each piece... I love the snowcapped roofs of the Winter Village set, the cobblestones in the Summer Set, and the heart-shaped street lamps of the Venice Set!

Offered as charts, each finishes the same size, approx 7 x 8 on a 28ct. Stitched in whole crosses, what gives these so much flavor are the bright colors, and the displaced backstitch. You get lots of crooked little lines and shapes, lots of fun interest, lots of 'relaxing' buildings... I just love all of these!!! They fit my idea of the perfect little bustling European Village -- right out of a picture book!

Michael Powell counted cross stitch -- click for a larger view





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