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Freebie Links

I frequently add sites and links as I run across them, so check back often.  [Last update: 2/3/13]

Keep in mind some freebies are only available for a short time. Before including a link, I have made sure it is currently valid. However, should you find one that no longer works or it's a freebie posted without permission of the designer, PLEASE, leave a comment at the bottom!  Look also under Labels at the bottom of the posts for LMc Design/Bits of Floss freebies.

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Newest Additions or Updates
  • Cardinal Guest Towel - by Pam Kellogg - 1 day only from CraftsNThings Blog, however this may continue to be available in the Archives for January 23rd. Click on ARCHIVES then SEWING, where you'll find a cross stitch "Love" pillow posted on January 14th, also a Pam Kellogg design.  There may be others in the Archives as well.
  • Tempting Tangles Quaker Valentine 2013 - from Wichelt
  • Cardinals - 2 simple freebies from Gr8dame's Place
  • Byrd's Nest - Blackwork charts and tutorials by Jeanne
  • Little Angel - by Passione Ricamo in memory of the innocent victims and families in Newtown, Ct. and Sandy Hook Elementary School, designed by special request and posted to Laura's blog on December 18th.
  • Stitchers Village  - only until December 1st, 6 small Christmas Ornaments posted 1 per day.
  • Balades et Broderies - Noel Hearts, Christmas, Easter, seasonal and many other free small designs - 37 so far
  • Give Thanks - from The Primitive Hare, posted November 12, 2012
  • WitchWolfWeb Creations - , Cross stitch, knitting, crochet colorwork and filet crochet charts featuring cats, wolves, other animals, mythology, nature, carosel horses, and a variety of subjects. Check "Labels" in right column for list.
  • Monica Ferris, Author - a needlework pattern (cross stitch, needlepoint, etc) by various designers related to and included in every cozy mystery book, each now available as a .pdf freebie. Click on "Pattern" beneath the description of the book to explore the variety.
  • New England Classic Stitch - Alphabets/Fonts - a nice variety, but not all links are working
Designer, Magazine and Blog Freebies: Designers and others offer freebies as a little gift in order to introduce you to their style and other designs with the hope and expectation you will explore everything they have to offer - not just to give away their hard work and talents. Do a good deed by spending a bit of time on each site. You may find something you absolutely must have for your stash!
  • Hancock's House of Happy -  An entire blog of freebies from simple and cute to colorful, off-the-wall and irreverent.  See "Cross Stitch Chart Categories" top of 1st narrow column for the many types of designs available.
  •  A Little Bit Stepford - nice "Mum" with pansies and "When Life Gives  You Lemons.." design, simple Christmas ornies and sentiments
  • ABC Cross Stitch Patterns - Several  nice charts including Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Valentines, Easter, patriotic and juvenile designs which d/l as .zip files
  • ABC Cross Stitch Freebies ArchiveSeveral small cross stitch charts (3 pages) including Christmas; except for sample you must register and log in to download the freebies
  • About.Com Filet Crochet Charts - Filet crochet charts are instantly convertible into cross stitch chart, simply stitch an X for each filled in square and many of these charts are in fact cross stitch. Also check out all the small cross stitch charts available on this site as well.
  • Acacia Crafts - conversions of art to cross stitch: horses, dragon, 2 other freebies
  • Agulha de Ouro - Magazine site is in Portuguese but you really don't need to translate; Pontos - stitch instructions;  Motivos - dozens/hundreds of free small motifs but searching for something in particular is a challenge, but worth a look;  Monagrama - alphabets;  Cursos - different needlework techniques with passo-a-passo (step by step) intructions; Click on the links on home page for additional designs; When you've got some time and want to explore, this is a great site that has been around for at least 15 years.
  • A.I.P.C. - an Italian site organized by a group of cross-stitchers who appear to be trying to preserve some of the older charts; some wonderful florals but they are colored graph squares and you would need to pick out your own colors, etc. You might even need to rechart, but take a look. If your style, it would be worth the effort. Alphabets and others as well.
  • Alita Designs - a variety of small designs by category
  • AnnaLee Waites Designs - "Spring" - print page or save .jpg image in landscape; image fuzzy and hard to read
  • Ant of Sweeden - A whole gallery of simple motif and designs; must provide email address to d/l
  • Antique Pattern Library - extensive collection of antique pattern books with designs back to the 1500's all downloadable in .pdf; for cross stitch click on CATALOG / TECHNIQUE / EMBROIDERY - also see the filet books since many of those patterns can be easily "used as is" or adapted to  cross stitch.
  • Aon-Celtic - snall knots, Claddagh, birds, etc.
  • Appleseed Prim - Several small, primitive type designs, peacock & peahen, butterflies with floral border, apple and berries trees, etc. If description says to click on link below, click on the bird graphic directly beneath the design for pdf. Otherwise, click on image then save.
  • Art Gobelin - conversions to petit point, needlework and/or cross stitch; scroll to bottom of page for current freebies
  • Artecy - conversions to cross stitch; free .pdf charts change every 2 weeks - also free awareness ribbon and flag charts
  • At River's End - click on "Freebies" -  3 bookmarks
  • Balades et Broderies - Noel Hearts, Christmas, Easter, seasonal and many other small designs
  • Beardie Designs -  Mini Dutch sampler and 3 other small ornament size designs
  • Better Cross Stitch Patterns - all free 
  • Bev's Country Cottage Free Pattern Page- All sorts of crafty patterns - click on Cross Stitch, but check out some of the others as well, extensive list of links; Christmas, Halloween, Easter and other designs
  • Bird Cross Stitch - numerous small bird and other charts as well as MANY links
  • Blackbird Designs - One Stitch at a Time blog - "Now I know my ABC's"
  • Blackbird Designs - "Souvenir de France" - Eiffel Tower - link hard to spot on blog page
  • Blackwork Journey - 4 pages of various designs: partial alphabet, Christian crosses, blackwork squares, small Christmas designs, others
  • Black Swan Designs - butterfly and flowers design 
  • Black Swan Designs - rose and angel globe
  • Blueladie Designs
  • Blue Ribbon Designs Christmas, St. Patrict's Day and others
  • Borduurblad - in  Dutch; a wide variety of freebies including holidays, seasons, Asian,  animals, birds, floral, babies, etc.
  • Borduurblog - in German - several pages with lots of blackwork designs
  • Brenda Kocher Designs - Counted Canvas/Needlepoint - 4 small pinss - US and Canadian Flags, 2 others
  • Brooke's Books Publishing -  Stitchers Alphabet and other small whimsical designs including card designs and printable card backgrounds
  • By the Bay Needleart - Bay View Estate freebie for visiting her site; click on chart and key, then right click and "save as"; see her "How To's" as well
  • Byrd's Nest - Blackwork tutorial and designs
  • Caron Collection Designer Spotlight - numerous very interesting designer profiles - click on those which state "Bonus Online Class" under the photo to link to a page with a freebie and directions. Save the entire .html or individually save the photos then copy/past the key and directions - also click on any links on designer's profile page - they may also take you to a freebie
  • Casa Cenina - numerous freebies from various designers including Halloween & Christmas
  • Casey Buonaugurio Cross Stitch Designs - Plaid Sheep, frog biscornu, eggnog and other simple designs
  • Cecelia's Samplers Freebies - 4 currently: a JBW, The Queen Stitch, NeedleWorkPress, and CherryWood Designs
  • Cer.Pi.Ca - an Italian site; top of freebie page reads "Punto Croce" (cross stitch) click on categories on the right, then on the photo of the design or preferred language for chart; Halloween, Christmas, Samplers
  • Charles Craft - Beautiful kitchen towel insert designs
  • Chatelaine Designs: Click on picture - click on "download design" - some open a .pdf file; Violets is a .zip file so pick a spot to save it, click on the .zip file and it will open up to 3 .jpg files - click on each file individually which will open your photo program, then you can print from there.
  • CherryWood Design Studios - Halloween and stitching related freebies, a patriotic; click on "Complimentary" in left column
  • Clare's Celtic Cornucopia - A dragon and saying available for download, others by mail only
  • Cosmic Handmade - click on Free Charts in right column for her current freebie "Friends"
  • Cosmic Handmade Blog - click on Free Charts under Pages in right hand column 
  • Cosmic Handmade Blog - look for free chart links under Page in right column
  • Craft Designs 4 You - Baby and Child Memory Samplers 
  • Create and Decorate - several nice cross stitch charts along with other needlework and craft projects, click on Downloads
  • Cross Me NotA variety of small patterns for cross stitch or perler beading
  • Cross Stitch Academy - by Ellen Maruer-Stroh; Although I've been aware of  free EMS designs for something like 15 years - perhaps longer, I only just ran across this site that includes Beginner, Sample, Card and Machine charts along with links to simple cross stitch instructions. Membership in the EMS Board is not required to download, but recommended so you can gain access to a broader selection of her other wonderful freebie designs. 
  • Cross Stitch Addicts  - a variety of different charts; if you download you are asked to vote for their site
  • Cross Stitch Happy - Scissor cases, fobs, bees, dragonflies, hummingbirds and many many more
  • Cross Stitch Patterns - (Czech site but almost all in English) many freebies for cross stitch, crochet and knitting 
  • Crossed Wing Collection -  Cardinal, Owl & Hummingbird, either print page or copy and paste into Word, etrc.
  • CrossStitcher - free charts are changed on a regular basis so check often, have included Margaret Sherry
  • Cruzalia -- a variety of small motifs by category (appear to be icons turned into charts) and 9 alphabets (have to be d/l 1 letter at a time, however)
  • The Cross Stitcher Magazine - Free Projects 
  • Cross Stitch & Needlework Magazine - Freebies 
  • Dance Factory  - Interesting BALLET-related freebie site (in Japanese) with very nice web graphics AND cross stitch charts. CLICK on Cross Stitch. CLICK on items/links in left column. Charts include "The Nutcracker" and a few other well-known Ballets. To access charts: Biscornu - click on photo; for the others click on the line of symbols/link that immediately precedes the PDF logo. The charts are in English with DMC floss. If you'd like to translate Click here. Copy/paste the page you wish to translate. **Be aware you can only download from the original page in Japanese. 
  • DaffyCat Designs - scroll through her posts that include the free designs, you may have to email for a copy of the chart depending on when it was posted. Halloween, Christmas and others; My fav: Raven Lunatic
  • Debbie Cripps Co. - click on FREE DESIGN on right. Design changes monthly.
  • Debbie Draper Designs - Click on Freebies on left or at bottom 
  • Designs by Amy - cardinal, frog, small wedding sampler, flowers, etc.
  • Designs, Period - by Carol Hanson; originally published in hard back the entire book of over 250 patterns and historical information is now free to copy and save courtesy of the author who describes it as "A Book of Medieval, Renaissance, and Heraldic Patterns for Needlework, with Many Charted from Original Embroidery Pieces of the Period." If for no other reason, as a stitcher who may want to know from whence our craft came, take a look at the designs and read a bit of the history. Current "primitive" designers still utilize many of the exact same motifs already being stitched over 500 years ago.
  • DMC - dozens of free desings - join the DMC Club to get access to them in several categories including Christmas, Halloween, World Travel, many  others
  • DMC - USA - dozens of free designs - join the DMC Club for even more (possibly same as above) - divided into types of DMC threads and for all skill levels
  • Dragon Bear (Carol Hanson) small Medieval, Icelandic and heraldic designs, blackwork patterns; many charted from the original embroidery, the strawberries are particularly nice; click on all the links for information and more designs. See "Designs, Period" above.
  • Dragon Dreams - wonderful dragonish charts; click on "Sample Charts..."
  • Dragonfly Stitches - Kristine Herber - breast cancer, snowflake & bookmark freebies
  • Drawn Thread - Cross stitch with some specialty stitches and threads including holidays, scissor fobs/keepers as well.
  • Dutch Treat Designs - several 15"x16" Doily/Tabletopper designs to be stitched on 18ct 4-square Anne Cloth, including Christmas designs; also nice "United" patriotic design on 9 square Anne Cloth and an interesting Pink Needleswatch
  • EMS Cross Stitch Board - Ellen Maurer-Stroh; THE best cross stitch forum around. International. Dozens of small freebies in various categories. Registration required for downloads, the number of which are limited on any given day, but you can always visit again. Look under "downloads" tab for the freebies. Also check out the 2012 Antique Sampler.
  • EMS Project 2010 - Flowers of the month in a style only EMS can create
  • Faby Reilly Designs - 3 cute bisconus 
  • Fees Moi Rever - grilles gratuite; Block and fancier illustrated alphabets, some graphics on the lower section of the page also link to charts
  • Free Cross Stitch - dozens of small designs listed by category 
  • Free Cross Stitch Pattern - dozens of medium to large designs converted from clip art, photos or classical paintings - some nice designs but the charts are not gridded into sections; some embroidery designs as well
  • Glory Bee - d/l patriotic design then click on drop down box un Free Design Archives for additional freebies
  • Hancock's House of Happy -  An entire blog of freebies from simple and cute to colorful, off-the-wall and irreverent.  See "Cross Stitch Chart Categories" top of 1st narrow column for the many types of designs available.
  • Hand Dyed Fibers - a long list of freebie links - so far I've checked out those through The Meri Wanderer. Many links are inactive or no longer have a freebie that I could find anywhere. I've added the others to this list, subject to the above.
  • Handmade Adelaide Baby - cross stitch borders and designs from Bibliothec DMC and other patterns book from the early 1900's.
  • Handblessings - these appear to be available only through  your Needlework Shop; check the site then with your LNS or ONS, particularly regarding the ongoing "quilt" series
  • Happy Threads - a variety of different designs including Christmas, floral, Halloween; left click on photo to go to .pdf document, right click and select "print" or "download document" which you can then "save to" as a file on your computer 
  • Heaven & Earth Designs - multiple artists' creations charted for cross stitch
  • Helga Mandl -  small whimsical designs: Santa on Moon, Cardinals with birdhouse, baby, fishbone, Japanese doll, lady bug, snowman, etc
  • Herrschner's Free Patterns - Cross Stitch, Knit/Crochet, Crafts, Christmas
  • Hobby Loco - a plethora of little designs by category, including Christmas and Halloween
  • Ink Circles - 4 in the Bush (Owls/Halloween); Lobster Bouquet, BoInk (all the parts), free charts from 2006 and 2007
  • Jan Brett Cross Stitch Patterns -  charts from her wonderful art work: Bo the Armadillo,  hedgehogs, Mother's Day charts, Halloween Squirrel -  really nice
  • Jane Greenoff - of The Cross Stitch Guild, currently a small purple crocus design
  • Janlynn - a variety of nice freebies
  • Jenny's Free Cross Stitch Pattern Links - (of BirdCrossStitch) EXTENSIVE list of links sorted into several categories - unfortunately there was a high number of links that no longer worked of the random few I tried
  • Just Cross Stitch - under "Free Designs" banner on their Home Page - these change
  • Just Nan - WhimZi Feather Tree 
  • KDA Cross Stitch -  Dragon, NYC skyline, greyhounds, lion head, military yellow ribbon, fairies; Must follow on Twitter to receive them.
  • Kincavel Krosses - Lady Kell's popular blog of freebie designs - blackwork, biscornus and other; right click and save image
  • Kitty & Me - Pam Kellogg no longer offers cross stitch freebies, however you might be interested in her crazy quilt and embroidery tutorials  and designs as well as her items available on Esty.
  • Kiyo's Cherished Time Freebie Links - an extensive list of freebie links from April, 2006, but a large number of the links no longer work. I add those that do to this site a few at a time as I check them out - not a designer site but it's too extensive a list to skip.
  • Kooler Design Studio - flip flops, flamingo, sea shells, summer beverages, Grandma saying, new Halloween house, small Judaica symbols,
  • Kreuzstich Kreativ - a variety of smaller designs in .pdf format - in German but what you can't figure out you can tell by looking - uses Anchor or Madeira floss - but you can substitute DMC as you may choose or use a Anchor>DMC conversion chart. New: 12/2011 - Hedgehog under tree
  • Labor of Love Designs - cute no sew Spring cube, fridge diet magnet, DaffyJo's Swirley Snow., cat biscornu ornament
  • La Contesse - in Italian; numerous redwork or monochrome sayings or words (mostly in French French) with classic motifs, Christmas and other holiday designs, samplers/alphabets, interesting fashion dummies (sorry, I don't know the right seamstress term)
  • Ladybug Lane Designs - Make it Count, Happy Birthday and others
  • Le Chroniques de Frimmouse  - In French; an avid stitcher and designer, the best way to explore her site is just to explore her site. Look for Grilles or Grilles Gratuite, otherwise her free designs are scattered throughout her other blog entries. Consider it a treasure hunt.
  • Linen Flowers - Click on SAMPLES in left columnbookmarks, religious, blackwork, Christmas and others
  • Lizzie Kate - Borders for Flip-Its and Double Flip-Its and other freebies
  • Loopylou Designs - designs using Kloster blocks and pearl cotton with other stitches 
  • Lucie Heaton - Furry Tales - Click on "Free Patterns" in left column; striped hen, bunny, cross stitch friends
  • Lynne Nicoletti -  Look for "Complimentary Designs" under the drop down menu - all Teddies and 9/11 Relief Effort Design
  • Madame La Fee - Click on Free charts; florals, bees, Christmas, hearts and others
  • Magic Moments - Monthly Teacup Bookmarks for 2012, Birdhouse bookmarks, Ocean life alphabet series, in Italian. Click on Avanti or next page number for older charts from this link.
  • Marika Belfiore - Site mostly in Italian - click on Schemi Free in left hand column or at top; other links also lead to free charts so explore
  • Margaret Sherry - Blog with MS freebies, including entire alphabet
  • Marian Aliza - Scenics, bookmark, alphabets, border, others
  • Marjolein Bastin's Garden Sampler - Thanks to DeeinTee for tracking down an old link that still works for this wonderful sampler first posted in 2001. I'd sadly noted that the link that had been working when first posted here no longer worked. Very happy it's still accessible after all! Chart quality isn't the best and you have to copy and paste the key, but it's a great design. You can see a photo here as well.
  • MarNic Designs -Garden Gate and Seasonal "Mother and Child" minis
  • Martha Stewart Cross stitch family with choices for family members and pets; other small motifs
  • Mary Corbett's Needke'n Thread - free embroidery / needlework designs with links to others
  • Michael Powell Cross Stitch - join as a member and get access to his whimsical freebie "Downloads" through the Members Section 
  • Michael's - 28 different freebies ranging from floral, sayings to Christmas
  • Miribilia Holiday Cherub Series - also a bumblebee and a butterflly; click on photo, in pop-up box scroll down and click on Download 
  • Mosey 'n Me -  Frank Bielec's whimsical creations, including clip art
  • My Big Toe Designs - Click on "Freebies" on left
  • Nancy Spruance -  Click on "Free Charts" bottom left; border or towel type designs
  • Needlecraft Tips & Techniques - Very small cross stitch elephant, mouse, turkey, penquin and a Valentine card design; Assisi rose; also links to free charts for blackwork, red work, white work, and other needlecraft techniques along with instructions.
  • Nordic Needle - Cross Stitch, Hardanger and other needlearts
  • Oakhaven Designs - Tonia Pappin - monthly bird and other charts, highlight then copy/paste key 
  • Passione Ricomo -  Numerous free charts
  • Patrick's Woods  - On The DandyHare Blog, October 3, 2011 entry - Cute rabbit with scissors and thread 
  • Permin - New free chart each month
  • Pinoy Cross Stitch - a variety of charts including 3 Beatles' Album covers: Sgt Pepper, Abbey Road and Yellow Submarine (wonder if they have a license?) - please vote if you download
  • Polstitches Designs - 2 Hardanger and a cross stitch butterfly freebies 
  • Precious Moments - 7 pages of multiple freebies by Gloria &Pat 
  • Punti Antichi - a couple of Christmas designs and a nice Assisi Swan needle case and scissors etui
  • Rainbow Gallery - Cross Stitch: Dozens of small charts by Erica Michael including individual alphabet and month charts, seasons, and many others. Sue Hillis "Support Our Troups," a few Mosey N Me and others. Also free charts for Needlepoint, Plastic Canvas, Blackwork, and Hardanger 
  • Redhouse Crafts  
  • San-Man Originals  - Seasons, holidays, etc
  • Serendipity Designs - a small band sampler and Garden Urn by Marbek
  • Shawkl - monochromatic peacock, also click on the Cross Stitch Designs tab at the top for others
  • Simple Treasures - tajinza - Fairy's Sampler, Fairy Collector, Mermaid Collector, Butterfly Girl, Opinion of Husband and others
  • Solaria Gallery - numerous florals, religious. bears, blackwork, etc. designs
  • Stickerin MB - in German with translation link; fobs, biscornu, little stockings and ornaments
  • Stickeules Freebies  - a variety of small freebies including 2012 owls, florals, alphabet, Easter; larger Scissor Sampler,Christmas sampler, etc. I didn't find any keys so choose your own favorite hues.  In German but easy to navigate even if you have to guess at the labels.
  • Stitcheree! -  Fall, halloween, owls, holidays, seasons, nice Bluebird Welcome chart, very nice, new Merry & Bright Christmas chart
  • Stitching the Night Away - Christmas and other small various holiday freebies
  • Stitchy Kitty - 4 whimsical "Freebie Treats" 
  • Stoney Creek - current Pattern of the Month is free but you have to pay $3.50 shipping! 
  • Sue Hillis - Scroll down for several very nice seasonal designs by Sue
  • Tantes Zolder: Nouveau Encore Designs - click on freebie link near bottom of left hand list 
  • Teresa Wentzler - Tempest, Stretch & Herald the dragons, whitework, ornaments and others
  • The Art of StitchingClassical art conversions. Click on "Free Patterns" under Things to Do in left column. Be sure to visit the free pattern archives for a wider variety of smaller conversions to choose from, including Renoir and Cezanne
  • The Gentle Art - alphabet, swans, clown, sheep from various designers 
  • The Making Spot - Cupcake Apron with cross stitch cupcake chart 
  • The Meri Wanderer - Designs based on scissors. Scan through the site to find them, but understand many of her older links no longer work, which she explains as a problem with a former hosting service.
  • The Primitive Hare -  a new Halloween freebie, also Christmas, St Patrick's Day and Valentine freebies
  • The Sampler Girl's BlogSimple sayings, Jane Austen, others; be sure to click back to several pages of "Older Posts" 
  • The Stitcherhood - Winter, Autumn, Summer & Spring
  • The World According to Agi - Biscornu, Bookmarks, Blackwork and others
  • The Workbasket - very nice Quaker-style items including the popular Quaker Holly and Hedgehog
  • The Victoria Sampler - a wonderful selection and variety of freebies for holidays, seasons, etc.
  • Tom Pudding Designs - blackwork and others - all free 
  • Tink Boord-Dill Needlework - Patriotic, 2 large alphabets and a bunny 
  • TW Designworks  -  Tropical mandala? using a variety of needlework stitches
  • Ursula Michaels - scroll down and run mouse of charts for the Halloween and Christmas designs 
  • Vermillion Stitchery - 2008 Sample Designs - Snowmen
  • Vermillion Stitchery - 2009-2010 Sample Designs - Doorways
  • Vermillion Stitchery - 2011 Sample Designs - Teacup Posies now current through July, 2012
  • Vorlagen fur Kreuzstitch in German; small motifs. To close popup type chart simply click back
  • Waxing Moon - Seasonal birds, patriotic snowman, bunny and watermelon
  • Whispered by the Wind - bookmarks, winter, patriotic, a Halloween design and bunnies 
  • Wild Olive - printable wind-up thread bobbins; not sure I'd trust the ink not to run and they'd have to be cut out, but cute nonetheless
  • Windy Willows - site is in Japanese with a bit of English; click on everything in left column, even the boxes, to be taken to different charts. click on "Chart is here" or similar (conveniently in English) then copy/paste both chart and color key; small nice designs - strangely with English lettering. I really like Willows2.
  • Wishful Thinking - small beach scene; check out her beautiful Scottish landscape and cuteCollie Christmas kits as well
  • Witchelt Imports - free graphs, a new one every month in 2011 
  • WitchWolfWeb Creations - , Cross stitch, knitting, crochet colorwork and filet crochet charts featuring cats, wolves, other animals, mythology, nature, carosel horses, and a variety of subjects. Check "Labels" in right column for list.  
  • With My NeedleFlowers of Olde, Peaceful Willows, Pyn Pillow, Les Cygnes - click on individual name for chart
  • With Thy Needle & Thread - Welcome October and May Day Sampler, read instructions for printing under May Day Sampler or save the charts and print later in landscape from  your paint or photo program after you resize it to fit  Be sure to check "Print Preview" to make sure it will fit your paper. You'll need to copy/paste the colors for Welcome October and print separately
  • WoolenSails - Deborah St. Germain - primitive cat
Alphabets: Fonts/typefaces have been one of my time and printer ink consuming, "generally for no other reason other than I found them interesting" hobbies in years past. Before it crashed in 2010, I had over 1200 of them on my computer. (For links to free font sites, see my Other Links page). Many typefaces have been adapted for needlework and cross stitch ever since printing began hundreds of years ago. Others were created specifically for needlework, such as the traditional ones used in old samplers and current designs by Prairie Schooler, Little House Needlework, etc. There are many old monogram alphabets as well. Nowadays cross-stitch alphabets can be very creative in and of themselves.
  • A Little Bit Stepford - a backstitch alphabet chart
  • About.com - Checkered alphabet for cross stitch and filet crochet
  • About.com  - 10 additional cross stitch alphabets
  • Antique Pattern Library - extensive collection of antique pattern books, many with alphabets, for cross stitch click on  EMBROIDERY - also see the filet books since many of those patterns can be easily "used as is" or adapted to  cross stitch.
  • Appleseed Prim - primitive alphabet, click on image then save 
  • Better Cross Stitch Patterns  - 28 different alphabets in varying sizes from block to back stitch, holidays, baby, etc.
  • Bird Cross Stitch - Bluebird, Cardinal & Ladybug Alphabets
  • Blackbird Designs - Traditional from "Now I Know My ABC's" chart
  • Bloggreen - a somewhat free style alphabet from the designer of Radical Cross Stitch
  • Brook's Books - Stitcher's Alphabet - a series feature a variety of fonts and designs individually charted - 31w x 36h 
  • Carousel Charts - "Jewel" alphabet with variations for some of the letters and numbers
  • Cer.Pi.Ca- 3 Samplers with alphabets: Gentle Flower Alphabet, Old Sampler & A Cup of  Tea
  • Cherished Time from Kiyo - long list of free alphabet links from 2006 - many do not work
  • Craft Designs 4 You - simple serif alphabet
  • CrocettEstella - juvenile type designs plus gardening angel and a snowman
  • Cross Stitch Information Centre - Fancy backstitch alphabet - accompanies a free wedding chart - most Capitals drop below the baseline of the small letters - generally 9 total stitches tall
  • DMC Club - Several alphabets in the Samplers section - must register to get access to Club charts
  • ^ Dragon Bear - Uncial and Half-Uncial Medieval Alphabets
  • Ellen Maurer-Stroh - Garden Alphabet
  • Ellen Maurer-Stroh - Kitchen Alphabet
  • Ellen Maurer-Stroh - 1 small and 1 tiny backstitch alphabet along with 2 others to customize her other free designs
  • Fees Moi Rever - illustrated alphabets; rather large with block letters but cute juvenile designs (currently through H); click on "abecedaire fillettes" in left column for a fancier girls' version; many of the graphics also link to charts
  • Festive Backstitch Alphabet - Felicity Hall
  • Filanthrope Broderies - Floral monogram alphabet - must register to download
  • Free Cross Stitch - Capital and small letters separate
  • Free Cross Stithc Pattern - Fancy alphabet, quite large individual letters
  • Free Patterns Online - Over 40 different alphabets of all sorts and size
  • ABC Cross Stitch Patterns - Gothic Alphabet, d/l as .zip file
  • Handmade Adelaide Baby - several alphabets for monagrams or personalizing adapted from pattern books from the early 1900's, some include embellishments and borders
  • Johanna's Needlework Stitches - 4 small and simple alphabets
  • KS Cross Stitch - Oriental type
  • Lucie Heaton - Zoo animals alphabet - must register
  • Margaret Sherry - Her entire animal alphabet
  • Marian Aliza - A tulip and a heart allphabet 
  • Needlework.Com - Cyber Samplers I and II each contain 2 alphabets: I has an Old English and a less fancy alphabet; II has a block and a more traditional alphabet
  • New England Classic Stitch - Alphabets/Fonts - a nice variety, but not all links are working 
  • Robin's Nest Designs - Patriotic red/white/blue block capitals
  • Rosewood Manor - 5 stitch high backstitch capitals on the 2010 Christmas freebie
  • Sharon's Graphed Alphabet - lower case only but nice
  • Stickeules Freebies - Fancy capitals/initials with rose; separate rose border; suitable for monograms
  • Stitching Hearts - 8 various alphabets including the following types of scripts; Uncial, fancy Monogram, handwriting, modern cleaner version of a Gothic or Old English font - took a while to download the .pdf's
  • Subversive Cross Stitch - Arial, Century Gothic and Georgia fonts adapted for cross stitch
  • Tink Boord-Dill - "Seasons" is good for Christmas projects - also scroll down and click on her "Americana" alphabet link - it's really a standard Old English or Gothic or Blackletter alphabet, but nice for something formal or samplers
  • Victoria Sampler - Small script alphabet
  • With My Needle - Pyn pillow with alphabet
  • Yarntree - 6 different alphabets: Tiny back stitch, 2 block, 3 based on fonts: Georgia, Times & Corsiva
Breast Cancer links - moved to separate page

Christmas:
Halloween:
Easter:

Miscellaneous freebies and freebie sites:
  • 1-2-3 Stitch - Some great charts - if you're not already a member read and join the 123 Message Board while you're there
  • Ackfeld Wire Mfg - Whimsical Little Irene charts to match some of their heavy wire ornamental products: Christmas, Halloween, Easter, Kiss a Frog, 4th of July, Indian - cute
  • All Crafts - extensive list of freebie sites with links to specific charts; except for one, all the random links I tried were working; also freebies for other numerous crafts as well - love the stuffed animals
  • Alexandrina Freebie Blog - translate from Russian with link, small designs for cross stitch and embroidery, including some Christmas, and interesting finishes
  • Antique Pattern Library - extensive collection of old pattern books with designs going back to the 1600's available in .pdf; for cross stitch click on Techniques then Embroidery.
  • Assisi Style Rabbits - from Berlin Embroidery Works. Not free, but check out her many types of embroidery techniques and patterns.
  • Blackwork Pears - from Needleworks Tips & Techniques
  • Budgie (Parakeet) - also click on Arts & Crafts and take a look at her page background
  • Cross Stitcher's Club - dozens or hundreds of free designs, new ones daily; registration required
  • Cecila's Samplers - Free charts from various designers
  • Freebie Gallery - A blog with photos of stitched freebies - see a design you like? Check out the designer listed
  • Frog - by Epid Stitching  posted August 19, 2011, link is a bottom of post
  • Hawaiian Wili Wili - Quilt design in cross stitch 
  • Isabel's blog - She has categorized the charts from Tantes Zolder (My Aunt's Attic) and all are available here - Also some crochet and knitting designs from the 1920's and earlier years.
  • Mary Joan Stitching - Long list of freebie links 
  • Paris Biscornu - from Silver's Cute Dwarf Journal; French flag and Eiffel tower with fleur-de-lis reverse (50w x 50h)
  • Patriotic Quaker Hearts by AuryTM
  • Over the Moon DesignsHardanger instructions and freebies
  • Peacock Heart - from The Gift of Stitching 
  • Quaker Heart - from Piecework Magazine
  • Romy's Cross Stitch Patterns - various freebies in blog  
  • Sampler Alter Echo - from a French site but in English. A large, classical, decorative type sampler originally issued in 7 parts. 
  • Sampler Winter - by Marika Belfiore 
  • Stitching Heart - by Mon Ami Pierre
  • Tantes Zolder: My Aunt's Attic - very interesting original blog by Lilian Kok that includes digitized versions of hand-drawn traditional and and antique designs her found in her Aunt's Attic  (tantes zolder in Dutch). I saw some of these in the original form and it appeared they were hand copied from design collections, books of motivs or magazines up to around 1934 and are now being distributed under a creative commons license.  Lilian enlisted the help of several volunteers to help digitize them so they could be shared with all stitchers. The charts, once scattered through out her blog, have been compiled and categorized and can now be found on Isabel's blog.  This is a must see site if for no other reason than it's historical value and designs from the late 19th and early 20th century. 
  • The Silver Needle - freebie page - Lizzie Kate, Erica Michaels, Shepherds Bush, others
In French: various subjects: (look for grilles gratuites in most cases, watch out for all the ads on some of these sites, and be sure to delete cookies they will all probably set)

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