No Speed Limit Cross Stitch Pattern

This no speed limit sign cross stitch pattern and kit are now available in my Etsy shop!no speed limit cross stitch road sign pattern

This is the latest in my fun series of road sign projects. In fact, this was created as a result of a custom order request from someone who had seen my other road sign patterns. It turned out so well that I thought I’d add it to my shop!

Autobahn - No Speed Limit (End Posted Speed Limit) SignThe pattern is based on a German Autobahn road sign. Yes, there are places where there are no speed limits, however the recommended top speed is 130 km/hr (81 mi/hr).



It’s perfect for your favorite speed demons and Sammy Hagar fans… from the way back machine – do you remember “I can’t drive… 55!”? [Caution: Cheesy 1980’s music video]

This fun no speed limit cross stitch pattern and kit are good for beginners and more experienced cross stitchers alike! With their crisp lines and bright colors, this and the other European road sign patterns are perfect for decorating kids’ rooms, media rooms, and offices. I also have a fun series of individual United States highway signs that is a continuing work-in-progress.

Hexagon Crafts Part 2

Welcome to Hexagon Crafts Part 2! This series on hexagon crafts should really be titled HEXIE MADNESS! Part 1 of the series covered quilting, leatherwork, scrapbooking, weaving, and jewelry. Today is the second of four posts covering hexagon crafts ranging from crochet to cakes, pottery to popsicle sticks, and everything in between.
Spit and Woodchip Hexagons

 [Spit and Woodchip Hexagons by Helle V. Fisher via Flickr]

Hexagon Crafts in Crochet

There’s a million outstanding crochet hexie patterns out there for purses, totes, blankets, table runners, rugs, hats, etc. (you name it!), and I’ve got too many favorites to feature just a few. So instead I’ll share this terrific Pinterest board by Jeannette that is full of beautiful hexie crochet tutorials and inspiration:hexagon crafts part 2 crochet tutorial pinterest board

Hexagon Crafts in Felt

This hexagonal felt flower wreath tutorial from Rachel at LinesAcross is just brilliant and beautiful, and a great way to use up felt scraps.





Hexagon Lemonade CoasterJust recently, Mollie of WildOlive posted this tutorial for an adorable hand stitched felt and fabric pitcher coaster.



Hexagon Crafts in Lace and Tatting

hexagon crafts part 2 hexagon shaped lace by herbert nieblingTo start is this knitted lace pattern by Herbert Niebling available on E-Junkie.




hexagon crafts part 2 - hexagon machine embroidery lace pattern from embroidery libraryWith a more modern vibe is this machine embroidery hexagon floral lace pattern available at EmbroideryLibrary,





and Advanced Embroidery Designs has this Battenberg Spiral Hexagon Lace pattern for a freestanding lace machine.





On a more handcrafted note is this gorgeous German triangle motif doily by Jeff at BridgeCityTatting. Jeff is a very talented tatter and he has created a lot of hexagonal projects. I encourage you to check out his Flickr Photostream and take a look!




Hexagon Crafts in Polymer Clay

hexagon crafts part 2 polypediaonline hexagon polymer clay tutorialIris at PolyPediaOnline offers this tutorial for these hexagonal bracelets that, although they look like leather, are actually made from polymer clay!




Intricate Kaleidoscope Cane Tutorial Cane Builder May 2013Meg at PolymerClayWorkshop offers two tutorials for making hexagonal polymer clay canes – one “easy intricate” and one plain ‘ol “intricate.”




I am fascinated by the amount of detail found in some of this polymer clay canework. These are a couple of beautiful examples from iKandi:
SALE - Polymer Clay Hexagon Kaleidoscope Cane Slice Bead -A37
Hexagon Polymer Clay Kaleidoscope Pin / Brooch


Hexagon Crafts in Origami

hexagon crafts part 2 - hexagon origami box with lidThere are tons of examples of hexagon origami – so many that I will only feature a few select links. The first, from TCGames on Instructables, is how to make a hexagonal origami box with lid. This pattern uses two pieces of paper for both base and lid, for a total of four pieces of paper.

This tutorial by Chrissy at PaperKawaii is also for an hexie origami box with lid, but this pattern only uses one piece of paper for base and one piece of paper for lid.




Then I found a pattern for this lovely little origami hexie flower ball on the Origami Resource Center site. It’s very cute in pastels as shown, but I wonder what it would look like in some richer colors and patterns.




Tricluster - FrontThen I found this collection of photos from Flickr I can only best describe as “extreme hexie origami.” There’s some amazing pieces in this mix!




Hexagon Crafts in Popsicle Sticks

I had totally forgotten about crafting with popsicle sticks until I saw this post from LiEr at Ikatbag. These are great fun! Her kids did a good job…



I have to admit that I saved my personal favorite for last. That basket reminds me of some crafts I did a million years ago, and now I can’t wait to try them out with some real live kids!

That cheeful note wraps up this hexagon crafts part 2. Is there anything else in these six crafty categories (crochet, felt, lace and tatting, polymer clay, origami, sticks) that you would like to add in the comments?

Make sure you’ve checked out the quilting, leatherwork, scrapbooking, weaving, and jewelry featured in Part 1, and stay tuned for hexie woodwork, pottery, painting, needlework, stained glass, gardening and much more to come!

[Update: Here’s links to Part 3 (sewing, pottery, knitting, quilling, woodworking, plastic and stained glass), and Part 4 (paint, cross stitch, embroidery, baking, lamp making, and gardening)]

1939 Movie Crafts

For me, movies and crafts go hand in hand. Not only do I get inspirations for craft projects from movies, I can craft while watching movies. I also learn and try to improve myself from movies – see how to act in some situations and how NOT to act in some situations.

1939 was arguably the best year ever for movies. Dark Victory, Gone With the Wind, Goodbye Mr. Chips, Gunga Din, Love Affair, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Ninotchka, Of Mice and Men, Stagecoach, The Wizard of Oz, and Wuthering Heights (among others) all were released in 1939.

I’m a big fan of Cary Grant, and now that I have a DVR, I’ve been catching up on his movies that I haven’t seen yet. A couple of weeks ago, I saw Only Angels Have Wings for the first time and I just loved it (here’s a good review). Looking it up online, I discovered it was released in 1939 as well. So I’ve been wondering “are there any 1939 movie crafts out there?” The answer is a resounding YES! Take a look:





I found this charming movie quilt by Joan Bjork that features three 1939 movie characters – Bette Davis in Dark Victory, Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz, and Vivian Leigh in Gone With the Wind. The quilt also features six other amazing actresses, Debbie Reynolds, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Julie Andrews, Elizabeth Taylor, and Ingrid Bergman, in some of their most famous roles.

Then I found, via, this adorable felt Scarlett and Rhett pair by DeriDolls. She really did a wonderful job on the details for this epic couple from Gone With the Wind.
 has a tutorial on how parents and kids can make a stagecoach from cardboard boxes and craft paper, while offers this 1848 stagecoach scale model kit.





Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights Cross Stitch Pattern Sunday Avery created this Heathcliff pattern, complete with torrential Wuthering Heights rain, available at her Etsy shop, BookPilgrim.






Geeky Cross Stitch KIT There's No Place Like HomeOf all these movies, the most popular and most crafted has to be The Wizard of Oz. There’s a TON of crafty goodness inspired by the movie. This cross stitch kit by Leslie at DisorderlyStitches puts a cool contemporary twist on the popular quote, as does this Wizard of Oz lineup pattern by PixelPowerDesign.



These DIY cupcake toppers from SweetPaul gave me a good chuckle, and Craftsy offers this Technicolor knitting pattern called Dorothy’s Dream.






Finally, I really like this inexpensive, simple, and colorful rainbow project for young kids at MomsCraftySpace. So cheery, and streamers are always fun!








Are any of the 1939 movies on your list of favorites? Have you ever made a crafty project inspired by one of these movies?

European Road Sign Cross Stitch Patterns

I’ve started on what I hope will be a long series of very fun European road sign cross stitch patterns!road sign cross stitch patterns - no horns, milemarker 0, wine route, speed camera, loose chippings

My husband and I have been fortunate to be able to live in and spend time traveling throughout Europe over the past 5 years. Along our travels, mostly though Spain, the U.K., Italy, and France, I’ve managed to gather photos of some unique and unusual signs (at least to us on the left side of the pond). One of my goals of 2013 is to turn many of those signs into patterns and kits. As of Tuesday February 26th, I’ll have five patterns in my Etsy shop, and more coming all the time.

I’m hoping there will be patterns that appeal to everyone – from kids to grandparents, drivers, hikers, wine lovers, newlyweds, new moms, and aficionados of the fun and unusual.

One of my personal favorites is the “No Horns” sign you see at the left in the photo. This is a road sign I’ve seen outside of some small villages in Italy. I’ve always been charmed by the antique style of the bicycle horn in the sign and it makes me smile every time I see one. The signs are somewhat rare these days, so I wanted to stitch one for myself. I think this would be a very fun “be quiet” sign for new moms with sleeping babies.

Rock and Roll Patterns for Kids and Adults

These Rock and Roll patterns and kits are projects I designed for a few kids that are special to me. Let me explain: A lot of projects for new babies and kids are all in light blues and pinks and cute animals. And while there’s nothing wrong with that stuff, there’s already PLENTY of designs in that genre. I wanted to make something distinctive that would be cool for the kids and parents way longer than a year or two.

And a lot of these patterns are not just for kids! Sci-Fi aficionados, astronomy buffs, Deadheads, the Kiss Army and those channeling just Paul Stanley would get a kick out of these.

rock and roll pattern - Rock On“Rock On” was the first of these rock and roll patterns. I especially love the skull and crossbones and their variegated gray checkerboard background.





rock and roll pattern - Final FrontierNext up is “Final Frontier.” Of the four projects featured on this page, this is probably my personal favorite. I love how all the elements work together. I think that the planets, galaxy, stars, comet, spaceship, and asteroids look bright and fantastic against the black background. If you look close enough, there’s a tiny homage to a certain sci-fi show included. I also like the colors that I used to outline Ozzie’s name, and the framing certainly accentuates them as well.

rock and roll pattern - Girly GirlThen came “Girly Girl.” I’m the first to admit that I’m not a very girly girl so I’m very happy with how the bow, sunglasses, flip flops and perfume bottle turned out.





rock and roll pattern - Colorful Stars

The most recent project is “Colorful Stars.” It’s bright and cheerful, and it has a couple of sister projects: there’s another “Colorful Stars” and a similar “Dark Stars” that both feature awesome bright colors and with black backgrounds that really make the colors ROCK!

I’m extremely happy with how all these rock and roll patterns projects turned out, and I was proud to give them to all the kids and parents.

Airplane Cross Stitch Projects

One series of patterns and kits I’m currently offering on Etsy are these WWI era Airplane cross stitch projects. There’s a great story behind the patterns:

My Grandfather had an old baseball style jacket These airplane cross stitch patterns include the Nieuport 17, Spad, Curtis Jenny, Wright Brothers' Flyer, two Fokkers, Sopwith Camel, Albatross and the Spirit of St. Louisthat featured the nine airplanes in this series. After years of continual use, he eventually wore holes in the elbows, and the elastic trims around the sleeves and bottom of the jacket just wore out. Despite the pleas of his wife, he refused to throw it away. My Mom took the jacket and photocopied the airplanes, then gave the copies to me and I converted them to the charted designs you see now. The photo above shows how my Mom and I needlepointed the airplanes onto 32 to the inch linen, which was insanely small, but they turned out lovely. We gave this project to him on his 80th birthday in 1998 (along with a new jacket).

These days, I’m selling these as Airplane cross stitch patterns and kits on Etsy (link). The kits feature a 32 count Jobelan cloth that has been hand-dyed to resemble a partly cloudy day and is very very pretty. The stitching will be done “crossing two” – so the projects will be a very reasonable 16 to the inch.

I never considered selling the patterns until well after I had started working on Ancora Crafts as a business. One of the reasons is that I thought there would be very little interest in these airplanes. Turns out they are some of my best sellers! Thanks, Grandpa!

To see more about the history of these airplanes click any of the following links:

Spad   Curtis JN-4   Fokker D-VII

Nieuport 17   Wright Brothers’ Aircraft   Fokker DR-1

Albatross   Spirit of St. Louis   Sopwith Camel