Cross Stitch has started to make a resurgence in the last few years. Gone are the days of only being able to purchase teddy bears, flowers and old fashioned patterns. Nowadays there are a plethora of modern cross stitch designers that have taken the art into the 21st century.
Obviously this isn’t a comprehensive list of every single modern cross stitch pattern designer. You’d be reading for days and ain’t no one got time for that. However, in no particular order, I have put together a list of some of the more prominent designers as well as some up and coming designers that you need to keep an eye on who are going to do big things.
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Peppermint Purple is well-known for her modern blackwork patterns, but she also designs some pretty choice cross stitch patterns as well (including some fabulous cocktail recipe stitches. I mean, who doesn’t love learning the different cocktails whilst stitching?).
Not only does Clare do sensational patterns, but she is also as sweet as honey. Her Facebook Group, Peppermint Purple SAL Group is one of those rare groups where there is a safe space to share your work, no drama, tons of support and as a bonus, a free stitch along you can join at any time.
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Caterpillar Cross Stitch
Sally Wilson founded Caterpillar Cross Stitch in 2015 so it is safe to say, she knows her stitches.
If I had to sum up Caterpillar Cross Stitch in three words it would be Happy, Positive and Fun. From bright English Seasides to positivity stitch alongs to bold fonts, go grab yourself a fun stitch to whip up today.
Cross stitch kits are available for purchase as well as patterns so you don’t even have to leave the house to get supplies. How nice!
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Emma Congdon of Stitchrovia has beeeeautiful typography stitches. They are bright, fun and absolutely gorgeous.
Emma has recently bought out a book, Cross Stitch for the Soul, filled with fun, bright, colourful typography stitches that is available on Amazon. If you feel like getting lost on Etsy, there are nearly 200 Stitchrovia patterns you can immerse yourself in.
You can also find Emma’s designs in CrossStitcher, World of Cross Stitch, Cross Stitch Crazy and Cross Stitch & Needlework magazines.
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Oh My Stitches Shop
Oh my, you will find over 700 patterns in this stitches shop. I apologise in advance for any hours that you lose if you go check out Julia’s shop. Just make sure that you don’t start looking before work or an appointment or anything. I won’t be held responsible for anyone being late for anything.
Funny, whimsical, snarky and most definitely modern, there is a bit of everything in Oh My Stitches Shop.
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Busy Beaver Needlework
I first came across Busy Beaver Needlework when I was looking for a tube station cross stitch. A quick look through the rest of the listings and she was instantly on the favourites list!
Not only are there tube station maps (for which I have a wee soft spot), but modern fonts, watercolour silhouettes, quotes and periodic tables. A right ole mix!
Unfortunately, you can’t find Busy Beaver Needlework on Insta (sigh) but there is plenty to keep you occupied in her shop.
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Happy Sloth Patterns
Cherie of Happy Sloth Patterns has some epic cross stitch patterns in her shop. My favourites are the pop art ones for sure. However, the pop culture designs are also fabulous
Along with pop art and pop culture, scroll through over 300 cross stitch patterns that include snark, quotes, feminism, fonts, memes, vintage and abstract. I bet you will find at least one that you fall in love with in the shop.
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Oh Wow Stitch
Think old fashioned florals mixed with modern fonts and quotes when you think of Oh Wow Stitch. Mixing old with new makes grandma’s cross stitch pack a punch. Seemingly innocent until you look again.
If you want a bargain, grab Ekaterina Youniacutt’s, “Wash your damn hands” stitch for a cool 50c. I got mine a couple of days ago and am itching to get started on it. Although I have a few (understatement) to finish before starting anything new.
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PixlStitch is a fellow Kiwi so obviously I had to give a shout out (us Kiwi’s are a staunchly patriotic breed).
PixlStitch has several books as well as bundles and individual patterns. Her books are fabulous resources as they are DIY books, meaning you can make your own patterns using the motifs and designs in her books.
DIY 3D completely customisable cross stitch people or pick up the mini motif book and the world is your stitching oyster.
Alternatively grab yourself a pop culture map, stitch some dinos or get lost in a landscape.
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Jodi Rice of Satsuma Street is the home of the original pretty little city series which are absolutely beautiful. If you haven’t seen them yet, you need to go check them out ASAP.
Not only is Satsuma Street the home of the Pretty Little City series, there are hundreds of other equally stunning designs in her shop such as the Alice in Wonderland stitchalong.
Jody has been featured on NPR, Buzzfeed, Better Homes & Gardens, Apartment Therapy, CrossStitcher, Cross Stitch Crazy, Mollie Makes, Disney Baby, and more. She’s a busy lady.
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London Cross Stitch Club
Kitchen puns! Need I say more?
Ok, fine. I will.
Fonts, beginner stitches, subversive, blackwork, calendar, wedding, home decor and much more can be found in the London Cross Stitch Club’s store.
At the moment I’m digging the fonts. My personal favourites are the 1920’s inspired Art Deco and Flapper fonts. I know, not modern but if you pair them with modern motifs, you’ve got yourself a stunning and different cross stitch design.
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Cloudsfactory has been around since 2006 and is one of the OG’s of modern cross stitch patterns. Ambra Nardi’s signature style is cute pop culture often in sampler style. A true meld of traditional and modern.
If cute people aren’t your thang, check out the typography cross stitch designs, history patterns or cityscape stitches.
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I just took my Mary Poppins Fiddlesticks design off the hoop a few days ago and had an absolute blast stitching it. What drew me to this particular design were the fun colours and interesting typography. It also took me back to my childhood watching Mary Poppins at my gran’s house with her sitting in her rocking chair with her spinning wheel whirring in front of her and a fag hanging out her mouth. Memories!
Self described as happy colours, easy cross stitch patterns and pop culture references, the description sure fits the bill. A truly modern, fun cross stitch designer.
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Spruce Craft Co
Colourful, funny and completely and utterly modern.
Bold fonts combined with vibrant colours are the trademark of Spruce Craft Co and boy, this lady does it well. Prepare for a chuckle as you scroll through all Elise Ross’ modern cross stitch patterns. Bet ya bottom dollar that you will find one that goes, “oooh, that is so me!”
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Plastic Little Covers
Modern meets traditional is what you will find over at Plastic Little Covers. Floral borders paired with sassy and funny quotes sends cross stitch right into the present day with a nostalgic nod to the past.
If you have got enough WIP’s on the go (not that you can ever have too many), grab a small bookmark that you can whip up in no time to satisfy that new cross stitch pattern feelin’.
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Alyssa of Stitchonomy is a beautiful lady, she is currently hosting A Year of SAL’s, 5 stitch alongs in 2020. For free. The Fantastic Fungi stitch along is due to start in June so make sure you sign up ASAP! The next stitch along will be posted after each one is finished, keep an eye out on the upcoming ones.
You can still join the previous stitch alongs, Homely Houseplants and Colourful Critters which are for sale in her Etsy store.
If you don’t fancy a stitch along, there are plenty of other patterns to choose from as well as cross stitch supplies such as hoops and needleminders.
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Cross Stitch EU
I first got introduced to Cross Stitch EU when I was searching up Harry Potter cross stitches for my 12 year old daughter. We were in for a treat. Up popped several gorgeous Harry Potter cross stitch patterns from Cross Stitch EU. A browse through the rest of the shop and we were hooked.
A firm favourite.
There are some really unique cross stitch patterns including a bathroom word find (!), wine inspired stitches (who doesn’t like those) and fun quotes.
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Hipster Stitch Inc
Floral Silhouettes, feminist stitches and motivational pieces are all here. Josh from Hipster Stitch Inc designs unique, bold and eye catching cross stitches.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t seem to find an Instagram page linked to Hipster Stitch Inc (again, why??) so you’ll just have to be happy perusing the shop. But that’s not a hard task to undertake. Promise.
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Tatiana of Silhouette Stitch has some simply stunning modern cross stitch patterns available. If watercolour cross stitch patterns are your thing, you need to go check out Silhouette Stitch now!
Many Silhouette Stitch cross stitch patterns have a vintage feel but are taken into the modern era with the colour choices and subjects such as pop culture references.
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Well, that should keep you busy for a while! Let me know in the comments if there are any more modern cross stitch pattern designers that we all should know about!