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Imbolc Cross Stitch Sampler

Imbolc—the time when we see the fist stirrings of spring—feels far away today, despite coming up in a week’s time.

This morning we woke up to single digit temperatures.  The wind chill was around -20°.  The deep freeze of winter is upon us and the promise of warmer weather has to be taken on faith.

Imbolc Sampler Design

Now is a good time to snuggle on the couch and binge watch shows, or read, or game.  Or, perhaps take a few hours to stitch this Imbolc cross stitch sampler.  It is the first of a series of cross stitch projects I have created to celebrate the Sabbats.  The chart is offered up for free.  It features a Brigid’s Cross, flower bud border, and the word “Imbolc”.  The floss palette is limited to four colors.

I stitched mine on a piece of 14 count antique white aida cloth.  It would look good on any neutral colored cloth.

Imbolc Sampler Detail
I learned to take the glass out of the frame to take the photo but the ribbon still managed to throw some glare. :O

If you are wondering about the ribbon at the top of mine, well it’s what happens when you don’t plan your stitching out well enough at the beginning and end up with a stitched piece that is too short for your frame.

Click the link here to get the free cross stitch design.  When you click on the link it will open up the PDF and you can either print from there or save the PDF to your computer.  If you make this please post pictures in the comments.  I’d love to see them.

Imbolc Sampler Cross Stitch PDF

Also, if you like this kind of witchy crafts, check out my book, Sew Witchy: Tools, Techniques, and Projects for Sewing Magick, out December 8, 2019.  It has more cross stitch crafts, along with patterns for crystal bags, cloaks, robes and more.

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roach (aka Raechel Henderson) is a dual class seamstress / shieldmaiden. She has sewn professionally since 2008. Over the years she has traveled around the Midwest region selling her handmade bags, skirts, coats and accessories at various events and conventions. Arachne hangs out in the window of her workshop reminding her to check the tension on the sewing machines. She writes about magic, creativity, living a life by one’s own life patterns, her family and books. Her first book, Sew Witchy, is due out December 2019 from Llewellyn.