Welcome to The Cross Stitch Studio!
After years of working in the corporate world, we turned our attention to more creative pursuits upon retirement. This little shop is the result of that venture, and we have big plans for it.
For more than 30 years, Mark owned a database software company with national clients. He traveled every week on business, and was a favorite among the flight attendants who were fascinated by his needlepoint projects, which he often worked on during a cross-country flight. In those days, no one thought twice about bringing embroidery scissors on-board!
After earning a degree in piano performance, I worked in the legal field as a computer tech for several Richmond area law firms and the Senate of Virginia. In 1998, when my health dictated that I retire early, I returned to my first love of writing music; a few years later I released an album of original instrumental compositions entitled A Dream Come True, which is available on iTunes.
My mother was an excellent self-taught seamstress, and while my knowledge of sewing is limited to reattaching buttons and hemming the occasional skirt, traditional embroidery and cross stitching have been a relaxing, therapeutic hobby for as long as I can remember.
My son Andrew and his wife Holly are both artistic as well - he has a degree in painting and printmaking; her chosen field is in floral design.
We share our central Virginia 1919 Queen Anne / Arts & Crafts bungalow pictured above with an assortment of furry family members. We feel so much more at home surrounded by older things than new, and our cross stitch patterns reflect that love of bygone days. A typical workday is often punctuated by impromptu naps, late night bursts of creativity, and frequent feline demands for sustenance and attention.
If you enjoy nostalgic imagery and detailed designs with life-like, painting-style quality, then you will love our patterns faithfully adapted from vintage-themed art in a variety of subjects. Although they contain intricate details with subtle shading, they are created without the need for specialty stitches, making them perfect for beginners as well as advanced stitchers.
We provide easy-to-read large print patterns in both black & white and color. Of course this means that there are more pages to work with, but as stitchers ourselves with decades of experience, we feel that preserving your eyesight is well worth it.
Our Facebook group is a vibrant community of like-minded vintage cross stitch lovers who enjoy member-only discounts, monthly contests, mystery stitch alongs, previews of upcoming designs, and so much more. You'll find the link to join us in every item's description.
Thank you for visiting The Cross Stitch Studio. We hope you thoroughly enjoy our designs!
Mark & Betsy