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How It All Began

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 the last 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!

As for me, I majored in music and released an album of original compositions in 2002 entitled A Dream Come True, which is available on iTunes. Between college and now, I worked in the legal field as a computer tech for several Richmond area law firms and the Senate of Virginia.

I wish I could tell you when I first began cross stitching, but all I can say is that it's been a part of me for as long as I can remember. My mother was an excellent self-taught seamstress, and I suppose a little of her talent rubbed off on me somewhere along the way.

I have one son from a previous marriage, Andrew. He and his wife Holly are both extremely artistic as well - he has a degree in painting and printmaking; her chosen field is in fashion merchandising.

We are fortunate to work from home in our central Virginia 1919 Queen Anne / Arts & Crafts bungalow pictured above, which is full of interesting vintage architectural details and charm. We feel so much more at home surrounded by older things than new, and our cross stitch patterns reflect that love of bygone days.

If you enjoy nostalgic imagery and detailed designs with life-like, painting-style quality, then you will love our patterns faithfully adapted from copyright-free vintage 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 only large format 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 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 at the top of every item's description.

Thank you for visiting The Cross Stitch Studio. We hope you thoroughly enjoy our designs!


Mark & Betsy

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