About me


I am a cross-stitch designer based in York. I design and produce small cross stitch kits and PDF charts, and I am a retailer for DMC cross stitch products. You will find all those in the shop section of this site.

I’ve been a language teacher for many years, and have always enjoyed a range of crafts in my spare time, particularly cross stitch. I retired from full time classroom teaching in 2018 which has given me the time to develop my hobby into a business.

My first proper piece was a sampler for my parents’ ruby wedding anniversary in 1990, which had many elements taken from the fantastic “Picture It In Cross-Stitch” by Jo Verso.


I incorporated a few elements of my own too, including a version of my father’s REME cap-badge. Designing the chart for that was fun, and stitching it was my first experience of metallic thread – not easy for a beginner! Since then I have continued to develop my skills, both in stitching and design.

Kits and Downloadable PDFs

My range of designs is growing, with new kits and charts being added all the time. There are three types of cross stitch kit:

Card kits These come complete with everything you need to make a greetings card, including fabric, threads, chart, a card and envelope, and a needle, of course.

Hoop Kits These come with their own embroidery hoop, fabric, threads, a chart with instructions, a needle and a piece of felt for backing the hoop.

Large Kits These come with everything you need to stitch the design, including an A3 full colour chart

I plan to continue developing my range of charts, and to offer a bespoke design service.

I sell cross stitch kits, DMC cross stitch and embroidery supplies, and hand-made items at craft fairs and local markets, and at Art and Soul in Beverley Look out for updates on the blog page of this site, and my Facebook Page:   Nicky Brunger Crafts