About Susan Saltzgiver Designs
Susan Saltzgiver Designs creates counted cross stitch designs.
My designs may be downloaded through links to download sites.
Click on the image or title of each design for a larger image and
many details about the design, as well as those links.
Quilt Blocks - 5 Sided
When we stitch we are
Our best work is done
while we are "hidden away".
After seeing someone cross stitching and being fascinated by the
picture forming on a blank piece of fabric, I began cross-stitching
in 1984.  I found I was frequently altering the designs - colors,
additions, design changes.  My husband wanted a mermaid, and
since I could not find a pattern that suited me, I created my first
design, "Fisherman's Dream".

I thank the Good Lord for having given me enough ability and
creativity to make my own counted cross stitch pattern.  

The mermaid 'picture' was large (203 stitches by 274 stitches) and
contained many small images to go with the mermaid.  It was
designed by hand using pen and ink on 16 sheets of paper graphs
(not counting the many sheets used when changes were made).  I
worked at designing and stitching and changing it for 5 years until
it was completed.  I used blends for some of the colors, partial
stitches, and blending filament. A 'split quadruple' stitch was
created, and the rainbow was layered with the sky and water.  With
that accomplished, I figured I could do almost anything.  (I have yet
to put that design into chart form though.)

In 1994, I got my first, very primitive design program for the
computer, which has been followed by several much more
advanced programs.  I have been creating my own designs ever
since.  However, there is a big difference between designing a
'picture' and making a quality chart.  Many updates have been
made to keep them current and desirable.

When we would go to the ocean, I would be inside stitching all day
and no one would know I was around.  My husband often said I
was like a mushroom or mole, hidden away doing my 'thing'.  Thus
the saying above, "When we stitch we are like mushrooms and
moles - Our best work is done while we are 'hidden away'!"
My designs cover a vast array of subjects.  I often say my designs
are 'eclectic'.

Colors and the shading needed to make things look 'right' have
always been important to me,  I have used many different items to
accomplish the finished results and embellishment that each
design 'needs' - hand dyed flosses, silk floss, satin floss, wool
floss, metallic threads, cotton floss, pearl cotton, beads, glass
treasures and the like.  

Stitching may be done on Aida, evenweave, linen, hand dyed
fabric, hand painted fabric, and on patterned (afghan) fabric.

Inspiration has come from family and their interests and activities,
photographs, religion, special occasions, colors, surroundings, or
even things I read on the internet.
Probably my favorite designs are "Memories of Parenthood", "Precious Baby", and
"Asleep in a Manger".  

Memories of Parenthood won the People’s Choice Award at the Creative Arts and
Textiles Show in Lancaster, PA,  in 2001.  It is a working clock that uses designs instead
of numbers to show the repeating stages children of each generation go through as they
grow up.  Like a clock going from one number position to another, so do children pass
through one stage after another.  See the design by clicking the "Family" button above.

Precious Baby has a total of 7 different ethnic baby images that can be used
interchangeably for the desired appearance.  Babies really do look different.  With this
design, stitchers can stitch a baby like their own.  See the design by clicking the "Baby /
Child /  Kidlin" button above.

Asleep in a Manger is dedicated in memory of my brother-in-law, the Rev. John P.
McDowell, who passed from this life on May 7, 2008.  It is unique in the use of numerous
types of threads and methods of stitchery with them.  Gentle Arts Simply Wool hand
dyed threads, DMC linen floss, DMC cotton embroidery floss, DMC Light Effects Metallic
floss, directional stitching, and blends are used together to get just the desired effect.  
Metallic enhanced fabric gives the finishing touch as it simulates the glow of the halo
and of the Holy Child.  Click "Religious Designs" or "Christmas" on the navigation bar
above to see this design.

There are also many newer designs that are shown on various pages that are 'favorites'.
I no longer sell retail.  My designs are now available as downloads through download
site distributors.  Links on each detail page are provided to those sites.  New designs
and updated and converted to pdf older designs are frequently added to those sites.

While I can no longer walk independently due to a rare neurologic condition, and have
become very slow, I'm still able, by the grace of God, to use my computer and to cross
stitch - even though it is with a
lot more effort.   This allows me to share my love of
counted cross stitch with others.
Many of my designs are easy to stitch.  They appeal to a wide
range of interests and abilities.  I also like to push the envelope
and design things that are done differently than usual.  My
samplers are created so that even a novice can have the
satisfaction of stitching a beautiful, perennial favorite (specialty
stitches are not used).  Accurate designs allow the new stitcher to
be successful.  I enjoy sharing the possibilities of cross stitch with
new and experienced stitchers alike.
Charts are large, clear, and easy to read.  A large picture of the
piece is on the cover.  Thorough instructions are provided.  All the
items needed to complete the design as shown are listed .
Copyright 2011 Susan Saltzgiver Designs

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Last updated 6/26/2013