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Helga Mandl Designs - Croatian Cross Stitch Designs


Image of Two Friends, One Heart

Two Friends, One Heart

Photo © Helga Mandl

Helga Mandl Designs:

Helga Mandl Designs is a Croatian Cross Stitch design company that specializes in easy, quick to stitch, funny, and colorful designs. HMDesigns is located in Karlovac, in the very heart of Croatia, on the delta of four rivers - Korana, Kupa, Mreznica and Dobra.

Helga Explains How She Got Started:

Helga says, "I have been interested in embroidery for many years, but it was only recently that I asked myself why I keep buying kits if I can draw and embroider by myself."

Inspiration for Helga's Designs:

Helga has seven-year-old twins. Like many of us, she does not have a lot of free time, but still loves to stitch. So, she offers simple, quick-to-stitch, colorful designs like her first chart "Happy Everything" which is also her best-seller.

Hand-Designed Charts:

All of Helga Mandl's charts are hand designed. Patterns come with instructions, easy-to-read black and white chart and a color image of the finished design.

Stitching Level Required:

Most designs are suitable for beginning stitchers. Most charts use full cross stitch and back stitch. Helga is also designing some charts for Intermediate stitchers which use cross stitch variations and satin stitch.

Where to Find Helga Mandl Designs:

HMDesigns website features images of stitched designs, free Cross Stitch charts, and information about distributors of her designs. Charts may also be purchased directly from HMDesigns.

Designs with a Modern Folk Look:

Most of the designs are fairly simple and Helga's use of color is exceptional. Stitchers who like a modern folk look will enjoy stitching these designs.

Chart for Cat Sampler:

The Cat Sampler (see images) was published in the January 2007 Gift of Stitching Magazine.
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