America's Best Cross-Stitch

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Cross Stitch Pattern Book: America's Best Cross Stitch.  You'll find beautiful designs for every occasion and setting, from traditional samplers to lively contemporary motifs.  Create cross stitch projects to decorate every room in your house, to surprise someone with a lovely gift you've made yourself, to celebrate special occasions and holidays in grand style!

Included Projects: 

  • Prairie Blooms: sampler, tablecloth, apron, afghan*, tea cozy^, napkin caddies^, blanket edging^, strawberry pillow^, thistle mirror frame^
  • Stitcheries for Family Celebrations: wedding sampler, anniversary heart favors, birth announcement wall hanging, birth announcement pillow^, housewarming sampler, trivet
  • Cherries for a Country Kitchen: sampler, shelf liners^, placemats^, napkins^, picture frames
  • Cross-Stitch for Every Room: chain-of-flowers tablecloth^, octagonal sachets^, towels, monogrammed pillow shams^, monogrammed candle screen, initial pin, monogrammed hand mirror, bolster^, rectangular pillows^, curtain tiebacks^, four-seasons throw
  • A Flag Alphabet in Nautical Code: nautical sampler, monogrammed sweatshirt, nautical coasters, luggage tag^, map case^
  • Delightful Designs for Nursery and Playroom: crib mobile^, keepsake bibs^, name plaque, mitten holder, ABC banner^, personalized director's chair^
  • A Treasury of Antique Samplers: Christian's sampler, Mary's sampler, Margret's sampler
  • Wildlife Patterns from the World of Nature: sampler with deer, picnic basket^, photograph album^
  • Woodland Blossoms: sampler, shelf liners^, guest towels^, blanket edging^, bed skirt^, wild rose rectangular pillow^, wild rose round pillow^, wild rose box-lid insert, patchwork pillow^
  • Holiday Cross-Stitch for Trims, Table, and Tree: Della Robbia wreath tablecloth^, sampler tree ornament^, holly ornament^, fruit-and-foliage stocking^, seasonal sayings ornaments^, medallion ornaments^, deck-the-halls table mat, partridges-and-pears doily^, golden bells doily^, holly and poinsettia guest towels, Christmas stocking^, Christmas-greetings wall hanging, greeting card
  • A Fairyland Cottage With All the Trimmings: cottage box^, cottage sweet cottage sampler, place mats^
  • Special Ways With Cross-Stitch: home sweet country home sampler, soft sculpture rabbits^, heart sachet^, bench cover, rag rug

 *requires crochet as part of the project

^requires sewing as part of the project (or requires sending to a finisher)


from Better Homes and Gardens, 1988, Hardback, 192 pages.


--MAIL Physical Pattern Book: Physical pattern books are originals and in good condition.  Some shelf wear and price/store labels are typical.  No spine flattening or writing.  Tracking information will be sent via email upon shipping. 

How will my order be delivered?

Many patterns have at least two delivery methods:

  • Select the button that inlcudes <DOWNLOAD pdf pattern> for PDF patterns that you save to your device and may print at home.
  • Or, select the button that includes <MAIL original pattern> to have an original physical pattern mailed to your address. If there is a slash through this button, then we are currently out of stock. You may click on the slashed button and a sign up option will appear on the right to be notified when item becomes available again.

Note: For all orders, be sure your email is one you check!  If you include a cell / mobile phone, then you can also receive shipping notice via text.  We do not ever sell your personal info.  This information is gathered solely for the purpose of contacting you regarding your order.


--- DOWNLOAD pdf pattern

Again, please be sure your email address is correct!  You will not receive a physical copy of the pattern with this option.  This option is for a PDF digital file of the original vintage pattern that you will download on your computer at home.  Then you may choose to print the file on your printer if desired.

Note: Files need to be saved to your device first, then opened from the saved file. That should kickstart your default method of opening up PDF files. You won't be able to view or open files through Shop + Etsy apps. I am happy to email files directly to you, just shoot me your order info and request to

You will receive the link to download file two ways:
1) Order Confirmation Page (immediately after order is processed)
2) Email Confirmation (may take 2 - 4 hours after placing order) 

Save file to your device first, then open from saved file. There are no additional shipping and processing fees for this option. 

If needed, you can find out more information about downloading a free PDF reader HERE.  Mobile devices (cell phones, tablets) may require an app to download and view certain PDF files. Adobe also has free apps for this HERE.

--- MAIL original pattern (US ONLY)


Once you place an order, we try to mail it out within 1 - 2 business days (M-F, no holidays). You will receive order notifications by email or text, depending on what you select upon checkout.

 Booklet and leaflet patterns will be mailed in 9x12 envelopes via USPS First Class Mail. Thicker paperback and hardback pattern books will be mailed via USPS Media Mail.

The free shipping option does not include a tracking number. If you would like your order to have a tracking number, please choose one of the paid shipping options on checkout. This has the added benefit of you getting your order super fast!

--- International Customers

If you're located outside of the US and want an original pattern mailed to you, please visit my Etsy Shop: RedBirdPatternsNKits



Due to the nature of the patterns, in general, no returns accepted at this time.  Absolutely reach out if you have any questions or concerns regarding your order.  We review any requests individually to help come up with the best solution!

--Needlecraft Patterns Language and Supplies Information:  See image for recommended materials info for your craft pattern.  This is a pattern only, no materials or supplies are included with your purchase.  The pattern is written in English, in standard American terms.  Many patterns presume you know the basics of and doesn't include any learn-to guides.

Remember that many of these are vintage needlecraft patterns. Your local craft store may not carry the same exact items listed in the pattern. Certain patterns may require a little online shopping trip. Again, please check out the product page/photos for the full materials list for each pattern.


--How Cardinal House Stitches Obtains Vintage Patterns (A Note from Kat): My family is seriously crafty. My grandmother ran her craft business, Lienhart Dollhouse, for decades in Pensacola, FL. Growing up, I helped her set up at craft shows all across the Southeast and frequented the wholesale showrooms of craft suppliers. I spent a lot of time with her as a kid. Her favorite bird was the Cardinal and I always think of her when I see one now since she passed. That's actually where 'Cardinal House' came from...for her.

Each member of the family tended to branch out with their own branch of crafts. My aunt ended up opening up her own craft supply shop, including an Ebay store as soon as that was a thing. She became a distributor for many of the publishers that were booming in the 1990's- early 2000's. Many of the patterns are from her collection. She closed up her craft shop and went to work with my uncle. I also pick up books whenever I see them out at garage sales and thrift stores.

The vintage patterns are not designed by me- most of these patterns booklets are 20-40 years old!! They are hard to find in stores any more. Most of the publishers have been absorbed into other companies or are gone completely. PDF files are of the original vintage pattern that you will download on your computer at home.

For any designers that are actively working and selling, please feel free to contact me should you want your pattern removed. I will only sell original print patterns for those designers. 


Supplies Shopping Guide:

PLASTIC CANVAS: Michael's, Hobby Lobby, JoAnn, Amazon, Annie's

YARN: Michael's, Hobby Lobby, JoAnn, Amazon, Annie's, Herrschners, Mary Maxim

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