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.


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. 

Delivery Methods

How will my order be delivered?


--- MAIL original pattern (US ONLY)

Once you place an order, we try to mail it out within 1 - 3 business days (M-F, no holidays). You will receive order notifications by email or text, depending on what you select upon checkout.


--- 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!

*About Vintage Patterns

--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. Most of these booklets are in like new condition despite their age. If any of the patterns are more worn, condition will be noted on product description.