Already as a child I had a deep love for colors and textures , and textile arts as well as painting were an important part of my life since then. Educated in crafts and needlework in school as well as at home, it was very natural to me that I took up embroidery and stitching during schooltime, university, and later after being at home with my (then) little baby in 1989.
I took up stitching again then, but I changed ready bought patterns so they accomodated my own taste of color and shape and soon friends and family proposed that I make my own :)) The first designs were made with crayons on math graph paper and from there I went on. From these first designs, I self-published and worked additionally freelance for some German craft magazines and stitching companies for a few years.
After finding what was available in USA in materials compared to Germany – I thought I was in “designer’s heaven” and my imagination ran wild with variegated threads, silks, metallics, beads and all the pretty Stash Stuff available for embroidery ! I tried my fingers and needles at many different techniques – one particular love of mine is Silk Ribbon Embroidery.
My goal as a designer is to incorporate many interesting and challenging materials as well as stitches “beyond” cross stitch to make the finished embroidery worth the time and money which is involved with them.
Over the years I invented the “Mandala Gardens” which now are my “trademark” and began to publish designs and projects online in classes and “Mysteries”, wich were not very common back in 1997 yet…..
Chatelaine Designs has become not only a very important part of my life and dreams but as well popular among stitchers and embroiderers – and each year I try to invent new, challenging and entertaining designs for your stitching pleasure! My designs are inspired and influenced by gardens of the world (and my own little one, which lives in a certain chaos.) as well as art and architecture of all kinds of places and times. You could as well say : All things around me influence my ideas and designs.
I hope you will enjoy browsing this website. Feel free to write me your comments, questions and ideas.
Soon to come: Tudor smalls No 3 + 4 …. I am working on these right now !
Please take your time to browse all you see here, it will take some more time to transfer and upload all OCF (Old class files) to the site. If you look for something special ask me please !
General info: Not all of my designs are available in printed b/w chart packs (only from shops and my distributor ECC). All of my designs are available as PDF in b/w + col. Please choose your preference carefully, as later you can not get either for “free”. If you prefer printed charts look at the ECC website for the whole available list.
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Design by Martina Rosenberg
Bucksander Weg 7
26689 Apen – Germany