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Dec 2, 2015

by Susan Fitzgerald

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Hello! I’m Susan Fitzgerald, the needlework designer and cross stitch addict behind Red Gate Stitchery. I live in Massachusetts with my husband and our 8-year-old daughter.

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I have been drawn to fiber-based crafts for as long as I can remember. I learned to knit and crochet as a child; in college, I took up weaving. Then, while living in the Pacific Northwest in my early twenties, I taught myself how to cross stitch. I was pursuing a career in tech at the time, and craft was a way to busy my hands and calm my mind after a long day. Cross stitch appealed to me because I loved feeling the tug of thread through linen and watching a pattern bloom into being.

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My husband and I returned to New England for the birth of our daughter, and I eventually left my career in technology to immerse myself in the joys and trials of motherhood. At that point, cross stitch became even more important as a creative outlet, but my time was limited. And so I sought out quick projects that could be stitched in the snippets of time during naps and toddler dance classes.

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Around that time, I began experimenting with new materials and techniques. While I loved stitching on linen, I didn’t know what to do with a piece when it was finished. My sewing skills are limited, at best, so I never trusted myself to transform my stitched pieces into the fabulous pillows and bags I pictured in my head. Instead, most pieces were tucked wistfully away in a drawer. Then suddenly I got the idea to stitch on leather. The inspiration came from a leather bracelet I purchased at the Boy Scout shop in my town – I punched holes in the leather and then stitched. It was a revelation. I loved the way the embroidery floss looked on the leather, and there was no fussy finishing.

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Eventually, I discovered laser cutting and was able to make more intricate designs and work with new materials like wood, acrylic, and industrial felt. I also discovered Etsy. Etsy connected me to a community of makers and gave me an easy way to put my designs out there. Today, you can find my cross stitch kits in yarn and fabric shops throughout the US and internationally, but it all began with Etsy. As I sit here writing this — almost four years after launching my Etsy shop — I am listing new products to the sounds of hammering and sawing: the makings of a bigger studio space for Red Gate Stitchery. The future is bright, and I am brimming with ideas for more modern cross stitch. I can’t wait to share them!

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Maker photographs by Nancy Gould Photography; product photos by Susan Fitzgerald.

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Floss Boss Needle Minder, Enamel Pin, Embroidery Hoop, Magnetic Needle Keeper, Needle Nanny for Hand Sewing, Hand Embroidery
Floss Boss Needle Minder, Enamel Pin, Embroidery Hoop, Magnetic Needle Keeper, Needle Nanny for Hand Sewing, Hand Embroidery
RedGateStitchery
$12.00 USD
DIY Cross Stitch Jewelry Kit, Embroidered Bracelet, Modern Cross Stitch Pattern in Pink, Lime Green, and Aqua Blue
DIY Cross Stitch Jewelry Kit, Embroidered Bracelet, Modern Cross Stitch Pattern in Pink, Lime Green, and Aqua Blue
RedGateStitchery
$36.00 USD
Cross stitch pattern PDF - Little elephant in orange and blue
Cross stitch pattern PDF - Little elephant in orange and blue
RedGateStitchery
$6.00 USD
DIY Cross Stitch Kit - Leather Cuff with Southwestern Inspired Design
DIY Cross Stitch Kit - Leather Cuff with Southwestern Inspired Design
RedGateStitchery
$42.00 USD
DIY Embroidery Kit, Super Skinny Leather Cuff Bracelet, Beginner Embroidery Kit, Cross Stitch Jewelry. Easy Cross Stitch, Hand Embroidery
DIY Embroidery Kit, Super Skinny Leather Cuff Bracelet, Beginner Embroidery Kit, Cross Stitch Jewelry. Easy Cross Stitch, Hand Embroidery
RedGateStitchery
$20.00 USD
DIY Cross Stitch Necklace - Wood Bamboo Pendant with Modern Stitched Design
DIY Cross Stitch Necklace - Wood Bamboo Pendant with Modern Stitched Design
RedGateStitchery
$28.00 USD
DIY Cross Stitch Kit, Wood Bamboo Pendant with Modern Hand Stitched Pattern, Chevron Necklace, Embroidery Kit, Southwest Inspired Jewelry
DIY Cross Stitch Kit, Wood Bamboo Pendant with Modern Hand Stitched Pattern, Chevron Necklace, Embroidery Kit, Southwest Inspired Jewelry
RedGateStitchery
$28.00 USD
Modern cross stitch pattern PDF - Retro Pink Dress, Fashion Colleciton
Modern cross stitch pattern PDF - Retro Pink Dress, Fashion Colleciton
RedGateStitchery
$5.00 USD
Embroidery Floss Enamel Pin, Flair, Lapel Pin
Embroidery Floss Enamel Pin, Flair, Lapel Pin
RedGateStitchery
$10.00 USD
Cross stitch pattern PDF - Winter Bird in Blue and Red
Cross stitch pattern PDF - Winter Bird in Blue and Red
RedGateStitchery
$6.00 USD
Mini wood heart charms, 1/2 inch blank wood tag, unfinished bamboo heart for crafting, Valentine's Day craft
Mini wood heart charms, 1/2 inch blank wood tag, unfinished bamboo heart for crafting, Valentine's Day craft
RedGateStitchery
$3.50 USD
Modern Cross Stitch Kit, DIY Kit, Embroidery Kit, Chubby Bird in Pink and Purple, Beginner Cross Stitch Pattern, Nursery Decor
Modern Cross Stitch Kit, DIY Kit, Embroidery Kit, Chubby Bird in Pink and Purple, Beginner Cross Stitch Pattern, Nursery Decor
RedGateStitchery
$25.00 USD
DIY Embroidery Kit, Skinny Leather Cuff Bracelet, Beginner Embroidery Kit, Cross Stitch Jewelry, Easy Cross Stitch, Hand Embroidery
DIY Embroidery Kit, Skinny Leather Cuff Bracelet, Beginner Embroidery Kit, Cross Stitch Jewelry, Easy Cross Stitch, Hand Embroidery
RedGateStitchery
$25.00 USD
CLEARANCE: Modern Cross Stitch Jewelry Kit - Bamboo Teardrop Earrings with Multicolor Patterns
CLEARANCE: Modern Cross Stitch Jewelry Kit - Bamboo Teardrop Earrings with Multicolor Patterns
RedGateStitchery
$14.40 USD
Expansion Pack for Embroidered Leather Bracelet Kit, Super Skinny, Make More Pack, Set of 3 Bracelet Blanks
Expansion Pack for Embroidered Leather Bracelet Kit, Super Skinny, Make More Pack, Set of 3 Bracelet Blanks
RedGateStitchery
$24.00 USD
Cross Stitch Pattern PDF - Pretty Kitten in Pink and Green
Cross Stitch Pattern PDF - Pretty Kitten in Pink and Green
RedGateStitchery
$6.00 USD
Modern Cross Stitch Kit, DIY Kit, Embroidery Kit, Plaid Whale, Easy Cross Stitch, Beginner Cross Stitch Pattern, Nursery Decor
Modern Cross Stitch Kit, DIY Kit, Embroidery Kit, Plaid Whale, Easy Cross Stitch, Beginner Cross Stitch Pattern, Nursery Decor
RedGateStitchery
$25.00 USD
Cross Stitch Pattern PDF - Plaid Whale
Cross Stitch Pattern PDF - Plaid Whale
RedGateStitchery
$5.00 USD
Cross stitch pattern PDF - Cute bunny in purple and green
Cross stitch pattern PDF - Cute bunny in purple and green
RedGateStitchery
$6.00 USD
DIY Embroidery Kit, Hand Stitched Wood Necklace, Modern Embroidery Pattern, Embroidered Jewelry Kit - SMOCKED Collection Navy and Yellow
DIY Embroidery Kit, Hand Stitched Wood Necklace, Modern Embroidery Pattern, Embroidered Jewelry Kit - SMOCKED Collection Navy and Yellow
RedGateStitchery
$36.00 USD
Modern Cross Stitch Kit, DIY Kit, Embroidery Kit, Hedgehog in Pink and Green, Easy Cross Stitch, Beginner Pattern, Nursery Decor
Modern Cross Stitch Kit, DIY Kit, Embroidery Kit, Hedgehog in Pink and Green, Easy Cross Stitch, Beginner Pattern, Nursery Decor
RedGateStitchery
$25.00 USD
CLEARANCE: DIY Kit, Tulip Zipper Pull, Embroidery Scissor Fob, Modern Cross Stitch Kit, Embroidered Zipper Charm, Key Chain Charm, Key Ring
CLEARANCE: DIY Kit, Tulip Zipper Pull, Embroidery Scissor Fob, Modern Cross Stitch Kit, Embroidered Zipper Charm, Key Chain Charm, Key Ring
RedGateStitchery
$13.20 USD
CLEARANCE: DIY Kit, Flower Zipper Pull, Embroidery Scissor Fob, Modern Cross Stitch Kit, Embroidered Zipper Charm, Key Chain Charm, Key Ring
CLEARANCE: DIY Kit, Flower Zipper Pull, Embroidery Scissor Fob, Modern Cross Stitch Kit, Embroidered Zipper Charm, Key Chain Charm, Key Ring
RedGateStitchery
$13.20 USD
CLEARANCE: Flower Embroidery Floss Organizer DIY Kit, Thread Minder, Floss Holder, Wood Floss Keep, Modern Cross Stitch Organizer
CLEARANCE: Flower Embroidery Floss Organizer DIY Kit, Thread Minder, Floss Holder, Wood Floss Keep, Modern Cross Stitch Organizer
RedGateStitchery
$14.40 USD
CLEARANCE: Heart Thread Holder DIY Kit, Embroidery Floss Organizer, Thread Minder, Wood Floss Keep, Modern Cross Stitch Organizer
CLEARANCE: Heart Thread Holder DIY Kit, Embroidery Floss Organizer, Thread Minder, Wood Floss Keep, Modern Cross Stitch Organizer
RedGateStitchery
$14.40 USD
Magnetic Tulip Needle Minder, Embroidery Hoop, Magnetic Needle Keeper, Needle Nanny for Hand Sewing, Hand Embroidery, Enamel Pin
Magnetic Tulip Needle Minder, Embroidery Hoop, Magnetic Needle Keeper, Needle Nanny for Hand Sewing, Hand Embroidery, Enamel Pin
RedGateStitchery
$12.00 USD
Modern cross stitch pattern PDF - Sassy Blue Shoe, Fashion Colleciton
Modern cross stitch pattern PDF - Sassy Blue Shoe, Fashion Colleciton
RedGateStitchery
$5.00 USD
Floss Boss Enamel Pin, Embroidery Hoop, Lapel Pin
Floss Boss Enamel Pin, Embroidery Hoop, Lapel Pin
RedGateStitchery
$10.00 USD
Modern Cross Stitch Kit, DIY Kit, Embroidery Kit, Patterned Teapot in Blue and Orange, Beginner Cross Stitch Pattern, Nursery Decor
Modern Cross Stitch Kit, DIY Kit, Embroidery Kit, Patterned Teapot in Blue and Orange, Beginner Cross Stitch Pattern, Nursery Decor
RedGateStitchery
$25.00 USD
Modern Cross Stitch Kit, DIY Kit, Embroidery Kit, Pretty Kitten in Pink and Green, Beginner Cross Stitch Pattern, Nursery Decor
Modern Cross Stitch Kit, DIY Kit, Embroidery Kit, Pretty Kitten in Pink and Green, Beginner Cross Stitch Pattern, Nursery Decor
RedGateStitchery
$25.00 USD
Magnetic Bird Needle Minder, Embroidery Hoop, Magnetic Needle Keeper, Needle Nanny for Hand Sewing, Hand Embroidery, Enamel Pin
Magnetic Bird Needle Minder, Embroidery Hoop, Magnetic Needle Keeper, Needle Nanny for Hand Sewing, Hand Embroidery, Enamel Pin
RedGateStitchery
$12.00 USD
Modern Cross Stitch Kit, DIY Kit, Embroidery Kit, Patchwork Heart in Pink and Purple, Beginner Cross Stitch Pattern, Nursery Decor
Modern Cross Stitch Kit, DIY Kit, Embroidery Kit, Patchwork Heart in Pink and Purple, Beginner Cross Stitch Pattern, Nursery Decor
RedGateStitchery
$25.00 USD
Modern Cross Stitch Kit, DIY Kit, Embroidery Kit, Beehive, Beginner Cross Stitch Pattern, Nursery Decor
Modern Cross Stitch Kit, DIY Kit, Embroidery Kit, Beehive, Beginner Cross Stitch Pattern, Nursery Decor
RedGateStitchery
$25.00 USD
Modern Cross Stitch Pattern PDF,  Hedgehog in Pink and Green, Nursery Decor or Baby Gift, Instant Download, Beginner Cross Stitch Project
Modern Cross Stitch Pattern PDF, Hedgehog in Pink and Green, Nursery Decor or Baby Gift, Instant Download, Beginner Cross Stitch Project
RedGateStitchery
$6.00 USD
DIY Holiday Ornament Kit - Bamboo Cross Stitch Ornament - Bright Snowflake Pattern
DIY Holiday Ornament Kit - Bamboo Cross Stitch Ornament - Bright Snowflake Pattern
RedGateStitchery
$22.00 USD
Cross Stitch Kit, Stitched Wood Key Ring, DIY Kit, Modern Cross Stitch, Key Chain Kit
Cross Stitch Kit, Stitched Wood Key Ring, DIY Kit, Modern Cross Stitch, Key Chain Kit
RedGateStitchery
$22.00 USD
Christmas Ornament Kit, String Art Ornament, DIY Craft Kit, Heart Ornament
Christmas Ornament Kit, String Art Ornament, DIY Craft Kit, Heart Ornament
RedGateStitchery
$18.00 USD
DIY Embroidery Kit, Hand Stitched Wood Necklace, Modern Embroidery Pattern, Embroidered Jewelry Kit - SMOCKED Collection Charcoal and Red
DIY Embroidery Kit, Hand Stitched Wood Necklace, Modern Embroidery Pattern, Embroidered Jewelry Kit - SMOCKED Collection Charcoal and Red
RedGateStitchery
$36.00 USD
Cross Stitch Wall Art Kit, Stitchable Paper Art Print, DIY Kit, Modern Cross Stitch, 8x10 Digital Print, Bloom Where You Are Planted
Cross Stitch Wall Art Kit, Stitchable Paper Art Print, DIY Kit, Modern Cross Stitch, 8x10 Digital Print, Bloom Where You Are Planted
RedGateStitchery
$25.00 USD
CLEARANCE: Modern Cross Stitch Jewelry Kit - Bamboo Teardrop Pendant with Multicolor Patterns
CLEARANCE: Modern Cross Stitch Jewelry Kit - Bamboo Teardrop Pendant with Multicolor Patterns
RedGateStitchery
$13.20 USD
DIY Kit // Cross Stitch Ornament // Scandinavian Inspired Ornament // Christmas Ornament
DIY Kit // Cross Stitch Ornament // Scandinavian Inspired Ornament // Christmas Ornament
RedGateStitchery
$22.00 USD
Modern Cross Stitch Kit, DIY Kit, Embroidery Kit, Little elephant in orange and blue, Easy Cross Stitch, Beginner Pattern, Nursery Decor
Modern Cross Stitch Kit, DIY Kit, Embroidery Kit, Little elephant in orange and blue, Easy Cross Stitch, Beginner Pattern, Nursery Decor
RedGateStitchery
$25.00 USD
Teacup Embroidery Floss Organizer DIY Kit, Thread Minder, Floss Holder, Wood Floss Keep, Embroidery Tool, Modern Cross Stitch Organizer
Teacup Embroidery Floss Organizer DIY Kit, Thread Minder, Floss Holder, Wood Floss Keep, Embroidery Tool, Modern Cross Stitch Organizer
RedGateStitchery
$24.00 USD
DIY Cross Stitch Jewelry Kit, Embroidered Bracelet, Modern Cross Stitch Pattern in Navy, Pink, and Aqua Blue
DIY Cross Stitch Jewelry Kit, Embroidered Bracelet, Modern Cross Stitch Pattern in Navy, Pink, and Aqua Blue
RedGateStitchery
$36.00 USD
Expansion Pack for Embroidered Leather Bracelet Kit, Skinny, Make More Pack, Set of 3 Bracelet Blanks
Expansion Pack for Embroidered Leather Bracelet Kit, Skinny, Make More Pack, Set of 3 Bracelet Blanks
RedGateStitchery
$28.00 USD
Patchwork heart cross stitch pattern PDF - pink, purple, orange, and blue
Patchwork heart cross stitch pattern PDF - pink, purple, orange, and blue
RedGateStitchery
$6.00 USD
DIY Kit - Cross Stitch Wood Button
DIY Kit - Cross Stitch Wood Button
RedGateStitchery
$12.00 USD
Cross stitch pattern PDF - Patterned butterfly in blue, pink, and yellow
Cross stitch pattern PDF - Patterned butterfly in blue, pink, and yellow
RedGateStitchery
$6.00 USD
Modern Cross Stitch Jewelry Kit - Bamboo Diamond Pendant with Multicolor Patterns
Modern Cross Stitch Jewelry Kit - Bamboo Diamond Pendant with Multicolor Patterns
RedGateStitchery
$22.00 USD
Cross Stitch Jewelry Kit - DIY Bamboo Pendant with Interlocking Diamond Pattern
Cross Stitch Jewelry Kit - DIY Bamboo Pendant with Interlocking Diamond Pattern
RedGateStitchery
$22.00 USD
Modern Cross Stitch Kit, DIY Kit, Embroidery Kit, Patterned Sheep in Blue and Green, Beginner Cross Stitch Pattern, Nursery Decor
Modern Cross Stitch Kit, DIY Kit, Embroidery Kit, Patterned Sheep in Blue and Green, Beginner Cross Stitch Pattern, Nursery Decor
RedGateStitchery
$25.00 USD
Cross stitch pattern PDF - Chubby bird in purple, orange and pink
Cross stitch pattern PDF - Chubby bird in purple, orange and pink
RedGateStitchery
$6.00 USD
Modern Cross Stitch Pattern PDF, Sheep in Blue and Green, Nursery Decor, Baby Gift, Easy beginner cross stitch pattern
Modern Cross Stitch Pattern PDF, Sheep in Blue and Green, Nursery Decor, Baby Gift, Easy beginner cross stitch pattern
RedGateStitchery
$6.00 USD
Stitched Necklace - DIY Kit - Blackwork style embroidery
Stitched Necklace - DIY Kit - Blackwork style embroidery
RedGateStitchery
$28.00 USD
Do it yourself PDF cross stitch pattern - Sweet Beehive in yellow and black
Do it yourself PDF cross stitch pattern - Sweet Beehive in yellow and black
RedGateStitchery
$6.00 USD
Modern Cross Stitch Kit, DIY Kit, Embroidery Kit, Patterned Bunny in Purple and Green, Beginner Cross Stitch Pattern, Nursery Decor
Modern Cross Stitch Kit, DIY Kit, Embroidery Kit, Patterned Bunny in Purple and Green, Beginner Cross Stitch Pattern, Nursery Decor
RedGateStitchery
$25.00 USD
DIY Embroidery Kit, Hand Stitched Wood Necklace, Modern Embroidery Pattern, Embroidered Jewelry Kit - SMOCKED Collection Orange and Red
DIY Embroidery Kit, Hand Stitched Wood Necklace, Modern Embroidery Pattern, Embroidered Jewelry Kit - SMOCKED Collection Orange and Red
RedGateStitchery
$36.00 USD
DIY Embroidery Kit, Hand Stitched Wood Necklace, Modern Embroidery Pattern, Embroidered Jewelry Kit - SMOCKED Collection Navy and Sky Blue
DIY Embroidery Kit, Hand Stitched Wood Necklace, Modern Embroidery Pattern, Embroidered Jewelry Kit - SMOCKED Collection Navy and Sky Blue
RedGateStitchery
$36.00 USD
DIY Embroidery Kit, Hand Stitched Wood Necklace, Modern Embroidery Pattern, Embroidered Jewelry Kit - SMOCKED Collection Charcoal and Lime
DIY Embroidery Kit, Hand Stitched Wood Necklace, Modern Embroidery Pattern, Embroidered Jewelry Kit - SMOCKED Collection Charcoal and Lime
RedGateStitchery
$36.00 USD
Cross Stitch Pattern PDF - Giraffe in green, blue, and yellow
Cross Stitch Pattern PDF - Giraffe in green, blue, and yellow
RedGateStitchery
$5.00 USD

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