01 of 09
Egyptian Cat Welcome Pattern
If you have ever owned a cat, you can probably fathom why one of the Egyptian goddesses was Bast, a cat-like deity. Cats seem to demand worship and adoration. They can be aloof and sparing in their affection at times, but we keep falling for their act and feeding them. The Egyptian Welcome Cat Collection includes the designs shown here as well as a right-facing cat motif and a left-facing cat motif you can use for other projects.
More on Egyptians and Cats:
02 of 09
Stitch this easy Gather Ye Rosebuds pattern for the cat lover in your life or yourself. This saying was inspired by the classic poetry of Robert Herrick.
There's also a companion piece Gather Ye Rosebuds (Puppies) Saying.
A detail from the design is shown here.
Another great project for cat lovers is Janet Wickell's Catching the View Cat Quilt
03 of 09
Sitting Cat Cross Stitch Chart
This little kitty would look cute stitched on a baby bib, onesie, or romper, wouldn't it? Alter the colors to fit your taste, or the gender of the child, as you desire. Unfortunately, non-stitched, real live cats and kids don't always mix. When you are pregnant you worry about certain issues, but Franny Syufy assures you that you don't have to get rid of your cat and more in her article Human Pregnancy, Babies, and Your Cat. And you can integrate a cat and kids in the same household... - use these Tips for Introducing Kids and Cats. Hopefully you will never need this information, but read up on First Aid for Cat Bites just in case. Finally, if all the kids, pets and problems of every day life get to you, a Black Cat Cocktail may be in order.
04 of 09
Cat in Window Quilt-Inspired Cross Stitch Patterns
These charts were inspired by Janet Wickell's Cat in Window Quilt Block. The pattern is offered in three sizes. This chart is something of a Rorschach test in a way. It is an abstraction of a cat instead of a realistic image. My husband couldn't figure out what the image was until I gave him clues. Stitch up the motifs and test your friends!
You may want to alter the colors of the design to fit your own kitties. I recently stitched a medium sized kitty in gray and white to represent Jordy... - one of the cutest kittens ever who grew up to be one of the laziest,sun-loving tomcats you have ever met.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Black Cat and Moon Design
The cat in this design is stitched with Furtastitch but would also be fun to stitch with Wisper or any other textured floss. Stitching with textured flosses takes a little practice, but it's worth it when you can make a scaredy cat even more scaredier.
The cat in this design reminds me of Barb's Spooked Cat Gift Tag. Of course, all black cats don't have to be scary. She also offers a Funny Black Cat Gift Tag and a Pumpkin Gift Tag with a little black cat keeping company with a big... orange pumpkin.
06 of 09
Black Cat and Moon Saying Design
Cats inspire so many sayings, especially related to Halloween. This saying is fun to stitch and incorporates the Black Cat and Moon motif.
Cats and crafters seem to go hand in hand. I know I've had to pick more than one cat hair out of my stitching! It's no wonder that Knitting stitches like Cat's Eye Lace and Cat's Paw Stitch draw inspiration from our favorite felines.
Cat's also inspire some pretty awesome recipes for cookies including Black Cat Cookies, Orange Cat’s Tongue... Cookies, and Kocie Oczka - Cat's Eye Sandwich Cookies. Make treat bags decorated with cat Cross Stitch motifs by stitching your favorite design, making color copies, fixing the copies to the bags, and filling them with cookies. Great personalized gifts for friends!
07 of 09
Simple Black Cat Chart
This little black cat design is simple enough for a beginner. Make a cute Halloween pin or add the design to a small treat bag using waste canvas.
If you decide to make a pin, it would coordinate perfectly with Sherri Osborn's Cat Felt Trick-or-Treat Bag. Stylish Halloween accessories - made even more special because you did it yourself. If you are really cat crazy, paint a cat face and don a Catwoman costume.
More on Black Cats from About.com Guides:
Black Cat Folklore | Black Cats -... What's So Unlucky About Them Anyway? | 'The Black Cat' - Edgar Allan Poe
08 of 09
Cross Stitch and Crochet go hand in hand when you are stitching over a crocheted base such as Tunisian crochet. Sandi's cat charts include:
Continue to 9 of 9 below.
- Santa Cat
- Cat with Heart
- Snowman Cat
09 of 09
Cross Stitch Designers offer so many wonderful cat-themed patterns that there's no way they would all fit in this listing, but here are a few highlights.
- Seasonal Cats - Designed by Linda Gillum, this stamped cross stitch chart is detailed and challenging.
- Home is Where the Cat Is - another Linda Gillum design, this time counted stitches, that tells it like it is.
- Cats in the Kitchen - if your cats invade your cupboard, this Nanci Rossi Design will tickle your funny bone.
- Cat Pack - a... more stylized set of kitties from Design Works
- Artecy Cats - wide selection of large and realistic cat designs
- HAED Kitties - fanciful, fantastic cat charts to choose from.
These free cat cross stitch patterns are fun and purrfect for any cat loving friend. Stitch up one for your furry four paw friend today.