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This photorealistic beach waves cross stitch pattern adds color and visual interest to coastal decor (and helps beat the winter blues).

beach waves cross stitch art in frame with beach background

This pattern is part of my cross stitch series! Each month, I’m sharing one new free cross stitch pattern to blog subscribers. Find more details and get the download here.

Beach Waves Cross Stitch Pattern

Hey friends! I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sick of cold weather and am ready to feel some sun! So, I thought this pattern of a beautiful beach and tropical waves would best suit my mood. It’s a little more like a photo than some of the other patterns I’ve created before and uses a few more colors (I usually aim for around 20; this uses 30). But I think it’s worth it!

I love the swirls of color in the blue and expect it to look even brighter when it’s stitched. It’s made for 14-count Aida, but if you have a keen eye and want to go smaller (I’m currently stitching a surprise for someone at 22 count, which is tiny), then I think it will look beautiful (it will come out much smaller, of course).

I haven’t had time this past month to complete this pattern myself, so if there are any issues with the pattern, please do let me know. Click on the button you see below to head to the library and download the free pattern (remember, you’ll need the email address you subscribed with to download).


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Pattern Details:

  • Designed for 14-count Aida fabric
  • 30 DMC floss colors
  • Full counted cross stitches only
  • Approx. 6″ x 8″

Several of you have messaged and said that you want to try my patterns and have NEVER cross stitched before, which is awesome! I am so encouraged by that. A few have requested a comprehensive guide on the basics of cross stitch to get started, so I’m in the process of creating that for you as well. Just like most of my new tutorials, it will include both written and video instructions so you can see some demos of one of my patterns (not sure which one yet!), as well as a few tips on how I deal with the most common problems (like knots), framing them, and more.

I have a number of patterns still yet to go for the year, but if you have some of your own ideas on what you’d like to see, feel free to leave a comment with a suggestion. I am not really big on word-based patterns personally, but if there’s something good, I may change my mind (recently, I saw the quote “Even Elmo has haters” and thought that one was pretty good).

Happy stitching!

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    1. I’m working on a logo at the moment, but I think I’m going to have to do this one right after. This one is a LOT of stitching, but I expect it to be beautiful when all is said and done!

  1. I signed up and confirmed via email but still can’t access the cross stitch patterns. Any assistance would be appreciated. I would have sent an email but didn’t see a place where I could do that.


    1. Hi Kathy — the most common issue people get is that their web browser is blocking the display of the library somehow, or they aren’t waiting long enough for the library to load before they click away to a different page. When you return back to the Cross Stitch Library page HERE, enter the info you used to subscribe, and then wait for the rest of the page to load. If that doesn’t work, you may need to try clearing your browser cache or using a different device (if on mobile, try desktop or vice-versa).

  2. Hi Sarah! This is my first official cross stitch project (like, I actually went to Michael’s and picked out the listed colors rather than choosing random ones from my stash) and I’m so excited! Do you happen to have a photo of the completed project?

    1. I don’t personally because I hadn’t actually stitched it (only did the virtual design) BUT a stitcher on my Instagram completed it and I saved it over there. I’ll ask them if it’s ok to repost here and update the page if they give permission!