Based in Cumbria, UK, Derwentwater Designs have been creating stunning cross stitch kits designed by talented artists since the mid eighties. Producing a wide range of cross stitch, long stitch and blackwork kits, some of their most popular designs include village and harbour scenes. They're also well known for their popular series of the seasons portrayed in long stitch kits. At Past Impressions we pride ourselves on selecting the very best cross stitch brands that have something to offer for everyone, and Derwentwater Designs really achieve this with the patterns and pieces they have that will suit your current mood, preference and fancies!

Most of their kits are designed by Rose, the founder of Derwentwater Designs, but they also use the work of many other talented designers who create truly unique kits. The long stitch kits are designed by Jean Coates, Leon Conrad designs the blackwork, Patricia Ann does the specialty samplers whilst Sue Dakin is responsible for the long stitch kits. However, they all work together in ensuring that they make the most beautiful designs that they know all of their customers will love! One finished, all of their kits are beautifully presented, and they use the finest embroidery threads from Zweigart. It's no wonder that Derwentwater Designs is still a popular brand on the market today, and they make fantastic projects or gifts for a loved one.

Having refined the delightful art of Christmas card cross stitch kits, they produce a wide range of festive cards that are completely affordable and great projects to make. With the stitch it, make it and send it ethos, we have a great range of their cards available at Past Impressions that will really impress your loved ones!


Their long stitch kits are amongst their most popular designs, and for good reason with their homely village and harbour scenes which are wonderful to watch as they come to life with every stitch you make!




As well as their breathtaking harbour and village scenes, they also produce a range of floral long stitch kits, full of colour and detail. These are ideal kits to further dabble in which are an interesting alternative to normal cross stitch kits, and beautiful pieces as floral embroidery goes.


If you're also a bit of an animal lover, they have some incredibly realistic and intricate animal designs that create truly eye-catching designs once finished. These lovely long stitch kits use silken threads to create a wonderful sheen across the finished design.


Whether you're a complete beginner or an advanced individual at needlecraft, Derwentwater Designs have a wide range of kits to cater to your ability. If you've never strayed away from cross stitch then long stitch could provide you with the perfect opportunity to learn an alternative to your favourite hobby. But whatever type of design you're after you're sure to find it here at Past Impressions! You can view our full range of Derwentwater Designs kits here.

From everyone at Past Impressions, we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year! Look out for future brand spotlight blog posts on our Facebook Page, Twitter and over at Google+!

Post By Nicole Sage