Thea Gouverneur started designing for counted cross stitch in 1959 and is one of the leading cross stitch designers in Europe. Her designs and kits are sold throughout the world. She runs her own company from her home in the Netherlands.
Well known for her flower designs she has published several books and some designs from those may be found as kits in her collection.
She also has other ranges, samplers, sports, culture, animals, birds and children.
Thea now works her designs on computer after studying the subject carefully. This often means that there are a large number of floss colours in her kits often very closely shaded which makes her designs more difficult to stitch but gives a vivid result.
In recent years she has been designing city building collages, starting with Amsterdam and continuing with other European cities, New York, Istanbul and Jerusalem. Each 'city' is a major project.
Another recent innovation is to offer some designs on black fabric with striking results.
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