My name is Kathy Louthan and I have been designing counted cross stitch graphs since the early 1980’s. “I started out with custom designs which were primarily houses and buildings thanks to the support of my local needlework shop, but was encouraged by a craft shop in Chincoteague, Virginia to develop designs for them. From that small start I have continued developing new designs. Zweigart/Needleworker’s Delight has picked up some of my designs and they have been featured in a number of issues of their magazine: At Home with Needlework. My design(s) that is currently featured in the magazine, the “Painted Ladies” afghan is a collection of houses and businesses on Chincoteague island. You can also find my Chinese dragon designs which were featured in the July 2005 issue of Stitcher’s World.
All of my designs are first hand drawn and then converted by a computer into charted designs. My specialty is buildings and structures but I am also inspired by the natural world around us as well as our stitching heritage.
I’m married (to Chip) with two almost-grown-sons, Matthew and Michael. I am owned by two cats, Franklin and April. Despite the rigors of raising two boys, I am never be too far from stitching. I also volunteer for a local cat and dog rescue group called the Richmond Animal League and have been developing new designs in an effort to help them in their fundraising.
So, grab a needle, thread and fabric and join me in this wonderful needle art that’s called “counted cross stitch.”