Tilleke Schwarz (1946) lives in The Netherlands in a small town near Delft. She loves textiles because of its tactile looks. She has an art training (mainly drawing) and learned stitching from her mother. She exhibits and teaches all over the world and her work has been depicted in many books and magazines. Her works evolve gradually and more or less spontaneously.
Cross-stitch is a popular form of counted-thread embroidery in which X-shaped stitches in a tiled, raster-like pattern are used to form a picture. Cross-stitch is often executed on easily countable even-weave fabric called aida cloth. The stitcher counts the threads in each direction so that the stitches are of uniform size and appearance. This form of cross-stitch is also called counted cross-stitch in order to distinguish it from other forms of cross-stitch. Sometimes cross-stitch is done on designs printed on the fabric (stamped cross-stitch); the stitcher simply stitches over the printed pattern.