My name is Ellen Maurer-Stroh. I am the owner and designer of EMS Cross Stitch Design. I specialize in floral designs with a nostalgic flavor. I find the early Berlin Work romantic designs very inspiring.
I was born in Germany. As a student of fashion, I attended a special high school and hold a degree in Fashion Design. I worked as a head-designer of children’s fashions for R&A Becker Group (one of the largest companies in Germany) for 4 years. I met Hanno in 1974 and we moved to his home in Austria after we married. We have three children; daughter (Philippa), and sons Sebastian and Johannes. We live in Carinthia (the southernmost part of Austria , very close to Italy) with our two Labradors Buster and Carina and our African Gray parrot, Nikki.
While a fashion designer, I often create my own designs for baby and children’s clothes because I could not find the motif I felt was needed. In 1996 I began using the internet as a way to display my designs.
I have always loved all forms of handiworks and have been working with threads and colors for as long as I can remember. My true love is counted cross stitch, especially the old Berlin Work. I see potential designs everywhere. Flowers are a favorite subject for my designs which certainly allows for a great deal of color. I cannot decide which I enjoy more, designing or stitching. As with most stitchers, I find so much joy, peace and harmony while stitching.