News! I have finished one of the four panels in my geometric cross stitch series. You may remember some in progress shots from earlier, and I have some more in progress shots of the other two I started.
I cant wait to mat them and frame them.
Do you have any unfinished projects in your basket? Please share!
Hopefully you've had the chance to see some of my previous cross stitch projects. (If you haven't, you can see them here in the gallery). Most of t hem are traditional, and that is a function of the fact that most cross stitch patterns out there are traditional!
I've noticed a movement, on Etsy especially, for modern cross stitch designs. While some are less than tasteful (curse words, etc) some are darling. They feature geometric designs, bright colors, block work, and more.
Inspired by this modern movement, I decided to pick up the black aida cloth I have been saving for who knows what project and free-hand my own modern marvel.
I think the key to this design is that you want to carry the colors through so you get the effect. I ran out of the light gray, otherwise I would have used it! To start, I measured 4 x 6" and blocked it off with white basting stitches. Then I decided how large I wanted the triangles to be, started in the center of the top row, and started working. It's OK that the borders aren't exact because I can just scoot up the cut line for when I decide to frame it.
What do you think? Have you been working on any projects lately?
Have you seen this charming sampler on Pinterest? I did awhile ago, and recently discovered KG Chart cross-stitch software. Going off the grainy image, I charted it out. This is for personal use only, as the original link goes to an old eBay bid, without information on the designer. Further searches also did not reveal any other information - comment if you know something!
I did the best I could with the smaller words - some were hard to make out. Also feel free to add backstitching - it was tedious in the software to do so on the border designs. I just love how it looks like an heirloom quilt.
Hello! You may have seen my Scandinavian-inspired cross-stitch stockings in the past, just waiting to be sewn, finished and hung upon the mantle. Well good news! They have finally found a home.
This post is not meant to be an in-depth tutorial, and assumes intermediate sewing skills. But please feel free to leave any questions or requests for clarifications in the comments and I'll try my best to get back to you in a timely manner.
Finishing the Stitching
You'll need a medium weight interfacing or light batting as well as a piece of opaque white fabric to back the cross-stitch portion. Cut the batting and fabric to the large stocking size, and then baste around the edges.
Create the Lining
Cut two pieces of lining (large size). Keep in mind what direction the "toe" will go so you have two pieces going the correct way. Stitch these together with 1/2" seam allowance. Set aside.
Prep the Back
You only need 1 piece for the backing, facing the correct way as to match up with the stitched front. You will also need a matching piece of interfacing or batting. Baste around the edge of the backing and the batting. Then pin right sides together with the cross stitch, and stitch around the stocking, leaving the top portion open. Don't forget to add your hanging loop!
Putting it all Together
You now have two stockings, one of lining and one of the cross stitch + batting + back fabric. Place the cross stitch stocking INSIDE of the lining, right sides facing. Stitch around the top. Pull through the hole you left.
All of Christmas has been put away for quite a while now...so it final product photos may have to wait until next Christmas!