It can’t be that difficult can it?….This wooden cross stitch gift was definitely more tricky than I thought!
I’ve often seen cross stitch makes where the cross stitch is completed onto a wooden background and have often thought I should see if I can make one. I finally decided it was time a few weeks ago when I started to make a cross stitch gift.
I found some would which I thought would be ok and I drew out my design onto some graph paper which gave me the locations of where I would need to drill the holes into the wood. So far, so good!
I stuck the design down to the wood using masking tape and was ready to start making the holes. This was where it began to get tricky – I managed to drill a hole in completely the wrong place, annoyed was an understatement! So the pattern was drawn out again and put onto a new piece of wood, this time I managed to tear the pattern by drilling too far down into the wood – then again the holes messed up!
Third time I had success – by this point I was behind to loose hope that I would be able to make this work but by slowing down a little (well a lot – we’re talking snail pace here) I was able to get all the holes made. Next it was time to paint and despite being very careful I still managed to clog some of the holes with paint so needed to clear those before I could start sewing.
The sewing part was a lot less stressful and unlike the wooden backing had no mistakes – with all the issues I had with the back I was expecting more trouble!
Really like how it turned out but it may be a while before I make another of these – need to master my technique in making the backing board first!
Wrapping an embroidery hoop: A perfect way to finish off completed embroidery/sewing makes when displaying them in an embroidery hoop
Now I have got my sewing Christmas makes (Folded Tree Decorations, Mini Fabric Stockings) out of the way I have been able to focus on finishing some of the embroidery makes I have been working on over the last few months. First one completed is a embroidered flowers embroidery hoop. The pattern is one I put together using a pattern from Crossstitcher magazine (April 2018). The original pattern was too big to fit in the hoop I was using so I used bits from the pattern to fill the hoop.
I wanted to do something a bit different with the embroidery hoop and also wanted to combine this with using up some of my scrap fabrics so I decided to cover the hoop with fabric.
Covering/wrapping an embroidery hoop:
Cut strips of fabric 4cm wide and sew them together.
Fold the raw edges inwards and press.
Wrap the folded fabric around the hoop using a clip to hold the start in place.
Once the whole hoop is wrapped secure the start and end with a few stitches.
To create a display loop:
Cut 2 strips of 20x4cm wide fabric.
Place pieces right sides together, sew around leaving top edge unsewn, turn out the right way and slip stitch the gap closed.
Crochet blankets have been taking over a bit recently so I haven’t had much time to work on my other projects, I finally managed to squeeze in a week of cross stitching and have managed to get this cushion finished and ready for gifting.
I love this cross stitch pattern from 365 Cross Stitch Designs, volume 5 2016 and think it’s worked out really well on the green background I was wanting to use. The fabric is some I had in my stash from Ikea. I’ve got my eye on a few more cross stitch patterns from this issue too so it hopefully won’t be long until a few more cross stitch projects pop up!
Now it’s time to get back to the crochet blankets – I have so many ideas for them I can’t see me stopping anytime soon!
I came across the cross stitch pattern for this very cute elephant picture in CrossStitcher magazine issue 281 (2014), and I knew it would make the a perfect gift for a friend whose birthday is coming up. I also found some fabric which was an ideal match to make it into a cushion, this fabric is from the Indian Garden range by The Craft Cotton Company, I love the bright colours and bold patterns of this range. I love how this cushion has turned out I Think I may need to make one of these for myself…..
I loved the pattern for these cross-stitch mason jars when I saw it in CrossStitcher magazine issue 279 (June 2014) and I’ve managed to sneak in a little bit of sewing over the last few weeks amongst the Christmas makes chaos to get it completed. I changed the colours slightly from those used in the pattern based on colours I already had in my stash. Now its time to get it framed and up on the wall!
Making a cushion cover using a completed cross stitch project
My list of craft projects is getting a bit out of hand and I have been waiting for a chance to catch up on them and get a few crossed off. The chance has come this weekend and I am going to make the most of it and try and crack on with some projects! I was excited to get started and decided to start on finishing off a cross stitch project I had almost finished – a cross stitch owl in started a few months ago from 365 cross stitch designs volume 2.
Once I had finished the cross stitching and got the back stitching finished it was time to make it into a cushion, I chose to make a flap back cushion and used Laura Ashley Gosford plum fabric. I really like using Laura Ashley fabrics as it is nice and thick, making if perfect for cushions as it gives them good structure and is also hard wearing – if you have made something you want it to last for a while!
To Make a flap back cushion:
Cut two pieces of fabric which are the width of the cross stitch front and 10cm longer than the height. My cushion front was 45x45cm so I cut two pieces for this project I used two pieces 45x55cm.
Fold the two pieces in half to give you two pieces 45×27.5cm.
Take the two folded fabric pieces and place overlapping on top of the cross stitch front.
Sew around the edge to secure.
Turn out the right way.
If you want to add some extra detail to the cushion you can sew a line around the edge, I sewed a line 6cm from the edge in purple to create a border.