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.
I managed to get all my Christmas makes completed in plenty of time this year (yey!) which meant I had time to fit in a sneaky make for myself before starting up again with other makes.
This cross stitch project I have been wanting to make for sometime but previously haven’t found the time to squeeze it in so was very pleased to be able to get started. I saw this crafty sampler in CrossStitcher magazine Issue 287 (January 2015) and really liked the added the details of the buttons and safety pins. I managed to get it all finished over Christmas – supported by a ridiculous about of christmas treats!
I opted to use grey aida instead of the white, and picked out some purple buttons as I have a load of buttons in this colour at the moment. Some of the colours are slightly different to the original pattern too – there was no chance of getting out and finding the exact numbers over christmas so I substituted some in from my stash!
Now I just need to get a frame sorted so I can get it displayed up on the wall.
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!