So I mentioned here that I would post every so often about creative projects I have been working on. I know this type of crafty stuff isn’t for everyone, but maybe once you see the type of things that I create, you might change your mind! I tend to like things that have a modern flair or that are crafted specifically for someone (so their aesthetic is kept in mind, of course)!
So below are three cross stitch projects that I have created this summer (in the future I’ll do a post on each, but the completed projects were piling up so I thought I would just get them out there! Plus all presents have already been given, and well-received!)
The first one I created is a butterfly pattern bought from andwabisabi via Etsy, stitched on pale green Aida cloth with sage green DMC thread. I just popped it into a vintage-looking frame that hangs with a silk ribbon from Michael’s. Pretty easy, and the monochromatic color scheme really worked well to make the butterfly stand out against the slightly fussy frame.
The second one I created is a cartoon version of a “Mom” pattern bought from andwabisabi via Etsy that I paired with an original photo (that was bought from wrenandchickadee via Etsy; you might also know Ez from her fantastic website, Creature Comforts). It’s stitched on white Aida cloth with several colors of DMC thread (I tried to coordinate the colors from the photo into the cartoon). It’s again mounted in a frame from Michael’s and the picture and the type of frame have a particular meaning to the recipient of the gift, of course! I’m really happy with how this one turned out since I’ve never before tried to coordinate a cross stitch with anything, not the least of which a modern looking picture!
The third one I created is a “Keep Calm and Carry On” pattern bought from andwabisabi via Etsy (sensing a pattern, ha, here?! Her patterns are really modern, cute, and original; three words you don’t often hear when you think cross stitch), stitched on oatmeal Aida cloth with several colors of DMC thread, including metallic gold thread for the crown.
Now before any of my design friends comment on the “Keep Calm”, yes it’s been overdone, etc., etc., but this creation was for someone special whom I wanted to remind that no matter what happens, just get on with it! The colors chosen were also very deliberate and meant to signify something as well as the weathered-wood frame (again from Michael’s). This particular creation was the only one I had professionally mounted as I wanted to ensure it would last a lifetime hanging on her wall! Although the saying is pretty common these days, by using earth tones as well as gold, it grounded the pattern and made it appear when finished as more monochromatic and classy, like something you would want to display, not like a cheesy poster!
Images by Kristen for Kristen Loves Design.