How To Make A Cross Stitch Rose Canvas
Today I’m sharing a project that I created this month to adorn my wall! A cross stitch canvas is a simple idea, it was my second cross stitch attempt in several years but my first attempt was very small. All I can say is, cross stitch is not for the impatient (like myself). I love how this looks but it took me about a week to complete. If you’re a dab hand at cross stitch or embroidery, you will love this.
Pretty effective right?
You will need:
Printer, Paper etc.
Cross stitch pattern (linked below)
Dauber – optional
Embroidery floss (depends on which cross stitch pattern you decide to use)
(I find everything I need on ebay usually… there’s normally free shipping involved to sweeten the deal!)
To begin with, I had a really cheap 8×8 canvas and I prepped with my usual gesso and then used a technique I learnt from Jenny and Aaron’s book; Mixed Media Masterpieces with Jenny and Aaron!
Believe it or not, it was my first attempt at using a dauber! Thank goodness for Jenny and Aaron’s book, I usually just ‘go for it’ and don’t read instructions, I have a lot of craft fails under my belt. So I learnt something new :p building up layers is way better than using too much. You don’t have to make your background polka dot, to be honest my polka dot background can only be noticed in certain light. A plain painted background works just fine!
Print the cross stitch pattern onto A4 (regular printer sized) paper and use washi tape to attach to the canvas.
Poke holes in the corners using a sharp awl.
See all the holes?
This part is a long haul so be prepared to be patient!
Start stitching your crosses and use your pattern as the guide.
I am really happy with the outcome. The pale blue background really compliments the embroidery thread colours.
And, of course I cannot take any of the creative credit for my project. This is the image that inspired me. The original cross stitch canvas was created by the wonderful Solveig, a blogger for Sols(tr)ikke blog from Norway! Her blog is fabulous and Solveig used a Cath Kidston cross stitch pattern from the Cath Kidston ‘stitch’ book
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