When I joined Kollabora, my fav new online DIY community, I started seeing all kinds of rad embroidery and cross stitch projects. I wrote a little bit about my history with cross stitch here, but it is probably the first craft skill I remember my mom teaching me when I was little. I remember cross stitching some Looney Toons pattern as my first project, ha!
I am an impulsive person, and a really impulsive crafter! So one night at probably 10 or 11 o'clock, I decided I wanted to start a cross stitch project... And 15 minutes later I had found, downloaded, and started a pattern! I found this bossy chevron pattern on Etsy and I loooove how it turned out. I switched up the colors of course, much to boyfriend's dismay. ;)
I used white as one of my colors, underestimating how much it WOULDN'T show on the fabric. Silly me. You can see them in the "work in progress" photo above if you look, but they really weren't visible from afar. So I outlined the white arrows in a single strand of dark purple. I would have used black, but couldn't find my black thread. For everything else, I used a 6" hoop, 14 count aida cloth, and 3 strands of embroidery floss.
The whole stitching process is so relaxing. It seems like something that could be tedious and repetitive and boring, but it's almost mesmerizing once you get into a groove. I love the texture of each stitch, the pull of the floss through the canvas, and the use of the grid. Now I just need to learn how to finish or "frame up" this piece and get it on the wall!
Have you done any cross stitch projects?
What do you think of this modern pattern for an old fashioned craft?
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