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|Great finishing ideas for cross stitch projects
Great finishing ideas for cross stitch patterns and needlework
Check out some of the creative ideas other stitchers have come up with for finishing their stitched pieces.
If you too would like to share a photo of your stitched piece, as well as ideas for finishing projects, please feel free to use our contact form and select "I'd like to share my photo"
Finishing ideas: tray lining in cross stitch
Here's a beautiful idea for your cross stitch projects, lining the bottom of a tray with a splendid cross stitch mat. The picture shows the Alsace design from Gracewood Stitches. Any other of the designer's gorgeous patterns from the Vintage Textiles collection would be equally suitable as they can all be adapted to any size of object. Further more you can easily adapt your own colors to suit your home interior hues.
We suggest selecting a tray with vertical sides, which frames the mat neatly.
What can you use a tray for? For serving coffee for sure, but there are plenty of other decorative uses in home decor such as organizing objects on a coffee table, a beside table, a chest of draws...
Christmas stocking idea
Sometimes were amazed at how creative you stitchers are. We recently received this picture from Joyce F. and we could not resist featuring the picture in this news section.
Joyce purchased Sylvie Teytaud's design featuring elves decorating a Christmas tree. Here's what Joyce says about her project:
"I adapted Sylvie's wonderful design to a needlepoint stocking for my granddaughter. Never have done beading before, which was a challenge! Thank you so much for these darling elves!"
Congratulations Joyce, you did a fantastic job adapting the pattern to the size of the stocking. And the beaded garlands add just a little extra glamour to the stocking, making it look real precious.
If you too have stitched one of our design and found an interesting way of adapting or finishing your piece, don't hesitate to send us a picture and will share it. It's sure to inspire many other stitchers!
>> more finishing ideas for Christmas
Miniature shaker needlebook
Thanks so much to Patricia F. for sharing this picture. She has done an amazing job of stitching two of Barbara Ana's shaker patterns, over one thread, on navy Blue Zweigart Lugana evenweave. The stitched piece was then mounted into a needlebook that measures only 2 1/8 inch x 3 3/8 inch. Extra pages were added inside the book for storing needles. This is an extraordinary piece!
Color substitution : overdyed floss
We received this beautiful picture from Jane W. It is a reinterpretation of Marie-Anne Réthoret-Mélin's
Red monochrome Scissor and Needlecase and her matching Biscornu pincushion.
This time however the Red DMC variations threads was subsituted with a hand dyed floss, Cottage Garden Threads 'Damask Rose'.The result is stunning, with a very delicate balance of light brown and pink produced by the thread. There's a lovely tassel too, also with a mix of the two colors.
The fun with monochrome patterns like this one is that you can really play around with fabrics and colors and make you piece unique.
Congratulations, Jane, and Thank you so much for sharing your photo with us!
Birthday gift ideas for a little girl
Thanks Rolande for sharing these creative ideas!
A stitched enveloppe that turns into a birthday banner:
How clever of Rolande!
This is a pretty birthday banner than folds into an enveloppe - complete with the little girl's address - and that can be sent through the post.
As Rolande's grand daughter's birthday is just a few days before Halloween, Rolande selected Barbara Ana's Halloween cat to stitch on the top part. Then she stitched the words Happy birthday in matching colors. The part of the flap with the address does not show when hanging (and it would be upside down!). As a final touch, Rolande added some fun orange pompons.
This stitched enveloppe turns into a birthday banner when unfolded.
>> Halloween cat by Barbara Ana
Project pouches - great for a stitcher friend
Some other of Rolande's inventive ideas. She made these project organizer pouches for two of her friends.
The first one has Barbara Ana's Itch to stitch pattern (shown here in the French language version). Rolande used matching green fabrics and trims for the inside of the pouch that has useful pockets for holding stitching materials,charts and felt "pages" for holding needles. The inside cover includes a personal message in cross stitch.
Project pouch with Barbara Ana's fun Stitcher's itch design
The other project pouch is stitched with another of Barbara Ana's fun pattern for stitchers: Don't bug me I'm stitching!
A great gift idea for a stitcher friend with a sense of humor!
Patterns shown ( English versions):
>> A stitcher's itch designed by Barbara Ana
>> Don't bug me I'm stitching! designed by Barbara Ana
|A recipe book (Personalized Wedding gift)|
Maria combined one large wedding pattern from Brodi Broda "I do!, I do!" with a charming couple of cooks (Kiss the cook!) designed by Barbara Ana (in fact the male cook was especially designed for her to complete this project). Adding some personal text, this became a perfect wedding gift!
Finishing ideas: recipe book by Maria
View original patterns
>> Brodi Broda: I do!, I do!
>> Barbara Ana: Kiss the cook! (female version)
>> Barbara Ana: kiss the cook (male version)
Submit your own finishing ideas!
If you have stitched one of our patterns and would like to share your own ideas, please send us a photo using our contact form and select: " Finished pieces: I'd like to share my photo".
We hope to hear from you soon!
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