Customized finishing ideas for cross stitch projects
Great customized finishing ideas for cross stitch
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"
The Dreaming Girl featured on the back of a denim Jacket
Thanks to Wioletta, we are able to share a brilliant idea: cross stitching Barbara Ana'sDreaming Girl on the back of a denim jacket, using DMC's soluble canvas. The stitcher completed her work during her second lockdown in the end of March this year, it's no wonder she wanted to dream about visiting other places!
Wioletta customized the pattern in her very own way:
- lightening up the denim beforehand in the stitched area using bleach (the first try was too white so she added some blue and purple dye)
- substituting the earing and autum leaves in the original pattern with charms hanging like amulets
- and finally personalizing the houses in the bottom right: " I live in Italy but I added elements of architecture of my hometown in Poland". So pretty.
Thanks so much Wioletta and congratulations for this stunning project!
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...
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!
Thanks so much to Patricia F. for sharing this picture. She has done an amazing job of stitching two of Barbara Ana'sshaker 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!
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!
Tiny and cute: fitting a pattern onto a scissor fob
Here's an other idea we received from Jenifer: "I made this adorable scissor fob out of the Barbara Ana "Don't Bug Me I'm Stitching" design. I stitched it 1 over 1 on 28 count evenweave. I also used glow in the dark DMC for the eye's!
Barbara Ana designs are so colorful and fun."
What a great idea! If you're patient enough (and have a good eyesight) you can turn any medium size pattern into a miniature by stitching one over one. This pattern is 41 x 61 stitches (w x h) and turned out 1 1/2 x 2 inches when stitched.
Véronique R. came up with a totally unexpected idea: After stitching Faby Reilly's Poppy biscornu pattern, she found the stitched piece so lovely she decided not to mount it as a biscornu but to frame it instead. The result is stunning. The stitched piece has a little bit of an Art deco touch that makes a perfect framed piece.
Thanks Rolande for sharing this creative project for a birthday: A stitched enveloppe that turns into a birthday banner:
How clever of Rolande! This is a pretty cross stitch enveloppe - complete with the little girl's address - that was sent through the post.
Once unfolded, it turns into a birthday banner. 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.
Some other of Rolande's inventive ideas. She made these project organizer pouches for two of her friends.
The first one has Barbara Ana'sItch 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
Maria combined a wedding pattern 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!