Alternative Cross Stitch

Monday, July 22, 2013

When most of us think of cross stitch projects, samplers and framed pictures, ornaments, pillows and pin cushions stitched on evenweave linen or Aida cloth embroidery fabrics are some of the first things that come to mind.

However, some brave and intrepid designers have broken free of the embroidery thread on fabric theme and have branched out into completely different materials.

Last week’s blog about Lithuanian artist Severija is a great example of cross stitch on cast-off metal objects. Here are a few more examples of stitching on unusual items to inspire you!

Stitch on pre-drilled wood items, like Stedi from Etsy has done. This artist’s version of a headboard would be perfect in a child’s room! The technique would also work on other wood items such as picture frames, chair backs and cabinet doors.

Or, cross stitch on a pre-made doormat, like this one from Ikea Iinspirations. Use a large-eyed, sharp needle and your favorite crochet yarn to create a unique, welcoming mat for the front door.

You can personalize the mat with a name, initials or favorite saying.

The mat would make a perfect housewarming gift!

Or go HUGE by stitching on pre-punched vinyl or faux leather to make furniture and accessories similar to these handcrafted by GAN.

Try using an awl or a grommet punch to make the stitching holes in faux leather, plastic sheeting or vinyl. An electric drill can be used to make holes in wood, metal and pvc.

Even humble office supplies can be livened up with stitching. This letter holder stitched by Sam Osborne is a terrific example of how a simple mesh item can be turned into a work of office art with embroidery thread.

Next time you are at the hardware store, home improvement center or housewares store, take a look around. There’s a good chance you will find something that can be enhanced with stitching!


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  • Patty Chisholm
    July 22nd, 2013 10:05 am

    These are all great ideas. Might be trying some of them

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