I’m not going to pretend to know a lot about cross stitch. In fact, this is one of the first few projects I’ve made using this technique. BUT, I’m super excited about it and want to share my process (Hopefully it is the correct way. If I’m wrong, do let me know!) of making a simple design. Here’s what we made:
I chose a basic pattern with 4 triangles, which are joined on their longest side to create 2 squares and 1 large rectangle. The triangles were in a bunch of colors, creating different patterns, orders and color combinations. For instance, I made ombre ones using 4 shades of the same base color. Or 4 entirely different colors. Or 2 colors in an alternate sequence.
Time: about 20 minutes, the first time
- Medium sized mesh grid
- Thread in different colors
- Plan your colors and design. We chose bright colors, so that they are visible from a distance and a simple design. As it doesn’t make sense to make complicated design (atleast it doesn’t to a newbie like me).
- To start the design, measure out and mark the length and width of the pattern. We used 7 squares for the width and 13 squares for the length. Keeping in mind, that 2 of the length squares will be used twice.
- Insert the thread through the needle and pull out a part of the thread from the other end.
- Loop the thread through the leftmost corner & pull it upwards till the bottom of the thread is almost reached.
- Push the needle through the square directly opposite the current square.
- Using the lower portion of the mesh, pull the thread out of the left square.
- Push the needle through the square opposite the current square.
- Pull the needle through the right square above the upper right threaded square. And similarly push it through the opposite square, then the lower right square and the one opposite it.
- Continue this pattern upwards till 6 crosses have formed.
- Once the first line has been made, switch to the column of squares next to it and move downwards 5 times. Similarly, make 4 columns with 4, 3, 2 and 1 cross respectively. Thus, completing the first portion of the design.
Note: If this is too confusing and you would prefer a video, send me a message and I’ll try to make one and add it here.
11. To start on the next portion of the pattern, we cheated a little bit. Instead of the conventional way of cross stitching, we looped the yellow thread through the single green cross and ran the needle through the knot created. This would hold the second color in place.
12. Loop the yellow thread through the right square directly below the cross and push it through the opposite square. Pull it out of the lower right square and push it through the square opposite to it.
13. Similarly, create a column of 5 crosses downwards.
14. Repeat the pattern for 4 columns with 4, 3, 2 and 1 cross respectively. Completing half of the design
15. For the upper portion of the design, swap the colors i.e yellow first, and green second.
Phew! All Done!
We actually made these are a part of a larger project on Cross Stitch Bag Tags. Make sure to check it out, they look amazing!
If you have any suggestions of techniques we should try, definitely let us know. We love to hear from you and to experiment!