Learning Awesome Cross Stitching

Well, I’m still not smoking and am working on the backlogs of tasks.  Many of my targets are ongoing ones, but I have managed to learn one of my target of “5 new things”.  Cross stitching.  Yep, you heard me right, cross stitching.  OK, so you may be asking a few questions.  Why is probably quite high up the list.  What may indeed help to explain why. How might appear if you’ve managed to get past why and what.  Anyhow, I digress. Let me begin with …

 

Why

To fully explain why I have been cross stitching I’m going to have to walk you through my thought process.  I have a friend from university who I introduced to Buffy back in the day.  She has since developed a full blown Whedon addiction.  Her thirtieth is coming up and someone (not me) came up with the bright idea of making a quilt for her.  Everyone was to contribute a patch.  This prompted the following thoughts:

  1. Crapola.  I’m not creative enough for this.
  2. Maybe I can attach something pre-embroidered to a patch.  I’m sure I’ve seen some Serenity patches before …
  3. Nope.  That’s not going to work.   How about printing, maybe I can find some Whedon based pictures.
  4. But there’s a risk they’ll be low quality on fabric.  What about pixel art?
  5. Aha!  A hit for … no, wait, that’s cross-stitched pixel art.  Hmmm.  How hard could that be?
  6. (2 weeks later) Bloody hell that took a lot of time …

And so my cross stitching skills gain a +1.

What

As mentioned above, I ended up stitching a pixel art pattern.  Etsy to the rescue with an awesome Pixel People pattern of the Buffy gang!  There are a few different Whedon patterns on there – I’ve provided links below – and the Buffy one seemed like an achievable goal.  This pattern is sold as a grid pattern to print along with a list of the coloured thread needed.  The colours are listed for three different common manufacturers of thread so it’s not hard to find a source.  I bought mine online from Sew and So along with needles and an embroidery hoop.  I really can’t recommend the latter more.  While it’s possible to do without, for a beginner it makes life a lot easier and allows you to stop at will with less chance of tangling things up.

The Patterns: Etsy Buffy Pattern  Etsy Dr Horrible Pattern  Etsy Firefly Pattern

And the work:

How

So, seems pretty cool huh?  OK, not so much, but it could make a great gift for someone someday so maybe you want to give it a go.  For my transformation from no-hoper to stitching hero I dug deep into the wonders of the internet for help.  The video below is an excellent five minute introduction to all you need to know to start cross stitching.  It’s worth paying attention to the bit on how to neaten up the back of your cross stitch as that pays off with the flatness of the finished product.

For the additional wording below the pattern I used StitchPoint’s cross stitch writing tool to compose the text and then copied this onto my Buffy character grid.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy.