There’s a new kind of embroidery design here at Shiny Happy World.
Stamped Cross Stitch Panels for beginners – especially young beginners. 🙂
You can find both the cat and dog here.
I tell you all about what makes them special in the description, so here I’m going to show you some quick and easy instructions. There’s a video version of the instructions here.
If you’ve never done any kind of embroidery before, you might want to take a look at some of these videos before you get started.
First you’ll need to hoop up your fabric. The fabric should be tight – like a drum – but not stretched out of shape.
Choose the thread color that matches the background of the area you’re going to stitch. Thread your needle and knot the end of the thread. There’s a video here showing how to tie a knot in your thread.
Start stitching. You work cross stitch one row at a time, filling in the bottom half of all the Xs first. Just stitch right over the Xs printed on the fabric. Make sure they’re all slanting in the same direction.
Now work your way back across the same row, crossing all your Xs.
Work your way down until you fill in that whole section of color.
Repeat until you’ve stitched up all the sections of the image.
Finish as desired. You can make it into a tiny little pillow (maybe a scented pillow to keep in a drawer with your clothes?), use it as a square in a quilt, or frame it in its embroidery hoop.
It’s very important to be consistent with the way your stitches slant. My bottom stitches always slant forward and my top stitches always slant back. It doesn’t matter which way you do it, as long as you do it the same way for the entire piece. Otherwise your stitches will look slightly off.
See how easy? This is a great, portable project for summer. It took me about 4 hours to stitch up the sample – with lots of interruptions. Most beginners will take longer than that. 🙂