In which I attempt to do something different with my cross stitch

Some time around November last year it suddenly occurred to me that I could branch out from card making and use little cross stitch designs to make brooches. So I bought some brooch backs from the Internet and promptly became so busy with Christmas cards that the idea of making anything else went completely out of my head. At the weekend, I rediscovered the brooch backs and decided to give it a go…

From a distance it looks alright (particularly if the photo is nice and blurry… sorry about that). I pinned it on a cushion for the second photo to get an idea of what it would look like in use.

How about a close up?

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Hmm. The sharp-eyed among you may notice my not really even stitching and the badly cut edges of the Aida (the fabric the pattern is cross stitched on).

Turn over…

  1. The brooch back thing was supposed to be in the middle. Why isn’t it in the middle?
  2. The stitching on the little strip of felt that’s covering the brooch back is awful! Note to self: stitch that little strip on before sewing the two bits of felt together.
  3. The sharp-eyed among you may notice that the strip of felt isn’t even covering all of the stitching that’s holding the brooch back on, thus completely defeating its purpose.

Apart from all that, it’s not bad for a first attempt 😉

Now I just have eleventy million brooch backs to somehow use up. (Well, 99 anyway…)

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Experimenting with colours

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I recently discovered that Amazon sells cross stitch supplies, which is useful since I haven’t found a place in Basel to buy them from yet. In the process, I learned that Anchor does a lot more multicoloured threads than were ever available in Karlsruhe. Since I have no willpower whatsoever when it comes to spending money, I decided to buy some to play with, despite not actually having any need for multicoloured threads right now! The following stitches were all experiments and I have no idea what I’m going to do with them yet. Also, they were all taken from magazines, although I’m not sure their original artists would recognise them now!

The first one I did was a hippo, using a multicoloured thread I already had. Based on the colours, it will probably end up as a new baby card for a little girl.

Hippo cross stitchFor the next one, I knew as soon as I saw the thread that I wanted to use it to stitch a lion, so I went looking for one in all my cross stitch magazines. I think it turned out quite well!

lion cross stitchNext, I stitched two hedgehogs using the same thread but different techniques. They were actually supposed to be the exact same hedgehog, but I messed up one and had to improvise, so they ended up totally different:

I used two different threads involving green for my next two items, a stripy dinosaur and a rather luminous snake! These were quick stitches and I got them both done on the same evening.

Finally, I used a many-coloured thread to stitch this rainbow bird. I’m really proud of this one – it actually looks like it’s meant to be this way! (The wing was done using a plain green thread – I thought making that multicoloured too would be a bit much).

Bird cross stitchWhich is your favourite? I think mine is either the bird or the lion.
Fellow stitchers, what would you use multicoloured threads for?

By the way, I will soon be starting a new round of “guess the cross stitch” (as requested by Linda). I hope you’ll all join in! Those who don’t know what I’m talking about can see last year’s here.