Category Archives: Cross Stitch

Finished Project: Silver & Gold Hoop Art

I made some more sparkly embroidery hoop art along the lines of the Get Schwifty hoop from last year. One is inspired by the X-Files, and the other by a lyric from Twenty One Pilots’ song “Stressed Out.”

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Both of the new hoops are available in the PDX-Stitch Etsy shop, and I made another Get Schwifty hoop if you missed buying this first one. Get yours now!

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WIP Wednesday: Last update of 2015

Happy last Wednesday of 2015, gentle readers! I thought we could ring out 2015 with a round-up of my as-yet-unfinished cross stitches:

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First, more progress this week on the Simpsons on the couch.

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And an update on the flower of the month project. Just January and February to finish in the new year!

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And some older projects I’ve been working on a while, like this sleeping fox.

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And the Steotchalong, which I obviously abandoned two weeks in. The half and quarter and blended stitches just got to me too much!

My new year’s resolution is to finish all of these in 2016, and of course to start new projects, too! Do you have any resolutions for 2016, crafting or otherwise?

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Simpsons couch: Christmas Eve Update

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Happy Christmas eve, dear readers. I missed WIP Wednesday yesterday, but here is an update on the Simpsons couch project. As you can see there is a lot more
color, and the couch is nearly finished. I ran out of the thread for the couch, though, so I have to work on other parts until I get to the store.

Hope you all are having a good holiday, and even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, I hope you have a great day!

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Flower of the Month: December

The tenth installment of the flower of the month series is here, with December’s poinsettia. The patterns from the series are from Ellen Maurer-Stroh, who has some great free patterns.

The poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is native to Mexico and Central America. It has been associated with Christmas since the 17th century. Around this time of year in the U.S., there are poinsettias everywhere: doctors’ offices, grocery stores, banks, etc. In fact, today, December 12, is National Poinsettia Day here!

photograph of cross stitched red poinsettia flower

Like the other squares, I added the month name in the border (with DMC 935), using the chart I posted.

The stitching is done in two strands on 18 count antique white aida cloth.

Next month: the carnation.

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Flower of the Month: November

The ninth installment of the flower of the month series is here, with November’s chrysanthemum. The patterns from the series are from Ellen Maurer-Stroh, who has some great free patterns.

cross stitched chrysanthemum flower

The chrysanthemum, or mum, is native to Asia and northeastern Europe. Mums were first cultivated in China in the 15th century. As well as being pretty to look at, the flowers are used to brew a sweet chrysanthemum tea, and the flowers can also be processed to make a natural insecticide.

The mum is the symbol of the Japanese Imperial family. In the United States, it is the official flower of the cities of Salinas, California, and Chicago, Illinois.

Like the other squares, I added the month name in the border (with DMC 3362), using the chart I posted.

The stitching is done in two strands on 18 count antique white aida cloth.

Next month: the poinsettia.

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Christmas & Hanukkah Dogs

Happy December, everyone! Time to get fully in the swing of the holidays, and I’m doing my part by sharing these cross-stitches that I made almost exactly one year ago.

photograph of a cross stitched square with the words '2014' and 'merry christmas' surrounding a dog with a red collar

photograph of a cross stitch square with words '5775' and "happy hanukkah" in Hebrew surrounding a dog with a blue collar

These are two sides to an ornament I made last year for my parents. One side is for Christmas and the other for Hanukkah. The dog is designed to look like their dog, Claire.

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This is Claire

I think I got the colors and the ears pretty close. I colored the Aida cloth with acrylic paints & Martha Stewart fabric medium, which worked fine to color it, but did make the fabric very stiff and harder to work with. Also, it was probably not a great idea to make the Christmas background green and the text red. But my parents have another (additional) dog now, so I will have to make another set of ornaments for 2015!

What are you stitching up for the holidays?

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Finished Project: Get Schwifty

I had the idea for this tiny cross stitch project and brought it to fruition in the span of an evening. I just had to have a break from the giant Simpsons couch project. And who couldn’t use more Rick and Morty in their lives?

gold-painted embroidery hoop with "get schwifty" stitched on black fabric with golden metallic thread


embroidery hoop that reads "get schwifty"

photograph of back of embroidery hoop finished with grey and white-dotted cotton fabric

For some stupid reason, I subjected myself to both metallic floss and black aida for this project — thank goodness it was small and simple. I painted the hoop with metallic gold paint to complement the stitching and finished the back with a grey piece of printed cotton with white dots. It is pretty schwifty!

This piece is for sale in my Etsy shop — get it before it’s gone!

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Flower of the Month: October

Happy October everyone, make way for the calendula flower! The patterns from the flower of the month series are from Ellen Maurer-Stroh, who has some great free patterns.

photograph of cross stitched calendula flower for October's flower of the month square

The calendula is also known as the pot marigold, and typically refers to the species Calendula officinalis. The flower has been used medicinally for treating acne and irritated skin, as well as for treating stomach cramps and constipation. It is also used to dye fabrics and to give a golden color to butter and cheese.

Like the other squares, I added the month name in the border (with DMC 987), using the chart I posted.

The stitching is done in two strands on 18 count antique white aida cloth. Here are the eight squares so far, 2/3 of the way through the year:

Photograph of 8 flower of the month squares, March through October

Next month: the chrysanthemum.

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WIP Wednesday: Simpsons Couch #4

More Simpsons couch gag cross stitch updates means more colors on the project:

work in progress photograph of cross stitched simpsons on the their couch

I got a new needlework stand this past weekend which is translating to faster stitching. But I will probably have to take a break on this for a while because I have several sewing commissions to take care of first!

What are you working on this Wednesday?

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Flower of the Month: September

September’s flower is here, even though it’s a bit late! For the seventh installment of the flower of the month series, I humbly present the aster. The patterns from the series are from Ellen Maurer-Stroh, who has some great free patterns.

photo of cross stitched aster flower with large purple blooms

The aster is an ornamental plant that grows in Europe, the United States, and Canada. These asters are light purple, but the blooms can also be pink, dark purple, and nearly white. They grow best in cooler climates.

Like the other squares, I added the month name in the border (with DMC 936), using the chart I posted.

The stitching is done in two strands on 18 count antique white aida cloth.

Next month: the calendula.

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