Some Less Expensive Alternatives to Framing Your Finished Cross Stitch Piece

Fantasy Wedding BlessingThe most exciting part about doing a cross stitch project other than starting it is actually finishing it. When your stitches are actually crossed and your final back stitch is placed it’s time to decide what you want to do to display the needlework you’re so proud of.

A lot of people jump right to the thought of framing the piece. What size frame should they get? One matte or two mattes? Glass or plexi for protection? Standing frame or hanging frame?

But, the truth is there are so many options for your final finish other than a typical frame (or even a fancy frame.) Of course, a few of the options are going to depend on the size of your finished cross stitch, but don’t be afraid to get creative to get the effect you want in the end.

One of the most popular framing alternatives is sewing the piece into a pillow or a sham. Of course, this lends well to small to medium sized cross stitch pieces and because it will be out on display you may want to use simple designs in this option because they might or might not washing at some point.

A similar option that I really enjoy for small pieces is to create a quilt block to be part of a larger wall hanging or even an actual quilt. It gives a nice personalized touch to the overall project and sets it apart from a typical quilting project.

The example in the photo above is a banner sewn from a finished wedding sampler and mounted on a dowel painted to match the fabric with a twisted cord made from DMC thread. (The cross stitch design is the Wedding Blessing from Dragon Dreams, and stitched this one for myself ;)) [Read more…]

Turn Your Finished Cross Stitch Into a Pillow

Written by Pam Cirincione for Stitching the Night Away

We’ve all done it. We’ve made a big cross stitch project and happily taken it to the framers, only to find it will cost more than $100 to frame it. An inexpensive alternative to framing is to make a pillow out of your needlework. It’s quick. It’s easy. And it’s a lot less expensive than framing.

After you finish your project, wash and iron it as you normally would. You will need:

  • fabric of your choice to compliment the design
  • thred of your choice
  • fiber fill or pillow form
  • straight pins
  • any embellishments you would like to add to the pillow such as cording or rick rack [Read more…]

Preparing to Enter a Cross Stitch Competition

I’m sure you’ve seen the gorgeous pieces on display at the county fair every year. Have you ever thought about entering your finished cross stitch into one of these competitions?

Here a few things to look at before you submit your entry.

  • First you need to know the name of your design, who designed it, and it’s helpful to list the materials you used, such as fabric type including name of the fabric and fabric count, any specialty threads you used such as Kreinik blending filament, any changes you may have made to the design, how you stitched (1 over 1, 2 over 2, 1 over 2 etc)…
  • Make sure any floss fuzz or pet hair has been removed from the piece
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Journaling Your Cross Stitch Projects

Written by Rebecca Williamson for Stitching the Night Away

There are as many different reasons for keeping a cross stitch journal as there are projects to keep track of! Some might keep one so that they can tell how many hours they put into each project. Another might keep one so they can go back and remember just what was going through their minds while they worked. Someone else might just like to keep a record of how far they got in one day. Whatever your reason, there are PLENTY of ways to make your journal as much of an enjoyment as your finished pieces. [Read more…]

Have You Been to Cyberstitchers.com?

One of my favorite stitcher’s resources is Cyber Stitchers online community of stitchers each has their own free gallery to display cross-stitch projects. Also, providing free patterns, including some of my very own designs.

Kind Regards,
Loretta

Finishing Tutorials by Dani (TKDchick)

I was wanting to do a good series of finishing tutorials, but I don’t think I could have possibly done any better than what Dani the finishing queen of the TWBB has already done for all us stitchers.

If you haven’t seen Dani’s finishing tutorials already, they are simply fantastic. http://www.tkdchick.com/tutorialindex.html [Read more…]

Cross Stitching Over Two on Evenweave or Linen Fabrics

Stitching Over Two on Evenweave or Linen How to Guide by Loretta Oliver at StitchingtheNightAway.com

Cross stitching on linen or evenweave fabrics might be intimidating to someone that has only stitched on aida cloth before.  But, I assure you that it’s not as hard as one might think.  Infact, in most cases it’s easier, especially when it comes to quarter and three-quarter stitches that give a piece detail and finished edges to a design, or to add turns inside borders.

Here are few illustrations to help you out with your first “over two” project.  Over two basically means over two threads of the fabric.  If you were stitching on aida cloth, you would be stitching “over one”. [Read more…]

Shopping for Out of Print Cross Stitch Patterns

written by by Rebecca Williamson for Stitching the Night Away

I was pondering a question the other day as I shelled out $59 for an out of print cross stitch pattern–what is the best way to find these “hard-to-find” cross stitching charts? The best way I’ve found so far is an auction site, such as ebay.com or quins-auction.com.

Another way to go about acquiring some of these charts at lower prices is to compile a stash “wish list”. [Read more…]

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