Faux Halloween Cross-Stitch

If you’ve been a reader of this blog for some time, you already know that I’m a huge fan of cross-stitch and needlework. It’s something I grew up doing with my mom and I’m so happy that it’s making a resurgence in craft circles. And so many of today’s projects are super cute and cheeky… they’re definitely not your grandmother’s needlepoint.

However, recently I’ve fallen head over heels for any type of stitching that is done in a new or unexpected way. Whether it’s large-scale versions that are traditional stitched onto walls or ordinary patterns created in a non-traditional medium, I love the twist on this classic craft.

So while working with metallic threads that were giving me frustrating results, I decided to change things up and ditched my needle and thread for a metallic pen.

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Here are the supplies you’ll need to make your own Faux Halloween Cross-Stitch:


TIP: The black Aida cloth picks up a lot of dust and lint. Be sure your hands are clean and dry before starting.

Find Your Center

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I’ve marked the center of the pattern with a black square. Find the center on your canvas by counting the squares length and widthwise. Your center is of course where these points intersect.

“Stitch” Your Pattern

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Starting from the center and working your way out, make your “stitches” using your permanent marker.

Because these squares are small and the ink will slightly bleed, you will use four squares to create one “X”.

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As you follow the pattern, you will find that some of the “stitches” will not make a complete “X”. These are called half stitches and quarter stitches. They are used to create smoother curves in your design. You will find half stitches and quarter stitches in more advanced cross-stitch patterns.

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Since you are using 4 squares to create one cross-stitch, this project is very quick to complete.

And who doesn’t love a craft that you can whip up in an evening… or LESS.

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However, because you are working with ink, this isn’t something that you can do while watching a movie. You’ll want to stay focused so that you don’t get off on your count. If you make a mistake, you can’t take the stitches out like traditional cross-stitch. As fun as it is to finish a craft quickly, it’s the absolute worst when you make a mistake that can’t be fixed and you have to toss the whole thing out and start over.

No one wants that!

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Once your project is “stitched”, finish by “framing” with patterned Ducktape.

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Although my original plan was to create something with metallic thread, I loved the opportunity to try out cross-stitch in a new and non-traditional form. I’ll definitely be exploring this medium more. Stay tuned!

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