Today’s blog post is coming to you a little later in the week than usual. However, when I get to the announcement at the end, I hope that you will find that it was worth the wait… at least for those that are beginning cross-stitch. And speaking of cross-stitch, in honor of Portland’s Rose City Yarn Crawl this weekend, I’ve got a new pattern to share with you.
Many of the cross-stitch projects that I have published here, are for beginners… stitcher’s that are interested in pursuing this craft, but may not be quite sure where to start. I’ve explained the basic supplies you’ll need to get started and shared several quick and easy cross-stitch patterns that can be completed (most times) in a sitting. And recently, I’ve gathered up everything into a full cross-stitch library for you to access HERE.
However, as you begin cross-stitching, you will find there is a lot that you can do with it and we have only begun to scratch the surface. Today’s project can still be completed in a sitting, but it’s a smidge more advanced.
YAY for growing your skills!!
How to Create Easy Cross-stitch Curves
Basic cross-stitch sticks to a grid and the art can sometimes look… well pixelated. Like 8-bit video games from the 80’s, there aren’t a lot of curves when you stick to the grid. To overcome this, you will see in more advanced patterns half and quarter cross-stitches. Essentially these are stitches that don’t make a perfect X and only fill a portion of the square with colored thread.
Let’s start small by taking a look at how this works with back-stitches. January’s pattern explored back-stitching and I made available a simple snowflake pattern to stitch. The snowflakes stuck to the traditional Aida lines and were easy to create a linear stitch.
However, if you want something with more of a curve, you’ll need to stitch outside of the lines so to speak. Here’s what you’ll need to get started with today’s project:
Supplies to Create Easy Cross-stitch Curves
**This post contains affiliate links. Many of the supplies listed can be found at your local craft or fabric store, but the links have been provide for your convenience in recreating this project.**
- 14 count Aida cloth in white
- Carnation Red – DMC 891
- Medium Navy Blue – DMC 311
- Dark Silver Filament Thread – Kreinik Metallics 025
- Basic Cross-stitch Supplies
- Download your free pattern HERE
Create Easy Cross-stitch Curves
Create your “hoop” and partial heart by using a traditional cross-stitch. These areas will be stitched in 4 ply.
Then using the dark silver filament, back-stitch the “needle”. Because filament is even thinner than regular floss, I used 8 ply to stitch. Take your time and work slowly. Filament can tangle very easily. Thankfully a little shimmer goes a long way.
Now you’re ready for your first partial stitch work. Starting at one end of the line, follow the pattern to stitch the “thread” design. Similar to embroidery, you can split the weave and place a stitch wherever you desire on the Aida cloth. To create the curvy illusion of a threaded needle, I cut through the grid and added back-stitches that covered only a portion of the Aida squares.
The result is a red line that dances and curves over the cloth.
Pretty cool, huh?
The trick is to not get too worried about perfection and allow the piece to take on a more organic feel.
In future posts we can discuss making that circle less jagged too.
And now for that big announcement…
It has been a long held dream of mine to create quick and easy weekly patterns for beginning cross-stitcher’s… A little treat in your inbox that you can look forward to whipping up on the spot or save for a later date. This is my way of not only thanking those that visit Storypiece, but to also encourage those that are learning a new craft and want more. I’ve been stitching since I was in elementary school and it still brings me so much joy and satisfaction to create something new.
However, I recognize that cross-stitching isn’t for everyone so here’s what I need from you. If you are interested in receiving a weekly cross-stitch pattern, then subscribe!
That’s it! You will immediately receive the current week’s project and a new pattern each subsequent week. This week’s pattern is just in time for Spring and accurately captures how you make me feel… HAPPY!
And if cross-stitch isn’t your thing… no worries. You don’t need to do anything. You still make me happy and I will be back next week with another craft project.
Have a great weekend!