Friday, 15 May 2009

Simple Cross Stitch From Scratch

Feeling particularly inspired last night, I decided to have a go at designing my own cross stitch pattern. I have tried doing this online, but wanted to try it by hand.
First I decided to use a simple design increasing the possibility of success .I chose a silhouette design of a fawn from a stock image found online. I enlarged it with ‘Paint’ which unintentionally resulted in it looking pixellated, this proved quite useful.
Next I traced the design as it was onto graph paper. I squared off all the lines, if a line went through 2/3 of a square, it became a full square.

The fabric I used was 22 count aida which meant the squares for the cross stitch were quite
small. As a result, the squared design looked less ‘blocky’ but also produced in a very small design!
I wanted the silhouette to be white but had no coloured fabric, this gave me a chance to practive Asissi or reverse cross stitch, quite fitting considering the subject!
I am really happy with the result, it was so easy considering I am very poor at drawing!
The whole project took a few hours.


  1. That turned out great! I've not cross-stitched in a long, long time. I may have to dig out the hoop!

  2. nice job!! and i love the deer motif you chose. you've inspired me to do some cross stitching, too!