A spot of cool cross stitch

Cross stitch moustache pattern from Cross Stitcher magazine

Over the years I've stitched pretty things, nifty things, impressive things...  but very rarely COOL things! I've been cross stitching since I was about 11 years old - starting off with Country Companions hedgehogs & mice, and graduating over the years to family gifts, seaside scenes & quick-stitch cards. But now I can add a project to my repetoire that is super cool - and I love the results! Here's a pic of my latest stitching project - proudly on display in the June issue of Cross Stitcher.

Cross stitch pattern - glasses!


Occassionaly I stitch samples of new cross stitch charts so they can be photographed in Cross Stitcher - and this cheeky tash & pair of glasses are based on a cross stitch pattern from the latest issue by Mr X Stitch. These were one of the more unusual cross stitch projects I've ever worked on. On the plus side I love stitching on to evenweave and linen - so I enjoyed the satisfaying way the fabric fell as I stitched! Each design is made up entirely of plain stitches so this is a great project for beginners (no need to worry about half cross stitches or French knots!) but on the down side, large blocks of solid colour can get a bit repetitive. I got around this by stitching the outlines first, then filling in the gaps..

There was one ropey moment when I realised the pattern should be stitched in 3 strands but I'd started stitching for 2 hours in 2 strands (gaggghhh unpicking!), but I soon recovered. What do you think of the results?

You can get the pattern by popping to the shops and picking up a copy of Cross Stitcher! Or if you have an iPhone or iPad, get it via the nifty Apple Newstand Cross Stitcher app!