How To Design Cross-Stitch Pillows

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I adore com­merc­ially manu­fac­tur­ed cross stitch pillow kits.  The de­signs are beaut­i­ful, the ins­truc­tions are clear, the threads are all as­sem­bled and most even come with an ex­tra need­le.

The problem is, commercial kits are generic. They often clash with my fabrics patterns and color schemes.  As a result, though the kits are fun to make up, I usually give away the finished projects.

To solve this dilemma, I’ve started designing my own cross-stitch pillows.

Here’s how….

Guidelines For Choosing A Pattern

I like to create patterns appropriate for three colors.

I find cross-stitch  stripes look nice with fabrics with small patterns and geometrics. Fabrics with larger patterns look good with checks or some other small,  plain, overall decoration. In general, I believe  the smaller and simpler the design, the better it blends  in with existing home decor fabrics.

After I decide on the basic style, I always make a mock-up on graph paper or the computer before spending the time and money to stitch the project.

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How To Choose A Color Scheme

When I’m satisfied with the mock-up, I begin to work on the color scheme. Usually, I use the background color of my fabric as the background color of my pattern. Then I use two of the accent colors in the fabric as the accents in my color scheme.

Example

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Remember, these guidelines are only suggestions. What really matters is that you make a pillow that you absolutely love. If you need to break every single suggestion in order to do that, go right ahead!

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125+ Free Plastic Canvas Patterns

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Free Plastic Canvas Patterns are scattered throughout the internet. We’ve highlighted over 125 of our favorites. For more free plastic canvas patterns, try converting regular needlepoint to plastic canvas. It works!

Free Plastic Canvas Patterns For Accessories

Jewelry

Purse

Free Plastic Patterns For The Home

Decorative Accessories

Plastic Canvas Frames and Mirrors

Plastic Canvas Coasters

Plastic Canvas Tissue Boxes

Plastic Canvas Boxes and Baskets

Plastic Canvas Vases

Free Plastic Canvas Patterns For Outdoors

Plastic Canvas For The Holidays

Winter Holidays

Valentine’s Day

Halloween

Thanksgiving

4th Of July

Free Plastic Canvas Patterns For Kids

Toys

Cartoon Figures

Free Plastic Canvas Patterns For Gifts

Adult Gifts

Kid’s Gifts

Plastic Canvas Pattern  Sharing Groups

Plastic Canvas Pattern Books

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Needlepoint Purse

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needlepoint purse

Description : This Needlepoint Purse, from Craft, utilizes plastic canvas as a basis. Love the addition of those buttons! They really make the project special.

Craft Link : Needlepoint Purse

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Needlepoint Challah Cover

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needlepoint challah coverWhen my daughter got married, my sister and I created a needlepoint challah cover for her.  A challah cover is a ritual covering for bread used at the Sabbath table. Challah covers are considered  customary gifts for new brides amongst orthodox Jews.

Untitled-21To make the challah cover we first completed a commercial canvas, with a variety of common and unusual needlepoint stitches. Then my sister’s very talented mother-in-law added a backing, piping and beadwork. Finally, as protection for a very fragile work of art, the challah cover was protected with a removable plastic casing.

It’s hard to tell from the photograph, but this Challah cover is full of wonderful details and symbols from Jewish life. In the upper left hand corner, in Hebrew, are the words Shabbot Shalom, meaning “Have a Happy Sabbath.” In the upper right hand corner, is a dove, the symbol of peace. Below the dove is my favorite – a depiction of a shtiebel, or traditional prayer house.

By the way, this canvas was not intended to be a challah cover. It was originally designed as wall art, but we adapted it for our own purposes. And isn’t that what being crafty is all about?

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Completed Cross-Stitch Alphabet

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Finished at last!  Here is the Completed version of my Free Cross-Stitch Alphabet.

I’m making this alphabet available for (almost) unlimited use.  Use it as is, or make changes. If you sell commercial products,  feel free to use the alphabet without acknowledgment.  If you have a website or blog,  you may re-post the alphabet, but with a link back.

bunting a-b

bunting c-d

cross stitch alphabet e-f

free cross stitch alphabet  g-i

free cross stitch alphabet i-j

bunting k-l 3

cross stich alphabet m-n

cross stitch alphabet 0-P

cross stitch alphabet Q-R

cross stitch alphabet s-t

cross stitch alphabet u-v

cross stitch alphabet w-x

cross stich alphabet y-z

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Free Needlepoint Ribbon Pillow

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free needlepoint ribbon pillow

I’ve been thinking about charting this pillow design for a couple of weeks. Finally, tonight, I decided to sit down and do it. I hope you enjoy it.

Because the chart lines are hard to see, I’ll tell you the dimensions. The large red squares are 16×16 holes.  All of the small squares are 8×8 holes.  The yellow and red rectangles are 8×16 holes.

As far as the size of the finished pillow, it depends on the number of holes per inch of the canvas you use. To get the pillow dimensions you want, you may have to double the pattern.

Please leave me a message if you have any questions and I will try to answer them the best I can.

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Free Needlepoint Banner Pattern

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free needlepoint banner pattern

Lately, everywhere I look, I’ve been seeing wonderful sewing patterns for banners and bunting. Here is my needlepoint version of that great idea.

The finished needlepoint will be about 1 1/2 tall and can be used for gift tags, embellishing clothing, making jewelry, creating greeting cards or just about anything else your imagination can dream up.

Over the next couple of weeks I will be charting an alphabet to be used with the banner pattern.

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