Here is a super fun DIY option for showcasing your handiwork!
This is an extra-large cross stitch design- and it’s made using a normal 14-count pattern. Here is the secret:
Using 14-count Aida cloth, x-stitch your design using 4 squares of Aida cloth for every square on the pattern. (see Fig. 1 below) This will double the size of the original piece, so make sure to cut enough aida cloth! This design is usually 3″ x 4″, but stitching it this way it ended up being 6″ x 8″.
Instead of the usual 2 strands of floss for x’s- use 6 strands embroidery floss. Yep, that’s the whole string, don’t pull it apart at all- just snip it off the skein and thread your needle!
For the backstitch, I used 3 strands instead of 1. And last, but not least: you will need an embroidery needle (something with a large eye) to be able to thread all 6 strands comfortably.
A quick note: this way of stitching uses A LOT of thread…like 6 times as much as a normal piece. So when you are buying floss colors, pick up at least 2 or 3 skeins per color.
The amazing part is that this will work for ANY x-stitch pattern- you are only limited by your imagination!!
To make the pillow:
Cut a piece of fabric for the backing the same size as your aida cloth (I used small-wale black corduroy). Using a ½ inch seam, sew all the way around the pillow, leaving the a 3-4″ opening un-sewn. Turn the pillow right side out and push out the corners. Stuff the pillow with polyester fill and sew the opening shut by hand with a needle and thread.
Cheryl @ Tiny Modernist
NOTE (as of October 1st 2012): I JUST discovered a NEW stitch- the SMYRNA stitch, which would work really well for this project! I can’t wait to try it!