Cross-Stitching on Knitted Fabric

comments (4) April 27th, 2008     

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JenniferStern Jennifer Stern, contributor
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I proudly wore my cross-stitched nametag to the CraftStylish launch party at the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) Trade Show in February.  It was a big hit withthe crafty cocktail crowd!

I proudly wore my cross-stitched nametag to the CraftStylish launch party at the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) Trade Show in February.  It was a big hit with
the crafty cocktail crowd!

Photo: Len Hasemann

I have spent hundreds of hours working on counted cross-stitch, finishing many intricate designs. You should see my latest effort (I promise I’ll post a picture soon), which I’m embarrassed to admit has been a little neglected lately. My embroidery floss is really organized, though!

A few months ago, things were hectic as I was getting ready to leave for Anahiem, California to attend the Craft Stylish launch party at the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show. I had been asked to create a name tag for myself that reflected the craft (embroidery) that I would be writing my blog about. I tried to adapt a machine-stitched note card project into a nametag using hand embroidery stitches, but the result was not attractive at all! So I packed a few colors of DMC floss, a needle, and some papers with the intention of trying again during the plane trip, and off I jetted to California, excited to meet my fellow bloggers and the other people who were working so hard to get Craft Stylish off and running.

When I arrived at the trade show, Michaela, our most wonderful Web Editor, was knitting name tags for some of the staff on hand in the Craft Stylish Booth. That’s when I realized I had forgotten all about making my own name tag! She graciously knitted me a blank rectangle, which happened to be fashioned from the perfect shade of pink to go with the DMC floss I brought. With an hour or so to go before the launch party, I set out to cross-stitch my name into the yarn. Thankfully, it was a huge success!

I found cross-stitching on yarn to be very easy: you can “count” the knitted stitches to design letters. Note that in many knit gauges, a knit stitch isn't an exact square: Knit stitches are oten taller than they are wide. so test your cross-stitch gauge before starting your porject, and make any necessary adjustments to the design. I would imagine it would be a great surface to create any cross-stitched scene, sampler, or pattern on, instead of using traditional fabrics like aida (or evenweave) cloth or linen. I invite you to try it!

And thank you to Michaela for her knitting and inspiration!

posted in: embroidery, cross-stitch

Comments (4)

boozilla writes: are there any books out there on this subject or patterns for duplicate stitching? I have been trying to duplicate stitch a soccer ball on a wallaby I made. I wasn't even aware you could cross stitch on knitted fabric until I came across this page. HELP PLEASE!
Posted: 4:36 pm on January 10th
Mamadele writes: How do you hold the knitted "fabric" tight enough to cross stitch? Do you put it in a hoop? I want to embroider/cross stitch a hippo on a baby sweater and am not sure how to do it.
Posted: 4:37 am on July 24th
szxfang writes: I just wanted to write and tell you that I think the book is WONDERFUL! I am loving it

Posted: 1:58 am on August 4th
qdpatooties writes: Cute - what a great way to personalize a gift!
Posted: 8:22 am on April 28th
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