Cross-Stitching on Knitted Fabriccomments (4) April 27th, 2008
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!