*Today we have a guest post from one of our colleagues here at St. Martin’s Press. Welcome Lizzie and thank you for sharing your project!*
The internet is chock full of great DIY tricks and adventures to make your wedding a one-of-a-kind-dream-come-true occasion on any budget. Whether you want literary themed place cards, Mason jar tablescapes, or the perfect homemade favor for your guests, there’s a tutorial for you. And while all of that is fine and dandy, as the perpetual bridesmaid on a budget, what about me? See, I am the Maid of Honor in my dearest friend’s wedding. And while I love being part of this special day, like many of you out there, I am on a budget. So what do you do? What can you make that is personal, sweet, and doesn’t scream “too cheap to use the registry”? In my case, I turned to cross stitch.
Over the past few months, I have been teaching myself to cross stitch using a mixture of websites, fellow SMP crafters, and trial and error. But for this bridal shower gift, I turned to an expert and consulted 100 Cross Stitch Patterns: To Mix and Match. I decided to make the happy couple a sampler for their wedding. It’d be a cute throwback keepsake that would suit the couple’s sweetly modern style.
First, I tweaked the colors to better represent the youthful energy the bride and groom exude. Hot pink replaced mauve and red and for the groom, I added a nice cool blue for the lettering. He’s a cool dude after all. Then, since this was for a bridal shower, I decided to use cursive lettering instead of the traditional block print from the pattern. I wanted their initials to be the focus of the picture and not an afterthought, which meant tweaking the design to eliminate two of the trees to make room for the larger stitches.
Original pattern from the book
My take on the colors and pattern
Helpful hint: invest in some graph paper and draw out the pattern yourself so you can center the lettering. The “M” stitch was much larger than the “E”, so I was eternally grateful I had the foresight to mark out the stitch on paper before jumping right in.
After a week of stitching on the subway, pricking my fingers, and having to go back and rip out misplaced threads, I finally had something I was proud of: my first pictorial cross stitch! And amid all the Vitamix blenders and silver platters, I never felt for one moment that my gift was less important or meant less.
Happy bride with her handmade gift!
An ideal introduction to the art and craft of cross stitch, this great collection contains over 100 mix-and-match patterns, organized by type: borders, flowers, alphabets and other simple motifs. These can be endlessly combined to create exactly the effect you want, simply by flipping through the pages. Whether you want to create homewares, embellish clothes, or produce works of art, all the patterns easily mix and match.
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