Friday, September 4, 2015

DIY Pixel Heart Cross Stitch

When it comes to Pixel Art, cross stitch is a perfect medium. To make cross stitch pieces it is easiest to use aida fabric. This special fabric is divided into little squares (like graph paper). It lends itself well to the little X stitched used in cross stitch! Read on to find out how to make this sweet heart piece.

 Embroidery Hoop
 Embroidery Floss
 Aida Material
 Pattern (provided below) and Graph Paper
 Felt & Glue (for backing)

1: Draw pattern on graph paper (the second pattern is for that last heart that is only partially filled in!)

2: Take two strands of your black embroidery floss and thread your needle. Use a maximum of 18" of thread to avoid knots. Don't know how to separate your thread? Watch this video.

3: Place the cloth in your embroidery hoop and tighten screw.

4: Start stitching using the knotless loop method.

5: Stitch all the black squares in the pattern using the X stitch (illustrated below, click image for more information)

6: Upon finishing a color or thread, loop your needle through the back of the three previous stitches to secure the end of the thread.

6. Continue stitching the pattern with the remaining colors.

7: When your pattern is finished trim the edges of the aida cloth and tightly glue the edges of the cloth to the hoop. You can use hot glue or wet glue (like Crafter's Pick).

Happy stitching!