Clever tricks to make cross stitch patterns pop

We’ve posted a few times now about How to make a cross stitch pattern perfect, How comics help create cross stitch patterns and How to finish a cross stitch pattern, but that’s not where cross stitch patterns end. There’s a final, and easy to master, last step you might want to consider. What little thing will push it just a bit beyond?

glow in the dark fallout 3 cross stitch

Make it shine with Metallics

I’ve stated here metallics, however glow-in-the-dark works too, just look at the awesome Fallout 3 cross stitch above which utilized glow in the dark so that the screen glows, just like the game. Would it have worked in just green? Yes. But now it works that little bit more. Its something a little better.
This can be done to pretty much any cross stitch as no change in actual pattern is needed, just the thread. Try a blending filament on something that’s meant to be wet to give it that extra bit of shine.

Hidden Elements

You can hide things in cross stitch all over the place. One that I love to do is hide text in the backgrounds using font specific to the theme. You can also hide things using the above method, with glow in the darks, hiding a message, or even a totally different pattern within a block of white.
The advantage of this is that the main pattern is once again, completely unaltered, however as soon as dusk falls, your piece takes on a totally different feel.

Can you read it?

This actually covers a few things, however is one of the biggest issues you might have with a pattern; language.

Do you actually need that text?

Samplers are a staple of cross stitch, and whilst that will never change, it does close off that piece to non-native speakers. Now, there are some situations where the text is completely necessary, so don’t avoid it, but think of how you might want to adapt the piece so more people can enjoy it. For example many Pokemon are named differently all over the world, but the English translations are best known.

Distance

Chances are you’ve either made the pattern or you brought the pattern because you could read it. But can others? The best way to do this is to put up the pattern and take a 10 meter walk. Turn around, and ask yourself “can I read that WELL?” The most important thing here is ‘well’, as if a passerby can’t, they won’t bother trying.

I Believe In Mew Cross Stitch

I Believe In Mew Cross Stitch
Title: I Believe In Mew
Date Completed: January 2017
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 16
Canvas: Pewter
Colours: 6
Video Game: Pokemon
Back to the Pokemon Cross Stitch! I found this image on pinterest, and despite my best efforts I just can’t find the original, so shout out to the original artist. I redesigned most of it to suit my own needs, and to make it more obviously Pokemon. It also has some sweet Kreinik threads around Mew to make him look even more special. Its based off the old myth of Pokemon Blue and Red that there was a hidden Mew under the truck by SS Anne.
I believe in mew

Golden Zelda Cartridge Cross Stitch

Golden Zelda Cartridge Cross Stitch
Title: 24 Carat Zelda
Date Completed: January 2017
Design: Lord Libidan
Count: 14
Canvas: White
Colours: 9
Video Game: Zelda
DMC recently came out with a 24 carat gold thread to celebrate their 270th Birthday. I managed to get my hands on a very limited quantity, and after throwing a few ideas around I knew that the thing I had to stitch HAD to be the most well known gold object in video game history; the Zelda golden cartridge. There are also some non-24 carat metallic threads in there from both Kreinik and DMC.

5 Cross Stitch Trends of 2017

We’re done with 2016, and its time to look to the future of 2017. Over the last few years we’ve seen trends come and go, and 2017 will clearly be no different. So in order to look forward, we have to start looking back on what has been bubbling under the surface, what pieces were selected for museums, and what new products are out on the market.

90s TV References

Game of Thrones is a big TV moment, and sadly people are all too aware its coming to and end in the next few seasons, however their TV time isn’t dwindling. With 2016’s movies disappointing, people are moving back to 90s TV like Friends, The X Files, and The Simpsons. Pokemon Go has also had a massive impact with Pokemon Cross stitch really hitting it big in late 2016, which is expected to rear its head again with Sun and Moon coming out.
lisa-simpsons-cross-stitch

Kawaii/Cute

Etsy is always a good way to judge whats coming up in the trends. And currently its contemporary cross stitches. The likes of cute elephants, or witty jokes, all with a modern edge.
blue-geometric-elephant-cross-stitch

Art

Cross stitch seems to be branching out from its crafty routes into a true artists medium. The likes of Severija Incirauskaite-Kriauneviciene have been using it as a medium for a while, but museums and galleries have started taking note including The Met and The Victoria & Albert. This is starting to really pick up momentum in China too with their long history of cross stitch.

sampler by Major Alexis Casdagli
Sampler by Major Alexis Casdagli (source: V&A website)

Glow-In-The-Dark

I’ve posted about glow-in-the-dark cross stitch a lot recently, including some key pieces that were made some time ago, however there I think glow in the dark will really hit it big this year, with new glow in the dark aida, Krienik threads getting more popular, and a big push for unique pieces in the contemporary under-culture.
journey-glow-in-the-dark-cross-stitch

Technical Drawings

Be it architecture, blueprints, building instructions or deconstructed burgers, I’ve started seeing a lot of new technical cross stitch. The lines between work and play are starting to merge for all millennials, and with it I think we’ll see more and more of these.
A lot of museums are now looking to include larger and larger architecture exhibits, so maybe this one might move into 2018…

Lightsaber Blueprint Embroidery
Lightsaber Blueprint Embroidery

What do you think will be the best big hitters in 2017?

6 Epic Glow-In-The-Dark Geeky Cross Stitches

Last month we featured a post about glow-in-the-dark cross stitch’s staying power, and we concluded that whilst its got history, and a big backing, not many people are picking it up outside of Halloween. So today I have 6 of the most epic geeky glow-in-the-dark cross stitches to bring you some inspiration!

First up we have a massive secret passion of mine; Journey. Not only has the stitcher here made the scarf glow in the dark (as it does in the game), but the background has some of Journey’s iconic runes.
journey-glow-in-the-dark-cross-stitch

And then we have the master of the night himself, Batman with a clever hidden nighttime message.
batman-glow-in-the-dark-cross-stitch

Whilst doing this post I reached out to many of my cross stitching friends to see what they thought were some of the best pieces, and I was shocked to hear that one of my own pieces, an Assassins Creed glow in the dark cross stitch was one they picked.
Abstergo Poster - Glow In The Dark Cross Stitch

Boo! This clever Pacman inspired piece completely hides the ghost until the lights go out. Not only is this hidden message super cute, but it uses many of the design principles for cross stitch patterns we mentioned last week.
boo-pacman-glow-in-the-dark-cross-stitch
You can pick this pattern up on ItchyStitchy’s store

Nothing excites me more than a clever use of geeky pop culture references, and so a light spell from Harry Potter immortalized in glow in the dark cross stitch? A clear winner, that we even featured as part of our Harry Potter cross stitch roundup.
harry-potter-lumos-glow-in-the-dark-cross-stitch

Finally we have some works by StitchFight, who I’ve not only exhibited with, but been inspired to make a space invader cross stitch too.
A keen glow in the dark cross stitcher, he’s probably best known for his Kick-Ass cross stitch, however I just love his superhero series.
spiderman glow in the dark cross stitch
iron-man-glow-in-the-dark-cross-stitch

5 Sherlock Holmes Cross Stitches to Get You Into Sherlock Fever

We’ve been waiting a while, but on new years day we have the first of the new series of Sherlock. So to get everyone in the Shelock-y spirit here’s my personal top 5 Holmes cross stitches!

sherlock holmes baker street cross stitch patternsherlock-gif-inconvenient
I remember in the books laughing silly at this moment, and its oh so similar font to the show…

sherlock cross stitch little brains
I think the size of the piece only goes to show just how far Sherlock is from the regular human. He has a long way to come…

sherlock cross stitchsherlock-gif-narrative
He makes everyone feel so small. And this classic stitch works wonders by showing just how majestic he is.

sherlock cross stitch by_melefim
The classic phrase (even though its constantly misquoted) makes the perfect sampler with Cumberbatch himself.

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You can get this awesome one as a pattern from GeekyStitches Etsy store.

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