You spend hundreds of hours cross stitching a project, and perhaps a few more making the pattern. You make sure the stitches look pretty, you’ve not made mistakes (or fixed them at least) and you’ve already thought about how to frame it. But there is one last thing. One thing you’re not too sure about.
To sign, or not to sign?
It’s a thought that goes through every cross stitchers head, and without a doubt, you’ve seen some online like it, but you’re just not convinced. So I’ve decided to wrap up some of the ways you can sign your work that doesn’t look distasteful.
Stitch it on the front
Let’s start off by addressing the elephant in the room; when we mentioned signing cross stitch you automatically assumed we meant stitching on the front of it. Now there is a good reason for this; you can see them online all the time. The simple reason for that is people copying. I have had, just like many other cross stitchers, people take my images and pretend they’ve stitched them themselves, so putting a signature is a nice nod to make sure that happens. However, if you use a watermark on online images, you don’t have a problem. As a result, feel free to add a signature to the front of your stitching, only if you WANT to.
There are loads of different ways of signing your work, from unique pixel blocks, like above, or an initial or two. However, they normally stick out something awful. But they don’t need to. Take the below example, which has a small “SK 14” hidden in plain sight, thanks to clever use of almost aida matching thread.
Write it on the front
There is another way of thinking about this though. You’re an artist. Sign your work with pride! And frankly, you want it to be visible. Heck, make it huge!
But be clever and use a fabric pen/sharpie.
Write it on the frame
But let’s say you don’t want to shout from the rooftops, and you’re happy with using a watermark online. Then I suggest putting it on the frame. I choose to attach business card size stitchers to the backs of my frames detailing when I made it, the count, etc. As I’m the one that’ll end up enjoying it (or a select few family/friends) then there isn’t a great need to shout about it.
You can even do this in hundreds of ways. I found a great example on Reddit:
If I am displaying the piece in a wooden hoop I sign and date the wooden hoop with a permanent metallic marker on the top next to the metal thingy.
Before I started researching this article, I thought the above options were it. Simply no choice other than that. But my friend advised me to take the cross stitch he gave me out of the frame. And what do you know, there was his signature. Turns out this is done a lot, as not only does it have a record of who made it and when, but you can hide it behind a frame if you want. It is about time to put that excess aida to good use.
So there you have it, every way I’ve found online and off on how to sign your work. Heard of any other ways? Drop me a line below, I’d love to know!
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I have the classic “stitched with love by celli” tags that I got from a shop and I stitch them someplace visible but not distracting using aida colored or invisible thread.