I simply love any 3D cross stitch, that really shouldn’t be a surprise to any of you that know my own stitches. After all, a lot of people reading this know about me thanks to my 3D transforming cross stitch, but I know that not a lot of people known 3D cross stitch in the same way as I do. So I thought I’d do a round-up of the best 3D cross stitch out there (other than my own that is).
The best for play
I like to make 3D cross stitch for two main reasons; its complexity and its tactile nature. As a result, whenever I look at others 3D cross stitch, I think of actually using it. BlackMageHeart has taken this to another step all together though, with her miniature Harvest Moon playset, created for a friend’s kid. It not only includes the barn (a staple for many 3D cross stitches) but the farmer, animals, and various crops at different stages of completion. To top the whole thing off its set within a frame with a cross stitched field. A fantastic playset regardless of being in stitches.
The most complicated
That second reason I like 3D cross stitch so much? It’s complexity. I’m far from the first to make a complex 3D stitch, and in fact, the most well known of 3D cross stitchers, The Nutmeg Company, beat me to the post by a whole year with their stunningly detailed 18 count Windsor Castle cross stitch for the Queen’s jubilee in 2002. Sadly despite its fantastic design, we don’t have any better pictures, but it comes complete with the entire grounds, to scale, with fun details like corgis running around the outside!
So what about something a little more exotic? I’ve been cross stitching for more than a decade now, and in that time I’ve always tried to push boundaries, but when I think of impossible cross stitch, I always think of globes. Not only does a circle barely work in cross stitch, but making a globe is surely impossible, and how on Earth you’d cross stitch the sides to make up anything is beyond me. However, RobinsDesign has been doing the impossible all along. In fact, I recently had a go myself using her techniques to make my 3D Harry Potter Snitch cross stitch so I can give testament to how hard it is, but RobinsDesigns carry off the impossible with such ease, making fantastic looking planets. They also do a series of amazing dolls and animals too!
I personally believe that plastic canvas can make anything, however, somethings fit better than others. The most obvious though is Minecraft. With simple lines and easy movements Minecraft is a perfect 3D cross stitch companion. There are a boatload of 3D Minecraft cross stitches out there as a result, but this recent stitch by an anonymous user from Reddit is amazing. Not only does it capture the design aesthetic perfectly, but the little steve has magnets hidden in him, meaning he can pick up tools just the game!
If you’re interested in stitching with plastic canvas to make 3D cross stitch, you might want to check out our post on the different types of plastic canvas and when to use them.