How to super-size your cross stitch!

Go big with your stitching and ditch the 14-count aida in favour of wood, metal and more! We talk to three designers to find out how they levelled up from stitching on aida

Large cross stitch

Danielle Thompson: designer, blogger and creator

I first learnt to cross stitch when I was little, but it wasn’t until I finished college that I really started crafting, doing cross stitch, embroidery and crochet, thanks to inspiration from super-cool designers, like the guys at Sublime Stitching. Once I saw all these quirky ideas during the indie art movement, I was hooked! I’m personally very interested in ways to put your own twist on home decor, and large-scale cross stitch presents so many opportunities for this. I adore vintage needlepoint patterns, and you can pretty much take any needlepoint design and translate that into a chart. I love the textural quality of the stitches and I especially love the look of the thick yarn it uses. It feels so tactile and there are so many fantastic colours available.

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Danielle Thompson cross stitch

I’d been planning my pegboard wall art (below) for months, and had been inspired by some large scale cross stitch projects I’d come across on the internet. I knew I wanted to do a wall hanging with yarn, and I chose to work on the pegboard as I loved the idea of how simple it would be to stitch on, since the holes and grid are already there for you. I love that you can take cross stitch beyond typical applications such as hanging in an embroidery hoop. You can pretty much take any pixel art and create a large-scale cross stitch from it – it’s just squares you translate into stitches. I’ve seen lots more ideas online and on Pinterest – it’s just hard to make time for all the things I’d like to design! 

Cross stitch pegboard

If you’d like to know how Danielle created her cross stitch wall art, visit her blog at www.daniellethompsondesign.com.

Charlotte Lancelot: product designer

 Before I started my giant cross stitch projects, I’d never stitched before, but in 2005, I was working on an ecological design project using factory waste which led me to visit a felt manufacturer where I found some beautiful off-cuts. One in particular was a long section, 20cm (8in) wide with holes. I wanted to design a product with this material, so I started to fix the path together with cross stitches. The oversizing of embroidery really highlights the beauty of the technique, and I like that it highlights how long it takes to make a product by hand.
Charlotte Lancelot

Through giant cross stitch, people can rediscover a craft they always knew in a different form. The material and the reference of our past generations is really reassuring, and I think it’s important to have an emotional attachment to our living space by working with textiles like these.

Supersize cross stitch
To see more of Charlotte’s designs, visit www.charlottelancelot.com

Eline Kirsanova: designer and creator of Stedi

My grandmother was a great embroiderer, and she first taught me how to stitch. I still have many of the items she made, and I love seeing the passion and hard work that goes into handmade cross stitched items. Unconventional materials really draw me to them, as I love to combine different styles, materials and objects. I enjoy decorating items in new ways, and wood especially has always been one of my great loves, so I started adding cross stitch to hangers, shelves and racks. My shop, Stedi, is full of my unique designs, and I even make items to order.

Eline K

Once you get the hang of stitching on a large scale, the sky’s the limit. I would highly recommend that any stitcher tries it as the results are just so exciting! You can add needlework to anything as long as you use the right tools, and I truly enjoy creating it.

Eline K cross stitch
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To see more of Eline’s designs, or to buy her fantastic products, visit www.etsy.com/shop/stedi 

This article was first published in issue 175 of Cross Stitch Crazy magazine.