Ah Spring! Thank you for making a very brief appearance. Yesterday was beautiful but as I look out my window on this fine morning I see nothing but white…snow, yuk!
They say Spring is for new beginnings. I wonder why? Well, there’s the obvious sprouting of flowers and leaves and all that but is it because we all know summer is just around the corner and we’re going crazy starting new diets and workouts hoping to shed our winter padding just in time? Yeah, me too.
All joking aside, Spring is pretty amazing and to help you celebrate why don’t you add a bit of it to your decor? This DIY Spring Cross Stitch Canvas art is perfect for adding a pop of colour and pastels to any room. Hang it, stand it on a shelf, add it to your gallery wall, include it in your easter decor… It doesn’t need to be Spring either – it’s the kind of art you can display anytime of the year.
Blank Artist Canvas 24 x 18 inches
Two copies printed of the .pdf graph available for FREE download here: Graph of Tulips – DIY Spring Cross Stitch Canvas Art.
Floss or thin yard in two shades of green and two shades of pink.
Pencil & ruler
Something to poke holes with such as a seam ripper, toothpick or pin.
A needle with an eye big enough to fit your yarn and/or floss through the canvas holes.
Click on the pictures for a more up close look.
1. MAKE A GRAPH ON YOUR BLANK CANVAS:
Find the middle mark of your canvas by measuring the length and with and where both intersect. Mark it by making a long light pencil line from the top to the bottom and from side to side forming 4 equally sized rectangles.
Starting from the top middle and moving towards the left, add a small light pencil mark at each 1/4 inch. Now, continue this process from the middle to the right. Repeat on each side of the canvas starting with the middle line and moving towards the canvas edges.
Once all your light pencil marks are made, connect your pencil mark by drawing a light pencil line from top to bottom and side to side, completing the graph.
2. POKE HOLES WHERE YOUR CROSS STITCH DESIGN WILL BE:
Print a copy of the design graph and begin poking holes in your canvas where each stitch will be starting at the middle point and working your way out. Each stitch represents one 1/4 inch square on the canvas and has holes in each four corners. Make sure to mark your progress on your graph paper to keep track of where you are in the design. I used a seam ripper to poke holes and it worked perfectly. However, you can use a tooth pick, needle, etc.
Once you’ve finished poking all the stitch holes, it’s time to wash your canvas. If your left-handed like me, you most likely have pencil smears all over.
The canvas is easy to wash. Dab a dishcloth in soap and water, and gently start wiping the canvas in circular motions. Do this until all pencil marks are erased.
3. START THE CROSS STITCH:
Print another copy of the design graph and use it to mark off the stitches as you go. I started my cross stitch from the bottom of the design up. Are you new to cross stitch? Google “Cross Stitch Beginner” and you’ll see a slew of articles and sites that can help you out. It’s really very simple.
*Once you begin a thread, secure the tail by simply stitching over it under the canvas for a few stitches. This will keep it in place. See picture 4.
**When you’ve run out of thread and/or colour bring your needle through a few of the stitches on the back and pull through. Snip off any excess. See picture 5.
Continue to cross stitch until you’ve marked off all the coloured squares of your graph paper.