Hallmark Designer Kim C. is super creative and crafty. When she came to us with a workshop idea for large scale cross-stitch, we immediately said yes! We knew Kim would combine a fantastic DIY with a really good time. Read on!
Ah, the art of cross-stitching… one of the oldest forms of embroidery that was probably much loved by many of your female family members for decades. My mother, an avid crafter, taught me how to cross-stitch when I was about 12 years old. At that point, I relied on simple cross-stitch pattern books, my personal favorite, 101 Cats. I stitched the heck out of cats.
Now that I’m in my 30s, my crafting interests have changed and evolved, but my love of sewing has not. You may ask yourself, “What could possibly be better than the art of cross-stitching?” Well, the answer you are looking for is large scale cross-stitching, that’s what!
I presented the Cross-Stitch Pegboard idea to my friends at Hallmark. They were totally on board (pun intended!). We got a group together and came up with a lot of fun ideas! These pegboards lend themselves to some sweet cubicle art or home décor.
For this project, here’s a rough list of supplies you will need:
- Pegboard – This can be found at almost any chain hardware store and is fairly inexpensive. Before you go, decide what size you’d like your pegboard to be. Most places will cut a sheet to your specifications for you at no cost.
Tip: Since you will have to purchase the entire sheet of pegboard, it might be a good idea to go ahead and have them cut several different sizes in case you’d like you’d like to stitch more later.
- Yarn – Feel free to use any style or weight. However, the thicker the yarn, the better. If it’s a thinner yarn, you might want to consider doubling up the thread so it will pop more on your pegboard.
- Yarn Needle – A yarn needle is large, plastic needle found in the needlepoint section of your local craft store. It’s extremely helpful and you won’t regret buying one!
- Paint/Spray Paint – This is completely optional, but before you start your project, you may want to paint your pegboard to give it a little character.
- Masking Tape/Super Glue/Hot Glue – Use any of these when you need to tie-off your thread and switch to another color.
Before we attempted a project of this magnitude, we all designed patterns for our pegboards. Creating a pattern to follow can be done in several different ways. You can roughly map the pegboard holes on a sheet of paper and sketch out ideas, or if you have some computer skills, you can do the same thing digitally. I found it most helpful to create my pattern on the computer—that way I could get a better idea of what the final product would look like.
Now the fun begins! Sew this like you’d sew any cross-stitch project. Don’t be discouraged if at first your sewing isn’t looking like what you were expecting. That’s pretty common when sewing a large-scale object/icon. I assure you, the more you sew, the better it will look! Especially when you stand back a ways from the pegboard to check your progress!
Keep in mind, the more complicated the project, the longer it will take. If you are nervous, start off with a smaller pegboard and try sewing something simpler with fewer yarn colors to get the hang of things.
How cute are these? Whether you are sewing a fun pattern or a cute and trendy icon, you won’t be disappointed in the final product of these pegboards!
Add this to your crafts to do list and share with us on Instagram! Tag @think.make.share to show off your work.
Photographer: Jake Johnson