Antique cross-stitch folk art
Hungarian mid-twentieth century, floral border pattern tea cloth
Perhaps the more commonly recognised cross-stitch in recent decades, would be floral patterns, and infamous 'home sweet home' embroidered messages:
Antique floral cross-stitch
Home sweet home
In the last few years however, cross-stitch patterns got cool. Matt and Emily Fitzpatrick demonstrate this, by interpreting internet memes into cross stitch, documented on their website steotch
Whilst traditional cross-stitch patterns can be found in books and magazines, more of the funkier cross-stitch patterns can be found online:
Tea party cross-stitch PDF pattern
Banksy panda cross-stitch PDF pattern
Blah blah blah custom cross-stitch sampler
Set of 4 cross-stitch space invader buttons
I happened upon one sweet little abandoned cross-stitch in an op-shop, complete with the needle still in it:
Reminiscent of the time I found this delicate painted gum leaf in an op-shop, I do feel somewhat saddened that a beautiful little piece of craft work, found its way into a second-hand shop?
I could've framed the little cross-stitch, but instead, decided to incorporate it in jeans-to-shorts refashion.
Firstly, I've used a pair of originally thrifted jeans from my wardrobe, which fit great around the waist, but were not the most flattering fit in the leg:
Cut jeans to shorts, allowing enough material to roll up twice on each leg:
Tucked under cross-stitch excess material, and pinned in place on the back pocket of new shorts:
Using 'invisible' nylon thread (if you live in Australia, you can buy nylon thread in Woolworths) and needle, to hand sew with into place:
Also pinned and hand-stitched roll-ups on each leg:
Are you a cross-stitch fan?
Shared with Lakota's Ta-Dah Tuesday.