You're so sweet I can hardly bear it.

29.3.12

I have been buying Cross Stitcher magazine for a little while now, and received a subscription for Christmas. In my opinion it really is the best magazine out there for cross stitching and I always find lots of inspiration. Recently I fancied making something quick and I had some brown and black thread and rustic aida going spare so I decided to make the Penelope Waits chart from issue 248. I'm sure you will agree it is adorable! 


It was really easy to stitch up and I completed it over a couple of evenings. I decided not to fill the bear in as 1) I didn't have enough brown thread and 2) I think it looks quite nice as it is. Plus I had another project I was dying to start!

Once the stitching was finished I ironed the reverse to smooth out the ridges from the embroidery hoop and backed the fabric onto some card and framed it (the frame was from Ikea and dead cheap!) It now takes pride of place in our bedroom and I love it.


Penelope's shop has some other designs as well as the ones that have appeared in Cross Stitcher so if you're a fan of modern cross stitch patterns be sure to have a look. I think the bear design I made would make a lovely gift for someone, especially in a frame.

I'd love to have a go at designing patterns! Anyone else cross stitched their own design? What do you think of Penelope's patterns?

9 comments:

  1. I love that, it's just lovely!

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  2. I saw the squirrel version of this one and it's so cute! It looks really good against the material you used - love the mixture of colours in it. I'm so glad I can get Cross Stitcher magazine over here in the states, it only costs a couple of pounds extra to what it is in the UK and while it's over a month behind it's still so nice having it. Always surprises me just how many of the UK craft magazines are on sale over here.

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  3. LOVE LOVE THIS! I really really cannot get enough of Cross Stitcher! I genuinely get so excited when it drops through the door and to see what the free gift is! Only problem is, that I want to do too many of the designs! I don't have enough time! I love all Penelope's ones Ive seen, including the nuts one! I also love Emily Peacock's style. I did this pattern too and recently blogged about it, although I stupidly took the time to fill in the bear and changed it to "great".

    xxx

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  4. Aaaah, this is so lovely! I really like that you've just done the outline, I think it looks miles better! XO

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  5. really cute!!

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  6. This is lovely. I used to cross stitch a lot when I was younger and would love to get back into it again.

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  7. This is so cute :) such a great present for someone! X x x

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  8. Thats so so cute!!! :) xx

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  9. That is so lovely! I'm going to have to pick up that magazine!!

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