As you know, lately he has given us a lot for the wool, and specifically for the point. In previous post, my partner Angela told us about the reasons why we should all start weaving and he taught us how to make a single multi-purpose basket with the basic points. On this occasion, I bring you a craft with wool very easy, ideal for beginners, with which you can customize items you buy or do with your own hands. Let's embroider cross stitch!
What we are going to do today is to cross stitch with wool, a cushion that we have previously woven. I know, the cross stitch is usually made with another type of thread, much thinner, but this time I wanted to present other alternatives and ideas so that the wool does not have to be just knit or crochet. And in this way, you can customize blankets, sweaters, cushions or any other knitwear that you have.
How to make a knit cushion
Before learning to cross stitch with wool ... we need to have a woven element of wool. In this case I have opted for a knitted cushion, but you can think of other woolen garments.
A few weeks ago I fell in love with the project Oh the pillow of We Are Knitters, a kit with everything you need to make a cushion woven with a nice embroidery, and although mine is more crochet, sewing and other crafts, I dared with this kit for beginners that are animated with the two needles. Of course, the pattern is not my thing, I'm more freestyle and decided to make the square cushion, instead of lengthened, as well as change the embroidered message for another. In addition, I made the embroidery with the cross stitch technique (which I adore) instead of the classic chain stitch.
El We Are Knitters kit came with two balls of wool 100% Peruvian, one honey and another natural; an instruction sheet with the embroidery pattern with the message "Oh la la pillow", some beechwood needles of the 15 and a wool needle, in addition to the label that we can sew on our cushion once finished to certify that it is made by hand.
Learning to knit with a sweater
I am more of crochet (crochet) than of knitting, probably because the first thing I learned with 6 years, and the second, some 20 years later ... and that shows in the skill! Even so, this project is not difficult since it is done with the simplest point, the jersey point that consists of making a return to the right and the next one backwards, alternating both and thus creating a nice herringbone pattern.
If you also want to make a custom wool cushion, but you do not know how to knit, do not worry, if I could have you too! I myself had to review the videos of We Are Knitters on how the jersey point was made (point of the right and point of the reverse) Well, I did not remember well. Here you have the videos for beginners:
How to mount the points
Point of the reverse
Close the points
Join the work
Mount on your needle how many points you need for the width of your wool cushion cover, and then knit one stitch on the right side and one on the reverse until you get the full length of the front and back part of the cushion. Close the last points and finally join your work by the ends adding before the filling.
Cross stitch with wool
Once we have everything ready, we will move on to customize our cushion learning to cross stitch with wool. The first thing we need will be a wool needle (usually plastic and large so that the wool can handle well) and a wool of the same thickness and type as the cushion or element that we want to embroider, although with a different color, that contrast. In this case we combine yellow and white.
Unlike when we do classic cross stitch, we will work with a single strand of wool and we will take special care so that it does not break or become too fat; If necessary we will roll it a little so that the finest point is left and the cross stands out on the point.
Nor will we have as a base the canvas of canvas, which is so commonly used in cross stitch, but we can guide the points to make the crosses. Depending on the thickness of the wool, we will take more or less points to make each cross, making sure to always keep the same width and height, and that these coincide so that the crosses are not decompensated.
You can use the Cross-to-cross or linear technique which is to make the anger of all the crosses of the same row and then the return of that same row. I usually use this second method, because I think it is more orderly especially when you make simple letters and geometric drawings in a single color, although to make embroidery of several colors when the drawing is more complicated, I usually opt for the technique of going cross Cross not to get involved or skip any point.
In this video tutorial I show you in a brief and simple way how to cross stitch with wool:
Do not forget to make a outline of what you want to embroider on a grid, counting the points, leaving margins on the sides and trying to center the drawing on the wool garment that you want to embroider.
If you dare to start at the point with the We Are Knitters kit do not hesitate to do it and share it on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtags #weareknitters #ohlalapillow, as well as upload it to our Facebook group Do it yourself. I hope you launch yourself to cross stitch your wool clothes, to personalize them with messages and drawings of their own.