CRAFTS | How I use cross stitch to add personality to our home


Lockdown has been a bit of a mixed bag for me – as I’ve said before, I’ve spent some days feeling really motivated and inspired and others I’ve barely had any energy to do anything but watch Netflix in bed.

Luckily, I’ve found solace in doing some crafting! At times, I have had to force myself to pick up my projects and continue them as the motivation hasn’t always been there – in fact, I find myself inspired with new ideas quite often but with a lack of push to actually put those ideas to paper.

However, I wanted to share some of my crafts with you because I’m pretty proud of them and I do have plans to open up an Etsy shop at some point too. The main crafting I’ve been doing is cross-stitch!

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I have loved doing cross stitch ever since I was a child and nowadays I find it very, very relaxing. It’s such an easy and simple task that settles my mind, although I also find I’m always brimming with ideas of what to stitch!

I’ve found cross stitch particularly great for helping give our home personality too – unlike prints, cross stitch can be showcased in a number of different ways, from quirky frames on a shelf to hanging anywhere in just a simple embroidery hoop. In fact, as much as I love using really bold or ‘out there’ frames, I’ve found that simply keeping them in embroidery hoops is a very popular option at the moment.

You can buy ready designs online but it’s really easy to do your own – and I think doing your own is a nicer touch. Plus the opportunities are endless when you create your own! However, there are also lots of design kits you can find online which will include all the material and thread needed, as well as an easy-to-follow design.

One of my favourite designs has been the ‘wash your damn hands’ cross stitch. This design isn’t mine – it’s floating about online everywhere – although I did add the word damn in. I like how fitting this design is for the current situation, and I’ve framed this in the bathroom above the loo as a) the frame is too big to hang anywhere else in the bathroom, b) it covers some peeling wallpaper that needs to be fixed and c) it’s the first thing you see when you enter the room so it’s fun reminder to wash your hands!

I use websites like Pinterest and Design Bundles to get ideas. Pinterest is great for really creative and quirky ideas – whereas I find Design Bundles is ideal for when I want a specific design like cute tribal arrows or a sweet butterfly svg.

At the moment, I search for ideas online for inspiration or layouts of specific objects and text – as I have a lot of great ideas in my head but I’m quite new to actually implementing those ideas onto material. So cross stitches I have done so far are a mix of other people’s designs with a few of my own smaller additions or changes.

However, I am starting to design my own too. One thing I really want to focus on is lyrics! I think powerful lyrics – especially from rock songs or pop-punk artists – are going to look great on a really bold and colourful cross stitch – especially if it’s some really emo lyrics like old school Fall Out Boy (which is my next design idea!).

What I love about cross stitch is that the opportunities are endless – song lyrics are a fun way to showcase your favourite music, whereas quotes from TV shows also show personality. You could create a simplified cross stitch of the front of your house or yours and your partners personality.

The opportunities are endless!

Can you guess what song I’m working on above on the black background?!

You can follow the instagram I’ve set up for my cross stitch at – ready for when I start uploading my designs toon!

*Please note, this is a sponsored post but all views and opinions are entirely my own.

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