Hand-stitched items–or at least the look of them–have become less frumpy and more fabulous these days. First, embroidery made a comeback. I posted about ways to use embroidery hoops awhile back, and I’ve used the hoops for two projects of my own (here and here). But the stitched art for which those hoops are typically used has become chic again, too. Here are four really great projects.
Better Homes and Gardens shows how a stitch in time saves nine.
My Girlish Whims uses a free template to create a personalized piece.
This beautiful artwork was created by Kawaii Sakura Handmade on Etsy.
Martha Stewart suggests stitching thread along a map to use as a visual trip down memory lane.
These awesome constellations are beautiful displayed as a group on Say Yes to Hoboken
And recently, cross-stitch has joined embroidery at the cool table. I’ve been seeing it on walls, dishes, and of course in frames…but somehow it looks much fresher these days, don’t you agree?
Apartment Therapy shows how cross-stitch can be turned into a mural.
No animals were hurt in the making of this piece, offered as a kit by Jessica Decker + Kollabora
This practically free project ideas is from Country Living.
And this was on the cover of Country Living’s March 2013 issue. I drooled over the library card catalog and the stitched sampler.
Oh and by the way…there’s help for those of us who may be a bit daunted by the prospect of hand painting a design on a wall. These cross stitch stickers by Laura Moriarty or this customizeable wall art from Umbra can help you embrace the trend with less time invested.