3.3.12

Thinking Outside the Hoop

cross stitch starfish mounted on a beach rock
Starfish pattern from Issue 242 Cross Stitcher magazine
Colors used were DMC 550, 552, and DMC Pearlescent Effects E211

It's a paperweight! Or, it could simply be a pretty piece of art for a shelf. Either way, it's a different way to display your embroidery. Tying a small bit of stitched fabric onto a rock like this is actually something I've done before in an embroidery course I took many years ago. I can't for the life of me remember if it was my idea or someone else's though. Nothing came up in a Google search either.

The original starfish pattern used shades of coral, but I chose to make mine purple like the ones found around here. I also used one strand of metallic thread mixed with my three strands of regular cotton to give it a bit of a wet looking shine. This also had a added bonus of giving it more dimension and making it look "bumpier" like a real starfish. I had originally intended to trim the thread that I used to tie it onto the rock, but I liked the look of the long ends.

cross stitch starfish mounted on a beach rock
Starfish pattern from Issue 242 Cross Stitcher magazine
Colors used were DMC 550, 552, and DMC Pearlescent Effects E211

Have you ever experimented with different ways to use or display your crafts?

7 comments:

  1. Now this really is thinking outside the hoop. What a unique project and it is so useful too. Marion x

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  2. I love this! It really makes me think of some different ways I could use my crafts....

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    1. Let me know what you come up with! Then again, I'd read about it on your blog I spose. lol

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  3. Great idea! I'll be looking for rocks and floss!

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    1. Rocks and floss, together at last! :P

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  4. Christy11.3.12

    I do cross-stitch and I've painted river rocks before ... why the heck didn't I think of this?? hahaha. I love this idea!

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    1. Thanks! It's actually seeing painting on rocks that jogged my memory about my school project. :)

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