Not Your Grandma’s Cross-Stitch

A few weeks ago I was checking out the Sneak Peeks on Design*Sponge and I came across this image.

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While the room itself is adorable, what caught my eye was the large white art piece on the wall. Wilco has been one of Stephen’s and my favorite bands since the early days in our relationship (eight years ago!), and the quote “I’ve got reservations about so many things but not about you” was just perfect for us. Bet you’re not surprised that the minute I saw this image I yelped “Pinning It!”

We’d been planning a black and white art wall of sorts (more on that later) and I knew I wanted this piece to be big and bold. I’m not sure where the idea for making it into a cross-stitch came from, but I have seen some pretty hilarious hipster cross-stitches lately and I loved the thought of having one of our own.

Instead of the traditional white background, I opted for a black background (Stephen helped with that call) and picked up some white embroidery thread from Hobby Lobby, too.

Cross-Stitch Fabric Embroidery Thread
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Stephen may have helped with the color scheme, but I didn’t tell him what I was making until he was able to guess the phrase. I made this right around Valentine’s Day, so it was extra sweet when he finally figured it out.

Cross-Stitching

I didn’t take many photos during the process, but when I finished the cross-stitching, I ironed the piece, cut it down to 12×16″ to fit the frame I picked up at Hobby Lobby, and gave it a thorough lint-rolling (we’ve got lots of stray fur in this house!).

Here’s how the final piece turned out.  I love the white-on-black look!

Cross-Stitch and Ledge Preview

This cross-stitch found a home on some shelves we recently made, which is a story for another day. I’m so glad I took advantage of some couch time and instead of pinning projects, I actually accomplished one!

What do you think? Are you a fan of quirky cross-stitches?

{Linking up to the Pinterest Challenge with Megan (The Remodeled Life), Katie (Bower Power), Sherry (Young House Love) and Michelle (Decor and the Dog). }

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8 Responses to Not Your Grandma’s Cross-Stitch

  1. cassie says:

    i love it! love your black version and love that phrase!

  2. Mary says:

    Meredith-so sweet and thoughtful! Love the black background. How long did it take you to embroider it?

    • Meredith says:

      Hey Mary,
      Good question! I didn’t really keep track of the time it took, but I’d guess 8-10 hours.. so basically a few nights on the couch in front of the TV! 🙂

  3. Ashley says:

    Wow! That is so cool! Great job!

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  5. Ummm, I love this. A lot. If only I was patient enough to complete something this large!!

    • Meredith says:

      Thanks so much Michelle! It’s really not too bad if you work on it while you’re watching a movie or just sitting around. I basically picked up the cross-stitch any time my hands were free and I had it done in a long weekend.

  6. Sarah says:

    I would never have the patience for this, but I LOVE how it turned out. And it adds such a great personal touch to your shelves & room!

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