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One of my favorite, inexpensive, go-to gifts is a personalized framed cross stitch. Once you've finished the cross stitch, all you need is some time, leftover thread, and a frame (thrift store ones work great) to make a lovely finished product.

Design credits: The rocket design is from The Cross Stitcher's Complete Companion by Bookspan (page 203). The cursive font is "Blessed" from The Best of Cross Stitch Basics edited by Susan White Sullivan (page 86).
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Step 1: Tools and Materials Needed

Finished cross stitch
Thin cardboard (cereal boxes work great)
Iron and ironing board
About one skein of cross stitch thread, any color
Cross stitch needle
Masking Tape

Step 2: Preparing the Frame

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Remove the glass from your frame. Place it on a flat piece of thin cardboard and trace it. I recommend using cereal box cardboard. If you use something too thick, you risk your finished product not fitting into the frame.

Wash the glass using dish soap or glass cleaner. Set it aside to air dry.

Cut out the traced shape on the cardboard, cutting completely inside the lines. Your cardboard should fit inside the frame (where the glass will rest) with a few millimeters of wiggle room on all sides. Err on the side of more wiggle room, not less.

Step 3: Iron the Cross Stitch

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Before you frame your work, it needs to be ironed so that the creases made by the hoop aren't preserved for posterity under glass. Start the iron on a low setting and increase the heat as needed. Do not use steam. Only iron the cross stitch design on the off side. If your background is unstitched, you can iron around the design on the finished side, but take care to avoid the finished design.

Step 4: Position the Cardboard

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Center the cardboard on the off side of your design, leaving at least an inch on every side. Make sure to double check the positioning by flipping the work.

When you have it positioned, fold the fabric over the longest sides and crease it, as shown. You will attach this side first.

One additional thing I would recommend is to chose a frame that has matting between the cross stitch and the glass. Over the years, the chemicals from the thread can cause the glass to turn a funny color in the places where the thread touched it. Other than that, this is a great method for framing!

embejemi5 months ago

This is fabulous, thank you so much. I hope that I can reciprocate in the future if I can think of any knowledge that I can pass on, and I hope I can make it as clear and easy to follow as this has been for me.

moxie.riot5 months ago

Thank you for taking the time to share this. Looks Great!

zurichko3 years ago
I love the space rocket and the quote. Easy Christmas gift anyone? I think I'll use this quote: "Attempted murder," now honestly, did they ever give anyone a Nobel prize for "attempted chemistry?" - Sideshow Bob
scoochmaroo3 years ago
I love this!