Protect your home from the Mighty Cthulhu! For now...
Step 1: Inspiration for the project
I was browsing the web for some Cthulhu-related cross stitch patterns and I found this project. I really loved the sentence and the gap between the nice and neat embroidery blessing and the horrific truth that we will all end up in Cthulhu's great belly.
I decided to make a different version of it, without the house. I got the inspiration for the membranous wings and the elder sign from this pattern - although I changed it a bit.
I found this fantastic website to help me choose a font fit for cross stitching. You may also choose another font (you can find plenty of free alphabet patterns on the internet). Remember that upper case-only alphabet don't usually look good when used for a whole sentence.
Originally I was going for a spookier font but I actually like the innocent look on the Madrid font.
Step 2: Tools and materials
You will need aida cloth or other fabric fit for cross stitch. The size of the image in the end will depend on your type of cloth and how far apart the holes in it are. I used a 7 aida cloth. In the end I find it a bit too small, but meh.
You will need 4 colours of embroidery floss, here are the ones I used :
Black : DMC 310
Dark green : DMC 895
Light green : DMC 3346
Red : DMC 817
You will need carbon paper to transfer the elder sign on the fabric. An embroidery hoop and a small screwdriver will be very helpful but you may do it without hoop (if you use a hoop though, you will need a screwdriver). I prefer wooden ones to elastic plastic ones.
You will obviously need scissors and a needle (embroidery needles are usually bigger and less sharp than sewing needles, and their eye is bigger).
You may find all of the above in a fabric shop.
In the end you will need a frame, but you should wait until the cross stitch is finish to take the measures.