Raspberry Pi Cross Stitch

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Introduction: Raspberry Pi Cross Stitch

About: Hi, we’re Dane & Nicole, two makers that create stuff, which we happily share with you!

Do you love the idea of having a decorative Raspberry Pi on your wall, but not willing to sacrifice an actual Raspberry Pi for it? Why not cross stitch one?!

We love the look of Raspberry Pis around the house, which is probably one of the reasons why we have so many. We could put one up on the wall to admire, but then we couldn’t really use it anymore… so we’re showing our love for the Raspberry Pi by making a cross stitch of it to hang on our wall!

Supplies

  • Cross Stitching Fabric - Aida Count 18 (7 pts/cm) - 21 x 24 cm
  • Black thread - DMC 310
  • White thread - DMC Blanc
  • Green thread - DMC 163
  • Yellow Thread - DMC 743
  • Grey thread - DMC 03
  • Embroidery hoop (optional)
  • Needles
  • Scissors
  • Picture frame
  • Pinning needles
  • Foam board (with a thickness of about 5mm)
  • Utility knife
  • Iron
  • Duct tape (with optional flamingo pattern)

Step 1: Project Video

Step 2: Pattern

First things first, we’ll need to create a pattern before we can get stitching. Don’t worry though, the pattern we created has been added to this step so you don’t need to figure it out on your own, we just thought it might be nice to share how we came up with it :)

To make the pattern we used the graphic design program Adobe Illustrator, but you could also use an open source alternative like Inkscape. If you think about it, cross stitching patterns are basically a pretty pattern of squares aligned in a grid, so we started out by enabling the grid view in Illustrator as described here. For easy counting of the stitches, we changed the subdivisions to 10, so there’s a thicker grid line shown every 10 boxes. To do this go to Edit > Preferences > Guides and Grid and set the subdivisions to 10.

To get started on the pattern, we added a reference image of the Raspberry Pi 4 to our document, for this we used this illustration we found on the Raspberry Pi website. We spent an afternoon drawing boxes and lines on top of the Pi image to create the pattern until we were happy with the results.

Step 3: Thread Colours

Before getting started on the cross stitching itself, we also needed to figure out which thread we needed. For the choice of thread colours, we used Damaniel's RGB to DMC color converter to convert the RGB colours in the reference image to a DMC thread colour. We double checked the images and colours of the actual threads on the website to see if they matched up as intended before placing our order. As you can see, the green matched beyond our expectations!

Step 4: Cross Stitching Fabric

The last bit to figure out before the actual stitching: what will we stitch on? And: how much of the fabric will we need?

The pattern itself is 40 stitches wide and 59 stitches long, and using this Cross Stitch Size Calculator, we figured out that using 18 Count Aida fabric the stitched area would be 5.6 x 8.3 cm, roughly the size of an actual Raspberry Pi! To be honest this was purely accidental, but definitely a very happy accident!

With 8 cm of extra fabric allowance for framing, the cross stitch size calculator website suggested a piece of fabric of around 21 x 24 cm.

Step 5: Cross Stitching

Time to get stitching! If this is your very first cross stitch, we recommend you check out this video series by Phil's Next Kick, Phil really explains everything and we found it very helpful to get started.

Some small notes about the pattern:

  • We used two threads for all of our regular stitches.
  • The dark grey boxes in the pattern are indeed stitches in black thread, we made the boxes dark grey in the pattern so you could clearly distinguish the black back stitches around all the components.
  • All the backstitching is done with one thread, except for the Raspberry Pi logo, for this we used two threads because one thread simply disappeared into the sea of green, never to be seen again...

We thought the stitching wouldn’t take too long as the finished piece is only 5.6 x 8.3 cm but euhm...yeah we were wrong about that. The whole piece is about 2360 regular stitches, and an eternity of backstitches... So euhm...get comfortable, settle in with some snacks and a good podcast because overall it took more than 40 hours…

Step 6: Framing

Last but not least, our Pi needs to be displayed somehow! We opted to mount it into a wooden frame we got at a local thrift shop, but you could also make your own picture frame or display it inside an embroidery hoop.

Whichever type of display you choose, it’s always best to wash and iron your finished piece before framing it. We followed this guide by Stitched Modern and the results turned out perfectly.

For the mounting process, we followed this video by Caterpillar Cross Stitch.

In short:

  • Cut a piece of thin foam board (ours was about 5mm thick) to just a bit smaller than the size of your picture frame. We used the original backing of the frame as our guide, and then cut off roughly an extra 0.5 cm.
  • Place the fabric over the foam board and center your Pi just where you want it to go, this is usually roughly in the middle.
  • Fold the fabric over the edge of the foam board and pin it in place using pins. Start on one side and keep stretching the fabric over the foam, making sure the fabric stays tightly aligned. In the video Caterpillar Cross Stitch uses pins with beady glass heads, however we used pins with flat heads instead to make sure everything would still nicely fit inside the picture frame.
  • Add as many pins as you see fit!
  • Use tape to secure fabric to the back of the foam board - we used our favourite flamingo duct tape!

After mounting the finished piece, we placed the Pi cross stitch inside the frame and added a little hook.

Step 7: Enjoy!

After sitting on pins and needles for so long, it’s finally time to enjoy our lovely cross stitched Raspberry Pi!

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    6 Comments

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    Alex in NZ
    Alex in NZ

    1 year ago

    This is beautiful, and such an imaginative idea. Well done and thank you for sharing :-)

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    8BitsAndAByte
    8BitsAndAByte

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks Alex! :)

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    Aula Jazmati
    Aula Jazmati

    1 year ago

    Amazing ^_^ I like it <3

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    8BitsAndAByte
    8BitsAndAByte

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you Aula! :)

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    1 year ago

    Fun idea stitching a Raspberry Pi :)

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    8BitsAndAByte
    8BitsAndAByte

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks Penolopy! :)