Ombre Home Sweet Home Cushion

Ombre Home Sweet Home Cross StitchMany many moons ago, I completed an ombre home sweet home cross stitch .. Do you remember? If you’re a new reader, probably not as it’s over a year ago now that I completed it (time flies!)

This is what it looked like, and here’s a link to the original post regarding it.

I asked for advice on how best to present this for my friend who was building her own house, and who has recently moved in – yay! Some suggestions were a hoop covered with turquoise ribbon, or framing it in white.

I decided I wanted to present this cross stitch as a cushion – here’s the finished product which I gifted just last week! I bordered the cross stitch with a bright turquoise fabric, and used a grey and turquoise feature floral fabric as the second border and backing. I inserted a lapped zipper into the back for a neat finish for this cushion.


 Happy housewarming Anna! I am so proud of all that you have achieved.



Finito! – Harry Potter Cushion

The first part of my latest commission is all done – Harry Potter sampler cross stitch pattern sewn into a cushion.

Harry Potter Cushion

This cushion is going to a new baby boy who’s nursery is a blue & forest themed space. I used a woodgrain fabric to suit the forest theme, and then bound the cushion in a bright, royal blue which had a nice contrast against the brown woodgrain fabric.

The cushion looks amazing in person (if I do say so myself hehe!). The woodgrain fabric looks amazing against the cross stitch, and almost gives it a magical feel.

Harry Potter Cross Stitch

I absolutely love this woodgrain fabric, and I really wish I had’ve bought more when I saw it!

Harry Potter Cushion

The overall cushion finished at 21″, as the pattern is about 15″ finished, and I really wanted the woodgrain fabric to be displayed. My client posted a photo of baby Tyler against the cushion on my Facebook page, and he looks so small against it – he will no doubt grow into it shortly though :)

I’m onto the next portion of this commission now, which is going to be  a framed Marauder’s Map cross stitch for Tyler also.

Would just like to wish you all a safe, happy, and craft Christmas and New Years also – all the best!

Erin xx

Redo – Harry Potter Cross Stitch

So it’s been Arctic quiet on here lately and I apologies for the silence .. It’s been a busy time at the crosstitchery household, as I’ve been working my tail off on this latest commission.

My previous commission was for the Harry Potter Sampler cross stitch which you can see here.

This commission was such a hit that I received another 2 orders for the same pattern before we left for Japan. This patterns takes a long while to stitch – working full time, maintaining a household and having a social life impacts on my time to stitch, but I try and fit in at least an hour every day to gradually chip away at it.

I’m happy to say I’ve nearly finished the first portion of this commission, here’s a progress photo.

Harry Potter Cross Stitch

The flags are by far the hardest part of this commission. There’s so many stitches in each one that it usually takes me like 5 hours just to complete one!


I’ll be turning this completion in a cushion also, with wood grain fabric to create the cushion as this commission is for a new baby who has a forest theme nursery.

The second part to this commission is another Harry Potter cross stitch which we will be framing. It’s based on the Marauder’s Map, and is so darn cute for a new baby boy.

I’m looking forward to getting this sampler finished and whipped into a cushion so I can start stitching a new pattern soon :)

Finito! – Harry Potter Cross Stitch Cushion

After some crazy mammoth stitching sessions, lots of knots in my shoulders and neck – this amazing Harry Potter sampler cushion is doneski!

Completed - Harry Potter Sampler Cross Stitch Cushion

Completed – Harry Potter Sampler Cross Stitch Cushion

I don’t usually like to toot my own horn, but how amazing does it look?!

Avid Harry Potter fans can find the pattern here. I absolutely adore the amount of detail in this pattern (I mean, check out that marauders map!) but by goly, this was a hard one to stitch, especially in the crazy time frame that I had.

I bordered the pattern in a 2.5″ teal fabric, and completed the cushion with eggplant binding. This is the first time I’ve made a cross stitch into a cushion and I found it really easy, just like stitching a normal cotton cushion. You can check out Tiny Modernist’s post if you need some help sewing a cross stitch cushion.

I have  a whole heap of friends who are Harry Potter fans, and after adding this to Crosstitchery’s facebook page, I’ve received another 3 orders for the same pattern! I’ll also be stitching this adorable pattern for a new baby, due in November.

These commissions will all be started when Mr A & I get back from Japan – we leave in just 2 days! :)


What Not to Do ..

I posted about my awesome Harry Pottery sampler WIP earlier which has now turned into a commission – yay!

 I have to share what not to do when it comes to cross stitching, or any kind of craft project really .. DO NOT DO ANYTHING WHILST TIRED!

I repeat: Do not do (cut, stitch, glue, sew) anything whilst tired. Learn from my mistakes. For the love of God, do not do what I did on this WIP, otherwise you’ll spend nights trying to catch up and get back to where you were.

Let me explain …

I stumbled across the Harry Potter sampler whilst I was between commissions, and decided I wanted to work on it simply because I loved it. I cut out my aida, got to sewing, and I got as far as my progress shot in my previous post.

The next night I was working away, and went to count out the pattern again and my heart dropped. The pattern wasn’t going to fit!! I’d cut my aida too small when I was originally starting, and to add to that, I hadn’t centred my fabric correctly in my Q Snap frame when I first started. Realising that it wasn’t going to was truly heartbreaking. I was already worried that I’m not going to complete this in time due to the detailed nature of this pattern, then I had to go and make such a stupid simple error like that .. Truly heartbreaking.

So, please learn from my mistake and don’t do anything whilst tired. It doesn’t work out well!

Harry Potter Cross StitchI pulled 7+ hour sessions of stitching on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night and this is my progress so far. Those flags are so detailed; 2 of them took me over 8 hours! :| :|

Please keep your fingers crossed that I’ll be able to stitch this on time, especially as we fly out to Japan on the 21st of October – it has to be done before then!