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15 Times Cross-Stitch Was Actually Incredibly Cool

updated May 3, 2019
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This is not your grandma’s cross-stitch. These projects take the art form of stitching tiny X’s with thread and turn it on its head. Giant painted cross-stitch wall murals, stitched sterling silver bangles, an embroidered IKEA stool – trust me, there’s a lot more to this craft than alphabet samplers.

What to Make Right Now:

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Greet your guests with a cross-stitched welcome sign. Designer Beci Orpin created the one above for Frankie magazine – and the blogger Amber Wills shares her how-to on Wills Casa.

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A cross-stitch project that involves a drill and an IKEA FROSTA stool? Yes, please. Find the full tutorial at This Little Street.

Colorful criss-crossed washi tape takes the place of yarn in this project Kathy Beymer made for Amy Anderson’s book “Washi Tape Crafts” (Workman).

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A painted cross-stitch pegboard is the perfect project for needle-phobic crafters. Find the how-to on Craft & Creativity.

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Here’s what to do with all those cane back chairs that are suddenly making a resurgence. Check out the stitch-by-stitch on My Poppet.

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Dutch artist Eline Pellinkhof painted this oversized rose wall mural freehand—but don’t worry, you can follow the painting guides at Country Living.

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Jump on the subversive cross-stitch bandwagon with a motivational message from House of Miranda. Choose one of the ready-to-display pieces ($40) or order a sassy sentiment to stitch yourself ($15).

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Get the look of cross-stitch without any of the work with this patterned removable wallpaper by Red Panda Wall Stickers on Etsy.

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This luxury DIY kit by Guillaume Delvigne and Ionna Vautrin is expensive (75 euros), but the experience of stitching through porcelain? That’s priceless.

And Here’s Some Pinspiration:

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Who needs throw pillows when your couch is adorned with giant wool stitches? Designer Ellinor Ericsson describes her work as minimal Scandinavian meets more-is-more rococo.

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Jewelry designer Caro Baertling shows embroidery’s strong side by stitching through sterling silver bangles.

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Charlotte Lancelot’s collection of embroidered rugs, pillows, and ottomans finally turns the dream of living in an entirely cross-stitched room into a reality.

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A cube-shaped pegboard table by Ariadne at Home takes cross-stitching into the third dimension.

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Don’t limit yourself to a single surface—this giant rose design spotted on Decoratualma spreads across two pegboard panels. (And how awesome are those fork candleholders?)

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Cross-stitch ups its street cred with artist Raquel Rodrigo’s floral patterns, which were woven through wire mesh before being place on the facade of a building in Valencia, Spain.

Re-edited from a post originally published on 6.06.16 – AL