I learned how to cross-stitch in my preteens. I didn’t stick with it for long because I found it tedious. My mind wandered out of boredom, and soon I’d discover that I’d made a mistake five stitches back, and I’d have to pull it out and start again.
And the cutesy-folksy cross-stitch patterns available back then (we’re talking pre-Internet) left me cold.
Lately, though, I’ve been seeing lots of modern, oversized cross-stich art online. The designs are stitched on pegboard, wire mesh, furniture — even colanders. Or they’re painted trompe l’oeil style on walls or sheets of plywood.
Oversized cross-stitching is genius! I mean, if you’re going to do all the work to painstakingly stitch by hand, then the finished product might as well make as big an impact as possible. To me, a tiny little cross-stitch sampler doesn’t give you enough bang for your buck, so to speak.
I wanted a big piece of wall art with the texture of real cross stitch, and I didn’t want holes in places where I wasn’t going to stitch. Stitching with yarn on a large stretched canvas was the solution I came up with — mostly because I had an unused canvas sitting around.