Hello, all! I’m still fairly new to cross-stitch and embroidery, but I’ve fallen hard for it. So far, I’ve only done kits—I’m working on a gorgeous Avlea one now, so I’ll post pics soon. I have this possibly crazy idea that I’d love to embroider one of these patterns on a Christmas tree skirt, but I have no idea where to start. I don’t know what sort of fabric to use, or whether I should embroider on one fabric and then sew that fabric onto a tree skirt, maybe? Or maybe this is a slightly crazy idea? I’d be so grateful for advice, if anyone is willing to share some!
The product is called waste canvas or water soluble canvas. It comes in precut pieces packaged by DMC and Charles Craft or you can find it by the yard on Amazon or Etsy. The most common count is 14ct, and it also comes in other larger counts,
Yes, non-circular is definitely more difficult in cross stitch, because cross stitch is so grid-oriented. But, you could sprinkle some little stars around the border of a tree skirt--that might be nice :)
Thank you so much for the great advice! It sounds like the narrow strips might be just the ticket. And also like maybe I should try a few more non-circular designs before I tackle a tree skirt :-) Thanks again!
I'll jump in here first, but I'm curious to see what others have to say, too! You can do the cross stitch 1) on a type of border that you'll then sew onto the skirt (there are some nifty little Aida cloth finished narrow strips that are designed for bookmarks, but would be great for this purpose), or 2) embroider directly onto some type of counted thread fabric which you would then sew into a tree skirt. Because a tree skirt is round, and therefore a bit of a challenge to sew to begin with (I've done one and let's just say I'm not going to be doing a second and I sew for a living!), I think Option #1 would work best. Plus, it would have the advantage of being able to be removed and sewn to a new tree skirt as needed through the years. One other option would be to use a regular fabric for the tree skirt and then use this specialty cross-stitch product that you lay over a regular fabric, embroider your design, then spray the specialty product with water and the threads dissolve so you can remove them, leaving your design on the regular fabric. Argh--for the life of me, I cannot remember what this stuff is called right now, but you can get it at most local needlework shops. As soon as I remember what it's called, I'll post it :)