I have been oh, so stitchy lately and I love it. I’ve gotten so obsessed that I’ve actually cleaned out my embroidery floss so that I only have DMC brand. You see, I had some that were off brands that were either given to me or I grabbed because I really liked the color (mostly variegated varieties) but the way those threads always knot up on me I don’t actually use them. I had everything in a plastic shoe box and I’d dig and dig and dig and some of the thread wasn’t even an option as far as I was concerned.
So I decided it was ridiculous to keep it. I’m a terrible pack rat when it comes to craft supplies, and honestly craft supplies only. Normally I can clear out a space and minimize like nobody’s business but when it comes to paint and thread and little bits and bobs I have SUCH a hard time letting go. To be sure I wasn’t digging this crap thread out of the trash I actually went through and tossed everything not my fave brand right on trash day. It was cleared away by that big ol’ truck and it was the end of that. And I’m so glad. Isn’t that silly? Something so little can be such a good thing in the end?
Now I’m winding up all of my floss and putting them in these nifty little plastic storage containers. When I needed a pink color for the project I’m stitching on now I was able to pull out my box and sift through the colors until I found the perfect one. It was beyond fab! And it turns out that there are a few colors of floss that I LOVE because I have a ton of them. Over the years I have grabbed the same magenta/purple and blue over and over and over again :) I had 12 skeins of the purple alone :)
At any rate when I visited the Common Thread store for DMC online a while back ago, looking to get myself a Christmas present, I found this cross-stitch vase made out of wood. I was instantly sold and when it arrived I was beyond stoked. Now I liked the pattern that came with it but I’m so all up in my own DIY that I just HAD to make my own pattern. So I did :) Now if you purchase your own you can use the pattern that comes with it (see the pic above from the Common Thread site – that’s what comes with the vase) or you can use what I created since I’ve decided to share. Oh, who am I kidding? I always share :)
For this project you will need:
- 3D Wooden Cross-stitch Vase
- DMC Embroidery Floss in colors 783, 798, 892, 906, 972, 3808
- Free cross-stitch chart – with icons or without (you can also save the images below)
Here is the chart without any icons. It’s how I like to work, with colors only.
But I went ahead and made one with colors and icons because I know that others like the little shapes to help out. :)
Stitching this little guy is so easy. The holes are the perfect size that you can fit your needle through and get your floss in without a really tight fit when using 3 strands of floss at a go.
It total it took me a little time here and there over 3 nights to wrap this up. I had totally thought I’d get it all done in one night because I was so stoked but that’s not the way things went down in the end :)
The wood pieces of the vase pop together like you see above. Now, I could NOT get the tabs into the slots for anything so I had to get the hammer out and lightly tap, tap, tap to get the pieces to fit flush together. The wood is super sturdy so there was no problem, although I did worry I might accidentally break something. It worked beautifully in the end, though!
Just like the chart!
Now this vase isn’t tiny but it isn’t huge, either. It easily fits in one hand and is good for a single bloom or a small bunch of something like baby’s breath.
This little rose is about the sweetest thing ever… Rob picked it at work and brought it home to me for my pictures. Isn’t he the greatest?
I love the 3D nature and how you can actually see how it fits together from the side. It’s such a fun little piece and I envision it will be quite the conversation starter! I’m really, really pleased with the kit and just might be perusing Common Thread for an Easter gift for myself. :)
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