Cross stitch tutorial

Making great pixelated art

Today I will give you an overview of how to do awesome cross stitch motives. They perform great as a gift or as a piece of self-made art. And since many games evolved from a very pixelated style all these retro-classics are perfect to use as a pattern for cross stitching.

One of the first games I had contact to was Pokémon. For this tutorial I will show you how to do a classical red and white Poké Ball in some easy steps.

All you need at first is a pattern.

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You will also need special cross stitch fabric, a scissor, a cross stitch needle and the colours you need for your motive.

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The fabric and the needle came in many various styles. I personally prefer an all-white Aida fabric with small blocks [the smaller the block the smaller the final art] in combination with a short and blunt needle. The colours I use are from Anchor ambroidery floss Mouliné. All the coulours I recommend are based on their colour spectrum. Of course you can use whatever cord company you want.

 

One string consits of 6 smaller ones, but you only need 1.

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Take one string folded in the middle and pull it through the needle.

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For the first stitch you need to fix the string. Simply pull the needle through your floss loop on the backside.

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After starting with half the cross go back and complete the shape. To achieve a consistent look it is necessary that you always use the same direction for your cross stitches.

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When you finished the string, you need to fix it on the backside of your fabric.

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Continue with all the needed colors. Notice: It is irrelevant with which one you start.

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Et voilá –  your first selfmade Poké Ball. You can see that the backside looks nearly the same as the front if you fix your strings properly. It’s always a good idea to use more and shorter strings instead of less and longer ones.

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Cross Stitch Gift Idea – Selfmade Pokémon Poké Ball Keychain

I cross stitched two Poké Balls, sewed them together and filled with cotton. It makes a great Keychain. And a perfect gift.

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About the author Alice / Integrated Design student and graphic artist

alice-horstmeier1Currently student at Köln International School of Design. Raised in an art-loving environment my favorite companion has always been a pencil. Later the computer became my second-best friend. Ever since I love to figure out how the digital world works, specialize myself in the fields of [web] design and graphics. Additional info: I love games and avocados.

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