There are aida cloth kits sold at craft stores that come with designs, but sometimes a crafter just wants to create something a bit more personalized. Graph paper is often used for creating cross stitch patterns, but another approach is to simply draw a picture directly on the aida cloth itself. The only supplies needed for this budget friendly craft under ten dollars are:
- a reference photograph
- a sheet of aida cloth
- a pen
- embroidery thread
- a tapestry needle
The following steps were used to create the outline drawing of the palm tree on the aida cloth, which is pictured in this article.
Use the reference photograph to decide how to draw the design on the aida cloth. The drawing directly on the aida cloth can be more simplistic, if desired, especially since many cross stitched designs are anyway. Crafters enjoy creating projects that are simple, so there is not need to draw a complicated design on the aida cloth.
Draw the design on the aida cloth with a pen that will not rub off.
Select the colors that will be used for the cross stitching project, such as how the green thread is used on the palm tree to begin filling in the lines on the palm tree branches. Only several shades of green, brown, and blue for the sky will be used on the palm tree cross stitch project, so it will be simple and fun to create. Stay tuned to see how the project evolves.