BIY – Finished Cross Stitch Art

Finished cross stitch by Bella Stitchery

As an avid crafter, I have no shortage of craft ideas in my hopper to try next (hard to imagine life before Pinterest).

I have come to the realization that just because I treasure handmade, it doesn’t mean I have to make everything. My craft room is only so big!

I’m suggesting that, rather than DIY, let’s promote BIY (buy-it-yourself) once in awhile. Save yourself the time and shopping cart full of materials for one single project that – let’s be honest – may or may not ever get made, and support other crafters. It’s a win-win!

Today’s post is all about finished cross-stitch. Cross stitching is a lot of fun, and can be extremely relaxing. Unfortunately, however, completing a beautiful work of fiber art can take months or even years! Why not spend a little extra money and get instant gratification? Plus, you’re supporting another fiber artist for all their hundreds (or thousands) of stitching hours.

Here are some fabulous stitchers that would love to share their handiwork with you and save you the time of having to do it yourself.

AnnsAntiqueTreasure is offering this finished Hummel Boy for less than $15 – fifteen dollars!!! You probably couldn’t even buy fabric and DMC floss for less than that.

Hummel Boy cross stitch

Ohhhhhhhhhh, cute dancing baby Groot available at EpicStitchery. SO cute! This would also be a great gift idea!

Baby Groot cross stitch

I love this darling Donkey Kong, Mario in Love piece from HappyHaikuCrafts. This takes me back to childhood for sure.

Donkey Kong cross stitch

Looking for a new twist on an old classic? How about this Les Miserables Hipster Cosette from StephXstitch? For $175, it even comes framed.

Les Mis cross stitch

I really like the greyscale look in this John Lennon piece by Christicrossstitch. There are lots more celebrity pieces available as well.

John Lennon cross stitch

Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t include my own stitchy work. Here are some of my completed pieces, each one available on Etsy.

This is one of my favorite pieces. It’s a high-flyin’ pin-up with airplane in the background. It measures about 14×10 inches and is ready for framing. The price has just been reduced to just $100!

Pin-Up with Plane finished cross stitch

Go in the Direction of Your Dreams with this darling owl cross-stitch.

Owl and sunflower finished cross stitch

There is nothing quite as sweet as this cherry cupcake cross-stitch piece. I stitched it on a soft blue Aida cloth, and it brings out the sugary sweetness of the pinks and reds within the cupcake.

Cherry cupcake finished cross stitch

Still want to stitch something yourself? Well, you have come to the right place! I have the largest cross-stitch shop on Etsy and have over 300 unique, handmade patterns ready to download. You can visit my shop here, or convo me regarding custom designs.

I also have a sale going on there too – buy 3 patterns, get 3 more FREE! It’s the perfect time to stock up on lots of great projects!

Thanks for stopping by, and happy stitching!

xoxo

Genevieve

Bella Stitchery

Pin-Up with Plane Finished Cross-Stitch

What takes 8 months to complete and a lifetime to enjoy? This handmade finished cross-stitch! I finished this pin-up with plane fiber art in 2013 and she’s looking for a good home.

You can check out the listing here on eBay and she is packed and ready to ship to the highest bidder – just in time for Christmas (it’s the perfect gift idea!)

Happy bidding, and thanks so much for supporting handmade!

P.S. Love this pin-up, but want to make something of your own? I also have this fabulous retro illustration available as a fabric block! Perfect for embroidery hoops, altered art embroidery, pillows and more!

Get Your Retro On

I recently finished this darling retro coffee ad for my kitchen,
but I was sorry that I used such a bright white fabric. 
It just didn’t seem to match the 1950’s tone of the pattern.
Here is the finished piece with the white fabric:
Well?  I thought I would try dying the fabric in coffee to see how it would turn out. 
Having never done it before, I was a little nervous,
 seeing how I already had stitched the entire thing (I’ll never get those four months back…)
I started with really diluted coffee, since I wasn’t sure what the result would be and then slowly added more of the coffee into the bowl to darken it.
I checked the fabric every 10 minutes or so. 
When I was happy with it, I rinsed it out with fresh water and let it hang dry. 
 Then, I ironed it out and framed it with a walnut frame I found at a flea market (perfect size!)
I probably could have gone a bit darker, too, but I didn’t want to alter the color of thread too much.  Hope this inspires you to play with dying your own fabric – it’s really quite easy and lots of fun!
Happy crafting!
xoxo
Genevieve

Sweet Audrey

I stitched this one-of-a-kind Audrey Hepburn piece because I thought it would be fun to work with a gray scale pattern.  She is created using over two dozen shades of gray, black and white.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s was such an iconic movie and Hepburn is still the person by which we measure elegance and grace.
I have this finished cross-stitch available on eBay until Sunday here:
I have started the bid at $.99 so that she will be available to anyone who wants it. 
I’m also including FREE shipping world-wide.
Don’t miss out on this one. 
Only ONE available!

Thanks so much!

xoxo
Genevieve