1/23/12

cross stitch ombre hearts

As I watch Valentine's Day decor posts pop up all over the blog world, I am once again reminded of how lame my holiday decorating is. I'm not exaggerating what I say I do not own one Valentine's decoration. Until now. 


I made these pretty heart cross stitch pieces over the weekend. The idea popped into my head one day at work, so I jotted it down and then made more detailed notes about it later when I got home. You are about to get a peek into the genius that is my design process.


Amazed? No? Okay. Moving along...

This little drawing sat on my desk for a week or two until I finally got stitching. 


I really love the simplicity and the gradient color. It is so satisfying when a project that you have in your head comes out beautifully. 

In case you are interested, here are the DMC thread colors I used: 
pink - 3804, 3805, 3806, 604
purple - 208, 209, 210, 211

Please feel free to use my "pattern" above for personal use. If you do get time to whip one of these up, please let me know! I would love to see. 

 

I think my Valentine's decor is complete. Seriously.
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28 comments:

  1. I haven't cross stitched in forever and I don't believe in decorating for Valentine's day, but I still think I'm going to make these. So cute!

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  2. What an awesome way to explain! Love it..Thanks for sharing dear :)

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  3. I've been meaning to get back into cross-stitching. I can't eat if I'm stitching, right? I need to see if I have enough thread to try this. I don't want to buy anything. Hmmmmm, off to look. I hope they look as good as yours.

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  4. This is adorable!!! Your blog and projects are always so stinking cute. Love it!! :)

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  5. I like your simple design process! I started out with graph paper and "graduated" to Excel spreadsheets so I can copy and paste my designs and PDF them. It's so fast and easy to just hit delete and start over, but I also love using paper and pencil. Cute design!

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  6. Super presh! Almost makes me want to get into cross-stitching! :)

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  7. Very cute. I love a clean and simple craft.

    I pinned this on my valentine board.

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  8. Saw you on Today's Creative Blog. These are so cute! I'm hosting a Love theme linky party also and would love it if you stop by and post something!
    -Melissa
    www.SerendipityandSpice.blogspot.com

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  9. This is so simple and sweet... Love it!

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  10. So sweet and beautiful! I love your little notes/plan to yourself...SMASH book material! Would you be willing to link up this post to my Valentine Link Party going on now? I'd love to have you! Thanks, Michelle
    http://michellepaige.blogspot.com/2012/01/rockin-valentine-valentine-link-party.html

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  11. Cross stitch is such a lost art and I need to pick it back up again!! I hope you have some time to join our linky party this week!! xoxo Debbie @ www.inspiredhoneybee.blogspot.com

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  12. Ugh, this is adorable! Love it! ~Jen

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  13. Love it! I hope you will come by and Link Up to the I Heart Projects Party I am having on my blog.

    http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com/2012/01/i-heart-projects-linky-party.html

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  14. i so want some cross stitch in my house...wait, did i just say that, lol? love this!

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  15. Super cute! .....I think that little doodle of the idea should make its way into your smash book, atleast that's what I would do ;) Another fab idea!

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  16. thanks to everyone for your sweet comments! I am so happy you like this project :)

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  17. Thanks so much for the darling Valentine heart bookmarks! I have been wanting to make each of the 10 children that I tutor (for reading) something special, and these are the perfect gift. Love your site, I will follow it in the future.
    Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours.
    Nettie

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  18. Simply beautiful, your blog & the gorgeouse things you make, I'll be back!

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  19. These are so cute! Great design! I like your design process. Sometimes I think to jot down my ideas, but it never ever looks that pretty!

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  20. I just adore your gorgeous little collection of hearts! What a sweet idea! I'd be SO pumped if you'd come and share this (and any other projects you'd like to show off) at the Head to Head Showdown link party, going on right now at www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com I hope to see you there! ~Jen

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  21. You have such a cute blog. I found you on the link party. I am your newest follower. :) If you would like to check out my blog that would be awesome and follow me back..I would love to feature you on my blog sometime, you have way cute stuff..

    -Brooke
    for-the-luv-of.blogspot.com

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  22. These are adorable. I'd learn to cross stitch purely to be able to do a couple of these as gifts.

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  23. I featured this on my blog tonight! Thanks so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday :) Come check it out and grab a button! http://www.mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2012/01/your-whims-wednesday-44-and-features.html

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  24. These are just adorable!! I haven't done cross stitch in such a long time - but this is just too cute!
    I featured you today - http://www.flamingotoes.com/2012/02/crush-of-the-week-think-pink-features-38/

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  25. I made a couple of these! :) Thanks so much for the tutorial/inspiration. You can see mine here: http://missvintagegirl.blogspot.com/2012/02/nessie.html .

    ~Kristin

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  26. I'm a high school teacher and my students have been dying to learn cross stitch. I've been searching for the perfect easy pattern that is also attractive and fun. Thank you so much!!!

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