At my daughter’s school there’s a teacher who is amazing at cross stitch, and she loves making cross-stitch family portraits. They’re always so cute, and a fun way to add some personality to your walls that’s completely personalized and a little more special than a picture.
While it can be time consuming to figure out exactly how to stitch a family portrait, it’s not really that hard to cross stitch your family.
Martha Stewart has a quick overview, which I like for the advice on head sizes (10 stitches across for adults, 9 for kids, even smaller for babies).
But if you really want some good instructions on how to cross stitch your family portrait yourself, head over to Do Small Things with Love. She has a tutorial that shows how she turned a picture into cross stitch, and did another a year later that shows a different look. She has little sample people you can use as the basis for your design, or just go on your own with some graph paper to turn a picture into an adorable cross-stitched portrait.
Have you ever done this? I think it looks like a lot of fun and I’d really like to try it some day. If you have, I’d love to hear your tips!
[Photo via Do Small Things with Love.]