Hey guys, Monday morning… normally my least favorite day of the week, but I have to say other than waking up early it’s been a pretty decent one so far. This weekend was a big… relief? of sorts.
The last couple of weeks have been rough. Some personal life stuff, work stuff, and then the STYTC competition deadlines. I loved being in the competition but I wasn’t as prepared for each week’s craft as I thought I was. Plus I was competing against some really amazing bloggers who apparently don’t sleep, eat or shower… cuz I have no idea how they were able to do the crafts they did in the time that they did them.
So, I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone that left a sweet comment about my crafts and about my efforts in the competition. I truly loved being a part of it and will look forward to being in more competitions in the near future. Until then though we are back to regular scheduled programming.
So, what would have been my craft for today? My fall craft was…
Using pegboard from my local hardware store I created a large scale cross-stitched candy corn with yarn.
The whole project kinda stemmed from this image that I had pinned way back when (which is an official measurement of time) and when I was searching through pinterest for ideas I stumbled back across the pin (I knew I pinned that for SOME REASON). Anyways, in my frantic search I started looking through all my pinterest boards and came across this image. which lead me to a google search for cross stitched pegboards and I found the following images…
Anyways, I thought the idea was unique and different and I could really turn it into a cool “masterpiece” so I attempted to do a fall leaf first.
Which turned into a major fail. Like major. I thought that if i painted the background black the colors of the yarn would stand out more, which they did, and by doing so they highlighted my second fail… To make the leaf large I cut the shape on an angle. Not realizing that doing so would affect the actual “stitch” being as it would no longer be an “X” it would turn into a box shape.
Which is a no-no.
This is what it looked like nearing the end…
So after all that fail ^^ See above picture…. I decided to try the idea again, but with a more simple shape. This is how I ended up making my candy corn masterpiece…
- Pegboard (can be found at the hardware store in smaller sizes)
- Orange, yellow & white paint (spray or acrylic)
- Clear coat paint (to protect from weather)
- Yarn in orange, yellow and white (buy at meijers, cheaper than craft stores… unless you have a coupon)
- Crochet or Yarn Needles
(found mine in a pack from meijers for $1.99)
- Floral Wire (mines in black)
- Raffata (mines red)
STEP ONE: CUT & SAND PEGBOARD. I used a hand jigsaw to cut both the leaf and the candy corn, however I did result in a nice blood blister from cutting it this way. I suggest taking your time and not rushing it, might take a hot minute for you to get used to cutting the pegboard. Wear goggles/ glasses as it’s VERY dusty. Sand down the edges and front and back of the pegboard to get and even, tangle free surface.
STEP TWO: PAINT. I used white primer spray paint in several coats to get a good white on the pegboard. Then using frog tape I painted off the middle and bottom section with orange and yellow paint. I just used acrylic, but you could use spray paint too. Let everything dry and then add a generous coat of clear coat to the whole piece (front, back & sides) before moving onto the yarn. The clear coat protects the porous pegboard from the weather.
STEP THREE: APPLY CROSS STITCH. Starting in the orange section I used my yarn needle to start the “X” pattern from the bottom working my way to the top of the orange section. At this point I figured I’d give blending the two different colored sections a “go” so I used the orange only in parallel lines crossing over into the yellow section. Then after tying off the orange I used the yellow to finish the orange lines and continued up to the white section where I repeated the process.
STEP FOUR: ADD WIRE & BOW ACCENTS. After the yarn work was complete I used black floral wire (found at Michaels) to create a hanger. I twisted the wire around and made curly “qs” to give it some depth and texture. Then I attached a raffata and burlap ribbon for an accent.
And that’s it. It really couldn’t be more simple. The cross-stitching does take some time, but I popped in a movie and was able to complete it fairly quickly.
Imagine all the different shapes you could make. Maybe a pumpkin? Maybe a witch’s hat? Or you could keep the basic square shape and use the yarn to create your pattern.
What fall crafts are you working on right now? Let’s see them!
Thanks again for all the support!! I’ll be back tomorrow 😉