Colouring with thread

It was lovely to read everyone’s comments about my Derwents, it’s nice to know that their popularity wasn’t confined to just my primary and high schools.

The Derwents were used to plan out my latest graphic design assignment: an A3 poster based on a song lyric of my choosing. I’m fairly inept at both drawing and using image editors so I had to be a bit creative in how I produced the poster. Luckily, I recently came across a lovely cross stitch blog, and had been thinking about doing some cross stitch. So, it was decided that cross stitch would be a good way to avoid drawing and image editing software.

Armed with grid paper, coloured pencils and youthful enthusiasm, I put together a pattern based on a cross stitch border found on etsy, vintage transfers found on Flickr and a particularly uplifting lyric from Morrissey. A week and a half later and with slightly less youthful enthusiasm, I had cross stitched this:

poster full

To save my sanity somewhat, the cross stitch is around A4 size, half the required size. Through the magic of scanners, I then made it A3. Although some of the texture is lost through scanning, it works surprisingly well as a paper poster. I won’t bother posting the scanned version of it, as it more or less looks the same as the photo.

For those playing at home, the lyric is from How Soon Is Now? by The Smiths. My Dad seemed a bit dismayed when he saw the cross stitch today; I’m not sure he understood why I went to all the effort of cross stitching something so depressing. To me, that’s the point of it — dainty is often associated with pretty or positive things, when it doesn’t necessarily need to be that way.

Prior to this assignment, I had only attempted cross stitch once when I was ten. My auntie helped me to make a couple of book marks for my parents which I think worked out ok, if not a little wonky. There’s still a fair bit of wonk to this piece, but I don’t think it would be as good if it was perfect.

poster border

Irrespective of the mark I get for the assignment, I’m really proud of this work. It’s not often I look at things I’ve made with a sense of pride. I’m often happy or satisfied with a knitting project or other non-crafty pieces of work, but pride is just that step further. The trick will now be to make sure I keep doing things that I feel proud about.

6 Responses to “Colouring with thread”

  1. bells Says:

    you should be proud. It’s executed beautifully. I adore the fact that it’s a depressing morrissey lyric. With the little floral border it gives it an even lovelier level of poetry. Just perfect.

  2. drk Says:

    Oh its gorgeous, so well executed. I giggled out loud at the choice of lyric, it totally makes sense to have Smiths samplers. I guess.’you say its gonna happen now but when exactly do you mean’ has a few too many characters!

  3. jp Says:

    Looks great.

    Smiths Samplers is a concept that could definitely catch on.

  4. Sonia Says:

    Love it! How soon is now? is one of my all time favourite songs!

    I’ve done a bit of cross-stitch in my time (and needlepoint tapestry). It’s interesting how it sets your mind to a different pace than knitting (which is fast and furious!).

  5. Leonie Says:

    It looks lovely. A little bit of cross stitch would be quite a change of pace from knitting. Funny that your Dad was unsure of it!

  6. Jane Says:

    Oh I LOVE this…don’t the Smiths have the best lyrics? The border sets it off perfectly too. You deserve to be proud of what you make, always, but this was not only created but also envisioned and designed by you…pride well-founded. It’s great!

Leave a Reply