Monday, February 11, 2013

Cross Stitch Dresser

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When I stumbled upon the beautiful colors and patterns of Eline Pellinkhof I was immediately inspired.  You may have seen her cross stitch rose wall mural floating around Pinterest.  It's gorgeous!  While reading her blog I was even more drawn to the green, gray, white and cream colors of her work below.


 
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After painting an old dresser pure white I had the perfect candidate for my own mural.  I must admit I've had the dresser painted for months but I kept dragging my feet deciding how to go about this project.  What scale should the pattern be?  Should I paint a rose?  What color(s) would look best?

I found some Zig Woodcraft paint pens on clearance at the craft store and the color was chosen, Antique Gold.

A trip to Ikea and a towel set later provided the basic pattern I chose to use!
VĂ…RLIGT Dish towel IKEA Cotton/linen blend with high absorption capacity.
I free handed the design in pencil and then traced with my gold paint pen.

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Here you can see where I straightened the X's over the original pencil drawing.






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62 comments:

  1. Wow, that's very pretty and unique! You've created a real one of a kind piece. Is it a keeper?

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  2. Awesome! This is such a unique idea and I love the subtle colors. Pinning for sure. :)

    Angela

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  3. LOVE this! might be my favorite!!!!! pinning and pining! :)

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  4. Such a fabulous idea and beautiful piece - subtle and lovely - love it Jess!
    Stacey

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  5. There are no words for how in love with this I am!

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  6. What an amazing and unexpected look! I love it!

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  7. I hadn't seen the original and I love her take and yours! Pinning.

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  8. Dear Emmeline, you are something else! I am crazy in love with the dresser! And yes, I saw seen her cross stitch rose wall mural on Pinterest, many times :)

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  9. This is really cool. I like the design.

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  10. Exactly the inspiration I needed to finish a coffee table for the farmhouse! Love it!

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  11. Hi, I love the look on the dresser(very cleaver). Can you give me a little more detail as to how you did this? Did you buy the cross stich and hold it up against the dresser? I am not clear on how you did this. Can you please email me with a little more detail on how to do this? I didn't understand what the towels had to do with the project. Thank you
    Sincerely
    Debbie
    daubin56@yahoo.com

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    1. Sorry the post was unclear. The design I used was from the towel. I changed it a little bit as I went to lengthen the stem and because I messed up counting the rows and stitches and didn't want to redo my drawing. I just used the stitches on the towel as a template and wanted to give credit for the basic design. I started at the bottom corner and just drew one stitch at a time (in pencil) working my way up and over. I tried to keep the stitches as straight as possible above and beside the stitch before. You could do this with any simple cross stitch pattern that will fit in your space. I'd say my stitches are about 1/2" x 1/2". To determine the stitch size I wanted I counted how many stitches I needed for the longest part of the design (in this case it was vertical). I divided the number of stitches by 2.5 to find out an approximate number of stitches per drawer and then decided I had space for no larger that a 1/2" x 1/2" stitch. You really have to eyeball it and decide based on your stitch pattern and space, which is why I recommend drawing in pencil first. Another option would be to cut a large piece of paper the size of the space you are covering and mark out places for knobs, keyholes, etc and draw your pattern on the paper before the furniture. Hope this helps! If you give it a shot I'd love to see what you come up with.

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  12. I seriously adore your style. ADORE! Your dresser is pefect! I feel like I tell you this all of the time, but you inspire me!
    Jaime

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  13. This is amazing!!! I predict that you will start a new painted furniture trend with this one!!

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  14. Really lovely. I've been planning on doing the rose wall in my daughters room and used her cross stitch technique for a summer camp craft last year (HUGE hit with the moms!). Well done!

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  15. Absolutely stunning! You are quite talented! :)

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  16. Oh my goodness.. this is so elegant and pretty! Great job!

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  17. How long did this take you? You must have the patience of Job. Brilliant!!!!

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    1. after the initial painting of the dresser it only took about 30mins. Used a pencil to draw the design (x's) and then I used a paint paen marker to trace. Pretty easy after you decide on the design and placement!

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  18. This is absolutely beautiful! So elegant and has such a soft look to it. I love it.

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  19. Such a clever idea. This is magnificent. I'm sharing on my Once Upon a Firefly FB page.

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  20. That is just brilliant Emmeline!!!
    I have to try that out - definitely pinned because of how special this piece is!
    BIG BIG tap on the back for this one :)
    Hugs,
    Suzan

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  21. What a stunning idea! I love everything about it =)

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  22. So pretty and so original! I vote you will get featured next week! Good job!

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  23. I think by introducing cross stitch as a painting pattern you've started something. Not new but old is new nowdays. Putting the design on the project could be done with a cross stitch pattern and a projector. Might be easier to transfer the pattern and make it the size you want with that kind of method. Just an idea to try.
    Love how your dresser turned out with the pattern on it in cross stitch. Great project.

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    1. What a great idea. I don't have a projector otherwise I might have used it. maybe one day I'll have one and I could crank out some dressers with a bunch of different stitch patterns!

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  24. This is so impressive. I love to see how one artist's work inspires anothers. :)

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  25. Wow! That is super gorgeous!! I love the simplicity of the gold on the white - it turned out so great!!

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  26. That is gorgeous and so unique! I love the gold on white and simplicity of the design! Beautiful job!!

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  27. I love this! I am not sure if I would have the patience for this orca steady enough hand. It turned out so pretty!

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  28. This is beautiful! So different and creative :)

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  29. Absolutely beautiful! Love it =)

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  30. That looks gorgeous! I may have to try that on my daughter's white dresser. I've seen and loved the wall murals too, in particular, a pink and red rose one.

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  31. Hey friend! I LOVE this! Is there anyway you would let me put it on my facebook page? Seriously! You are amazing!

    blessings,
    karianne

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  32. Thanks so much for linking up to the Humble Brag last week! Love these. You will be featured tonight on the blog and also pinned it and sharing it on FB. :)

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  33. This is amazing! What a genius idea. When I looked at the close-ups, I totally thought the cross-stitching was bare wood, and I was all, how did she strip just the X's?!?!?!

    Now I see it is gold paint. BRILLIANT!!!

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  34. No way - this is amazing! I have never seen this idea before and it is so cute! Featuring it on my tickled pink 133 round up which will hopefully be up any minute!

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  35. Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured today!
    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, and join me later tonight for Make the Scene Monday #63!

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  36. Featuring you today!
    http://sewingbarefoot.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-weekly-creative-22.html

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  37. You did such a great job Jessica!!!! Love it!!

    Thanks for linking up at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality! See you tomorrow evening! :)

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  38. CONGRATS!!!! You have been featured at The DIY Dreamer!!
    Come on over and grab your featured button, you deserve it :)
    http://thediydreamer.com/from-dream-to-reality/10-features-55/

    Don't forget to come back to From Dream To Reality this evening to link up again :)

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  39. This is so cool! What a fun idea! I'd love for you to share it at Silver Pennies Sundays (if you get a chance): http://www.findingsilverpennies.com/2013/02/silver-pennies-sundays-link-party_24.html

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  40. I love this! It's so creative and unique. Excellent job!

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  41. Beautiful. So glad you popped by and shared it! x

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  42. hi Jessica - it's beautiful in it's simplicity - and I have those exact tea towels - how inspired are you!
    i really love it, well done
    Fiona

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  43. Hi! I love this - just found you on MMS. It's so funny - just this morning I was telling my husband how I created a cross stitch design on a pillow when I was in my early twenties and how I thought it would look great on a piece of furniture. And - there was your project!!!

    Beautiful - I totally love it!

    Linda
    http://www.thecolorfulbee.com

    PS - could you add "Name/URL" to the "Comment As" selection below. There are a lot of people like me who have Wordpress.org blogs. The Wordpress option below is for Wordpress.com. Thanks!

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  44. From one furniture painter to another, you did a terrific job on thi piece! The gold pen worked so well for you and your pattern is perfect!
    Continued Success!,
    Barbara Bussey
    www.TheTreasuredHome.com
    Sacramento, CA

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  45. There is some very simplistic about it! I think it looks amazing. This is a great way to use those wonderful cross stitch pattern that I collect.

    Jenny @ http://jennylynndesignz.blogspot.com/

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  46. This is so amazing and unique! feeling inspired!!please come over and share this beauty:)

    http://www.lifewelive4.com/2013/03/love-it-list-it-linky-party-2.html

    :laura:

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  47. Pinned it. Love it. Great idea that I can't wait to try myself. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks! I'd love to see how yours comes out!

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  48. as always, LOVE this! Sharing on FB today and will be featuring you on Thursday. Thanks so much for linking up to support Habitat4Humanity!

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    1. Thanks Jocie! :) I really appreciate it!

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