Friday, November 6, 2015

Cross Stitch on Tunisian Crochet!

Cross stitching on a Tunisian crochet simple stitch background, is a technique I really love! There is something very relaxing about doing Tunisian simple stitch. It is also a great way to introduce beginners to crochet. I had been trying to teach my 7 year old daughter how to crochet for quite some time, and she was having trouble getting the hang of it, until I taught her how to do Tunisian crochet. She took to it easily, and it was a great transition to more challenging projects in crochet. After she finished her first large Tunisian project, a blanket, she wanted to try regular crocheting again. I showed her how to do a Granny Square, and she was able to make one very easily. I feel that the Tunisian crochet gave her confidence, and good practice. Now I start everyone who wants to learn to crochet, with Tunisian. Incidentally, I found I should always carry hooks and yarn with me, because when I crochet in public, or mention crochet in public, I very often get asked to teach the person on the spot!

A few posts ago, I mentioned that I was doing a piece for one of our Jumbo size eWoodStory Frames. I had the variegated background completed and was ready to start doing the cross stitch.

 I found a vintage charted design online, which I used as a guide and inspiration. 

It was amazing to watch it come to life as I stitched each section.

I took a poll on Instagram to ask what color people thought I should stain the frame: Cherry, Walnut, or Jacobean. It was a 3 way tie! So I decided to do a coat of Cherry, then a coat of Jacobean. I think the combination works very well to coordinate with my stitched piece.

Then for the exciting part...stitching it to the frame! I stitched it in a chunky yarn from my stash, that just happened to be the perfect color!

Such a fun way to combine two techniques, which results in a rich tapestry of color and texture!


  1. I absolutely love this idea!!!! I very much enjoy Tunisian crochet and the TSS is perfect for cross stitch with its grid like appearance. I have tried cross stitch on sc, but never liked the look and so never even gave it a thought to try it on TSS. Thank you so much for this blog post.

  2. Hi Darlene, thank you so much for your comment. I hope you do give it a try. It really is fun to do! :-)

  3. I love your colours and the combination with the stitch-on frame. All of the very first Tunisian crochet patterns I ever came across were for blankets, made of strips of plain Tunisian simple stitch and their embellishments were all cross-stitched. This must be a very traditional use for the Tunisian crochet "afghan stitch" (TSS). Lovely work Shelby.

  4. Thank you so much for your comment and your kind words Jodiebodie! :-)