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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Rose Cross Stitch Wall Art

Hello Everyone! Today I don't have a card for you.  However I do have a decorating project for you.

I moved last fall and I have been busy decorating each room in my house. I left the kitchen and the adjoining closed in porch ( also known as the library) until last. In a perfect world I would redo the whole kitchen. Id start with the black counter tops and end with the uneven floor. But I do lease, so no major work for me. So I did what everyone in my spot does.. I repainted.

The kitchen was a deep maroon. Way to dark for my taste. So the walls were painted a light green. I am happy with the green paint. It goes well with my collection of green plates. Then I found some blue fabric from Waverly with some pink roses on it. It goes every well with the green paint. I'll show you a pic of the fabric in this post. I'm still working on the curtains tho. In another post I will show you my 1940's guess room, that I just finished before this project.

OK on to how and why I painted this rose on my kitchen wall.
Last year I saw a book printed in The Netherlands by Eline Pellinlhof . I first posted about her new book  last year on my blog here http://ramblingsofatexascraftroom.blogspot.com/2011/03/perfect-tag-display.html .
Here is the original blog from the Netherlands here  http://bloesem.blogs.com/bloesem/2011/03/lets-get-personal-in-the-netherlands-with-eline-pellinkhof.html#more

In the blog  they show a cross stitch pattern she painted on the wall. Oh I loved it!!! So I tried to order the book but couldn't. The book was only printed in Dutch.... no english version. Until now!! her book has been released in english. You can order it from Amazon.com  I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book and make this wall art.

To my surprise the english verison doesn't say a single world about her cross stitch art. Oh my disappointment.  Well, time for me to figure it out myself. And so I did!!! it wasn't hard at all and I love love love  the results. Just so mad at myself that I waited two years to do this.
Here is her book in English

Here is the only picture  and the only reference of the cross stitch wall art from her book. it is on the inside flap . All that is there is a small section of the wall painted in Xes. No other reference to this at all in this book.  No words just these Xes.
I was very surprised and very disappointed.

I working on a couple things from her book. I'm in the middle of making the birds that will hang on a  branch in my craft room. I also love her tag display. I bought a tray and I'm working on making some tags for it. I will post both of those projects as soon as I'm done.

 here is what I made and  a tutorial on how I did it.

First I took a level and marked my first line.
Then I took blue tape and used that as my guide. I took a pencil and maked my lines . First I went horizontal. I made my with the same as the tape. It was easier that way.
Then I went vertical. Now I have my grid done
Now I gather my paints. I used regular craft paints.
Light, med and dark pink
Light, med and dark grey
and marron
I used blue tape to hold my line. Then I did just like you do in cross stictching. I made Xes with my paint in the coordinating  boxes.
I left off the two rose buds on the top becasue I didnt have that much room. I started in the middle roll of the rose and worked up. Then  from the middle down. It took me a few hours to place my grid. Then a couple of hours to paint in my Xes.
First line in the middle of the pattern
Progress!!! I think I can see a rose.
Can you?
All done. This is the same wall. For some reason the  color just looks different in this pic. But it is the same green wall. That plug drives me crazy. Who puts a plug in the middle of a wall, that high up??????
I love the end results!!

Now im trying to finish  the wall.
Here I add back the green plate display I have. Not sure how I like that. Maybe Id like it better if the plates had roses.
Here I have a display Im working on , on another wall in the kitchen. So I try to move thoses plates over and see if I like  the rose plates better.
If I use the rose plates it will look very shabby chic.
Not sure what I will do.
Here is the fabric for the curtains. My cabinets are white and the countrier tops are black.
Thanks for stopping by! Let me know of you try this. In her book she also has a butterfly that I might attempt.

Happy Crafting in 2012



  1. I like the rose plates by your masterpiece.
    Why not paint the plug the wall color? At least it would blend in and not draw your eye to it.
    Very nice instructions. Glad you worked it out.

  2. Wow, really love the cross stitch rose! So pretty. I'd go with the green plates on each side myself (but I'm no decorator). The fabric is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Thank you ladies. How funny I never thought to paint the plug. Until about a week ago my large china cabinet was placed on this wall. When I moved it I remember the plug was there. I think I will paint it. I placed the green plates back until I find something else I like better. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Terri, you did a great job. Can't wait to see it.


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