I used to enjoy doing cross stitch projects when I was at school, since they were quite quick and easy to do. However the repertoire of inspiration for projects was somewhat limited. Since the revival of hand crafts over the last few years, I’ve spotted some “cooler” cross stitch projects. I fell in love with these “Hug” and “Kiss” tapestry cushion kits from Emily Peacock.
I couldn’t really afford the kits, and I would prefer more subtle colours, so I decided to hunt for a similar pattern. I was so pleased when I found this free pattern from Felicity Hall. I chose pale greens, blues and greys to go with our bedroom colour scheme, and I used an evenweave fabric rather than traditional cross-stitch fabric. When I was done, my mom was kind enough to sew it up into a beautiful cushion. I’m not a big embroiderer or sewer, but this proved to be a relatively simple project with great results. I recently read an article that calls these “bossy cushions”, since they instruct us to “live” or “laugh” or “love” – I’ll never think of them the same way again!
Remember to grab the pattern here if you want to make your own!