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Starting this month, I’m sharing one new free cross stitch pattern at the start of each month! Check out the start of my plant series: this gorgeous Monstera (aka “Swiss cheese plant”) leaf pattern.
Happy November, friends! This month already feels like a busier one than I anticipated.
And, even though it’s technically an extra DIY project, I’m glad I found my way back to cross stitch. I find it very soothing, and the fact that I can start and finish them sitting at night in front of the TV, zoning out, is really great. I can even have a glass of wine and not risk cutting off a finger.
Ever since I realized how easy it is to start creating my own cross stitch patterns, I’ve been itching to start doing them more regularly. Then, couple of weeks ago, I got in a serious wave of inspiration.
I thought I would start by creating a goal of one new, free pattern for you guys once per quarter. That’s only four per year. Totally doable, right? So, I sat down, intending on creating one for Christmas, which would fall right in line with that goal.
And then, I got stumped. Maybe it was that I didn’t want to go with anything too cutesy? There are so many cross stitch patterns already out there, and I wanted to do something that didn’t smack of those “traditional cross stitch” ideas. So, I started brainstorming, and fell deep into my first idea: a houseplant series. Easy and colorful, but cool enough that you could hang one, or even several, on a gallery wall, without a second thought.
Monstera Leaf Cross Stitch | Free Pattern
I had already created a succulent-inspired piece (but hadn’t yet posted about it) a few months ago, and I’ve been thinking about adding the super-trendy Monstera (“Swiss Cheese”plant) to the house. So, it was the perfect option to start with. I still intend on getting a real plant version, but in cross stitch form, it can’t die. ?
And then, it was your typical creativity-begets-creativity effect: I created another pattern (but not a plant, go figure). And another. And another. Some were photo-inspired, some were text-based, and I kept going. Enough to create NINE new patterns!
So, my once-per-quarter idea immediately went out the window for 2019. I now have these scheduled to go out once per month, starting today! I did eventually figure out my Christmas one, and that’s going to go live on December 1st. I just finished it yesterday and am trying to figure out a way to take a timelapse of me actually completing one sometime (I think watching it actually come together would be fun, but that would mean figuring out a camera setup and sticking to it… an item for another day).
This means, if you check back in on the 1st each month, you’ll find a new pattern added to the Cross Stitch Patterns Library and available for FREE to subscribers.
This was the first pattern I’ve ever designed for a darker fabric, too. On a lighter fabric, the colors would likely appear far more muted, but still really cool. But on black Aida, I LOVE that it stands out so much! And of course, I’m using my brand new DIY needle minder (and still haven’t lost the same needle, which is a first).
Obviously, many of these photos will be Photoshopped unless I actually complete them myself. I want to make sure most of these are good-enough patterns, that the colors show up well, etc., so I’m trying to do the first few until I get my pattern-making instincts figured out. I also took a little time this week to create images that I can use as templates to Photoshop patterns onto (for those that don’t know, an image that’s laid flat like this is called a “flatlay” — they can be super challenging to do well!). Then, they’ll be more digitally created rather than me actually stitching every single new pattern (I like cross stitch a lot, but it doesn’t need to be every piece of art in my home, ha).
I genuinely hope you enjoy these! If you make one of my patterns, please tag me on Instagram so I can see them being created. Happy stitching, and don’t forget to pin this post for later!
What other patterns have you always wanted to do but haven’t seen before? Maybe I can work a few in for 2019.
Note: Free cross stitch patterns are available for a limited time only. They are then moved over to my Cross Stitch member site to help keep the blog archive low-maintenance. New patterns continue to come out every month to enjoy!