I love it when old school crafts take on a new school format. Using pegboard as a base for cross-stitch gives it a scale that elevates it to modern art. It looks impressive, but is actually very easy to do…even if you’ve never cross-stitched.
Plastic yarn needles
Adjust you pattern to fit your pegboard. If you have 48”x48” pegboard, you want to crop your patter so it’s 48 squares by 48 squares. I started with the pattern above I used this rose patter and just cropped it to be the size for my pegboard.
Choose your yarn for the project. Each square in the pattern has a color and a code – all the light pink squares with a single dot will take one color, all the medium green squares with a triangle will take the same color. In this pattern you need 3 shades of green, 4 shades of pink/red and white. Now each of the squares in the pegboard corresponds with each of the squares in the pattern. Pick a starting point and count down to find the same point on the pegboard.
Take a long piece of yarn, thread your needle, pull it through and knot both pieces together. You’ll be cross-stitching with double thread.
Now make your cross-stitch. Up through one hole. Down into the hole diagonally across. Back up through the hole directly below and then cross to go down through the hole diagonally across. That’s one cross-stitch. Now simply follow the pattern and fill in the colors. When you need a new color, start a new needle. I tend to do all the same color in an area first and then fill in with the others.
When you run out of thread, cut it, tie on another piece and continue, just adjust your tension so the knot ends up on the back side of the pegboard.