by Nikki Griffiths | Featured Contributor
This is a quick and easy cross-stitch to make for valentines day.
I don’t just send a valentines card to my husband I also like to send one to my mum too.
Valentines day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In the 18th-century it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards.
In the 21st century it’s more about showing love and appreciation for those you love – and my mum DEFINITELY comes in to that category.
This cross stitch download has two versions – a super easy one that takes about half and hour or a slightly bigger one which takes around 90 minutes. It’s free to download and for you to use to create lovely cards for your loved ones – just click here.
All you need is some Aida, embroidery thread and some card. I had some lovely blue and white card that I cut down to 12cm x 24cm, so when it’s folded it’s a nice square 12cm x 12cm card.
Most craft stores will supply ready made cards, so no cutting, folding or faffing needed 🙂
Once you’ve done the cross stitch just use double sided tape, or, as I did, double sided sticky pads to attach it to the card.
It’s such a simple piece of craft work you could just use it anywhere, not just on a card, it could be fitted into a keyring or laminate it, put magnetic strips on the back and use it as a fridge magnet!
Remember – hearts and kisses aren’t just for valentines day 🙂
Having trained as a typographer and designer Nikki decided to venture in to the world of surface pattern design on home and gift wares. Producing off the shelf products as well as bespoke art for beautiful gift ideas. She started doing bespoke prints for family and friends as gifts and it has taken off from there, selling her wares on Etsy and blogging about the creative tinkering and faffing that she does in her spare time to encourage others to get creative and tinker and faff.
UK based in the Cheshire countryside, although with big aspirations for a cottage by the sea in South Wales.