Add a slice of sweet to your decor with Summer Fruit Cross Stitch Coasters
When we lived in our house before we had a strawberry patch. I loved picking fresh strawberries during the summer. Eating them right off the plant. We haven’t planted anything since we moved back to our house last year. We’ve got plans for some backyard renovations that we want to finish before we decide where a garden might go. But I do miss those strawberries. I also have plans for planting blackberries. I don’t have the greenest thumb and I’ve heard those are easy.
But fresh fruit and summer go hand in hand. So I decided this summer I needed some fruity summer coasters. I’ve crocheted some fruit coasters before so I wanted to try something different this year. And that something different was cross stitching. On cork.
For this project I used
- Cork coasters
- Embroidery floss
- Needle nose pliers
Clearly, cork coasters don’t have any kind of grid on them conducive to cross-stitching. So I needed to create one. I traced one of the coasters onto a sheet of poster board and cut it out. Then I drew a grid with the spaces about 1/4″ apart. Once my template was drawn I used a small hole punch to punch out all the holes.
With the holes of my template punched out, I could lay the template on top of each coaster and use a marker to mark all of the dots. Lifting up the template and I created a grid on top of each of my cork coasters.
Then it was time for the stitching. I free-handed all of my fruits. In addition to a needle and embroidery floss I also used a thimble and a pair of needle nosed pliers. The thimble and pliers helped push and pull the needle through the cork. You could do it without those tools but it made my fingers tired pretty quickly.
I made a set of four different fruits: apple, pineapple, orange, and watermelon. Create an entire set of just one fruit or mix and match like I did. These would make great hostess gifts for a summer get together.