cross stitch stash buster

chaotic cross stitch by Anne Mende


I have the habit to keep left over strands of split up embroidery floss in my storage box. This pile became a little mess and I wanted  to do something with it before it became too tangled to use the embroidery floss.
So this is what I made out of it – a chaotic mess of random cross stitches out of a chaotic mess of entangled embroidery floss.

kreuzstich2bWhen you take some steps back from the hoop the colors blend in and you can see streams of cold colors (the blue hues) and warm colors (the red hues) floating around each other like with the yin-yang symbol.




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  2. stickgreendesigns: May 17, 2014 at 1:58 am

    This is absolutely beautiful! Is the placement of the different colors totally random or did you have a sort of guiding principle?

    • Thank you! I wanted to place the warmer colors on the left and the cooler colors on the right. Then I mixed them up slightely to avoid separation. Each set of crosses made with one thread forms a more or less chaotic line. This made is easier to imitate diffused lines like a stroke with a paint brush. Also the more chromatic colors are all positioned in the center and the pastells on the outer rim.

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