How to Celebrate Weddings and Anniversaries in Cross-Stitch

A wedding or anniversary is a time to celebrate and be joyful, but it can also be time to get creative and personal with your cross-stitch craft. A wedding is something the bride and groom will want to remember for the rest of their lives, so why not give something that comes from your heart so they can always have that special reminder. You can give them the gift on the wedding day or even years later on a special anniversary.

Make It Personal

When deciding to celebrate weddings and anniversaries in cross-stitch you can enjoy the ease with which you can personalize the craft. It is easy to add dates and names to just about any cross-stitch project. Find a design that represents their wedding day and add simple wording with their names and the date of the wedding. You can also add other information like where they were married or the children they have had over time.

Common Themes

Using the same theme and colors of the wedding is most popular when creating cross-stitch wedding gifts, however you are not limited to those colors or themes. Sometimes you can just use colors found in the home or office. If you are a skilled cross-stitch designer, you might be able to create a copy of the invitation into a cross-stitch design. One great theme for an anniversary gift is a family tree. After a couple has children and grandchildren, a cross-stitched family tree can bring a lot of joy and togetherness to a couple and their family… which of course becomes of an heirloom if so wished.

Project Ideas for Cross-stitched Wedding and Anniversary Gifts:

Framed Art

The family tree gift for an anniversary is a great idea for a framed art cross-stitch project. Offering the couple a piece of art that looks beautiful hung up on a wall is an excellent reminder of their special day.

Photo Album

Oftentimes the bride and groom end up with a lot of photos. You can create a handmade photo album by using your cross-stitched design on the front. This is also a good project for a couple’s anniversary, because they can put pictures they have taken together through the years in the pages of the scrapbook.

Book

At the wedding or anniversary party, guests usually sign in on a guestbook. Instead of the couple having to buy a generic book at the store, why not create your own cover for the sign-in book using a personalized cross-stitch design.


“Something borrowed, something blue, something old, and something new” is an old traditions at weddings. You can create a garter from a cross stitch project making it much more personal to the couple.


Another tradition at weddings is to offer the bride a handkerchief. You can find handkerchiefs to stitch on initials and the date of the wedding. They are also a nice gift to give to the groom.


Many brides wear a headband at either the ceremony or reception. You can use your cross-stitch skill to create an attractive cover for a headband.

Ring Pillow

The ring-bearer’s pillow is also a fun way to incorporate your cross-stitch ability into a wedding. You can stitch a beautiful wedding design onto the pillow that the ring bearer will use to carry the wedding rings to the altar.


If you possess both the ability to cross-stitch and sew, this is an excellent keepsake for a wedding or anniversary gift. You can cross-stitch some squares to use on the quilt to make it personal and cozy.

Wall Hanging

Like the framed art, creating a wall-hanging is a nice way to remember the couple’s special day while having something nice to fill that empty space.

Keepsake Box

Every couple has items from their marriage that they want to keep in a safe place. There are keepsake boxes available that allow you to put your cross-stitch fabric across the top or in a frame on the top. These boxes are particularly useful for storing the smaller items retained from a wedding.

Cross stitching a gift for any anniversary, whether one year or seventy-five, is a great idea. Anniversaries come in many different forms, and there are numerous occasions, other than wedding anniversaries, which you can celebrate that are so special…

Buying your first home, recovering from a life threatening illness or finding remission from illness, becoming a mother, grand parent or a great grand parent, adopting a child, or winning an award through work or lifetime achievement are all days that too often go unnoticed and can warrant a special gift that really comes from the heart; a cross stitched personal piece of art.

John Wigham has been a professional author and editor for 20 years and is a co-founder of an online cross stitch club dedicated to counted cross stitch. The website has a small team of writers who are passionate about cross stitch and enjoy writing about their hobby.

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Buying Downloadable/printable Cross Stitch Charts/patterns

What a great way of receiving cross stitch patterns on an email or a download! Saving on postage fees and the fact that you don’t have to wait for days to receive a cross stitch chart by post is absolutely great. The only thing you need is a printer!

As many online cross stitch stores offer amazing downloadble/printable products, buyers have a great opportunity and many choices.

However there are some guidelines to help buyers make the right choice and be certain that the cross stitch chart they chose is reaching their expectations.

First browse the seller’s website and read carefully what they offer. When purchasing a cross stitch pattern you must receive the following:

* Cross stitch chart in black & white symbols or chart in color

* List of threads required

* The picture/image used to make the pattern

* The finished picture of how your cross stitch project will look like when completed (either in virtual stitches or “real” stitches.

It is very important for the seller to offer all of the above. Another way to be certain of the product’s guality is to look for any free cross stitch charts. Search the seller’s website for any free cross stitch patterns to download. Try to download a few and check out the quality. Are you happy with the result? Satisfied with the chart? Are the symbols big enough to read them? Is the pattern clear and easy to read? Is there a complete list of threads? If you are satisfied with the free cross stitch chart, then it is most likely that you will be satisfied with the products this website has to offer.

Another good way of choosing a cross stitch pattern is to look for how many colors the pattern is offering. This might seem irrelevant but it is not. In my personal opinion taking into consideration my many years of experience, the more colors the chart offers the better quality and resolution in the picture. More colors in a cross stitch pattern, it means the chart offers you details and shades. Especially if you are looking for fine art cross stitch patterns, then you definitely need more colors in the chart. However, be careful on the amount of colors used in the chart. Too many colors might be difficult to keep up with and only experienced stitchers should go for it. My opinion is that a cross stitch pattern up to 60 colors can capture a detailed image. If you don’t feel comfortable stitching a project with 150 colors, then do not buy it.

I hope this simple guide will help buyers choose a downloadable/printable cross stitch pattern with confidence.

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