Lumpus Loves You

One of my most awesome intarwebs friends is Carrie Anne of the Little Big Blog and the Little Big Vintage Shop. She is a kickass thrifter, mom, cook, crafter, and wrangler of cats. One of her cats is known lovingly by the nickname of Lumpus (he’s kind of a big guy) and one day we were chatting on twitter and she reminded me that, if nothing else, one should always remember that Lumpus loves you. This inspired me to make a cross stitch that she could hang on the wall.

I used a free online service to translate the photo to a cross stitch pattern, and though it came out with slightly darker colors than I probably would’ve chosen otherwise, I think it turned out pretty well.

Lumpus Loves You cross stitch

Lumpus Loves You cross stitch

When I was finished stitching, I trimmed the fabric to just a bit larger than the hoop:

Lumpus Loves You cross stitch

Then I cut a circle of cardboard that would fit almost snugly inside the hoop and covered it with a layer of fleece and a layer of cute kitty fabric I happened to have on hand. I sewed this together to draw it tight around the cardboard:

Lumpus Loves You cross stitch

Here you can see the fleece under the fabric:

Lumpus Loves You cross stitch

Lumpus Loves You cross stitch

Here it is all stitched up and ready to use:

Lumpus Loves You cross stitch

At this point I realized that if I left the flap of cross stitch fabric overlapping underneath, it would show through, so I trimmed it very carefully and glued it to the hoop:

Lumpus Loves You cross stitch

I cut another circle of white fleece to go inside so that it would help the design stand out well:

Lumpus Loves You cross stitch

And then popped the fabric-covered circle into the back of the hoop:

Lumpus Loves You cross stitch

And voila! A finished product:

Lumpus Loves You cross stitch

Carrie Anne was pleased with it, and so am I. I haven’t done much cross stitch in years (decades!) and it has been fun to get back into it a little.

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4 thoughts on “Lumpus Loves You

  1. Wow! That is so awesome! You make it look like it took you only a few minutes to whip that all up. I feel like it would have taken me months.But it is quite inspiring and rather makes me want to do some embroidery or cross stitching for the fall. (So many wonderful crafts, so little time-I was also hoping to learn to crochet this winter.)

    • Thanks, Sarah! Hah, yeah, the illusion of the blog – makes it seem like things happen in an instant! 🙂 You should definitely pick up some sort of stitching project. I found this one really satisfying. I would like to teach myself to crochet, too. I can do a simple chain stitch but that’s it.

  2. That is AWESOME. I love it! Now I want to make stitched portraits of all of my insane-ass cats!

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