Crochet Miniature Dachshund

Two of my friends have a dachshund that they absolutely adore.  So I made them dachshund related Christmas gifts.  I was planning to create a pattern for the dog, which is about an inch long, but I had such a hard time with making it that I couldn’t keep track of the stitches.  I made the dog of embroidery floss using a size US 14 hook.  I had a hard time seeing the stitches and kept having to rip them out.  The overall product turned out really cute!

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Cross-Stitch Portrait

I’m a big fan of the site Uncommon Goods.  As the name suggests, the company carries fun unique products.  A few months ago, I was pleased to see a cross-stitch item advertised.  I rarely see cross-stitching anywhere and greatly enjoyed it as a child.  The site offers custom cross-stitched portraits for the staggering fee of $175-$225.  I was shocked at the price.  The designs, while adorable, were extremely simple.

Cross-Stitch Portraits

Two of my friends, Nathan and Lara, were going to be married so I decided to make them a cross-stitch portrait to add to their wedding shower gift drawing inspiration from the Uncommon Goods portraits.   The pattern I developed is shown below.  (Click on the pattern to make it larger.)  The bold lines represent backstitching and the triangles are French knots.  The other symbols represent cross-stitching in different colors.  If you choose to follow the pattern, any color may be used.  I chose colors that matched Nathan and Lara’s wedding colors (pink and navy).

 

Portrait Cross-Stitch Pattern

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Difficulty:  Easy

The project is about as easy as cross-stitching gets.

Time Requited:  2 Movies

Overall Experience:  Excellent

The project was fast and simple.  Nathan, Lara, and everyone at the shower loved it.