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Mixed Media Cross Stitch – Not the usual kind…

Hi Everyone,

When I think of mixed media cross stitch, I immediately think of the addition of buttons, ribbons, beads and different thread textures (e.g. metallic threads, silks, cotton) to a project. And we’ve been incorporating these things into our projects for a very long time to highlight different areas of the pattern and create a new level of interest! So as a curiosity, I Googled mixed media cross stitch to see what’s going on out there and if anything has changed regarding mixed media cross stitch and what others are doing. The results immediately remind me of the use of mixed media in scrapbooking, quilting, painting and other craft mediums. For example, the Artists Network website has a Technique Tuesdays page and they have a post on Mixed Media Stitching!

With all of this in mind, some of you may remember a post I did a few weeks ago about the ‘Top 10 Crafty Things I’m Crushing On Right Now‘ and at one point, I talked about the Kaisercraft sale, and how I was looking forward to playing around with DIY Cuts and the tools that come with it. Well, it arrived a few days after that post and over the weekend of 22nd and 23rd June 2019 I started playing around with the DIY Cuts using the paw print cutters and paper and Aida fabric.

Below are images of how I went…

First attempt with paper
Overhead view of first attempt with paper
First with Aida fabric
First attempt embossing on Aida fabric
Close-up of embossing on Aida fabric – fraying

I was really excited to see the results and how easy it was! I have found that with the Aida fabric – regardless of whether it’s embossing or the cut out piece, I need to be careful of fraying. The good thing however, is that I have a huuuuge tub of Mod Podge (it’s about 1kg!), which works wonders with sealing the fabric and I figure that I’ll use it to decorate the old, cheap desk I’ve had for over 10 years, with pages from old books and other crafty things. However, if I don’t use the Mod Podge, I should be able to use a variety of stitches to keep the fraying at bay.

One of the other things I’m keen to test out with the DIY Cutter, is using it for stamping on Aida fabric as a different way of stitching patterns. I’ve just purchased from Kaisercraft’s 50% off sale this weekend (29 to 30 June 2019), some ink that I hope will work with the stamping. I’ll keep you posted!

The other fun part will be incorporating my current tests as you have seen in the earlier images, into cards, bookmarks and some other projects. I’m not sure what it will be or how it will look, but I’m looking forward to seeing the results!

In the meantime, if you have used the DIY Cuts as a way of embellishing your cross stitch or other crafty projects, I would love to see how it’s worked out for you and if you would continue doing it.

Until next time, Happy Stitching!


I am an avid cross stitcher. I was first introduced to cross stitch when I was primary school age. Paused for while during my teens and then took it up again in my early/mid 20's and I haven't looked back. To mitigate the amount of time I'm sitting down stitching, I'm a regular member of the gym and I'm a runner. To keep me motivated, I participate in short to medium length fun runs. Which at times feel torturous, but I feel really good at the end of them! With these activities in mind, this blog is about the combination of my experiences with running and cross stitch and encouraging people to think differently about cross stitch - it's not just Grandma's who do this anymore!