I bought a Vintage Camera cross stitch pattern for my sister for Christmas from TinyModernist on Etsy and made it into a kit with most of what she would need to make it into the cushion shown within the notes that came with it. She thought it was ace and I do too! The fun thing about a PDF pattern is that I can make it as well as her!
In the pattern you can make the cross stitch normally using two strands of thread and going over one square of aida. In this one she has also created a version you can do with six strands of thread (ie the whole thread without separating) and over four squares of aida. It's pretty cool. I love the bolder look of the giant cross stitch she has created and it looks fab in the pattern when finished as a cushion. I'm really looking forward to finishing this but it's quite an involved pattern so it's taking a while with me being back in full-time work now along with running my shops in the evenings and weekends.
I'm finding my tension is a bit tighter than normal as I'm having to push the needle through the aida a bit harder due to having thicker thread than I normally would for cross stitch, but apart from that it's going well. I'm also not using a hoop as I've fallen out of love with them and the mark they leave on the fabric. If anyone has any tips in this area let me know. I've heard of wrapping tissue paper around the embroidery hoop but it doesn't solve the problem of not being able to iron the fold out after you've finished. I take the hoop out after I've finished my sewing sessions and it still does it. So for this project I'm rolling the aida over to the bit I want to sew without creasing it.
So obessive have I become about creases in my aida I now buy it on the roll by the metre instead of in packs where it's been folded with an un-iron-able crease in it.
I can't wait to finish this!