Here we are with another gorgeous design, this time it’s the Twisted Hearts Blackwork cross stitch pattern..
Our Twisted Hearts Blackwork cross stitch pattern isn’t really cross stitch, but it uses a lot of the same techniques which are really easy.
There are just four colors in this pretty needlework which will be quick and easy for you to make because, despite looking extremely complicated, it really isn’t. All the stitches are just single thread and all the curves are not really curves at all, they’re small single stitches.
We’ve used 16 count white Aida for this design but you could use 14 count and make it a little larger, or 18 count and make it a bit smaller. It measures just 50 x 50 stitches so it’s ideal to make with an offcut of material you already have in your workbox. You could also use evenweave material with two stitches over two threads if you want a really special look.
One way of making this design look really luxurious would be to use holographic or sparkly thread. We love either Gutermann or Glitter Superior threads which are made in Japan.
If you make the Twisted Hearts Blackwork cross stitch pattern with holographic thread you can use one thread and then knot it at the end so that you are using it double and then, when we’re making it, we run it lightly through a product called Thread Heaven, a thread conditioner and protectant.
If you then run your fingers down the thread the static helps to separate the two strands, making it less likely to knot when you are stitching it. The other tip is not to use too long a strand, it’s easier to stitch in slightly shorter lengths.
Print out the chart of our Twisted Hearts Blackwork cross stitch pattern
You can either pick up Thread Heaven at your local needlework shop -look for a tiny blue box for about £3.50 – or find a supplier online. A small box lasts ages and we use it on all our thread to give our stitching an even look.
When you order our Twisted Hearts Blackwork cross stitch pattern you can either print out the chart from the order in color or you can keep it on your computer screen so that it’s easy to refer to while you are stitching.