Finally managed to finish one of my long term crafting projects. Embroidery is something I either go crazy with and do all the time or just leave and don’t look at for months and this was one of the ones that took me months to get the motivation to finish!

Basically it’s a little cute frame with cross stitch to hold purikura photos. I found the frame at a thrift store around 2 years ago for 50cents 😀 The pattern inside was to test out some random stitches and try out my skills because I haven’t done cross stitch since I was a kid!

Cross Stitch Purikura Frame Tutorial

What you need:

  • Pretty frame
  • Counted embroidery fabric
  • Needle
  • Various colours of embroidery thread
  • Purikura or photo for the inside
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Pen/pencil

Cross Stitch Purikura Frame Tutorial

Measure a big square of fabric which is enough to cover the frame and fit in the embroidery hoop and cut it. Using the pen draw around the outside of the frame to use as a guide.

Cross Stitch Purikura Frame Tutorial

Flip it over and draw around the inside hole too. You will want to find the center as well and mark it with the pen too.

Cross Stitch Purikura Frame Tutorial

I drew a cross so I could have an obvious guide.

Cross Stitch Purikura Frame Tutorial

Line the photo you’re going to use up in the middle and draw around it.

Cross Stitch Purikura Frame Tutorial

So you’ve got something like this…

Cross Stitch Purikura Frame Tutorial

Because I was pretty much winging it I drew a design on the fabric but if you are following a pattern you can just count.

Cross Stitch Purikura Frame Tutorial

Now it’s time to put it on the embroidery hoop. The hoop I’m using is a standard wood one and it cost around $0.60

Cross Stitch Purikura Frame Tutorial

Untwist the screw and sandwich the fabric between the wood pieces, the big one should be on top.

Cross Stitch Purikura Frame Tutorial

Push them together and pull the fabric tight. Screw the top to hold it all in place. It should be very taught like a drum!

Cross Stitch Purikura Frame Tutorial

So let’s get stitching! At this point it should be mentioned that you can stitch with the full thread or you can split up the thread and just use one or two strands depending on the size of the weave of your fabric.

Cross Stitch Purikura Frame Tutorial

I started off using the whole thread but decided later to switch to a couple of strands because it was too thick.

Cross Stitch Purikura Frame Tutorial

So pick a place you want to start, I started with a small heart. Pull the thread from the back to front leaving a few inches as a tail. If you want you can knot the end of the thread but I prefer to hold it so the finished project isn’t lumpy.

Cross Stitch Purikura Frame Tutorial

I’m starting at the bottom of the heart.

Cross Stitch Purikura Frame Tutorial

Stitch into the hole that is diagonally opposite to the first. My preference is to stitch diagonally from bottom to top but whatever is more comfortable is fine.

Cross Stitch Purikura Frame Tutorial

Now pull up from the back in the hole next to where you just went down.

Cross Stitch Purikura Frame Tutorial

And diagonally over into the last hole. That’s it! You just made a cross ^_^

Cross Stitch Purikura Frame Tutorial

Repeat this over and over again to make your shape.

Cross Stitch Purikura Frame Tutorial

2 crosses! Now it’s important to note that you need to keep the method consistant through the whole design or it will look odd. So if you start from bottom left and go up to top right as the first stitch then do that the entire thing.

Cross Stitch Purikura Frame Tutorial

Heart #1 done!

Cross Stitch Purikura Frame Tutorial

If you keep going things will start to take shape after a while.

Cross Stitch Purikura Frame Tutorial

I prefer to do all of the main elements eg. hearts, sparkles, roses first and then worry about the background afterwards.

Cross Stitch Purikura Frame Tutorial

I also find it easier to do all of the stitches with the same colour at once, it saves having to switch needles so much!

Cross Stitch Purikura Frame Tutorial

All of the main bits are now complete so it’s time to start the background.

Cross Stitch Purikura Frame Tutorial

Going up and down from left to right like this keeps everything nice and even…

Cross Stitch Purikura Frame Tutorial

But sometimes if I’m impatient I will go ahead and do a bunch of the first stitch in one go and then work backwards and cross them all off XD For some reason it just feel quicker!

Cross Stitch Purikura Frame Tutorial

Progress..

Cross Stitch Purikura Frame Tutorial

And done! It’s not a perfect oval but as long as the shape fits in the frame it doesn’t matter.

Cross Stitch Purikura Frame Tutorial

Now cut your purikura down if need be. I lost the one I started this with so I had to dig for another shot. This is from back when I had black hair and James had… *some* hair mwahahaha!

Cross Stitch Purikura Frame Tutorial

Place it over the space and if you need to pin or glue it in place.

Cross Stitch Purikura Frame Tutorial

Stitch the corners to hold it in place…

Cross Stitch Purikura Frame Tutorial

And then fill in the gaps with more stitches.

Cross Stitch Purikura Frame Tutorial

That’s all the stitching part out of the way thank god! Remove it from the embroidery hoop.

Cross Stitch Purikura Frame Tutorial

Cut it down to the size which actually fits into the frame.

Cross Stitch Purikura Frame Tutorial

I overestimated the stitching area so I had to cut the fabric very close XD

Cross Stitch Purikura Frame Tutorial

And there it is in the frame!

Cross Stitch Purikura Frame Tutorial

Quite pretty if I do say so myself… but I think I won’t take up any more embroidery projects until I finish all my half done ones XD I need more motivation to finish the big projects! The pattern for this will be available in the first upload lot too.

Cross Stitch Purikura Frame Tutorial

Hope you enjoyed, let me know if you make your own!