Custom Cross Stitched Climber

The second part of my craft exchange gift from earlier this year was a cross-stitched climber that I designed. The girl who the gift was for is a beer lover and also a climber. I made the painted beer plaque for her using a custom-designed vinyl reverse stencil I made with my Silhouette, and, since I have Craft ADD, I decided to totally switch it up and do a cross-stitch design. I couldn’t find anything on Etsy that was exactly what I was looking for, but I did see a pretty cool climber t-shirt on Zazzle:


That inspired me to create my own cross-stitch design. I dug out the little graph paper journal I found on clearance at Target last year and tried my hand for the first time at creating my own cross-stitch design. I knew that I wanted to do something small (that could fit in a 4×6 frame), so I figured it wouldn’t be too hard. And it really wasn’t!


My first attempt was OK – but it wasn’t great. I thought I could do better. I googled rock climber and found this picture:


I liked the look of it and thought it shouldn’t be too hard to “8-bit-ify” into a cross-stitch design. I was surprised with how well I thought it turned out!


So, the second attempt was what I went with. I used an online calculator to figure out that my finished design would be 3″ wide by 4″ high – perfect! I went to work stitching and I was pretty happy with how it turned out!


It’s not perfect – I mean, none of my crafts are – but I think it’s pretty cute. I like the motion that I think I captured in the image – for reference, this is the rock climber photo I modeled my design after: