CreativeBug Workshop: Anna Maria Horner Makes Cross-Stitch Modern

Reinterpret traditional cross-stitch embroidery by creating this colorful and easy-to-make pendant.

In this workshop, Anna Maria Horner walks us through the fundamentals of cross stitch, which results in this graphic pendant that adds handmade glamour to any outfit. Worked up in one of Horner’s signature bright palettes, the small scale makes this project terrific for new cross stitchers looking for a contemporary application of a traditional embellishment.

To many the Anna Maria brand means color & inspiration in the form of craft, sewing, needlework, books, and friendly how-to. Since 2006 her ever growing library of fabrics has delighted and adorned creative souls around the globe.

Anna Maria Horner grew up in a house full of her dad’s paintings and with a closet full of her mom’s handi-work. Beds were warmed by the hand-loomed wool blankets sent by her grandmother from Greece. The busy little bodies of Anna and her siblings were warmed by the beautiful handknits of their grandmother in Indiana.

She and her husband, Jeff, make their home on a rambling and not overly maintained two acres of happiness in Nashville. Their six children range in age from 3 to 20.  Anna Maria works from her attic studio where the tree house atmosphere inspires many lofty ideas and maintains her sense of wonder.  She is incredibly thankful to be able to seek out her artistic goals at home in the presence of her family’s encouragement. Here success means being surrounded by the work of her own hands.

CreativeBug, a new series of how-to videos for DIY’ers, recently launched to inspire you. For $25 a month, subscribers have unlimited access to a continuously updated library of creative workshops in knitting, crochet, sewing, jewelry, entertaining, home decorating and kids crafts. Featuring some of the country’s biggest talents, instructors include Debbie Stoller, Stitch ‘n Bitch, Heather Ross, Weekend Sewing, Christine Schmidt, Print Workshop and Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin. Creativebug’s state of the art audio and video production quality, short video segments and entertaining presentation make the videos accessible to artists of all skill levels.

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Now through September 30, EcoSalon readers get $10 off for any subscription plan when they apply promo code ECOSALON12 upon signing up.

So, what are you waiting for? Make a pattern. Make a print. Make a difference.

Rowena Ritchie

Rowena is EcoSalon’s West Coast Fashion Editor and currently resides in San Francisco, CA.