Find & Keep
I like making pretty things, especially pretty things with a function. I cannot lay claim to inventing this project – the inspiration came from my vast collection of 70s craft books. But I have put my own spin on it. The materials in this project are easy to find, but it does require some sawing. I used my (very handy) dad, who’s a builder, but you might be able to convince someone at your local hardware store to do it. If you want to do the sawing yourself, go for it. Pegboard is easy to cut, but please be careful! Severed fingers and craft are not a good match. Our piece of pegboard was 120 x 90 cm (47 x 35 in) and we cut it into thirds. The beads I used were 18 mm (¾ in), with 6 mm (¼ in) holes.
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Measure out your desired length of pegboard and mark with pencil.
Carefully saw your pegboard along the marked line (thanks Dad!).
Place your pegboard on something that will make it easy to thread into (we used a stool). Cut approximately 2 metres (6 ft 7 in) of wool.
Attach tape to the ends of the wool to make it easier to thread through the holes (you could also use a darning needle). Tie a knot at the other end of the wool to prevent it pulling through.
Thread the wool through the pegboard and start to cross-stitch. I used a different colour for each letter. You can choose your own word instead of ‘hello’ – just make sure you map out how many letters will fit across your board before you start!
Once complete, attach the hooks to the bottom row of holes, then add beads to the hook ends. The beads I used stuck quite easily by just pushing them down, but you could secure them with glue or Blu-Tack in the bead hole if you like.