We chatted with Davey Gravy, Calgary-born cross-stitcher extraordinaire, and asked him to guest blog this very simple DIY project. Dave’s background is in type and graffiti, but while attending the Alberta College of Art & Design, he also learned to draw, paint, and sculpt.
How did you get into cross-stitching?
I discovered it when I was looking for a medium that was portable, kitschy, and involved process. I incorporated my love of pop culture and hip hop into the work I was making. At the time, I hadn’t seen anyone else doing anything else similar which gave me the drive to explore the medium even more.
Is this something you see doing for a long time or evolving into something else?
It’s been over three years since I started and I don’t see an end in sight yet. I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface of what’s possible.
Do you make anything else?
I paint the odd mural here and there and do logos for friends. I’ve tried painting some personal pieces lately. I also really enjoy using the sewing machine and making pencil cases and even altering my clothes.
What’s next for you?
I’ve got a show in Nashville, Tennessee, with Nicole Irene coming up soon. I’m looking into some guerrilla approaches to my work to get it into the public. I’m preparing for my next solo show in 2014, so expect a flood of new work.
See more of Dave’s incredible work right here.
How to make your own cross-stitched iPhone case
What you’ll need: A cross-stitchable iPhone case (win one of five kits below!), embroidery thread, a blunt needle, a Sharpie, a pair of scissors, and graph paper.
Step one: Use the graph paper and Sharpie to design whatever you want to stitch onto the case. Fill in the squares where stitches will go. Make sure you count how many holes wide and tall the case is before you start to make sure your design will fit. It will help to break down your image or logo into pixels. Try pic 2 patfor a free, easy conversion.
Step two: Take your embroidery thread and cut 12 inches or more off. The thread is usually made up of six smaller threads. Gather three of the smaller threads and separate them. Use your needle for this if you’re having trouble.
Step three: Tie a few knots at one end your new length of thread. Thread your needle through the other end.
Step four: Take the needle and poke it through a hole in your iPhone case (starting from the back side), and pull it all the way through until the knot catches.
Step five: To stitch your pattern, make an overlapping “X” everywhere that you’ve colored in a square on your pattern. Note: When your thread is getting too short to keep stitching, put the needle to the rear side and thread it underneath what you just stitched, then cut it with your scissors.
Step six: Keep going until your design is complete. It will take a while, but it’s worth it!
Dave used Corey Holms’ Compunabula tyepface to create the Make case (above right).
Win one of five cross-stitch kits!
We’re giving away five DIY iPhone Kits (for 4 & 4S). To enter, read the instructions below.