Cross Stitch Finish: Remember Me

You might remember a bit ago I stitched this piece, Remember Me, by Blackbird Designs.  You can find the chart in the book A Heart Remembers by Blackbird Designs.

I stitched mine on a scrap of 40-count linen.  I didn’t label the scrap so have no idea who dyed it.  I used GAST Raven for my floss stitching one floss thread over two linen threads.

I told you a couple of weeks ago that I had purchased this box at the thrift store for $2.  I thought the box and stitched piece would work great together.

Then I debated on what color to paint the box.  I didn’t like the light red color it was.

I was lazy and… spray-painted it black.  I did two coats and then sanded the edges after it dried.


I put a little black wax on the box and sanded it very lightly until I was happy with it.

I cut a piece of foam core that was 1/2 inch larger than the design.  Then I cut two pieces of batting and glued those to the foam core then I laced it all together.

In general, I’m not big on trims.  I ended up pulling this one out…

…and decided to use it.


I’m really glad I did.

I hot glued it to the piece.  (Yes I know, some of you think this is terrible.  I’m okay with it.  This is not an heirloom piece.)


Then I hot glued it to the box.


The trim does a great job filling in that little area hiding any errors.

For now, I don’t want this on any low surface.  The grandkids would get it and ruin it.  So I’m displaying it on its side so the stitching can be seen.


This turned out exactly as I had envisioned it.  YAHOO!!


I love that even little pieces are making this area seem more and more complete.  I still have a bit to go until the wall looks exactly the way I want it to.  In 2020 when I started this cross stitch wall, I debated for a long time.  I didn’t know if it was a good idea to hang my samplers as I went or to wait until I had them all stitched.  I’m so glad I didn’t wait.  I’ve been able to enjoy and appreciate each piece as I stitch it.


I need to figure out what I have in the works and if I should pick to stitch some specific charts as to how they would fit on the wall.  We’ll see.  For now, I’m just stitching.


I’m so happy to have another finish.  YAHOO!!

29 thoughts on “Cross Stitch Finish: Remember Me

  1. Samantha M

    Jo, you have such a good eye for repurposing things. Your cross stitched piece looks great on the thrifted box!

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  2. Polly Currier

    Hi, Jo,
    Have you ever given any thought to designing your own pieces? Then you could “fit” pieces as you need them to fill the wall. You have such a talent for design and color. You also have plenty of experience doing cross-stitch, you know what to emphasize and what to avoid.
    Love the finish. Go Glue Guns!!

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  3. Rita in Iowa

    What a great finish and a great job on the box. Working on the Two Step quilt from Scrap School.

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  4. Kate

    WOW the box looks great! I like how you see a vision with something not so attractive and make it into something wonderful! Your wall looks so good too! I’m glad you didn’t wait to hang the stitchings but are hanging them as you go.

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  5. Ellie

    What a great finish ! I love your cross stitch wall. You have such a good eye for what will look good on your display.

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  6. Ginny

    Love it! Please stop saying negative things about how you do something, you are so talented and accomplished. We all have negative Nellie in our brains, but we need to tell her to be quiet.

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  7. Kathy

    The box fits in perfectly. I agree you repurpose wonderfully. I am curious to the size of the cross stitch piece, It was looking much smaller till your finish and display area?

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  8. Elle

    Love the cross stitch and the box. My brain immediately went to “treasures for my little grand-girl Georgie”. Notes and little things over her childhood for her to discover some day ;-)

    LOVE THE CROSS STITCH WALL!!!!!!

    Happy Saturday Jo!

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  9. Carmen Montmarquet

    Love how your box and cross stitch came out and really love your design wall! It all looks Fabulous together!!!

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  10. Jeri D

    I love it! I want to be more like you! Thank you for all of the inspiration! I love your blog and read you every day. God bless you and your great family! Stitch On…. and enjoy!

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  11. Gail in Ohio

    Love the “Remember Me”; love the re-purposed box; LOVE the wall! You are inspiring me to get out my finished cross-stitch pieces and put them where they can be seen – some aren’t framed and the ones that are framed are still boxed up from the last move… Yikes! Now to decide on a wall…

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  12. Roxanne

    Your new piece turned out beautifully!
    Jo, this post is great and am thinking how much everyone at the retreat is enjoying it and you. I sure wish I could have been there!

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    1. Janet Orr

      We all enjoyed the retreat immensely! We came as strangers (I only had met Jo – no one else) and left as friends! Wish you could have joined us!

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