Well, full disclosure - while the main embroidery on this was finished in the allotted week, I didn't get around to finishing it until a few days later. Oh well.
So, this week I made a "Do Not Disturb" sign for the dressing room door at work. We've been taping up signs scrawled in Sharpie for ages and I've been wanting to make us something prettier!
So, a scrap of Aida cloth, a 4" wooden hoop, a bit o' floss, and this very cool alphabet generator: voila! Best cross stitch tip I can give is to always run a basting stitch along the vertical and horizontal midpoits so you can easily center your design. I've already removed it here, but you can see an example in this photo. I did the little flowers freehand, and I am really in love with the lazy daisy stitch at the moment.
To finish off the back, I tried to do what I usually do with hoop frames, which is to turn the raw edge inside and glue it down with rubber cement, then glue narrow ribbon on top of that for a clean look. Well, the Aida was too thick and also weirdly impervious to the glue, so I wound up just trimming the fabric close to the hoop and brushing rubber cement on top to seal it.
I was going to use some ribbon as a hanger, then I remembered this tutorial for making twisted cord, so I took some matching floss, taped it it to my desk, and twisted away:
Wow, that came out looking really cool! Here's the finished product: