I am totally obsessed with hot air balloons. There, I said it. I think it started with the line “I’m a hot air balloon” etc. from “Happy” by Pharrell Williams (yeah, I know, it’s a cliché, but I do love that song). After that I bought this incredible dress titled “haute air balloons” from ModCloth (the people who name the items at ModCloth have the best job in the world!). I would be wearing that dress right now if I hadn’t gained a few pounds over the summer (I will start loosing them next week! I will, I will!). I even crocheted several hot air balloons, but they seem to have magically disappeared (floated away into space maybe?), so the post and pattern for those will have to wait a bit.
So, you may remember that I got a cross stitch phone cover for my birthday half a million years ago? I couldn’t decide what to embroider on it, so I waited and waited and waited and then bam! I realized that a hot air balloon would be perfect. I told you I’m obsessed.
Now, kind readers, you must understand that I have not done any cross stitch since I was a tween, which is many many many years ago. I have probably committed several cross stitch atrocities while making this pattern. I kind of got stuck in several places because I did not plan ahead correctly (which is why the pattern is not exactly the same as the actual completed cover, do as the pattern shows – don’t do as I do). I have a lot of half crosses for the chevron background and balloon outline – I’m really not sure if that’s strictly OK in cross stitch – but it came out pretty, so who cares. Right?
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