Are you cross today?

It’s Monday and you might be feeling a bit cross, so here you go. I’m really late to the party on this one but I still find Swiss crosses used in interiors and anywhere else really appealing. The true Swiss cross is based on the Swiss flag and has very specific dimensions dictating the thickness versus the length of the arms.

Some observations for cross use:

  1. These are crosses not crucifixes and as such, must be symmetrical (really a plus sign)
  2. It is most strikingly used monochromatic and bold
  3. Textured white on white is really appealing
  4. Repetition is good, more is more

How stunning would these tiles be as a backsplash?

cross tiles

modwalls.com

Ready-made (and useful) art for the cottage or cabin. Hang one or two on the wall.

cross paddle

contactvoyagingco.com

The shape would lend itself to knitting really easily. This motif lends itself to DIY really well as an easy shape to work with and replicate.

cross pillow

jonathanadler.com

The Swiss cross can be really cute when personalized and used in the nursery.

cross baby items

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Again, the repetition is what makes the most impact. You could easily replicate this with a jigsaw and plywood.

cross wall art

vtwonen.nl

The one exception to the black and white rule for swiss crosses is red. The original colour and the colour of Victorinox Swiss Army knives and the Red Cross.

missmustardseed

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kleenex box

etsy.com

Ideally suited to a spare Scandinavian design aesthetic this motif is a classic.

Indigo cross napkins | Indigo cross napkins

napkin on plate

I have a passion for table linens, actually it could be bordering on an obsession. Cloth napkins bring a touch of importance to a meal, they are ecologically friendly, they are gracious and they are easy to use. It’s simple, you just wash them and fold them right out of the dryer. Not that difficult to manage, really and you’re keeping tons of paper waste out of landfills.

So, that being said, my most recent linen project was these indigo cross napkins. There is no complicated stencil or techniques involved just some fabric paint and a water brush. I used some pre-made napkins that I had left-over from another project but you could easily use any white fabric and simply hem straight edges on a sewing machine. Or if you’re not a sewer just cut the fabric to the desired size square and fray the edges.

cross napkins

These napkins are 18 inches square which is the standard size for an informal dinner napkin.

painted cross

We’ve all seen a lot of this cross pattern recently – usually in black and white but remember, anything that black can do indigo can do better.

place setting