Starting on a Large Project Soon

by Guest Blogger on September 12, 2013

I got some basic covers for my furniture. I like to shop at nathan furniture in chester. I’m going to do cross stitch to decorate the covers and make them beautiful and unique. I was thinking about my pats faces on it but that might be odd if they don’t come out looking perfect and it could be sad once one of them passes on.

Maybe some wild animals like deer or faxes but I fear that is not very unique. Maybe I could do some rare animal like a tamandua. That would cause some conversation explaining it and since most do not know what they look like that well it will not matter if it is a little off. Or maybe I could do a bunch of small animals like several different species of birds. They are colorful and it would make it more exciting and fun.

I’m not too keen on flowers since it is too normal but maybe it would be nice if I got my book of plants and did a ton of different flowers and didn’t repeat any and put the names under them. I like the idea of it being a little bit educational. Flowers would certainly be colorful as well. I would use local wild flowers if I did this option.

I think I would just use the covers when guests are coming or in the company entertainment room(I keep one room as just a “living room” for company). Then people could see them when they come but they wont get worn out with use as I am sure my daughter would love to get the covers and pass them down since it will be a lot of work. Kind og like the patch work quit I have from my grandmother who used fabric from things like my great grand dad’s army uniform.

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My Girlfriend Sure Loves to Cross Stitch

by Guest Blogger on June 3, 2013

My girlfriend really likes to cross stitch. I mean a a lot. How much? That one time we had some office interior designers come in my job for a while that my girlfriend asked if she should make them some scarves to wear for the winter. I was like, you got to be kidding me! You don’t have to make scarves to people you don’t know! It’s okay she likes to do it but I find it weird she wants to have a reason to keep stitching.

One of my favorite cross stitches she did was this scarf that was stitched together in the end so it looked like some weird vest. It looked amazing to me and the colors were great. She used a dark brown and black with a nice navy blue. It looked amazing together. She then made me another scarf that was white, blue, and black and was a lot longer.

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Cross Stitch Tips

by Web Master on April 30, 2013

Cross-stitching is a very popular hobby. Millions of people around the world enjoy this activity, regardless of their age and gender. A common stereotype is that cross stitching is only done by the elderly. You would be surprised to find teenagers, young adults and even full-grown men who are into this activity. Cross stitching not only allows a person to come up with interesting and colorful designs that he can display at home. It also helps a person to relax and de-stress from all the hassles brought about by everyday living. Cross-stitching is also quite easy, although it takes a lot of patience to complete a design, especially one that is complex and colorful.

In cross-stitching, several materials are needed. These include fabrics, floss, bobbins, needle and a pair of scissors. To start cross-stitching, a person has to wind the floss onto a bobbin and cut a piece around 12” long. For people who are cross-stitching for the first time, it is recommended that they start stitching from the center of the fabric and then work their way outward.

Cross-stitch designs are composed of countless, tiny Xs. The rule of thumb in cross-stitching is that all X’s must cross in the same manner. For the first stitch, a person should bring the threaded needle up from the backside of the fabric, insert it down through the hole in a diagonally down manner and back to the right where the needle came up. After pulling the slack of the floss, the person is done with a stitch, or essentially half of an X.

To complete the X, the person should secure the end of the floss and begin the next stitch. The needle is brought up immediately above the hole that the needed went down through. Before pulling the slack of the floss, the user flips the fabric over, tucks the tail end on the backside through the loop and then pulls the loop to close. This completes one X. Of course, a person has to make countless of Xs in order to complete a design. This takes a lot of hours depending on the complexity of the design, but for many enthusiasts, every hour is enjoyable and fun.

Cross-stitching is easier and completing a design faster if an individual keeps his supplies organized. People who have an organized way of keeping their supplies find it easy to see the floss or fabric. Making a stitching space is also advisable, or a place where a person does the work. This spares the person from the inconvenience of putting up the project and taking it out each time he starts working again. Having a basket or a chair where the projects are put in is recommended as well. Finally, working on multiple projects is more practical than concentrating on just one design. People who cross-stitch a lot are prone to getting tired of working on just one project. By working on multiple designs, they can break the monotony and turn their attention to another project if they get tired of working on one design.

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Wedding Cross Stitch

by Web Master on August 2, 2012

Planning a Wedding Sampler

Historically, counted cross-stitch patterns were sewn on linen with silk or cotton threads in order to improve a young girl’s stitching skills prior to having a household of her own. Classic motifs played a significant role in the designs these girls chose, such as crowns, which symbolized wealth, or fruit trees, which symbolized abundance. These pieces became meaningful works of art that were cherished for generations.
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Cross Stitch Books

by Web Master on July 30, 2012

Start Your Own Library Collection Of Cross-Stitch Books

A good library of cross-stitching books is necessary for the new cross-stitcher and even for the advanced stitchers. The books come in handy if you need to learn specific steps or just in need of some refresher courses to look back on in case you forget how to do a particular step. It is equally important to keep up with the latest techniques, material and trending patterns.
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Cross Stitch Christmas Stocking

by Web Master on July 28, 2012

Beginning a Christmas stocking cross stitch pattern is easy if you know where to begin. If you have never made one, you should start with something small. As you become comfortable with the needles and thread, you can make larger stockings. There are several different designs that you can get, or you can come up with your own.
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Cross Stitch Magazines

by Web Master on July 28, 2012

The selection of magazines available for crafters is enormous. Cross stitch connoisseurs enjoy a subcategory of this selection. Two magazines they can enjoy are Cross-Stitch & Needlework Magazine and Just CrossStitch.
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