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Art In Cross Stitch

Updated on December 16, 2014
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Mary's hubs are inspired by her many hobbies and love for the Lord. She loves writing, art, photography, crafting, and being a grandmother.

My Lighthouse Cross Stitch finished project

This is the finished Lighthouse pattern framed 11 x 14
This is the finished Lighthouse pattern framed 11 x 14

Calling all cross stitch lovers!

If you love to cross stitch then you will love this hub. I have been cross stitching for many years and truly love this very relaxing craft. I can usually stitch while I am watching my favorite television program, and the final product is always such a joy to complete, frame and then hang on the wall. If you are like me, sometimes finding the right pattern can be a task, of course this depends on what your interests are. There are a lot of basic cross stitch patterns and then some very intricate ones that would take me forever to do. So I did some research and now I have discovered a program that can convert my art and photography into cross stitch patterns. I cannot tell you how exciting that was. I have featured the link below where you can go and browse some of these patterns and purchase for yourself. I am constantly adding new patterns so be sure to check back often to my stores.

In these economic hard times one thing is for sure - being crafty and creating handmade gifts is still a sure pleaser for those you love. So have fun and enjoy! I will be offering the services of converting your photos into cross stitch patterns at a later date - so be sure to keep an eye out for another hub. Happy Stitching!

Luscious Tulip Photo

It begins with a nice high resolution photo

I take a high resolution photograph, this photo of my red tulips is a 1600x2100 pixels. I then upload it into my computer program. I have to choose the size I want the project to be, usually an 8x10 seems to work really well, but you can go as small as 4x6 and large as 16x20. I also have to enter the stitch count, this will depend on the type of fabric that I will be stitching on. I have been using 14 count aida cloth so I then enter that number. My cross stitch patterns will cover the whole fabric so it is really pointless to use an expensive linen, if you are covering every bit of it. Just a thought. Then comes the symbols of which I can choose and pic the ones I want, or I can randomly have the program choose those for me. The pattern can be printed in both black and white or in full color along with the symbols. The program will also create the DMC color chart with those symbols. This is my first project - a photo of my Luscious Tulips. It took me about a month to cross stitch - of course I also have a job, so I only worked on it in the evenings.

Full color pattern of Luscious Tulips

Next the pattern is created......

This is what the pattern looks like in full color. It is so easy to stitch and there are no quarter, half or back-stitches either. I love it. If you have stitched with quarter stitches - you know what I am talking about. When you go to my Cross Stitch shop you can download the pattern. It will be in full color with symbols accompanied by the color chart. The pattern depending on the size, may come in either 2 or 4 pages which can easily be cut and pasted together for easier viewing. I find using a color pattern with the symbols is so much easier to work from and to keep tract of than the traditional black and white patterns of yesterday. So try it - you may like it!

Framed & matted 8x10 Luscious Tulips

You are done - easy and fun to do!

This is the finished cross stitch project of the Luscious Tulips. It was so easy to do and looks really nice matted and framed. This particular project was 5x7 in size and framed in an 8x10 frame. Choosing the frame and mat is really a lot of fun - get creative with it. For some of my other projects like my Deception Pass Panorama I framed in an aluminum frame and then displayed it on a black wooden stand, which looks great on a shelf at home or at the office. 

Deception Pass Bridge finished project

Deception Pass Bridge framed on a stand 10 x 4
Deception Pass Bridge framed on a stand 10 x 4

More information and patterns

If you are interested in viewing some of my photography and art patterns be sure to visit my Cross stitch shop where you can purchase a pattern and download it instantly - no more waiting for the mail, you can purchase via paypal and then download the pattern to begin stitching right away. For even more cross stitch patterns and kits also visit Everything Cross Stitch, you are bound to find a project there as well.

There are many to choose from including lighthouses, ocean scenes, florals, wildlife and some of my watercolor patterns. I am entering new patterns periodically so check back often. Enjoy!

Learn to cross stitch in minutes - fun & easy!

© 2010 Mary Gaines


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      Mary Gaines 7 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      @saddlerider1 - your mom sounds like a crafty lady. It does take a lot of patience but the rewards are amazing like you stated...thanks for stopping by! Cheers

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      saddlerider1 7 years ago

      This is amazing stuff, my mom use to cross stitch and I would watch her when I was a boy, mesmerized by how focused she was and the results so rewarding. Bravo to all those great stitchers out there.

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      Mary Gaines 7 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      @ladyjane1 - you are going to love it.....

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      ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

      Good idea I cant wait to work on mine. Cheers.

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      Mary Gaines 7 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington


      Thank you for your encouragement sis!

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      Mary Gaines 7 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington


      Thanks for stopping by and your comment - I too have many projects going at many crafts to do and so too little time. Cheers!

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      rose56 7 years ago

      Good sis keep up the good work.

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Beautiful work. I have heard of this program and it it fabulous. I enjoy cross stitch, but I am more of a needle pointer and knitter. I love to have a few projects going at once. Great hub.