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Cross-stitch - Get Hooked

Updated on December 5, 2014

The joy of cross-stitch

When I first started doing cross-stich I didn't realised how addictive this hobby would be. The desire to finish one colour to move onto the next. Seeing the picture take shape, it was wonderful. I truly allowed every spare minute to be taken up with wondering when I would be able to pick up my aida.

Aida is the name given to the cloth you use for cross-stitch and it comes in different sizes and counts, obviously depending on what your pattern requires.

This really is a hobby anyone can do. I had no instruction from anyone, and picked it up as I went along. Maybe my early works don't have the polish of my later works, but it's trial and error.

I started with kits. In the kit there is usually a pattern, all the required threads, a needle, the aida and easy instructions. Be warned though, before long you will be picking up patterns when you see them, have boxes and boxes of threads and enough aida that you could run an on-line business selling your spare.

When my children came along I loved decorating their nurseries with my cross-stitch patterns. From cute little animals, we progressed to Winnie-the-Pooh images, alphabets and numbers. By this time I was able to take an image from one pattern and mingle it with an image from another pattern to make a whole new picture.

Friends loved them and asked me to design and make them for their nurseries. I had to decline as by this time I didn't have the time to dedicate to cross-stitch as my own family needed my attention. As a consolation I would cross-stitch their babies names into a picture with a relevant theme attached to each of the letters. Then I was able to get that framed, at a professional framers as this was not something I could do, to match the color of their nurseries. A unique present that they know has been made with love.

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I often buy threads, aida or cross stitch patterns even when I have no idea when I am going to be able to start a new pattern. If you like it buy it. It doesn't take up much room, and I get frustrated when I'm ready to start a cross-stitch to find I don't have a pattern to suit my mood, or the occasion.

My very own Cross Stitch of a Bride

Unique Baby Gifts

When I was expecting my children I started doing cross-stitch for their nursery. I loved Winnie-the-Pooh as you can see from the cross stitch below.

I now find that I get great pleasure in giving framed cross-stitches to friends for their nuseries after they deliver their babies. I often cross-stitch the new baby's name onto the aida to make it personal.

My "I Want A Hug"  Cross Stitch
My "I Want A Hug" Cross Stitch

My "I Want A Hug" Cross Stitch

 

My Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Cross Stitch
My Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Cross Stitch

My Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Cross Stitch

 

My Winnie The Pooh Bathtime Cross Stitch

 

My Bears Cross Stitch
My Bears Cross Stitch

My Bears Cross Stitch

 

Framing of cross-stitch

Before I take my cross-stitch to be framed, I gently hand wash it in a very weak solution of hair shampoo and warm water. I find it just lifts any grease that may be there from handling. Then dry it flat on a large towel.

Another example of my very own cross stitch

Please let me know your comments. Always welcome

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    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @KnitnPurlGirl: Enjoy!

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      KnitnPurlGirl 

      5 years ago

      I did a little cross stitch when I was young. Haven't touched it in years. I do enjoy sitting down with needle and thread--I kind of like mending! You've got me thinking I should try it again.

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      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @Ibidii: Thank you, it took me several months to complete.

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      Ibidii 

      5 years ago

      Your bride is awesome! The largest cross stitch I have done is not very big. I have found larger size Aida cloth on line and bought 15 yards of it for a song which will last me forever. I am legally blind so I wanted the larger size cloth. I will be making some small pictures to use on towels and washcloths and skirts and shirts or toys. I have a lens about what I have done. Just click on my name to see my lenses. Awesome work! Awesome lens! I will be looking at your Scotland lenses now! Thank you for visiting my lens on my medical coma experience. :D

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      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @jennabeezer: Thank you.

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      jennabeezer 

      5 years ago

      I love your Winnie the Pooh cross stitches! I've done several over the years, but I'm most proud of the teddy bears I stitched for my daughter's room. Enjoyed this!

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @hazeltos: I have to say, now that my eyes are starting to go I haven't being doing quite as much cross-stitch as I used to.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

      I love your cross stitch pictures. Cross stitch is indeed addictive. I've been addicted for years.

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @Faye Rutledge: Thank you, you're very kind.

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      Faye Rutledge 

      5 years ago from Concord VA

      Oh, and I meant to say...I love your work...especially those bears...so cute!

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      Faye Rutledge 

      5 years ago from Concord VA

      I've done many cross stitch projects. One Christmas I did a cross stitch gift for each family member depicting something they loved or collected. I haven't done any projects in quite a while.

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      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @PennyHowe: Thank you, that's very kind of you to say.

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      sunlightseer 

      5 years ago

      Cross stitching is a relaxing hobby and not as hard as it seems when looking at the finished product.

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      PennyHowe 

      5 years ago

      Some great Cross Stitch examples. Thanks for sharing. I work here in Mexico with some ladies who do very nice Cross Stitch work.

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @sunlightseer: I agree with you.

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @Jo-Jackson: I agree, I think I am becoming addicted to Squidoo!

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      Jo-Jackson 

      5 years ago

      I enjoy cross-stitch although these days I spend more time on the computer and less time with needle and thread.

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      Elastara 

      5 years ago

      Lovely Lens on Cross-Stitch! One can really get hooked doing them.

      I like the one you feature above "My very own Cross Stitch of a Bride" :).

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      cgbroome 

      5 years ago

      Once again we did the same picture of the bride! I gave mine away years ago to an aunt I loved dearly! I think I'm catching that cross-stitchery bug again...

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @JoanieMRuppel54: I agree, I went through a stage of giving everyone a cross-stitch as a present.

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      Joanie Ruppel 

      5 years ago from Keller, Texas

      I have several pieces hanging in my home. My favorite was a skater with the pattern by P. Buckley Moss. It is also nice to visit people you have given a piece to and see it hanging in their home.

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      ArtzeeChris LM 

      5 years ago

      Your bride cross stitch is just lovely! My mom does amazing cross stitching and I'm very lucky to have some beautiful cross stitch pieces including some awesome Christmas stocking for the family.

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      Delia 

      5 years ago

      Lovely cross stitching and lens! I made several when I was young, and now I have designed them for others.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 

      5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      You do such lovely cross stitch work! It's been many years since I've done cross stitch but it was really fun when I was into doing it. :)

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @TransplantedSoul: I found the small ones can take a few days. The larger ones I have done, did take several weeks, but.... its addictive. Once you start, its difficult to put down. Its also very theraputic. Give it a go with a very small one first. With practise it becomes a great pleasure.

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      TransplantedSoul 

      5 years ago

      I do not know if I'd have the patience to do one of these. They look nice though. How long does it typically take to do a cross stitch?

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