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Painting with Needle and Thread

Updated on May 20, 2014

Why I Love Cross Stitch

My mom gave me a cross stitch kit for Christmas when I was a teenager, and I've been in stitching heaven ever since. I had been embroidering for a few years before that and enjoyed it but when I started cross stitching I knew this was the needlework for me.

I love playing with color and fiber and cross stitch has plenty of both of these. I find that it clears my mind as I sit counting and making "x's". I get into a rhythm with it; it's almost a meditation for me.

I've never considered myself an artist but when I'm stitching I feel like I'm creating with color like a painter does. It's a joy to be creating with my hands.

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Love Quilts

Stitching for Charity

I feel very fortunate to be able to do something I love doing and wanted to find a way to give back with cross stitch. I did some research and found there are several charities that accept cross stitch squares for quilts. One of these charities is Love Quilts. They make quilts for critically ill kids from cross stitch squares stitched by volunteers. The cross stitched gal pictured to the right and the picture above are squares I did for Love Quilts.

Stitching for these kids is a joy. These squares are often bright and you know the child will love them because it's on a topic they love. It's a great feeling when you see the finished quilts and occasionally photos of the kids with the quilts.

This is a brief description of how stitching for Love Quilts works. Each month they publish a list of new kids that need squares for their quilts. The kids or the parents decide what the topics are. Stitchers find patterns that apply to the topic, sign up for that child, stitch the square and send it in. These squares have deadlines but you can also stitch a square appropriate for a child any time and send it in.

If you are interested in stitching for the quilts or know of a child with a life-threatening illness, you can find info about Love Quilts here. That link will take you to the page in the U.S.A and on this page on links for Love Quilts in Germany, Brazil, Australia and the UK. Even if you are not in one of those countries you can stitch a square and send it in to one of the Love Quilt organizations.

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My Current Project - Christmas Pals

I love Christmas and especially love making ornaments. These ornaments are bright, colorful and adorable. I've only stitched one so far and it came along quickly. These could be used on a gift or as a gift. They'll look great on the tree too. There's a lot of ways to use these ornaments and they're fun.

The Aida fabric and thread are included and are high quality. The instructions are great and it includes how to assemble the ornaments. The kit does not come with everything you need to make them as shown; you will also need cardboard and glue.

It's a great kit and the ornaments are bright and cheerful. If you love cross stitching ornaments, you'll have a holly jolly time stitching these.

Dimensions Needlecrafts Counted Cross Stitch, Christmas Pals
Dimensions Needlecrafts Counted Cross Stitch, Christmas Pals

These brightly colored ornaments will look great on your tree or anywhere in your home. They will also make fun gifts.

 

Wedding Sampler Kits - A few more samplers to choose from

I love stitching wedding samplers as it is for a joyous occasion. I thought I'd share with you the selection of designs I put together for my niece to choose from. She wanted something traditional and with flowers.

The first one is my favorite, but it was quickly nixed by my niece. It is perfect for someone who is having a beach wedding, which she is not.

Janlynn Beach Romance Counted Cross Stitch Kit
Janlynn Beach Romance Counted Cross Stitch Kit

This one is perfect for a beach wedding. The design is complex so this is not recommended for beginners.

 
Dimensions Needlecrafts Counted Cross Stitch, One Love Wedding Record
Dimensions Needlecrafts Counted Cross Stitch, One Love Wedding Record

This design is traditional and will stitch up quickly.

 
Dimensions Needlecrafts Counted Cross Stitch, Happily Ever After Wedding Record
Dimensions Needlecrafts Counted Cross Stitch, Happily Ever After Wedding Record

This one is quick to stitch. You could change the background colors to match the wedding if you like.

 
Dimensions Needlecrafts Counted Cross Stitch Kit, Two as One Wedding Record
Dimensions Needlecrafts Counted Cross Stitch Kit, Two as One Wedding Record

The colors on this one are absolutely beautiful and will most likely match a lot of decors. It is larger than some at 10" x 10".

 

My Favorite Birth Record to Stitch - Fun Animals

I stitched this kit up for one of my nieces and she loved it. There are so many cross stitch birth records to choose from and my niece picked this one. It was a quick stitch and I really like the design.

I'll probably stitch this up for a few more babies. It will be easy to change colors to suit it more for a girl or for either in case the parents don't know whether they are having a boy or a girl.

Dimensions Baby Hugs Savannah Birth Record Counted Cross Stitch Kit
Dimensions Baby Hugs Savannah Birth Record Counted Cross Stitch Kit

This design is adorable and I'm sure the little one will enjoy the animals.

 

Learning to Cross Stitch

I hope that I've been able to express how I love cross stitch and how rewarding it is to stitch for others. If you haven't stitched in a while, maybe something here has inspired you to pick up you Aida and thread. If you don't know how to cross stitch and would like to learn I've included a website just below and a video that will be very helpful to you.

If you want to learn how to cross stitch, there is an excellent tutorial on the Sewingseed blog. The instructions are step by step and it includes photos.

I've also included below a video which shows the basic stitches in cross stitch and will help you get started.

Happy Stitching!

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      LilyBird 3 years ago

      @norma-holt: Thank you for your kind words. May you have a happy neck and back!

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      norma-holt 3 years ago

      My sister did some beautiful patterns but, like me, craft is not a good thing for our necks and backs as we pile on a few years. Great lens and lovely subject.

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      LilyBird 3 years ago

      @davenjilli lm: What a wonderful treasure!

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      davenjilli lm 3 years ago

      I have some cross stitch tapestries that I inherited from my grandmother. They are so beautiful

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I wish I had time to do this. I could definitely get into this

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      ghoststorylover 3 years ago

      I've never cross stitched before, but have occasionally thought about taking it up. My mom got me into knitting many many years ago, and I basically just stuck with that. I loved the sail boat and the one below it! :)

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      You shared a lovely passion, I love to craft dreamcatchers! Stitching is not for me anymore as I can only use 1 hand (the other is paralyzed), but I used to do it every now and then! Great Lens, I enjoyed it!

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      LilyBird 4 years ago

      @Two Crafty Paws: Cross stitch Christmas cards are a great idea. Have fun!

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      Two Crafty Paws 4 years ago

      I don't have a favourite craft, I enjoy most of them equally as they're all relaxing. I did a lot of cross stitching (stamped canvas ones) when I was a kid but haven't made one in years now. I've been thinking about making cross stitch x-mas cards this year though.

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      LilyBird 4 years ago

      @flinnie lm: You're welcome! I'm glad you enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi I like counted cross stitch, thanks for sharing.

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      LilyBird 4 years ago

      @craftblogger lm: Thanks for your comment and the heads up on the duel module. Like you I like counted cross stitch also.

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      My gran taught me how to cross stitch and I loved it. Reading this lens has reminded me of it and I hope I can do some with my little girl when she gets a little older.

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      craftblogger lm 4 years ago

      I was trying to post my opinion in the debate section, but the module didn't seem to be working. I prefer counted cross stitch. It's easier to mess up, but I get more satisfaction out of it. I think that if you compare counted cross stitch to painting canvas with needle and thread, stamped cross stitch is closer to coloring.

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      LilyBird 4 years ago

      @Jogalog: Learning from Mom or a Grandmother is a priceless gift for everyone. I'm thrilled you are inspired to teach your daughter. Thanks for your visit and comment. Happy stitching.

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      LilyBird 4 years ago

      @BarbsSpot: Both are fun. I'm just getting started on the writing. Thanks for stopping by!

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      BarbsSpot 4 years ago

      @Lensmaster...I've loved cross-stitch since the first time I did it way back when. If I wasn't an every day dedicated writer, I'd be an every day dedicated cross-stitcher!

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      LilyBird 4 years ago

      @Cynthia Haltom: How fun! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      I used to do counter-cross stitch and have many pieces of my work framed and hung in the house.

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      MissMalaprop 4 years ago

      I did a cross-stitch a couple years ago as a holiday gift for my mom. I had so much fun, I need to start another one soon!

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      FashionMommy 4 years ago

      Very interesting lens. Now I'm inspired to try this. Thank you :)

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      Rosanna Grace 4 years ago

      Gorgeous! You've inspired me to get my cross stitch basket of unfinished treasures out of the closet. :)

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      Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I used to do a lot of cross stitch patterns and kits. It was so much fun. It always amazed me how the image would turn out in the end from all those tiny little stitches. :)

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      LilyBird 4 years ago

      @justramblin: Cross stitch gifts are a treasure. Thank you for your kind words.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      Lilybird, your nieces are so lucky. What a fabulous gift you're making for them. They will always treasure it. My mom made cross stitches for all her grandchildren and although she is no longer around, we have something she put much time and heart into. Love that you do the love quilts. so nice.

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      Iftikhar-Hussain 4 years ago

      Interesting lens .. my mom like to stitch as well :)

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      lionmom100 4 years ago

      Beautiful projects. I have just gotten into quilting and am enjoying it.