Painting with Needle and Thread
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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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.
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.
This one is perfect for a beach wedding. The design is complex so this is not recommended for beginners.
This design is traditional and will stitch up quickly.
This one is quick to stitch. You could change the background colors to match the wedding if you like.
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.
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.
I've also included below a video which shows the basic stitches in cross stitch and will help you get started.