Thursday, March 1, 2012

Give Cross Stitch a Chance!

Have you tried cross-stitch?  According to Wikipedia, Cross-stitch is a popular form of counted-thread embroidery in which X-shaped stitches in a tiled, raster-like pattern are used to form a picture. Cross-stitch is often executed on easily countable evenweave fabric called aida cloth.  Visit Craftown for beginner instructions and free patterns!

Sleepy Girl
Here's the neat thing about cross-stitch (at least for me anyway): If you are new to needle crafts and would like to pick up a hobby in this genre, cross-stitch is by far the easiest to pick up and start "doing" today.  If you can make an "x" with needle and thread using the special aida cloth, you can cross-stitch!  Easy-peasy!  (Many fabric and hobby stores carry pre-packaged counted cross-stitch projects for ease of use.)

Once you really get going and comfortable with cross-stitch, you can begin to design your own unique patterns, pictures, motifs, and even duplicate photos.  Cross-stitch patterns can be added to just about any craft project, whether created on the aida cloth and then attached to another project, or cross-stitched directly onto another type of cloth or fabric.

Tooth Fairy
Oh yes, the other really nice thing about cross-stitch is: it is a highly portable hobby.  My grandmother used to do it in the car on road trips and while waiting at the doctor's office.  She always had a zip-lock baggie filled with a cross-stitch project in her purse, by her favorite chair and in her night stand.

Let's review! Cross-stitch: It's easy to learn, easy to do, and easy to take everywhere!  We love feedback and photos, so if you try one of our projects, we'd love to see it and we'll definitely feature it!

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