I love counted cross stitch! That statement may sound a bit strong, but I really enjoy watching a picture emerge on a previously blank piece of material. There is such satisfaction in being able to see what you have achieved and in being creative as well.
Don’t get me wrong – there can be plenty of frustration as well! I doubt you will find a cross stitcher who hasn’t put at least one project to the side after finding they have made a mistake which can only be remedied by significant unpulling. For me though, the relaxation and satisfaction far outweigh the setbacks.
Cross stitch can be anything you want it to be. You can choose a simple motif to decorate an item of clothing, or make a personalised card, or you can immerse yourself in a large, complex picture. In between these two extremes lies a huge range of options. There is also an unlimited variety of themes to choose from. If there is a particular theme you are interested in, you can pretty much guarantee there are cross stitch patterns available on it.
The materials available today also cover an amazing range. From the finest even weave and Aida fabrics through to rug canvas or plastic, and from finest silk thread through to heavy yarns or even leather strips, the possibilities are really only limited by your imagination.
The growth of the internet has given people the ability to share patterns, tips and ideas online. It also provides access to a huge online market of materials, kits, patterns and accessories. There are now quite a number of computer programmes available as well which allow you to convert your own photos and pictures into cross stitch patterns for completely personalised projects.
As I said before, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination. Where will yours take you?