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A Little Bit Of Everything Over Easter

A Little Bit Of Everything Over Easter

I was lucky enough to find time to dabble in a little bit of everything over Easter this year. I managed to get a few small crochet novelty items made for my grandchildren in plenty of time to accompany their Easter Sunday chocolate treats. Unfortunately the yarn I had available for the beaks of the chickens resulted in them looking more like ducks, but the grandchildren still seemed happy enough to receive them.

A Little Bit Of Everything Over Easter A Little Bit Of Everything Over EasterI have finally managed to make a bit more progress with my needle lace sampler (see “Update On Lace Sampler”). The next box is now about half-filled with “cloth stitch”. The lower third will have some variation worked in as part of the stitching and, once the background stitch is completed, the middle third will have some extra details stitched on top. It has been a lot slower than I had originally planned, but I am enjoying learning new things when I am able to spend some time on it.

A Little Bit Of Everything Over EasterThe third project I was able to get to was the fine cross stitch birth sampler that I also started last year (see “Two Extremes Of Cross Stitch”). It is a little easier to do now that I have upgraded my glasses, but I still struggle with it a bit. I can only do it during the afternoon in good lighting conditions which is quite a disadvantage when I am working. I will continue to persevere though as I think it will be well worth the effort once it is finished.

As if those three weren’t enough to keep me occupied, I also picked up a knitting project that I started early in the year. It is a sleeveless vest for me which I will post photos of once it is finished. I find it relaxing to knit in the evenings as it is something I don’t have to concentrate so hard on.

Easter is a very special and significant season for me and, although I was able to get quite a bit of craft work done, the most special times were spent attending church services and catching up with family. I hope you all had a very special Easter season too.

Cross Stitch

Counted Cross Stitch Patterns, A Basis For Stitching Bliss

Counted Cross Stitch Patterns, A Basis For Stitching BlissAnyone who loves to cross stitch knows they need the counted cross stitch patterns if they hope to enjoy their favorite past time. There are a variety of patterns available online, as well as countless companies that produce cross stitch kits. Depending upon what type of themes you like to complete, counted cross stitch patterns abound.

Perhaps you’re just starting down the road to cross stitching bliss. It is helpful to know there are two basic types of cross stitch patterns – counted cross stitch and pre-printed or stamped cross stitch. Both types of patterns have benefits.

Personally I only tackled one stamped cross stitch project before I wanted something more challenging. My tablecloth had blue crosses printed on the fabric and a guide that showed me which color to use for each cross. Other printed cross stitch projects are worked on Aida and have some background areas printed in full color leaving other sections to be stitched.

When trying to develop your stitching skills, counted cross stitch patterns would be a good option to look into. They create more of a challenge than the stamped cross stitch items will. Of course, there is a greater margin for error with these patterns. Mistakes become evident usually after you’ve done several stitches and things don’t line up the way they should. Locating these errors, and then fixing them is often times a stressful problem. However, as frustrating as re-stitching an area may be, it’s a great learning experience. You’ll be able to create a system of checks-and-balances for yourself to avoid a lot of the easier mistakes made in your earlier pieces.

Counted cross stitch patterns do not, however, have to be stitched according to the designers original idea. You may like to change the colors or use areas from various designs in a different project such as a sampler.

Finding just the right cross stitch pattern can also be frustrating; however it doesn’t have to be. Take the opportunity to stop by your local craft store or discount store. Begin by looking to see what kits they have available.

If you don’t find what you like, check out what’s available on the internet. You may be able to find just what you’re looking for. Start by searching for a favorite artist such as Claude Monet or Vince Van Gogh; or, if you prefer modern artists like Thomas Kinkade. Cross stitch patterns are available by these artists and many more.

Entering the magnificent world of cross stitch can be very exciting. Don’t get overwhelmed by the variety and amount of patterns you’ll find online. First, take time to decide what type of pattern you would like to stitch. Then simply do a general Internet search for counted cross stitch patterns pertaining to the subject you chose. You’ll be glad you took this first step!

Julia Wigham is a professional writer and co-founder of Patterns Patch cross stitch forums. An online cross stitch community whose subscribers get free: patterns, articles and tutorials. Visit our lively => cross stitch blogs today!

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