Crochet, Cross Stitch, Karen's Korner, Lace Making

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

Cross Stitch – a Brief Overview

Cross Stitch - a Brief Overview
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Cross stitch is a form of embroidery which uses X-shaped stitches to form a pattern. It is the oldest form of embroidery and can be found all over the world. The most common fabrics used are evenweave fabrics such as linen, Aida and jobelan. Today materials such as rug canvas and plastic canvas are also used.

Traditionally cross stitch was used to decorate items such as household linens, table cloths and handkerchiefs. Modern usage extends to items such as cards, cushions, rugs, wall hangings and framed pictures like birth or marriage records.

The term “sampler” comes from the traditional method of teaching young girls to cross stitch. The samplers were a record of the alphabets and patterns she was learning. She could then use these stitches in her household sewing.

Cross stitch is often combined with other embroidery styles such as hardanger, black work, pulled thread work and bead work. It is very versatile and can be used from simple basic projects through to extremely complex works of art.

The current resurgence in interest in handcrafts in general has seen cross stitch become a lot more popular with younger people. The more traditional designs and projects have now been joined by a large number modern designs and kits.

The first cross stitch project I did was nearly 30 years ago. It was a birth record which I found the pattern for in a magazine. Today there is a huge range of patterns and kits available online, as well as in handcraft shops. My favourite site to explore is the Fox Collection.

To date most of the cross stitch I have done has been gifts for other people, which I have really enjoyed doing. My current aim, however, is to work on a few projects that I can keep to enjoy myself.