Anyone cross stitching today?

@marie2052 (3697)
United States
July 28, 2011 10:27pm CST
I see there are quite a few people showing interest in cross stitch so wondering what type of piece everyone is working on. I am working on a tapestry type peice that does not have any backstitching or fractional stitches. Its called the April Birthstone. I think I put a picture of it on another discussion under here a while back. I will take it off the frame in the morning and take a picture so everyone can see how far I have come. I think its almost 2/3 finished. So I am very excited at the prospect of getting it done. It will be a Christmas present for my husband's oldest granddaughter since her birthday is in April. I am doing the piece on 14ct. When it is finished I will turn my attention back to a piece I started for my son which I am doing it on 22ct. 1 thread over 1 square. So lets hear from all the cross stitchers out there what are you working on?
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
29 Jul 11
I've picked up little kits at craft stores because I just can't seem to do large works - I've done a number of them, I'm probably going to finish them and give them as presents for xmas for people who might appreciate them - I think some of them would make cute xmas tree ornaments...
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@marie2052 (3697)
• United States
29 Jul 11
You could also turn them into Xmas cards too. I have been using the wood cutouts then cutting the aida cloth to the shape of the cutout. I do a cross stitch piece in the center of the shape, then finish it with ribbons, button embellishments, and cording around the edges. I will see what I have left and throw up a couple pictures for you to see. I usually sell on Ebay 2 to 3 times a year. It takes a bit to have a bunch of crafts done to sell but I almost always sell them all out. Hope the ideas help you. Oh another thing is if you see a craft shop and theyhave the smaller grapevine wreaths, you can lay the grapevine on top of the aida cloth and cut out and make sure to stitch the picture within the inner hole. then I wrap ribbons and flowers to them and you can hang themn on trees too or depending on the design and color you can use them for magnets on the fridge, or just country things to hang on peg shelfs. I always come up with tons of ideas for small pieces. I like doing something different with them than just place in a frame.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
2 Aug 11
Those are GREAT ideas, I wonder why I didn't get notified you had responded... I know I was out of town Saturday... but really!
@bluespygirl (2112)
• Philippines
29 Jul 11
I am into cross stitching to. I use aida cloth. Basketweave cloth is so small and sometimes, I can't see it. i don't want cross stitch pattern which has a backstitch too. i lost count. I just finished a 1/4 yard pattern of Jesus Christ cross in black pattern and in flesh thread. By the way, how many threads are you using now? i always use three thread.
@marie2052 (3697)
• United States
29 Jul 11
On 14 and 18 ct aida you usually use 2 strands of floss. this covers nicely and does not make your project look bulky. 22, 25 count is 1 thread over 1 square. 28ct is usually evenweave or linen cloth and that will be two threads over two squares (which makes it 14ct basically) But its a finer softer cloth than most of the aida cloths. This is just a rule of thumb. Read your pattern fully, and sometimes companies will vary. But I will be doing a 25ct piece soon and while the company said we can do 2 threads, I think of the bulk that would be like placing 8 floss strands through each hole. as you come up and down and back to your next square. I went and read a lot of comments on this and some women have started projects and thrown them out as they noticed the material bunching up because of the use of to many threads. I am doing 1 thread over 1 hole on a 22ct piece and it is covering beautifully. If you cut down on your next project to 2 strands you will notice when you cut a piece of floss it will give you 3 2strand pieces to use. More floss to go further on your project and it covers very nicely. I will have my picture up tomorrow of my 14ct I am working on.
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• Philippines
29 Jul 11
You really know your way aroun cross stitch. I'll gonna check your pictures here if you will post it. Good luck.. :)
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@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
31 Jul 11
I was thinking of getting back into the project I started in China, but I still haven't done so. I went to look for it and it took a while to find it, but I did finally do so. I don't know how long I will actually work on it, but I hope to do at least a little bit. I still have to finish the final project for my class, but I am not too worried about it. It is a scenery picture from a place in China and it is really complicated to me. Maybe when it is finished I will take a picture and upload it. I will talk to you later.
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@marie2052 (3697)
• United States
1 Aug 11
I would love to see it sometime! I know there is such a difference in China stitchery and ours. I took my piece in one day when I was getting some chinese food. The lady knows me personally and she come out to view what I was working on and tried to tell me about personally about china stitchery.
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@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
1 Aug 11
One thing I noticed when I bought my first big project was that they insisted on making the grids on the fabric to make it easier to follow the patter. After she finished putting the grid on, she then showed me how to actually do the stitching correctly. That was never done when I purchased kits when I was younger so it is no wonder that I was never successful in completing a project. I hope that when my niece comes back to the states that she is able to bring the one that I finished there. I can't say that I saw any other major differences except the actual pictures. Have a great week!!!
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@cerebellum (3871)
• United States
30 Jul 11
Right now I am working on snowflake magnets that will be Christmas presents. I don't really know if I usually use 14 or 22 count. I am not very creative and have to buy the kits. Then I just follow the directions. I know I usually do counted cross stitch, and sometimes I mess up the count but if the problem can't be repaired, it comes out okay anyway.
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@marie2052 (3697)
• United States
1 Aug 11
You know I have a friend that is a complete perfectionist front and back etc on her stitching. I stitch because I have chonic pain all the time. It takes my mind off the pain. Mostly because I am concentrating on something else. I have another girlfriend that also cross stitches and she has some of the same illnesses I have. She said if you make a mistake, and you don't go back and rip it up it makes for a unique cross stitch piece that you made. She made me feel good about my cross stitching again and that we should enjoy our craft and not make so much about the perfection. And more than likely, we are the only ones that can SEE the mistake! Thanks so much for sharing!
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• United States
1 Aug 11
You are right! I used to be terrible about doing the project perfect! I was telling someone about some piece I was doing, and the colors were similar and I made a mistake. She said something about if they were so similar nobody could tell there was a mistake anyway. She was right of course and I try to let some things go but sometimes it is hard.
• United States
11 Nov 12
I haven't cross stitched in about 8 yrs. I honestly haven't finished a single project I attempted. I'd get to a certain point and then I'd mess up and get mad as most kids only give you so much thread only to rip it out The last thing I did was to put my daughters name on a blanket I made her for her baptisim.
@marie2052 (3697)
• United States
16 Nov 12
Thats awesome! yea I dont do the kits now either. I just buy the patterns and then kit up the floss and buy the material. That way I can adjust the size depending on the count of the material.
@neildc (17253)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
29 Jul 11
i tried cross-stitching before but i wasn't good at it. but my wife is very good and is really into cross stitching. she had done a lot of pieces, small, medium, large. from the last supper, to horoscopes, to praying hands and to ladies. i can't remember all their names. she even accepts orders but only for closed friends. now she is doing the waiting for ships, a mermaid piece.
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@marie2052 (3697)
• United States
1 Aug 11
That sounds awesome the piece she is working on that you described! I am amazed how many men do cross stitch. With that you had me think of another story on cross stitch
@pacrptc (231)
• United States
30 Jul 11
no... but i am trying to learn on my spare time... i think it is very fun and interested... i am a crocheter myself but i love variety
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@BarBaraPrz (20699)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
29 Jul 11
stitch stitch stitch - Cross-stitching smiley.
I currently have three projects on the go, and recently finished a fourth (5x7" two pears and a flower). I work on a 12x8" pic of four kittens in bed when I'm at the policing centre, and a 5x7" portrait of a Lady at home. Then there's the get well card I started on a shopping trip with a friend (she spends way too much time looking at shoes and clothes) that I keep in my purse, so I'm never bored.
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@surekharathi (14134)
• India
20 Dec 12
I am not interested in cross stitching but in school life we all friends are enjoyed when do this in craft period.