Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Cross Stitch Projects

Cross Stitch - it's a wonderful way to spend extra time. I've found it a great way to keep my hands busy while listening or watching something. Many a happy hour has been spent watching a movie with my family while stitching and crossing strands of colorful thread. I've also gotten the chance to listen to different lectures or music while feeling like I'm actually accomplishing something. There's no end to things you can create!

I've cross stitched a few pillowcase sets and a scripture verse for my hope chest, and am currently working on a rather time-consuming tablecloth. It's fun to watch things bloom underneath my fingertips!

We were invited to two different weddings this September, and I decided to do something for the gifts that was a little more personal. So, I dug out the cross stitch book that had a different pattern and border ideas, a gift from Luke and Michele for Christmas. Part of the fun was in looking through the book and deciding what I wanted to stitch in which colors.

The towels for Susan were the first I embellished. I got the real cross stitch towels available in the craft section of Walmart.

When I wanted to begin the towels for Rachel, we didn't have time to drive to the only Walmart around that still carries cloth items. So, Mom picked me up these towels that had space for stitching, though they weren't the real cross stitch fabric with holes. They still worked well, though it was a bit more difficult to get the spaces even.

Closeups of the stitching. These were a joy to make and didn't take too long to complete. It was so much fun to see the patterns form under my fingers, and I was ecstatically happy and uplifted as I finished each beautiful project.

Do you enjoy embroidering? It's really not that hard to learn, and there's so much you can do. I've got ideas for quite a few projects, but finding the time is hard. However, it's a great thing to do while watching or listening to a program, making the most of every available moment.


Becky K said...

I loved your pictures - your projects turned out beautifully. I am sure the recipients of your gifts loved them. I do not know how to embroider or cross-stitch. I would love to learn how....that and sewing. More things to add to my list of "to-learn" for homemaking. Any suggestions?

Bekah said...

Those are simply beautiful!!! I love to cross-stitch. Haven't done it for a while though. Mommy and I went through some needlepoint kits tonight and I am looking forward to starting one. Though I must confess I have a hard time starting and finishing them, I don't make the time:\ don't know why, I really enjoy doing them. Anyway, I admire you girls.

Bekah said...

Me again:) Just wanna let you know, I added the Maidens For Modesty button to my blog!!!

Anna S said...

I love cross-stitch too; it's so easy and satisfying! :) Thank you for sharing your work with us!

Beverly said...

Beautiful projects -- I'm sure the recipients were very excited. I haven't stitched in so long - I need to get back to it!

Robert said...

Very nice work! it's nice when you can make items for your house.In the Jane Austen movies you would see the young women working on some type of stitching/sewing project.

Lydia said...

Cross-stitching is so fun!
I enjoy doing it too!

Anna Naomi said...

Becky K, I'm pretty sure there are cross stitch how-to books you can get in craft sections. I'd recommend starting with a project that is cross stitch printed on the cloth; then you just have to stitch where the symbols are and it's not so confusing about how to count!

Bekah, I've added you to the Maidens for Modesty list. Yes, I enjoy cross stitching a lot yet don't always make the time... I guess that's because there's so much else to do.

Anna S, exactly!

Beverly, I'm sure you're busy with your sweet little girl, but cross stitch is something you can do in spare moments.

Robert, I've always enjoyed watching old-fashioned movies where the women always had their hands busy. We could learn a lot from them!

Lydia, thanks for stopping by our blog! I enjoyed seeing the projects you have on yours.

Ella said...

I love to cross-stitch as well. I have found that it is good to do as I watch a movie or listen to Radio Drama or Adventures in Odyssey. It helps me feel less lazy.

Right now, I am working on a big project...and I have been for months. It had better be done for Christmas. It is a nativity scene, so no wonder I need it. (Besides, friends are getting things too!)

Rebekah S. said...

What an awesome post!! You are so talented!! Please tell me the name of that cross-stitch book you have! I would love to find it hopefully somewhere. Are there any particular books that you recommend? I don't really know how to cross-stitch all that much. My mom does, though, and she's made beautiful projects for our home. She's planning on teaching me, but I need to find some books that have projects/patterns. Because I can't do a thing without a pattern! lol I'm just not talented in that area. :)

Those projects are beautiful!! I was blown away by how beautiful they look! Did you use a project book for each of those? If so, which one? lol :) What a blessing it is to meet another girl who has a hopechest! That beautiful tradition is not as common as it once was, so it's such a joy to meet girls who do that! My grandfather is a carpenter and I hope he will make me one for my 16th birthday(not until July :)). I can't wait to learn how to knit, embroider, cross-stitch, crochet more, etc.(do you have any books that your recommend for these areas-that include instructions on how to learn/do that specific task, patterns, project ideas, etc. ?), so that I can begin making items for it! I have Rebecca Wilson's book, but have not really read much of it yet.

Those items make such beautiful and treasured gifts! Those kinds of things (like the handmade items for your hopechest) will be perfect for family heirlooms, passed down through the generations!

Thanks for sharing with us!

So true about it being a great way to spend your time while listening to something or watching a movie, etc. When I was crocheting a baby blanket for my cousin, I would often listen to Vision Forum lectures at the same time. What a great way to not be idle, but to really use every moment to the best of your ability! That's really becoming a Proverbs 31 woman, in the area of not eating the bread of idleness!