So I've just gotten into cross stitching a few months ago and decided I would cross stitch my Christmas gifts for my best friend from college and her fiance. I didn't actually finish these until yesterday, but since I spent New Year's Eve with them, they actually got to watch me in the process of making them. These are the first two cross stitch projects I have ever completed.
This one is for the friend.
She loves this word. I got the pattern from the Subversive Cross Stitch website. I only did three hearts instead of five. I messed up the count on the stitching of the "N" which in turn made the hearts unevenly spaced. But I think that it adds to the silliness.
This one is for her fiance.
This pattern came free when I bought "Truthiness" and he is big on Obama, so I knew this would be perfect. I didn't stretch the Aida cloth as evenly as I thought I did, so the white around the stitching is a bit off. Oh well.
Both of them really liked their gifts and they sit proudly on a bookshelf and dresser in their bedroom. It was a good learning experience for me and now I have a more realistic idea of how long it takes to cross stitch. I didn't think to clock my time but I'm sure it took me at least 50 hours to get both pieces done. My only regret is that I didn't think to sign my work. I might have write my name on the mat frames the next time I'm there.
And because it rare for them to get playtime, here are the backs of these two pieces.
I clipped the loose threads. I know the back is supposed to be a neat and clean reverse image, but I just couldn't make it happen. I'm going to search the forum and the internet, but if you have any tips, feel free to suggest them here.
Thanks for looking and enduring this long post.