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1  X for Cross Stitchers in Needlework: Completed Projects by BookishDreamer on: July 24, 2015 11:20:22 AM
Graph or grid paper is a cross stitchers best friend because it is perfect for creating projects to stitch on aida fabric. I was never a good math student, but I loved geometry because it required graph paper. Cleaning out some boxes during a recent relocation, I rediscovered a handful of pages that had been saved from my school days. The most common design was a big X.

Heres my interpretation with thread. The stitched area measures 4-7/8 inches x 5-1/4 inches on 14 count aida.

I even took the basic design a couple of steps further by narrowing the color scheme (16 shades of pink!!) and filling the gaps. It has a completely different feel. The stitched area is 3-3/4 inches by 5-1/8 inches on 14 count aida.

FYI...tidy little stitches lined up in tight rows make me swoon.

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2  Cross Stitched Plaid in Needlework: Completed Projects by BookishDreamer on: April 16, 2015 02:04:17 PM
One day I had a bag full of unlabeled embroidery floss from old projects and wanted to find a use for it. I stitched diagonal rows and a plaid pattern started taking shape. If you like repetitive patterns that don't require much thought, use up a good amount of floss, and result in a dense pattern, give this a try.

And for bonus points, sit your camera directly on the finished piece and snap a picture. The macro image may turn out to be more interesting than the original cross stitch.

Happy Stitching!


UPDATE July 6, 2015: Apparently I posted the pictures in April and never came back to see if anyone commented. I got a bit of a shock today when it showed up on a Mr X Stitch post as the Craftster Pick of the Month! http://www.mrxstitch.com/craftster-pick-of-the-month-bookishdreamers-plaid/ And then I discovered that it had also been chosen as a Featured Project on Craftster in April. Thanks for taking an interest in my work!

To answer a few of the questions that were previously posted:

The stitched size is 4-3/8 inches x 3-3/4 inches on 14 count black aida.

I dont have plans to make anything out of it. When I finish a cross stitch project, I toss it into a box with all of my other completed pieces and start a new project. I enjoyed the process of stitching this design so much that I created several plaids with other color combinations and a couple of bookmarks. Each is unique because decisions about the color combinations and width of the color stripes were made on-the-fly.   

This pattern is very good for finished objects that require a clean back with no stray threads, such as a bookmark. Some people actually like the back better than the front because stitching on the diagonal creates such an interesting design.

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