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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / X for Cross Stitchers 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.

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cross Stitched Plaid 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.

3  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Dreamer from Georgia on: June 29, 2009 04:19:38 PM
I've been drooling over the beautiful creations on this site for months. I'm especially impressed by the people who can see an ordinary object's component potential and turn it into something unexpectedly fabulous.

I'm one of those people who dabbles in all sorts of crafts, primarily painting, crochet and, most recently, sewing. Except for crochet and counted cross stitch, I tend to work without specific patterns and just go with the flow. There's something so relaxing about the simple act of smoothing paint onto a piece of wood, the feel of yarn slipping through my fingers, and drawing a needle through fabric.

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