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« on: March 26, 2014 02:14:02 PM »

I have a daily commute of about 1,5 hour and during that time on the train, I normally do cross stitch. I'm not too big on the finished result of cross stitch, but I need to keep my hands busy, it's easy to transport and the repetitiveness is almost like meditation to me. Plus I know my stitching is fairly neat, it's by far my best craft, so that's rewarding as well. The only problem is, when I finish them, most of the times I just stick them in a box and never look at them again.

I stitch Christmas and birthday cards for elderly relatives and my mum, but I'm not really sure what do with my other finished work. I take small, uncomplicated projects with me: not too many colours, not much bigger than 5/6". I've stitched some funny things to hang up in my home, but there's only so many cross stitch you can put up with in your house, especially as I want to leave some space for the more complicated craft stuff that I'd much rather display. I'm a quilter as well and I've been told I should use them as panels in quilts, but I just can't picture it not turning out looking horribly old fashioned (in a bad way).


Does anyone one here have brilliant, non-boring finishing ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2014 02:17:18 PM »

I feel your pain. I have so many pieces that I need to do something with. What about putting them all together in some sort of quilt or blanket. A tote bag, book or tablet cover, patch for a sweater.
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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2014 05:00:09 PM »

A few ideas: You could stick to stitching holiday themed patterns and display them in your home during the correct season. That way you could stitch multiple things and simply switch them out when the holiday is over. Of course this idea would only work if you had the storage for the off season projects.
You could stitch certain patterns to be donated to charities that take your cross stitched squares and make them into quilts for premature babies, burn victims, etc.
You could make more friends and cross stitch gifts for them during the holidays and their birthdays. You could cross stitch trading cards and trade them with fellow craftsters.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2014 06:32:11 AM »

Love the idea of trading cards.
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« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2014 04:48:31 PM »

I usually give it away because like you, I enjoy making cross stitch projects but don't care to display them.
How about joining the embroidery hoop trend? Easy and inexpensive without a large commitment of display.
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« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2014 06:55:40 PM »

I frame some of my projects or turn them into a hoopla.
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« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2014 08:58:25 AM »

Whilst in some cases the pattern may have to be designed for certain 'finisher ideas', you can turn patterns in to bookmarks, keychains or jewellery, if you know how. If not a lot of crafting writers have the odd tutorial here or there.

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« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2014 07:31:16 PM »

I tend to frame my projects and give them as gifts. It can get pricey, so I just collect frames from my local thrift shops.
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« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2014 04:05:08 PM »

I frame my works and either give them away, hang them up in my house somewhere, or try to sell them on Etsy.  Sometimes I sew them into pillows, or find other things to work them into.
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