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« on: April 12, 2009 09:05:28 AM »

I have been teaching myself (stamped) cross stitch and embroidery. I have just been starting a project that is all embroidery, I really like it and now seem to prefer it over cross stitch (course I am only doing the back stitches but I seem to be better at embroidery).

Do you prefer cross stitch or embroidery?
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« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2009 09:16:05 AM »

I am in constant awe of all the incredibly talented cross-stitchers on this site, but my first love is/was/will be embroidery!

I have done a few small counted x-stitch and some larger stamped projects, but I just get glazed over with all those little x's!

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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2009 10:28:57 AM »

I like a lot of the cross stitch projects I see on craftster because a lot of craftster peeps design their own cross stitch patterns and they are very cool and creative patterns. 

But as for me, I prefer embroidery because it is "free-form" and I do not have to count squares Wink  And I love that in an embroidery piece you can do different kinds of stitches to get different textures or effects.

« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2009 07:48:37 PM »

But as for me, I prefer embroidery because it is "free-form" and I do not have to count squares Wink  And I love that in an embroidery piece you can do different kinds of stitches to get different textures or effects.

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« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2009 07:23:41 AM »

I enjoy them both because you get such a different look from both. I usually have a cross stitch piece going on while I'm working on other things and pick it up a little bit each day and work on it.  I embroider much faster so it's more instant gratification.

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« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2009 09:32:48 AM »

I like the organization of cross stitch, getting to highlight the little squares on the pattern as I stitch them gives me a great sense of satisfaction.  It fascinates me that a bunch of multicolored X's can make a large scale picture too.

I'm not big on DOING embroidery myself.  Much like drawing, I have a heck of a time getting things to come out looking like anything other than a mess. 

I'm a lot less free form and happier with a pattern, even if I create the pattern myself. 

Out of the look of either bit of stitching, I enjoy both sorts.  I love how needlepoint can really capture a picture, and the effect coloring the fabric underneath has to add shading. 

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« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2009 10:36:34 AM »

i'm a cross-stitcher first and an embroider second. Smiley

i have OCD and find the counting and order of cross-stitch alleviates my symptoms in other areas of my life.  i also find it challenging to make my own patterns. Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2009 12:34:33 AM »

Cross-stitcher is my first & only love.  Please don't tell my cats or hubby. Grin

I love the repetition of all my little x's.  It is relaxing.  I also love pixel art too.  I have always thought there might be something to this, lol.  I get excited when I see the beautiful shading in my work with all my different x's. 

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« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2009 01:56:07 PM »

I love embroidery for the creativeness and freedom. I love cross stitch for the relaxation. If I want to mentally turn off and just stitch it's cross stitch process that does that for me, while embroidery is little more like work but I'm more excited by the end product.

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« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2009 03:33:43 PM »

I was an obsessive cross stitcher for a long time.  Then I "discovered" embroidery a year and half ago.  I enjoy embroidery because there are a lot of effects I cannot get with cross stitch - the curved lines, the textures, the variations in stitch sizes.  I've been adding more cross stitch back into the mix lately.  It's a nice to switch between the two different types of stitching.  If I had to choose one type though, it would be embroidery over cross stitch at this point, but luckily I don't have to.  Wink
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