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As you have probably gathered, I enjoy cross-stitching. I enjoy it a lot! I’m not a very artistic person. Heck, I can’t even draw. Stick figures is about as good as it gets. Lucky for me, I found an artistic format that I’m good at. Cross-stitch.
I started cross-stitching when I was about 18 years old. I didn’t fare very well on my first project. It was Suzy’s Zoo. I remember giving up on it when I just couldn’t figure it out. I decided to try my hand at needlepoint, which is similar to cross-stitch only, yarn is used instead of floss.
My first needlepoint project was a stamped project, so there was no counting required. My completed project looked OK until my grandmother pointed out some errors and gave me advice on how to stitch properly and neatly. For example, my crosses were every which way. I didn’t realize that you had to stitch from left to right and cross the stitch from right to left. I had lefts, rights…you name it. Nevertheless, she took my completed needlepoint and turned it into a pillow by adding a cushion, and backing, and a ribbon around the pillow. My grandmother didn’t know this pillow would be priceless to me.
My grandmother was an amazingly talented women. How I love her so! I don’t think there wasn’t anything she couldn’t do. She often stitched without a pattern and created at whim. Here’s a short video of her work prepared by my cousin shortly after she passed away.
It was then that I decided to try my hand at cross-stitching again. I found my old project and patiently pulled out all the previous stitching and started from scratch. I was much better at it this time around. I wasn’t very familiar with quarter stitches and three-quarter stitches, but the more I stitched, the easier it became.
I’ve made a lot of projects over the year. I figured it was about time I’d showcase my work for all to see.