Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Cross Stitch

So I have re-entered the world of cross stitching, my first serious crafting hobby. I haven't stitched in a long time and I wanted a creative hobby other than reading.  Here's some projects I completed/works in progress:

1. Sutter's Fort Bookmark
Completed project (not finished): https://www.instagram.com/p/Bevo2SxBgSD/?taken-by=tearainbook

This was a kit from The Posy Collection; I picked the kit up from the gift shop at Sutter's Fort (located in Sacramento, California) and then I packed up and moved to England and never got around to actually making the thing. So it was the first project I did in January to get me to remember how to cross stitch. One of the color floss was missing from the kit; luckily, my local art and crafts store on base had the color in stock. After finishing this project, the last thing I want to get is ink on my hard work. Rather than a bookmark, I will be mounting it in a frame to hang.

2. Just Cross Stitch Magazine Year of Mini-Bunnies SAL
In progress picture: https://www.instagram.com/p/BhOjghWBO33/?taken-by=tearainbook)

This has been a really fun project so far. I have used different shades of the color than the ones called for in the project instructions for three out of the four blocks. Looking at mounting this in a frame to hang, but I have 8 more months/blocks to go. The hard part of this project is keeping track of where in the pattern I finished and where to pick up - I am using a pen to cross out lines that I have already stitched, so I won't be using the pattern again.

I definitely recommend the Just Cross Stitch magazine. It has a variety of projects at variety of stitching levels (Beginner, Confident Beginner, Moderate/Intermediate, Advanced) plus they put out two special edition collections: Halloween and Christmas Ornaments.

3. "Nevertheless, She Persisted" 
In progress picture: https://www.instagram.com/p/BgCLbl7jBqv/?taken-by=tearainbook

This was my first kit or pattern from Subversive Cross Stitch.com and it was so easy that it is my quickest completed project to date. Nice balance of decoration and message.

I listen to podcasts while I cross stitch. I can't do audiobooks while I stitch because I end up screwing up my stitch count or I miss huge parts of the book. Audiobooks work better when I am playing on the PlayStation or coloring. In May, I am participating in the #30for30 crafting challenge (30 minutes per day for 30 days), hosted by The Crafting Geek.com.

Until next time, happy reading and happy stitching!

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