I am going through Mod R’s helpful emails of blog topics, and one of them mentioned questions about crafting projects. Here is the obligatory crafting tax.
What is this? It’s a mystery. Hehe. If you look in the close up above, you will see so many split stitches. Not the diagonal single strand one, but the split stitch where half of it is one color and the other half the other color and they are both going through the center of the square. I am hoping this will look pretty when the backstitching (outlining with darker thread) is in, but meanwhile I have never had to do so many split stitches ever. Ever.
I have switched to cross stitch from knitting for two reasons. One, it’s hot. Two, someone sent me this amazing bag for Christmas.
It didn’t come with a card, and nobody owned up to it. All my cross stitch stuffs fit in there perfectly, so it’s very portable, protected from pet hair, and easy to take on vacation.
I think it’s the colors for me. The brightly colored floss is so therapeutic somehow.
Several people asked me where I get the patterns. I bought one on Amazon as a kit, I made one out of an image, which was free for noncommercial use, and I bought this one off Etsy. Etsy is a good place for patterns. I am very enamored of this cross stitch pattern shop in particular: the Stitch Fairy Co.
I like this. That’s right, fear me, puny mortals.
I broke down and bought a pattern from a Chinese company. Unfortunately, while some Chinese cross stitch kit sellers are ethical, there are a few who are using copyrighted images without any compensation to the artist. They are stealing artwork.
I really wanted this kit, because it looks like a drawing of Kid 1, so I did a ton of research. This particular image is unique to this company – nobody else is using it, and Google wasn’t able to find it anywhere else in whole or in part. I ordered the kit and so we will see what happens.
If you are a particularly ambitious cross stitcher and want a challenge, there is always HAED. Heaven and Earth Designs. These are massive, full coverage charts.
I am not brave enough to attempt one of those. It would take years and I would get bored and abandon it. Mad respect to anyone who actually finishes one of these pieces.
And that concludes the crafting update. I would show you my craft room but it is empty except for the massive bags of yarn. That will be a separate post.