Cross Stitching Fun

I have been working on a project on and off for a few weeks now and am finally ready to announce it to the world. I didn’t want to tell people what I was doing in case it crashed and burned and I looked like an idiot. No one wants to look like an idiot. But, surprises of all surprises, I have managed to successfully complete – my very first cross stitch!

I would like to start by declaring that cross stitch should be made COMPULSORY for everyone. It is more fun than riding a bicycle upside down and it is relaxing and therapeutic. You can sit and make little crosses on a piece of material that will all eventually add up to equal one giant picture – who wouldn’t want to do that?!

I bought a cross stitch pattern from a little store in a Parisian arcade called Le Bonheur des Dames (The Happiness of Ladies or The Ladies’ Paradise.) It should be extended to Le Bonheur des Toute le Monde because the entire world can gain happiness from this craft activity. At first I was scared by what I had put myself up against – there was a pattern (in French), a few instructions (in French), the linen to put the pattern onto and lots of coloured pieces of thread. What to do?!

Thankfully, we live in a world where if you want to know how to do something, all you have to do is turn to YouTube and someone will have wasted their lives making “How-To” videos. So I learnt how to cross stitch with a lady named Vickie Pavone. Once I started, I couldn’t stop. I complained to my running buddy, Becky, one morning about having a sore neck, blaming it on sleeping in a strange position. That evening I picked up my cross stitch and realised I had ‘Cross-Stitch Neck’ where you tilt your head on a slight angle for a few hours, trying to get the best light to tackle those crosses. I had a sore neck for days.

Cross stitch

What a lovely class room!

The great thing about cross stitch is that you can start it one day, stop for a while, and then come back later when you have more time. This week I put the final touches on my piece and am very happy with the results. I need to work on my backstitch technique as I find it very hard to make round corners. I’m sure there must be a trick to it. I’ll have to ask Vickie.

Now that I have mastered this piece I want to start designing my own patterns. I added a little bit of “Jess” to my school room scene – 10 points for the person who spots it first.

Chocolate stain

I also added a bit of chocolate for some extra flavour

 

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8 Responses to “Cross Stitching Fun”

  1. Deanna says:

    As someone who is still spending a lot of time in classrooms – I love it!!!
    1 + 1 = 3 ??????????????? is that you??

  2. Jess says:

    TEN POINTS!!! Well done, Deanna. You win :)

  3. Ange says:

    If it makes you feel better, cross-stitch is generally not really about rounded corners. You tend to do half-stitches, so they’ll be one full diagonal and a half back diagonal. So it looks like / and then half a \ going back across, stopping in the middle of the / – if that makes sense (or the other way around of course, depending what side your curve is!). A lot of these on alternating rows add up to a curve, and then the curve is defined by your backstitch.

    But my biggest tip is this – keep it neat. The neater you can do your stitches, including the neatness of locking the thread on the back of the cloth, the easier it is to do your backstitch. The backstitch is easiest to do on alternating squares, and then travelling back over those stitches to fill in the gaps.

    In case you can’t tell, I have done a lot of cross-stitch in my time 😛

  4. Chuck's admirer says:

    I’m very impressed and proud of your cross-stitch, Jess.

  5. Chuck's admirer says:

    That should read – I’m proud of you.

  6. Chuck's admirer says:

    I don’t know where to find those smiley faces!?

  7. Jess says:

    Hahaha… Thanks Chuck’s Fan Club. To make a smiley face you use a colon : and then a closed bracket ) . Or you can use colon : and then a capital D. Or a capital P. No spaces in between. Welcome to the world of emoticons!

  8. Jess says:

    Oh next time I visit you we are having a cross stitch session! Actually, let’s rent a cottage in the countryside somewhere and spend the ENTIRE TIME cross stitching, drinking cups of tea and discussing our grand children or the grandchildren of people we know.

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