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I’ve Learned to Cross Stitch!

After watching several Fat Quarter Shop FlossTube episodes and oogling over all of the super cute cross stitch patterns available, I finally gave it a try.

Oh my word! It’s so relaxing. I love stitching away and watching the pattern come together. I love counting the little squares and not having to trace a pattern. That was the one thing I didn’t like about embroidery. It seemed like no matter how carefully I traced a pattern, it never turned out quite like the designers. 

I’ve purchased so many cross stitch supplies. If you saw the cross stitch drawer in my sewing room, you would think that I had been cross stitching for years. Is anyone else pandemic panic shopping for crafting supplies? With supply chain delays and shipping delays, you never know when something is going to be back in stock once it sells out. I’ve been jumping at the opportunity to purchase floss and patterns as soon as they are offered or I receive a notification that something is back in stock. I know. It’s bad.

I love the little Cross Stitch Card Sets from Lori Holt. They’re tiny, super cute and perfect for a first project. My husband picked the pattern. It’s Hot Chocolate from Bee In My Bonnet Stitch Cards Set C and the coordinating DMC Thread Pack. I also picked 10 Count Evenweave cloth to stitch on. I love the big holes. My eyesight is terrible, so it’s nice to not feel like I’m straining to see where to stitch.

I miscounted the mug stitches. I don’t think anyone would even know unless I showed them the original pattern. I really didn’t want to rip the mug out again. I had already stitched it once, but you couldn’t see the chevron at all, so I switched the light blue from 597 to 598. It made such a huge difference.

Here’s a picture of using the called for colors. I kept thinking that maybe the chevron would stand out more once I finished the mug, but it didn’t.

This is what the wrong side looks like. I tried to keep everything neat and tidy.

I’ve been “Googling” ways to finish this, but I haven’t settled on anything yet. I would love to have a little winter themed bunting hanging from the mantle this year, so that’s one idea. I also think it would be a really cute ornament. I’ll have to think about it some more. I’m sure Pinterest has a ton of ideas.

I’m hoping to start the Prim Stitch Series soon. I felt completely overwhelmed when I took out the border pattern. I had no idea where to start, so I put it away. I’ll give it a try again once I finish a few more smaller projects.  

Happy Wednesday!


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