Thursday, August 23, 2018

Starting something ‘New’! Counted Cross Stitch

I’ve been wanting to start a new craft project and decided to try cross stitch again!

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(a cute project in the magazine I bought)

I loved it years ago but then got interested in other sewing projects and ‘paper’ projects. I’m still making around 6 cards a week to give to the Hospice patients I meet but I wanted to try something different.

I’ve been encouraged by several of my blog friends. Arlene from Nanaland sent me an Early American cross stitch chart awhile back.

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And Sandi from I Majored in Home Economics sent me these charts.

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I need to start small and these Christmas patterns will be fun to make.

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Thanks to both of these sweet blog friends. They have done posts on how to get started and share the projects they are working on. Sam at Farm Girl Sam shows what she’s working on too and always has an encouraging word!

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Fall colors are my favorites. I found this old 1998 Cross Stitch magazine at the thrift store for 5 cents.

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I bought some 14 count Aida cloth and picked out some pretty DMC thread in the colors of Autumn!

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So that’s what I’ve started.

A small Fall project! And so far, I’m loving it!

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This ISN’T what I’ve stitched! I’m not THAT good already!

I just chose a portion of this chart to start!

(photo from magazine, leaves from my driveway)

What are you working on this week?

I’m joining Thankful Thursdays.

35 comments:

Sandy said...

Yea! I can't wait to see what you come up with.
Happy Stitching!

Janey and Co. said...

I am thinking that you can do just about anything...

Susie said...

Diane, You are a Jill of all crafts. LOL. I love needlework. I do not do it. My daughters have. I use the small things they have make on my Christmas tree. I can not wait to see your project. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I use to cross stitch but don't see well enough now. I'm so glad you will try this hobby again. I'll enjoy seeing your creations! I am almost ready for some Fall colors myself! Hugs!

Sandra said...

My mother loved cross stitch. I am looking at a church she did, it looks like my dad's church... he framed it for her, and I brought it home when she died in 1990... she tried to teach me, I did one cute owl... ha ha, the words I wanted to say while doing that 4 inch owl... I have zero patience with all crafts. these look like fun and I am thinking you will love it. maybe even make them as cards for your hospice... have fun

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

I love cross stich, Diane! I've stitched many pieces over the years and have made gifts and pieces that hang in our home. My eyes won't allow me to do it any longer--shoot! I'm sure you are going to enjoy the pretty piece you are starting on--very pretty. Enjoy yourself! ♥

Anonymous said...

Those sunflowers are going to be really sweet! What lovely stash enhancements your friends gifted you! Love the projects in the magazine and what a great price to get it for! Looking forward to seeing your stitching!

Ariadne said...

Welcome to the counted cross stitch obsession!AriadnefromGreece!

Arlene Grimm said...

So glad you are rejoining the cross stitch tribe Diane!!? It is such a great community.

Terri D said...

I'm not working on anything right now but I have started a little folder with a couple of projects in it. I need to get motivated!! Your projects are cute and I look forward to seeing your progress!!

Jeanna said...

I don't have those kinds of skills for but love to see cross stitching. I really like the one about chocolate (: I hope you share your finished projects and this is a perfect idea for Christmas presents. Fall colors for throw pillows and the like are my favorites too.

Tom said...

...I tried it years ago when my vision was better, today it would impossible.

Connie said...

I've never tried cross stitch, but your projects look lovely. I really like the one that you've started. As for me, I'll just be busy cleaning house after all of our company. Then I want to get Steve's help and wash all the windows inside and out before the weather turns cold. It will be nice to have them all nice an clean before getting all cozy for the winter.
Keep Smiling!
Connie :)

Ann Thompson said...

I love the look of cross stitch but found I don't have the patience for it. Maybe if I tackled small projects. I wish I could say I'm working on something but I haven't done anything

Out on the prairie said...

I have drawn a few for people, but there are softwares to make them also

Latane Barton said...

Hi, I used to cross stitch... so many years ago, I don't even want to think about it. Have fun going back to something you enjoyed. Can't wait to see what you do.

Carole said...

Cross stitch is great to do - I used to do a lot... I'll have to look my stuff out. Cheers from Carole's chatter

happyone said...

I enjoy cross stitching too. It is very time consuming but relaxing.

Michelle said...

I love cross stitch and did it many years ago. Best of luck with your endeavors and I look forward to seeing your projects. Thanks for linking up today!

Vee said...

Definitely not working on cross stitch, but I do remember the good old days when I loved it well. Those little patterns look like da bomb!

Bee Lady said...

I am working on decorating our upstairs, and canning tomato juice tomorrow. I’m hoping to have some time for crochet tomorrow evening. I used to do a lot of cross stitch. Love the dog riding the bike and the sunflowers! Enjoy your new-old hobby!

Cindy

Lorrie said...

It's great to start new projects, especially as the season changes. I used to do cross stitch, but never really enjoyed it. I did a piece for each of our children, and one for my mom, but I was happy to put it aside. Sticking the needle into EXACTLY the right hole over and over was too much for me. I prefer embroidery, and I've just started a new project - embroidering some lavender sachets. I need little projects just now.

BeachGypsy said...

Diane I like everything you picked out and I just know you'll do great at these! How long does it take to do a project like these? I've never done anything like this and I pretty much think I would be awful at it! ha ha LOL No patience for sewing or crocheting anything like this, which makes me appreciate it all the more to see what people who CAN DO IT, what they create! well, it's almost the weekend, y'all going anywhere or have any fun plans?

Lynn said...

Have fun with your renewed hobby:@)

Cranberry Morning said...

Good for you for starting a new needlework project! My project is going to books, trying to decide what I can give away. LOL And I just realized today that I need to sew myself a new canvas bag, something with a pretty fall floral. Good luck with your project. xo

Carla from The River said...

Hi,
I did a cross stitch many many years ago. I enjoyed it. I am excited for you.
One of my treasured Christmas gifts is a small cross stitch from a friend. It is so sweet and small, framed in a little gold frame.

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

It is a pretty pattern and design. Have fun with your new hobby and stitching.
We are seeing leaves and acorns all over our driveway. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Gina said...

Diane, how exciting to start a new adventure! I am betting that your cross stitch will be beautiful! I love to look at cross stitch but that is not my gift (well, looking is but not stitching!). xo

Net - "It's a Wonderful Movie" said...

My dear friend just picked up doing this, too! I think she finds it fun to create something and peaceful! She's made some very pretty things! Have a wonderful time creating yours! :)
Blessings, Net

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

Oh my, you have quite a lovely collection project possibilities. What fun you shall have. I like counted cross stitch, but it's been years since I've tackled anything in earnest.

Wishing you a lovely weekend... B

Lowcarb team member said...

Happy Stitching!

All the best Jan

Angie said...

I love cross-stitching, so your post made me very happy. You have some exciting projects ahead of you. Big ones are spectacular when they are done, but small ones give us a quicker sense of satisfaction! Now that I have finished my tea towels, I have started on a cross-stitch that my oldest sister gave me for my retirement. I will probably put that to the side for a while to work on some Christmas decorations - I couldn't get in the mood for that in July and August!

Red Rose Alley said...

Cross stitching is such a lovely hobby. Please show us your projects when you're finished. I love all those pretty threads of Fall colors. Cross stitching reminds me of something that our grandmothers worked on. It's such a treasure to have something that is cross stitched. : )

~Sheri

Jeannie said...

This week I am working on canning the vegetables from the garden. Winter is when I get to sit down and sew. I couldn't sew now if I wanted to. My sewing machine is hidden under about 4 feet of things needing to be mended.

I love to cross-stitch and also quilt and would love to see your projects when they are finished.

Jeannie@GetMeToTheCountry

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

What fun projects. I used to do cross stitch a zillion years ago, and still love it - but don't think I'll take it up again. Right now I am crocheting shawls for christmas gifts for the girls in the family - I'm just about done with shawl number four and then I can wrap them and have them all ready for the holidays. Not sure what I'll tackle next - looking for some fun ideas.