You know when you start a new dicipline and you're so busy learning the trade that you don't have time for anything else? I'm like that with cross stitch at the moment. Me being me I can't use anyone elses patterns so everything I am stitching is something I've designed myself using graph paper. Well. That TAKES AGES when you're a novice like me! And then theres the stitching itself, it too takes a while, so I feel like I've made very little in the past few months. Also, everything I am making is presents and very little is finished, so I can't share much here yet either. But here are two pieces that I can share:
I blogged about starting this first piece a few months ago- it's a quote from an Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros song. I finally handed it over to our friends in April. They loved it, and sent me a photo of it in it's new home (I love when people do that). As a first piece I was very pleased with it (despite forgetting that darned apostrophe)!
My second and third pieces haven't been gifted yet (I really need to get on that); in fact the third is still in the hoop. But I used a different hoop to make this piece here:
It's our friends in pixelform. I like this, it turned out SO like them! It's amazing what can be done with thread in a grid pattern;-) I made it into a wedding card for them:
I've so many other ideas of things I want to stitch, but the making of the patterns is such a slow process- they need to be worked out completely before I start stitching; I'm very impatient so I didn't do that with the third piece I attempted and learned the hard way WHY the pattern needs sorting before I stitch. Sigh! But it pays dividends in the end. Does anyone else out there do their own cross stitch patterns?