Every once in awhile I get the itch to try something new. Last year I made a trip to our local, FABULOUS, cross stitch store, Acorns and Threads, and picked up some gorgeous flosses and linens. My sister, Bonnie, and I had signed up to do our first Cross Stitch Market in Nashville and I thought I could just sit down and create a few cross stitch pieces. ha. After a few attempts I was so frustrated I put everything in my "cross stitch" drawer and closed it for almost a year. I have found if I get frustrated with something it's best to set it aside and come back to it with a fresh look.
I still attended the Cross Stitch Market (TNNA) last February with Bonnie and had a great time. The folks in this market are as creative and friendly as the quilting folks. Bonnie brought several new Cross Stitch patterns she had created and they were very well received. Check them out and you'll see why - they are so beautiful!
A couple weeks ago I was determined to try cross stitch again. I decided part of my problem was the linen I was using. Although it was beautiful, I had trouble with the uneven threads. I returned to Acorns and Threads and picked up some evenweave. The next issue was designing the pattern. Bonnie can take a piece of graph paper and create something beautiful. I just couldn't visualize the finished piece this way. After checking out several cross stitch software programs I found one that was fairly easy to understand. Now I was on a roll!!!!! I have to admit, I haven't made dinner in a week. I'm having too much fun designing and stitching! Of course I still love embroidery, but it's fun having another type of hand project to work on too.
I'll post pictures as soon as I'm finished!