Stitch Your Cares Away!

Welcome!  Whether you are a beginner or an expert, it is always fun to lehome sweet home cross stitch pattern illustrationarn new tricks.  Cross stitching dates back to the Middle Ages. If you have visited historic homes or museums, you have likely seen hand stitched samplers dating back hundreds of years.  Those of us who stitch as a means of relaxation are very confusing to onlookers who see our hobby as an exercise in frustration.
Learning ways to make the journey easier will help novices to get hooked and will make the experts nod at the things they are already doing and become excited at something new.

Is cross stitching really relaxing?

Yes!!  I find that the more stressed I am, the more that stitching can calm me down.  It hasn’t always been this way, but once I got to the point where I felt comfortable with the craft… there are days when I just can’t stop. I have my comfy chair which sits in front of my bay window.  I love using the natural light whenever I can.  When I can’t, I have a great lamp that provides me with all the light I need.  I have all my materials within my reach.  Then, watch out!  My TV is a remote click away and I have been know to binge watch and stitch a day away.

I hope you find something helpful on my future posts. If you have any other tips, please share them with me.


4 thoughts on “Stitch Your Cares Away!”

  1. Nice basic site on counted cross stitch. Have you thought of making and selling patterns? Or including a page on how to have more time for leisure activities (WA)? I would love to see a page on historical counted cross stitch like Blackwork that originated with the Moorish and practiced by Catherine of Aragon, etc.

    Nice site.

    1. Thank you for your comment.  As it turns out, I have been thinking of selling my own patterns.  I have several that I have generated from photographs that I have taken.

      My knowledge of historical cross stitch is limited to early America.  I look forward to doing more research so that I can share additional information.

      Have you tried your hand at counted cross stitch?

  2. Hi! Thanks so much for this delightful article on cross stitching.

    I can’t count the number of times I started a cross stitch project only to give up out of sheer frustration. It’s not so much that I don’t know how to do it, it’s the constant color changing that gets to me.

    Is there an easy way of cross stitching without having to constantly change colors?

    1. Stitching with many colors is what brings a cross stitch project to life.  The more intricate patterns have a whole lot of changes.  While it can be frustrating to have so many color changes, the end project makes it worth while. 

      One trick you could try is to thread several needles before you begin stitching with the colors that you will be using. Stick them in the arm of the chair until you are ready. That way you will be ready when you need to switch out .

      If you are thinking of starting again, look at the patterns first to see if you will be stitching large blocks with the same color.  This will help you get hooked before you get frustrated!

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