Cross stitch is a supposedly fun thing I’ll (probably) never do again. I really like the look of it but I hate threading the needle so to avoid doing that so often I kept trying to use really long pieces of thread which got tangled and knotted and caused me great sadness. I was also trying to re-watch seasons one and two of Downton Abbey while I was cross stitching so it became less a fun craft and more a mean, cruel thing that kept me from devoting my full attention to the Crawleys. I’m really happy with the finished project though so maybe I’ll feel up to doing another one after I’ve had a bit of a break.
The finished design – a Christmas gift for our friends who got married in February.
Designing it was the most fun. I used an alphabet generator I found online to get the words charted out. Then I printed this special graph paper for my aida cloth and drew the marks for the words. I added the marks for the ornaments which I got from a pattern on the Subversive Cross Stitch website (where I bought my aida cloth and thread). It took two tries to get everything centered correctly but that part was fun so I didn’t mind.
Personalized cross stitch design
Once the cross stitch part was finished, I ironed the cloth and followed these instructions to frame it. This part was kinda fun too.
All framed up in a shiny red frame for Christmas.