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Cross-stitching: Home

A guide on what you need and what you can do with cross-stitch.

Does it have any use?

You might think that cross-stitching's only use is for making pretty pictures to hang on the wall. However, with a little innovation, you can cross-stitch just about anything. Especially, if you want to make a gift that is personal but doesn't cost an arm and a leg.  A few of the things you can cross-stitch are bookmarks, pictures, ornaments, cushions, runners, coasters, and quilts. You can even cross-stich designs onto clothing with a special kind of canvas.

Cross-stitch Is

A half-stitch landscape with the quote, "The Land is not inherited, but merely borrowed from our children."
 A type of counted-thread embroidery, cross-stitching makes up a picture or design using stitches in the shape of a cross, or X. The stitches are placed on a grid-like piece of fabric such as aida cloth, linen, or evenweave. Cross-stitch has been around for hundreds of years and is one of the oldest forms of embroidery. The earliest piece of cross-stich, in the United States, was done by Loara Standish. Standish’s sampler was stitched in 1653 in Duxbury, MA.

A bold tiger, still being stitched, with colors ranging from golden yellow to lilac.  This delicate flower picture features both cross-stitch and half-stitch.  
Pictures courtesy of Kayleigh Last. The landscape and flowers were cross-stiched by Anne Last, the tiger was cross-stitched by Kayleigh Last.

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