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.
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.
Pictures courtesy of Kayleigh Last. The landscape and flowers were cross-stiched by Anne Last, the tiger was cross-stitched by Kayleigh Last.