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It’s never too early to talk about Christmas cross stitching

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Seem a little early to talk about Christmas crafts? I mean, we barely just hit fall, right? Actually, this is the perfect time to start planning your Christmas cross stitching!

Cross stitching sounds like an old person activity doesn’t it? Well in my case, it was something that my grandmother and my mother were both incredibly talented at, so naturally, that skill was passed on to me, at the early age of 7.

If you’re not familiar with cross stitching, it’s basically the art of creating pictures using tiny x’s which are created using floss or thread and making an ‘x’ pattern on aida cloth. The craft of cross stitching has been around for centuries, but still has lots of modern applications you can do and use.

The easiest way to start cross stitching if you’re a beginning is to buy a small kit that has few colours, and a simple pattern. More advanced patterns use smaller ‘x’s (you’ll see patterns call for the correct size of aida cloth), and a variety of colours. When you’re using a pattern, you’ll see the number for the DMC floss you’ll be using, which uses universal colour codes so you can pick up the right colours just about anywhere.

Kits are wonderful because you have your pattern, aida cloth, correct-sized needle and floss all ready to go. If you’re comfortable looking for a bit more of a challenge, you can purchase patters online – my favourite spot to scope out modern patterns I on Etsy. If you're a Home Alone fan, you might notice from the photo that it's the Christmas cross stitch pattern I have on the go currently. 

Depending on the complexity of your pattern, cross stitch projects can take as little as a few hours, or as many as a few hundred hours. It’s a great activity to do and be nice and cozy inside.

I’ve also seen neat modern applications including large-scale projects mimicking aida cloth, and also modern photos being done – for example, as we excitedly awaited moving in to our new Stone’s home in 2014, I created a custom cross stitch of our home. Since the designs are based on ‘x’es, I just used Excel and created the front of our house. I’m sure you’re wondering what the finished product looked like and I would be delighted to share that with you however the cross stitch quickly became a causality of our new pup we welcomed to our home shortly after we moved in. He’s lucky he’s cute!

 

If you’re hoping to add a beautiful cross stitch decoration to your home, or to give someone as a gift, it’s time to curl up, and get stitching! 




Nicole Leblanc HeadshotAbout Nicole
Hi, I’m Nicole! My partner John and I have owned a Stone’s Prestige Home for over 3 and ½ years, and we love our space! With a passion for DIY, I’ve had so much fun personalizing and really making our space our own. I love to craft and get creative, and like all DIY’ers, I’ve had my fair share of fail

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September 28, 2022