Today’s rambling is about the “other” hobby of mine. You probably already know what it is, given the title and the photo. But for the sake of filling this blog with useless never-ending words, 🙂 lemme give you some clue. This is a hobby for them old sistahs out there, the seniors, I mean. You can call it boring, but this thing needs 10,000 patience, a little bit of plan, and some distraction. This also requires endurance, persistence, and good dexterity. Still, not a lot of people like doing this stuff, although some youngsters enjoy this kind of craft. It can be relaxing or it can be annoying. Meet Cross Stitch!
Pretty right? but they took a long time to finish. This cross stitch is from a painter named Fernando Amorsolo. It’s called “Harvesting Rice.” I was looking for a bright and colorful painting in which a cross stitch pattern is also available for stitching. I really like this one because it has a lot of “green” colors, which is very pleasing to the eyes.
If you’re thinking “oh that’s so complicated and meticulously done”, I’m saying “you’re darn right!” I’m already practically cross-eyed and has developed 4 eyes in the front and 2 more growing at the back after making this. ha! just kidding, but yeah, the devil is in the details.
This is what it looked like during the stitching process. The cloth is off-white Aida 14 count, which 11×8 inches. It’s small for sure, yet “small but terrible.”
There were probably around 100+ colors in it, all in full cross stitch, and the pattern is not bad either. Lots of greens and yellows, but I didn’t really consume all the colors at the end, which is ok since I might need those colors for some other projects in the future.
Notice how I put needles in each bobbin, that’s my technique for saving time. I really don’t like threading and rethreading needles while changing floss colors, so I invested in a lot of needles to save time, energy and effort. right? I’m already getting cross-eyed, I don’t wanna have carpal tunnel too. 🙂
It’s one of my most favorite project of all. Reminds me of endless summers and a beautiful, lush, green farm. Something to remind you of those harsh winter days.
Don’t forget to buy an Aida cloth, markers in different colors, and needles, lots of needles. I also recommend that you use DMC Bobbins, the paper/cardboard ones since they’re easy to label. You can buy it here
Also, buy your flosses at your local craft store, since they’re a lot cheaper.
Some of the materials are cheap on Amazon if your local craft store doesn’t have a stock of the accessories you’ll need for your project.
DMC Floss Number Stickers:
I don’t like using frames or hoops on my cross stitch, but sometimes I use magnets to hold the pattern in place together with the cloth. You can buy it here
If you really want hoops, because you like your stitch taut. I used to use this
It’s also a good distraction to listen to music or audiobooks while stitching. So that you can say you’re also “multitasking”, seriously, it’s hard to keep sitting for hours and hours you know…You’re for sure going to have not only “raccoon eyes” but also “raccoon butt” hahaha.
Another good website I can recommend for buying cross stitch stuff is http://www.everythingcrossstitch.com
I have another cross stitch project coming soon, and it’s also colorful and beeeeeyouuuutiful! Hint: lots of pink and it’s a garden. So, stay tuned…