Tuesday, April 3, 2012

C is for Cross-Stitch

One of my favorite letters!

I love cross-stitching!  I've been doing it since I was fourteen.  During band in high school, on days that I didn't feel like playing my clarinet (another C word), I would sit on my band teacher's office and cross-stitch baby bibs for people in my church that were having babies.  I still love doing it.  I actually cross-stitched an entire quilt for my own first born child, someday.  He/she isn't here yet and it will probably be a few more years, but I'm ready for him/her.  It took two years to do all 26 letters of the alphabet.  Whew!

Here are some of my favorite pictures of my cross-stitch projects and the baby quilt!

I made this one for my baby brother - it has his birthday on it.

D for Dinosaur!
Completed - just needs to have the back sewn on
This was for my friend's baby, Kaela

O for Octopus

What creative projects do you do instead of just writing?

46 comments:

  1. How fun! You are really talented. I'm pretty horrible with needle and thread but I have done a few easy cross-stitch projects that I really enjoyed. But for me, I don't really do much besides writing. Writing is the best!

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    1. Thank you! :) Writing is the best, but I do love some down time with my cross-stitching.

      You'll have to tell me if you are having a boy or a girl so I can make something for your little one. :)

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  2. These are so cute...
    I'm really bad at cross-stitching. I used to take a subject called Home Science in school that taught us stuff like this, and always got pretty low marks in it.

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    1. Thanks! Ironically I never took a sewing class. I've learned by trial and error and trust me, there's been plenty of errors. I have been doing it for almost ten years and it's much easier. :)

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  3. Oh, this is beautiful :D Lovely work.

    I write music, game or modify my ball jointed dolls to look like my story characters :D

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    1. Thank you, K.T. :)

      Ball jointed dolls? I've never heard of them, but that's a creative thing to do!

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  4. I love your work. I used to cross-stitch when my first son was a newborn. I did the Precious Moments alphabet and reached the letter U. It was so very pretty. Then I messed up majorly and never went back to it. He'll be 8 this year.

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    1. Too bad that you never could finish it. I've made plenty of mistakes in it, but they are little and hidden. At least you tried, Susan! :) It's the thought that counts.

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  5. You are quite the talented cross stitcher. I'm probably a bit lame since writing and reading are the main things I love to do.

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    1. Thank you, Angela. That's not lame! Writing and reading are awesome!

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  6. Pretty! I love the O for octopus :)
    Happy A-Z blogging!

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    1. Thanks! O for octopus is my favorite; it's the background on my ipod when I turn it on. :)

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  7. so pretty. I used to cross-stitch when I was younger. Knitting is my thing now.

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    1. Thank you Cristina! I've never been able to get the hang of knitting; I envy you that you can do it.

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  8. I'll shamelessly admit to being addicted to video games when I'm not reading, writing, or blogging. Not very creative...but oh so much fun! :)

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  9. So pretty! I love cross-stitching!x

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  10. Beautiful! You are so talented! Love the baby blanket!

    My C

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  11. You stitch so beautifully! My mom used to be wild about cross-stitch, but now she's a quilter, but I can see a lot of the same beautiful needlework, which, trust me, I mean as a huge compliment :)

    Lovely letter C, thank you for sharing :)

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    1. Thank you Kara! :) My mom used to be wild about cross-stitch too, but five kids later and she doesn't have much time anymore. Thank you so much for the compliment. :) I'd like to quilt someday too... but you'll have to wait until the letter Q for that one. :)

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  12. Wow, nice job. I tried it once, but it looked pretty bad. Yours are beautiful.

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  13. I've never tried cross-stitching (well, once as a kid, but that was a looooong time ago), but I love the finished projects, especially for baby items. With grandbaby #7 on the way, this might be something I should try again.

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    1. I love making little baby items (not that I've got any of my own kids to give them too yet). :) I do the printed ones and they are really quite easy once you get the hang of making X's. You should try it!

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  14. That's beautiful my Mom is amazing at these stuffs but unluckily I am not

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  15. Wow, really nice. I tried one of those kit things and I started on the outside and stitched my way in. When I got to the middle I realized the parts didn't line up. that was the start and end of my cross-stitching. Yeah. Not talented in the visual arts of any kind.

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    1. Thanks Fairview! The first one that I did, my X's were all over the place and different sizes. It was pretty bad. That's okay, I bet you have other awesome talents!

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  16. My sister is a mad cross-stitcher too. I'm a knitter but, as they say, busy hands are happy hands.

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  17. Impressive!! I love the dinosaur. I don't think I've ever tried cross-stitching, but I've always wanted to. I'm more of a knitter and scrapbooker. Great post!

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  18. That's some great cross stitching...cool choice for C

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  19. Krista,
    I used to LOVE cross-stitching! Then I moved on to sewing. Then I moved on to scrap-booking. Then I....ahhh, can you see a trend here?

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    1. Hi Dawn! I started at cross-stitching, I've done some sewing, and I did scrap-booking in high school, but I haven't done it since. You have a lot of creative hobbies you've done. :)

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  20. Very nice! I used to cross stitch years ago, and really enjoyed it. Then life got really busy, and now that I have more time again, I really enjoy knitting, especially socks. I also do a bit of card making, and I also love to read. Thanks for popping by my blog!

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    1. Life does get busy sometimes and it's hard to get it done. I've tried knitting, but I just can't get a hang on it. Card making sounds cool! I love reading too. You're welcome!

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  21. Hi Christa, I am so excited to see your cross-stitch project! I was very much into it while in middle sschool and I did a design on a full bedsheet for my grandmother's 60th birthday! Can't even imagine now how i did it then. Thanks for the post.

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    1. Thanks Nija! A bedsheet, that sound really cool! And thanks for telling me about Joy's page. She does some beautiful cross-stitching, much more complex than me! :)

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  22. Hi Krista, I went bloghopping and found Joy @ Gadgets Joyful Page have also done C for Cross-Stitch :-)

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  23. Wow. Those are so cute and fabulous! You're very talented. I use to draw and paint, but I don't have much free time any more. All my free time has to go to writing.

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    1. Thanks Christine! I tried painting once or twice, but I have no skill for it. A lot of my free time goes to writing now, but I actually finished another bib tonight. :)

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  24. I used to love cross-stitching... then I had kids LOL! Should get back to it one day. These are all beautiful!
    Cheers,
    Jen

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  25. Hi Krista,

    Don't sell yourself short on only doing the stamped cross stitch. Counted isn't for everyone. There is a set of birds in my hallway that my grandmother stitched and I'm pretty sure they're stamped. I did a stamped kit not too long ago because someone gave it to me. I'm not picky. I generally go at it for the design. And I like the pictures you shared. Cross stitch for babies is always so brightly colored.

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    1. And also thank you for visiting my blog. :)

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  26. My mom taught me cross-stitch, and I loved doing it when I was a teenager. I found it very calming. Haven't done it in years, and I was the queen of half-down pieces even then.

    Now, all my creativity goes into my writing and helping kids with homework. ;-)

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  27. Amazing quilt! My mom taught me how to cross-stitch when I was younger, but haven't done any in a number of years...

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  28. These are so pretty. I don't have a crafty bone in my body, sadly.

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