Counted Cross Stitch

Written by Stacy Chbosky
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Counted cross stitch is one of the simpler handicrafts. If you would like to learn a craft such as hand embroidery, rug hooking or knitting, counted cross stitch might be a great place to start. It's so simple, even a child can learn it, yet it yields very attractive, even sophisticated results.

Counted Cross Stitch in the 1980s

Counted cross stitch seemed to peak in popularity in the 1980s. It was the decade of cheerful sun catchers, colorful mobiles, and upbeat cross stitch. Personally, I think cross stitch is due for a comeback. If leg warmers and rubber bracelets are coming around again, I don't see how sun catchers and cross stitch could be far behind!

Cross stitch is just so sunny. It looks great in a kitchen or bathroom. It's adorable in a child's room. If you are an aunt, uncle, grandparent or parent, try making a cross stitch for the child in your life. You can use a pattern that brings one of their hobbies to life, like soccer, swimming, or scouting. You can even stitch a design that tickles their imagination. My favorite cross stitch growing up was one that my Aunt Mary Ann made for me. It was a beautiful unicorn, standing in front of a rainbow. I absolutely loved that picture, because it fed right into my active, child's imagination!

If you give cross stitch as a gift, you can even personalize it, by stitching in the child's or friend's name. While you're at it, make sure to stitch in your own initials. Cross stitch is an art form, and an artist should always sign her work.


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