Cross Stitch Patterns

Written by Stacy Chbosky
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My grandmother's favorite cross stitch patterns were always the ones that reflected my brother's and my favorite hobbies. When we were kids, she would cross stitch pictures for us of children playing soccer or our other favorite sports. She always made pictures with girl characters for me and boy characters for my brother, and would use thread for their hair that was the same color as our own hair. We loved that the kids in these counted cross stitch pictures looked just like us.

Cross Stitch Patterns for Gifts

As we got older and our hobbies changed, her cross stitch patterns changed right along with them. It made us feel great that our grandmother was not only hand stitching something for us, but that she knew us well enough to know that hobbies like soccer had been replaced with ballet or guitar. Grandma used her cross stitch patterns to make us Christmas ornaments and framed photos.

She cross stitched sweatshirts for my father, and funny samplers for my Mom's kitchen walls. Now that she's gone, we all have a few different items that she made for us. I have a few of her samplers, some tatted handkerchiefs, and some of her hand embroidery, which I can show my own kids someday.

You can make your own grandkids happy by choosing patterns that match their hobbies, and thread that matches their hair color. You can even show them how to make cross stitch themselves. I learned from my Mom, and have spent years enjoying this simple, pleasant pastime. Nowadays, I choose patterns and colors that reflect the interior design of my home. When I get bored with one wall hanging or pillow, all I have to do is stitch another.


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