So for years everyone in my family got cross stitch projects for birthdays, Christmas etc. I put cross stitch in hoops, frames, Christmas trees, I made little sachets - you name it I put it in it!! So I guess you could say that I am somewhat of an expert when it comes to cross stitch. When you have done as many projects as I have hopefully you can claim that!!
The other thing I would like to add is that all of my early projects were done on Aida cloth. I had a friend tell me that if I started stitching on Linen that I would never go back to the Aida cloth. About 6 years ago I started stitching on Linen and Evenweave and I have to say I have not used Aida since. When we were in school I couldn't afford the more expensive cloth and one of my most exciting purchases at Walmart was another yard of aida cloth and a few more skeins of floss!!
Over the years I have also tried my hand at designing a few things - mostly for special occasions and have come up with some pretty lovely things. Anyway, to make a long story short - a couple of years ago - I thought - I would like to design cross stitch patterns. Of course being the compulsive person that I am I designed 12 patterns in 3 months and totally burned myself out. Needless to say, they went into the drawer until a few months ago when I got them out and thought - I need to get these matted and see if anyone is interested in them. So I took them to my friend Mary Jo who has a business in Spokane, Washington and has done virtually all of my framing over the years and she matted them for me.
I then took them to my daughter-in-law Kate who is a fabulous photographer and asked her if she would photograph them for me. I am going to put them on my Etsy site for sale as downloads as pdf files. I am going to give you a sneak preview of them as they are not even available for sale yet but Kate just sent me the pictures and I am very excited to get some feedback.
A note about my designs - I decided that when I started to design my cross stitch patterns that I wanted to focus on meaningful sayings. I love beautiful inspiring sayings and they say so much to the heart!!
Our Family is a Circle by Lady Robins Nest
Cherish One Another by Lady Robins Nest
Angels Can't Be Everywhere/Friends by Lady Robins Nest
Angels Can't Be Everywhere/Mothers by Lady Robins Nest
Fly With Angels by Lady Robins Nest
Angels Gather Here by Lady Robins Nest
Garden Fairies Gather Here by Lady Robins Nest
Where There is Faith by Lady Robins Nest
Rocking My Baby by Lady Robins Nest
Serenity Prayer by Lady Robins Nest
This picture holds special meaning for me and I will share it with you on another post - but I designed it as it is the theme AA uses in their meetings. I have always loved this saying and it's meaning is timeless and so poignant to our life experiences.
So there is a brief rundown on the inspiration for my cross stitch designs. I am very excited to get them on my Etsy site and hopefully people will like them and want to make them!!
Anyway - as a thank you to Kate - when she was here a couple of weeks ago she liked an old antique frame that I had and so I took some before and after pictures of it and I painted it up for her and shabbied it. I told Kate I had a prize for her and the frame is the prize and the challenge for Kate is to do something cool in the frame and then post it on my blog so you can see what she did. I know it will be amazing because everything Kate does is amazing!!