Is Cross Stitch My New Knitting?

Last week I finally finished the cross-stitch that I started over Thanksgiving!


It was very exciting to complete it, but the photo isn’t so exciting because it just looks like a wrinkled version of the photo that the pattern came with. But I still like it and it was surprisingly very fun to make.

Almost immediately after finishing the little children and flowers, I got out some graph paper and colored pencils that I bought a couple weeks ago and started sketching out gridded versions of my Stackable Cats.


I very rarely sit down and work on drawing something, and after a few hours, I realized that the process was extremely relaxing and enjoyable. Then, because I’ve just started taking a class in Illustrator, I fiddled around with grids in Illustrator and started making a real-live chart. I like the way it looks on screen, but I’ll have to get supplies and actually stitch it up to see if I like it as cross-stitch. That’ll probably take a long time, but I’m eager to get started.

If I like how it turns out, I’m totally going to make a bunch of designs with my characters!

By the way, since I’m getting into this new medium right at the very time that we’re opening an embroidery show at gallery hanahou, I have no illusions about the skill level I’m at with needle and thread. But that’s OK, I’ll just be happy if I can make simple cute things that make me smile.

14 thoughts on “Is Cross Stitch My New Knitting?

  1. Your characters are PERFECT for cross stitch. There is a real shortage of cute and fun cross stitch patterns, so yours would be very popular if you ever wished to share them.

  2. That’s awesome! I love counted cross-stitch; I haven’t done any in a while. Honestly, your post back in November about the piece you just finished inspired me… I’ve been looking around for the perfect piece to do myself! :) I can’t wait to see what you do with that medium!

  3. It’s so cute!! And you have to make the ones with your toys.
    Maybe we can get together and you can teach me to cross stitch? I haven’t done it since I was a kid and that was only a few times with half finished projects.

  4. I love embroidery and should do some more cross stitching, esp when i see how pretty your project looks!

    About the embroidery show at hanahou, i read about it online and i must say i’m a bit sad i didn’t know about it earlier! I would have loved to enter a pretty embroidery project to be part of the show!

  5. Wow! That’s so amazing! I love the one with 4 Stackable Cats! I don’t cross stitch, but I do hand embroider. I want to make a knitting pattern soon, (wish me luck!) maybe I should embroider it too!!
    That’s so cool!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D :) :D :) :D :) :D :) :D :) :D :) :D

  6. I love cross stitch and actually took a short break from knitting myself in the past couple of months to work on a project. I alternated it with knitting and it’s really kind of a nice break. But I love the idea of stitched versions of some of your designs!

  7. The finished xstitch looks adorable! I LOVE cross stitch. I’m constantly making patterns and I feel lost if there isn’t something in my embroidery hoop to work on. Coming up with your own patterns for xstitch is so much more fun. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  8. Man, I love doing those little cross stitch ornaments. Not quite the same, but still cross stitch. It is a nice break from knitting sometimes.

  9. Wow! these look great… I used to cross stitch when I was younger and I found it really relaxing, but the designs were never very cool. If you’re ever looking for test-stitchers ……..;)

  10. Love it!!! I love pretty much everything cross stitch. I second Kate’s “If you’re ever looking for test-stitchers…”

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