For ages now, I've been thinking about going back to my cross-stitch. Cross stitching was my first crafty love; my mom was an avid stitcher when I was a child, and she taught me how to do it when I was about six years old. I did it here and there as a child, and then got pretty seriously into it a few years back. But once the knitting bug hit -- well, the tapestry needles and the floss got tossed aside. Cross stitching is not exactly a fast craft (or at least, I was never particularly speedy at it) and it just requires so much stuff...tiny needles and a million floss colors and a pattern and good lighting and lots and lots of counting. Knitting is much faster, much less fiddly, much more portable, much more flexible, and (at least in my house) much more cat-and-baby-friendly.
Still, though, it's not like I disliked doing it. I don't see it ever being my "primary" craft again, but I'd like to revisit it here and there. I've had a little birth announcement kit sitting on my desk since...well, since right around the time that Ian was born, and I wanted to do it before he leaves for college! I bought this kit years ago -- back in the days when I wasn't even sure whether or not I ever wanted to have children. I may not have known whether I wanted children, but I did know that I wanted my hypothetical future child to have a Peter Rabbit cross-stitched birth sampler. And finally, a couple of days ago, I got started. The scene is of Peter's mother tucking him into bed while two of the other little bunnies (Flopsy and Mopsy? Mopsy and Cottontail? Who knows?) look on. I've done a lot of the white bedspread, which is hard to see here. (As a side note, this kit is a "Weekender" kit. I don't know who could do this in a weekend, but I can tell you it's NOT me.)
Jim asked me if it was coming back to me. I don't feel like it ever left, really -- I mean, there's only so much you can forget about how to make little x's on fabric -- though I had forgotten how frequently you have to drop the needle to let the floss untwist.
About a year ago, I very seriously weeded out my cross-stitching stash, and got rid of a lot of things I knew I would never, ever even consider making. Today, as part of some unrelated decluttering and organizing, I dug through my sewing box looking for one item that I knew was finished, and was surprised to find three things that are completely finished! They just need washing, ironing/blocking, and framing. Guess I'd better find a local needlework framer, since none of these are a standard frame size (which is probably why I put them in the box rather than getting them framed and finished in the first place!).
First, a little tiny Halloween doodad, and the project I was looking for. I think about this little project every year around Halloween, in the context of "huh, I should really get that framed so we can actually display it." I think, though I am not 100% certain, that it's a Bent Creek design.
This next one, I remember, is a Lizzie*Kate design. I also seem to remember that I intended for it to go in our kitchen!
And this last one, I have to be honest, I have only the very vaguest memory of even making...actually, I remember buying the kit, but don't really remember making it! But obviously I did, since here it is. You can't see it in the picture because I did it in a color that matches the linen exactly, but I "signed" and dated it (2003) in the corner, so I even know that I am, in fact, the one who made it! I haven't any idea who the designer is (possibly Lorri Birmingham, though I'm not certain).
This was my first foray into something that isn't strictly cross-stitch. I don't quite remember what any of these other stitches are called, but they're not x's! And there are beads and everything. I think the squares at the top and bottom might be Hardanger embroidery, but I also seem to recall that Hardanger involves cutting the fabric, much like steeking in knitting, and there's no cutting here. So maybe not.
Obviously, there's a lot to re-learn here! We'll see where the little Peter Rabbit project takes me...