I don’t think I ever reported back to you, but the cross-stitching project went over really well with my sister. She couldn’t believe I really made it myself. Here’s a photo of the finished project:
It took me 83 hours to finish this (I wrote down every minute I worked on it, just to get an idea of how long it would take me) and I ended up putting it in a black wooden frame. It’s now hung up in my niece’s and nephew’s bedroom and it ties in wonderfully with the rest of the room.
A short while after finishing it, I decided (maybe against better judgment?) that I was going to try and also complete the matching baby quilt. The project above was a counted cross-stitch, in which one usually uses easily countable evenweave fabric called aida cloth and counts the threads in each direction so that the stitches are of uniform size and appearance. The quilt, however, is a stamped cross-stitch, meaning that one simply stitches over the printed pattern on the piece of fabric.
Stamped cross-stitching may sound like a much easier way to work (especially if you’re a beginner), but in all honesty, the counted cross-stitching is much more rewarding. The aida cloth is MUCH easier to work with than trying to stitch evenly on fabric, even with the help of the stamped pattern. Just trust me.
So this is what I am working on right now.
This is going to be the finished project:
And this is the fabric that I picked out for the back of the baby quilt. Cute, yes?
Hopefully I can finish all of this by December. I am contemplating on buying a sewing machine to finish up the back side of the quilt, once I am done with the stitching part. I cannot imagine sewing on the back by hand (sounds insane, right?).