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I tried something new this week that I had never done before in my life. Yes, it was earth-shattering. I'm sharing it with you today for Kelli's Show and Tell.

What was this new, amazing activity??? Cross-stitch. Yep, that's it. I've always joked that I can't sew a button on a shirt, although I do know how to thread a needle. That's been pretty close to the truth. I've never done any type of handwork before.

I thought that embroidery would be a relaxing hobby, something that I could do in little snippets of time. Not too long ago I signed up to receive a beginner's cross stitch kit in the mail. It was absolutely free with no strings attached. The kit sat in my nightstand drawer for several weeks before I was brave enough to open it up and read the instructions. I'm a visual learner, so while the instructions were helpful, I would have sailed right along if I had a living, breathing person showing me step by step what to do. I finally got the hang of it, and several evenings later I completed my first little project: a potted cyclamen.
The perfectionist in me had so much fun creating all those neat little rows. I'm a little embarrased to say that it probably took me about 6 hours start to finish, but maybe that wasn't so bad for my first attempt. ;)

I'm hooked, no doubt about it! Next up: a bookmark.

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Friday, August 03, 2007
Friday's Favorites
I tried something new this week that I had never done before in my life. Yes, it was earth-shattering. I'm sharing it with you today for Kelli's Show and Tell.

What was this new, amazing activity??? Cross-stitch. Yep, that's it. I've always joked that I can't sew a button on a shirt, although I do know how to thread a needle. That's been pretty close to the truth. I've never done any type of handwork before.

I thought that embroidery would be a relaxing hobby, something that I could do in little snippets of time. Not too long ago I signed up to receive a beginner's cross stitch kit in the mail. It was absolutely free with no strings attached. The kit sat in my nightstand drawer for several weeks before I was brave enough to open it up and read the instructions. I'm a visual learner, so while the instructions were helpful, I would have sailed right along if I had a living, breathing person showing me step by step what to do. I finally got the hang of it, and several evenings later I completed my first little project: a potted cyclamen.
The perfectionist in me had so much fun creating all those neat little rows. I'm a little embarrased to say that it probably took me about 6 hours start to finish, but maybe that wasn't so bad for my first attempt. ;)

I'm hooked, no doubt about it! Next up: a bookmark.

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24 Comments:
Blogger Karen said...
Very pretty, Mrs. C! I enjoy cross-stitching, and need to get a project going.
I would love to see pictures of more!

Blogger Lyndy said...
How lovely. That is something that I have tried many times but always loose my patience.

Thanks for sharing and may you and your family have a blessed weekend.

Hugs, Lyndy

Blogger Susan P. said...
Bravo, Mrs. C ~ it turned out just lovely! I use to love to cross stitch but my "old" eyes don't see well enough to do it anymore! I think it is a wonderful hobby to pursue and I know you will love it. Have fun;o)

Blogger PEA said...
You did a marvellous job with your first piece of cross stitching, that's just wonderful!!! I've never attempted it but now you have me curious if I'd be able to do it too:-) xo

Blogger Penless Thoughts said...
Good for you. Counted cross stitch is so much fun and almost as addictive as blogging!!!
Susan

Anonymous ellen b said...
I am so with you on the visual learner deal! Just show me I tell my husband when it comes to the computer. Anyway your first attempt is wonderful. Enjoy!

Blogger Kelli said...
Good for you, Mrs. C! I think you did a lovely job and 6 hours isn't long at all!!

Kelli

Blogger Jessica said...
You did great! I love to cross stictch too.

God Bless
Jess~

Nicely done! Congratulations!

Anonymous Barbara H. said...
It turned out great! Well done! I used to cross stitch a lot, but got away from it when my children were small. I'd love to get back into it.

Blogger Becky said...
That is so sweet. Very pretty. I used to cross stitch and I loved it for many years. In fact, I am sure I have at least one unfinished project around here somewhere. Maybe I'll send it to you. You can finish it for me :)

Blogger Happymama said...
You did a very good job. It's lovely.

~Kristi

Blogger JoyFULLWifeMom said...
Very nice. I would love to do that.

Blogger Bren said...
Ooooh, counted cross stitch. Not an easy undertaking and your first project looks like you have been doing it for years. Counted cross stitch is perfect for the perfectionist! Soon you will be counting and stitching a large sampler!

Blogger Trudi M said...
Very pretty. I use to do a ton of cross stich in college. I'd study and then take a break and stitch. Now I just can't seem to calm down enough to do it. It's a great craft and very relaxing.

Blogger Sonya said...
This is really good. I have always wanted to try this but never had the nerve. You did a great job!

Blogger Lynne said...
Beautiful job, Mrs. C. I need to get back into cross-stitching once I get new glasses!

Blogger Mrs.T said...
Very nice job! I love cross-stitch and always keep a project going, but it often takes me a year or two to finish one. I love how the design just appears as you stitch -- sort of like doing a jigsaw puzzle!

Anonymous Training Hearts said...
Beautiful job!!! I have don't cross-stitching in years and years. I do miss it.

Thanks for sharing & visiting my blog.

Blogger Pam said...
Oh so cute and it does look perfectly perfect! I think it's a great job for a first timer. I too never felt like I followed my Granny's and Auntie's footsteps, in that they (On dad's side) are all quilters and seamstresses! I fight to put a button on decently. However, a dear friend who was also my neighbor at the time, got me started and talked me through my first couple of stitches. She let me watch her work on her project first. I was hooked! I have completed several large pieces and am so proud to say they were pretty enough to give as gifts! Thanks for sharing this. I need to pull out my bag and start cross stitching again!

Blogger Betty said...
Mrs. C. the cross-stitch piece is beautiful....I give you and A-plus...

Isn't our weather hot and dry....our area is in the high 90's.....

Thanks for visiting with me...Betty

Good job! It feels so good to accomplish something.

I love to sit in a warm, cozy house when the snow is falling and curl up with a cross stich.

Blogger Michelle said...
That is beautiful! I have NO patience for cross stitching. I have tried so many times and my heart starts racing and I break out in a sweat =P
You may could do a search on cross stitching how to videos ~ or even check youtube. I know when I was trying to learn how to knit I ran across several of those and they were very helpful.

Blogger Arlene said...
Oh, don't worry, Mrs. C. I have a cross-stitch project I started shortly after Nathan and I were married... and I still haven't finished it! I, too, am a visual learner, and since I haven't had someone around to help me, I've left the project sitting. Okay, so I'm also a procrastinator! Maybe I will pick it up again this week... :o)

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