Today we have a special guest-post by stitcher/knitter Krista Moreno. Enjoy!
As I spend my afternoon/evening at home washing clothes, finishing up on homework and dabbling here and there on the many projects I have started. I come across the package I got in the mail yesterday from Craft test dummy. I open it likes it Christmas morning because Iâ€™m not sure what it is. I begin to examine it and to my surprise itâ€™s a cross stitch project. I havenâ€™t done one of these in a long time.
At a young age I remember as a little girl growing up the majority of my female family members embroider large wall pieces to decorate the living areas of their homes. Nicely dark framed slogans like â€œBless this messâ€ or â€œWelcome to so and soâ€™s houseâ€ done with earth- toned cross stitches hung up next to the doorway.
I wrote it off as a â€œgrandma craftâ€ completely repelled by the idea of taking a piece of thread and needle to make anything- until an artist by the name of Jenny Hart came along and brought a new meaning to the world of embroidery. With that she created Sublime stitching a new take on pattern for the pop culture modern world with pin-ups, robots and tattoo prints to cater to the alternative masses.
As I sit up in my bed with a million pieces of thread spread all around me thumbing through a beginners book I havenâ€™t opened in awhile. I get the feeling back in my fingers and begin to open the rest of the package. The fine people at Alice Peterson company graced me with an amazing kit to start my cross stitching adventures with. The kit is a nylon zipper coin purse with a black smooth back followed by a mesh cotton canvas as your pattern guide. I fell in love with the design. Hearts, a large dragonfly and checker pattern surround the border and give harmony with an artistic vibe.
The only problem was where do I start and how do I begin? It confused me at first until I looked closer at the zipper. My moment of clarity kicked in and I begin pushing the zipper further back finally opening to lay flat on both sides. The zipper acts as a loom to hold the project in place as you run your needle and thread through the color grid you are following.
It was easy to follow and finish in a few nights as I sat up in bed watching whatever was on Netflix.
The stitch & zip website (http://www.stitchandzipkits.com/) offers kits in many designs as well as blanks for the artist within on a creative challenge.
So if your in the mood to sit down and relax and let all the stress flow through your fingertips I highly suggest you get your hands on this wonderful kit.
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