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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Little Stitches ~


I'm working on more of my "freehand' cross stitch pieces ~
this is what I've finished thus far :


The Sparrow
I decided to make this one into a pocket ~
tucked in some of our guinea hen feathers and an early photo of a young girl...


sweet & simple

I backed and lined the pocket with civil-war ear reproduction cotton fabrics
added a strap of the same and attached two old buttons...


finished
 I'm almost done stitching the next one,
this time a cat motif taken from an early hooked rug that I'm sure you'll all recognize...


tiny little x's
 'Old Friend'

hundreds of freehand stitches
 I've found this way of stitching to be extremely relaxing.
very forgiving too,
 and it doesn't hurt the fact that I
 L O V E 
the primitive & naive look when I'm finished...

I simply pencil in a shape that I want, like the sparrow above, or this cat for example,
and then I just begin filling it in with cross stitches...
no they aren't counted.
no they aren't even.
no, they aren't even straight...
and then again:
yes, it is very crude looking, 
yes it is fun & easy to do!

it combines the look of an early cross stitch or schoolgirl sampler,
yet it isn't as difficult to do because there is absolutely no counting involved... 
you just 'eyeball' the size of your "X" ~ you just want to fill in the motif and/or letter with the x's...
that;s all!
Now I know this isn't for everybody, and it's not anything 'new' or 'improved' either...
it has been done for many years ~ 
...and I am smitten.

I'm thinking of offering some of these as patterns to folks who would like to try it ~ 
super simple, easy to read instructions and directions...



almost finished ~

I have a couple more rough drafts to do, and some more models to make before I offer them ~
I'm thinking I'll offer pockets like these, some smaller & differently shaped pockets, some hanging ornies and of course pin pillows ~

let me know what you think about this, I'd love to hear what you have to say!

* Blessed be *
 Lori

29 comments:

Nancy Bauer said...

i LOVE them, they are so sweet and special...i esp like the sparrow! I can't wait to see them up-close and personal :)

Christine Crocker said...

dear Lori~
oh how I Love them!
what dear little pieces, I love that you have done them this way...why have I never heard of this?
I for one would love the dear little sparrow and cat~
I look forward to what comes next~

jennifer768 said...

Lori,love these! I am going to give this a try as soon as I have the time.The sparrow is awesome! Can't wait to see the next ones.Hugs,Jen

Patti said...

Oh I love these! Please do offer as a pattern! My eyes aren't what they used to be and stitching on a moving train, I am thinking this is just what I need!
Blessings, Patti

susiedele said...

I ditto what Patti said. I don't do cross stitch much anymore because of my eyesight and I can never seem to count right. :o) I love the naive look of these. Both of the designs are so sweet. I want to try this and I'll be first in line for the sparrow pattern.

OldeThreads said...

Love these Lori! Will want to try them for sure!

~Susan~

kelley said...

I love these Lori...the sparrow is so sweet...I've done this type of cross stitch in the past and it's so much easier on the eyes than counting...

Karen said...

You stitch so fast. I would never have thought of just drawing and outline and filling in however it happens.

Margs Primitive Quilts said...

Lori... I just love your style. It is so much more relaxing then counting . I love the little samplers you are doing.

backporchcarver said...

Falling in love!! Loved the first one even before I read how you did it.

cucki said...

Aww they so cute..me loving them so much.
Sweet hugs x

cucki said...

Oh yes please offer them both as a e pattern too :)
Pleaseeee
My maloo is saying please too :)
Hugs x

Elisabetta said...

Very strange way to stitch I've never saw it before...but I like so much the result very primitive!!!!

Rabbit Hill Primitives said...

These are so very sweet!

Anonymous said...

I love them....please offer patterns!!!

Karen said...

I am so smitten with the sparrow one. You designed a true treasure there! And I would love to try it too!

Raymond Homestead said...

Love these!

taylors*farmhouse*attic said...

I absolutely love both of them!!!!

NMK said...

These are So Cute !!! Now I don't feel so bad when I goof & count stitches wrong ! It is the New primitive look !!! Love It Lori !!! Thank You !!!!

dogwoodfarm said...

Love little pockets and especially love how you are stitching them! Keep going!!!!

denise said...

love!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Okay, this is so inspiring! I can't draw worth beans but if I haphazardly pencil something, then haphazardly stitch it, I would be in my glory! I do think I'll shall try it. It does sound like fun. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.
Maureen
mgw070 at shaw dot ca

Anonymous said...

Love! So sweet. Mouse

April said...

I love them Lori!!! Hope you print the designs!!

quiltsbycheri said...

I always loose count, so no counting sounds good to me.......

Mugwump Woolies said...

Loving that little bird!
Robyn

Susan Hemann said...

Love the freehand work, simple

sandi s said...

I love the sparrow. It looks like it would be fun to try!

Three Sheep Studio said...

Your Sparrow Bag is positively DIVINE !! So charming. ;)
Rose