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