You know how you start projects and get them 80% done and then move on to something else?? Just me?? Well anyways, I’m pretty excited that I actually FINISHED a stitching project, and it’s ah-mazing. I don’t think I have cross-stitched since I was a girl, until now. And I really enjoyed it! I am pretty proud that I was able to make this custom family for my brother’s family as their housewarming gift (they’re building a house across the creek from us – isn’t that fun?!). I used them as my practice Personalized Stitched Family, and now I’m ready to dive in to my own family portait in thread 😉
I loved everything about this project – from the designing to the color options to actually stitching it out. So fun! And it was one of those projects you could take along wherever and pick up right where you left off.
I am defintely one that needs hand-holding on new things like making patterns – I was send the Stitch People book and loved how it walks you through all the exact details. It has options for heads and body types and clothes and you mix and match until you find the perfect combo for the person you’re trying to portray. Not only was I into it, but my kids are obsessed! I should have handed them graph paper long ago, I didn’t know that it would be such a draw for them – they like to draw out various people they know and our family and things like that – so fun, right?!
I love all the details that can be included, like tips on colors for realistic denim and hair. And that buffalo plaid turned out so great!
The hardest part for me was probably centering my design on my project… but after that it might have been refraining from putting my personality on the family I was making – – I really wanted to put my sister-in-law in a bright turqouise top and my niece in neon pink, but they’re more muted and so I went with gray and coral and I’m glad I did because it really fits who they are, which is the whole goal.
It was so fun to frame and present to them!
My next project is to find something simple to hook my girls on Counted Cross Stitch – because I think that they would love it!