Many people are looking for calming ways to de-stress and relax. Cross-stitching is one of those great ways to accomplish this. It is something that you could do almost anywhere, at any time of the day. There is a stigma that only the older generations take part in this activity. This is definitely not the case. Anybody can do it and enjoy it. This is an especially good activity for children. It provides a way to express their creativity and it keeps their minds occupied for hours.
Sometimes it is difficult to get started especially if you don’t have a pattern that you have designed yourself. You do not have to be brilliant sketch artist. You can always purchase a pattern, or better yet, you can check out some of these websites for free patterns.
This website has a multitude of patterns to choose from. Whether you want something to do with animals, flowers, little sayings, monograms, numbers, religious, baby stuff, holiday designs, college logos, borders, or miscellaneous items, this site may have just what you are looking for. This article will review a few particular patterns that you may find of interest.
1.Animals – Watermelon Bear (in color) – This is a very cute design, featuring a teddy bear holding a rather large watermelon wedge in front of him. This is a great pattern that could have many uses you just have to put your imagination to work. It could make a great birthday gift, or a gift for a baby shower. It could be put in a frame or on a pillow case, or even a blanket. Just let your imagination soar.
2.Flowers – Rose – Flowers always brighten your day, so why not incorporate it into your cross stitching. You can find many ways to display your work of art. Frames, pillows, on a jean jacket, don’t set limits upon yourself.
3.Monograms – These speak for themselves. Whether you are making something for yourself or as a gift for someone, monograms are always a good way to go. One main gift that tends to sport monograms is wedding gifts. You could simply monogram a set of towels and there you have a very classy, useful gift for the couple to be.
4.Numbers – Numbers come in many different sizes, shapes, and outlines. It’s all a matter of preference of what style you choose to use.
5.Religious – Church Window – This is a really beautiful and colorful pattern and would be appreciated by any Christian. There are so many religious symbols that can be easily incorporated into a cross-stitch design. The possibilities are endless.
6.Baby Stuff – It’s a Boy/Girl – What an awesome way to let the world know that your perfect little bundle of joy has arrived. You can make several of these and send them out with a photo of the new arrival. You can use the colors that the original artist chooses or you may opt to use your own color palette.
7.Holiday Designs – Valentine’s Coaster – This is a lovely little design, with four little pink hearts one in each corner of the square coaster. It has some other border embellishments, and right in the middle it says “Be Mine”. What better way to show someone that you love them, than to give them a handmade gift from the heart.
8.College Logos – University of Michigan – This template features a large gold colored M that is representative of the college. This can be stitched onto a sweatshirt, sweatpants, t-shirt; pretty much anything you want your school to be represented on.
9.Borders – Heart Borders – This sample comes with four different heart patterns to choose from. The first pattern is pink hearts with little green leaves in between each one. The second pattern is pink hearts connected to each other with the center colored in with purple. The third pattern is a chain of hearts in a chain like pattern, one purple one facing up and one blue one facing down, and so on. The fourth pattern is a beautiful blue heart with a lovely pink and yellow flower accenting each one. Keep in mind that you can change the colors to your specific desires.
10.Miscellaneous – #1 Teacher – This pattern features a little red school house, and the saying “#1 Teacher”, but the cute part is that the 1 in #1 is a pencil. This would make a great gift for that hard working teacher in your life.
So there you have it, some wonderful ideas to get you started in the right direction. There are so many great ideas out there that you can make a gift for any occasion. This is something that anyone can learn, and the rewards are great.