Cross-stitching is such an underrated craft. I am an avid cross-stitcher. I’ve been doing it on and off for four years or so. I’ve gotten to the point now that I can free hand my own designs, which is very helpful because like most younger crafters I like my projects laced with irony. Because they are so portable, I often like to take my projects up to the coffee shop and work.
Because I often make my own designs or at least make a lot of changes to pre-made designs I always keep tons of embroidery floss on hand. I tend to pick up a few new colors every time I am at the craft or fabric store. I almost solely use DMC (not to be confused with the classic punk band MDC) because the craft stores don’t carry the same color selection in Anchor. After lots of trial and error, I’ve come up with a great system for organizing the plethora of floss I’ve accumulated. I use the flat plastic bobbins and organize them in tackle boxes. They are not as pretty as the art supply boxes you can buy but far cheaper, in fact I inherited most of mine from my grandfather. I keep a few of the boxes with the thread organized by color and a few boxes organized by floss number. So I can easily find whatever color I need very quickly. It is also useful when working out color schemes for new designs.
I just got back one of my pieces from framing. I made it as a birthday present for my ex, someone who first inspired my zombie obsession with this lovely bit of advise…”If your girlfriend turns into a zombie, you have to kill her…with a chainsaw.” Unfortunately, the framing took so long I had to send his gifts off without it. And now that I have it in my possession…I don’t know if I want to let it go. I really love the gaudy gold frame with it. Oh…there is never enough irony. More, please.
I’ve done tons of variations of the “No Zombies Allowed” cross-stitch. The sampler theme is probably my favorite so far. It always reminds me of the classic “grandma” cross-stitch
Oh, here is a skull that I free handed to freshen up a rose border