Religion is undoubtedly a major influence across the world and many cross stitchers will have considered stitching a piece that symbolises their religion. Well, just as with every other type of design that we frequently get the urge to search for, there are hundreds of beautiful patterns available.
Admittedly, the majority of the patterns available are aimed towards the Christian and catholic religions however there are a few sites that cater for cross stitchers from other religious backgrounds. For example at www.islamiccrossstitch.bravehost.com/ there are a number of patterns based on the art of Arabic calligraphy while others depict the geometric patterns that are often associated with the Islam religion. Continue reading
Many stitchers start out happily using thread made by two of the best-known manufacturers: Anchor and DMC, and will continue to do throughout their stitching careers. While these two companies produce high quality threads, other notable cross stitch thread manufacturers do exist, and are well worth your consideration.
Below is a list of six alternative cross stitch manufacturers, all of whom produce unusual and versatile threads:
Don’t forget wedding cross stitch in your plans for that special day. Along with choosing the dress, deciding on flowers for the bouquet and writing the guest list, put some time aside for stitching invitations, place setting cards, wedding favours, a ring pillow or even a sampler.
If a friend or family member is tying the knot why not make them a wedding card that will take pride of place in the display? Maybe you can use the colours of the bridesmaids dresses or brides flowers in your wedding cross stitch to keep everything co-ordinated.
The peyote stitch is one that combines beading with yarn and has many different variations. Many peyote stitch patterns are of African or Native American design. Due to their origin, many patterns that use the peyote stitch are of animals or other nature-based themes.
The type of peyote stitches are the:
If you have purchased a book, chart or kit, you will have instructions for at least two or three framing methods. After trying to frame a couple of completed projects, you probably prefer one method over others. In this article, we shall focus on a framing method that yields good results and lasts for years.