My friend Marlisa has a home full of beautiful cross-stitch. When I visited her recently I was charmed by it all. I even took a gander at my wedding gift to her, which was a cross-stitch I'd done and had professionally framed. I remembered how much I enjoyed doing counted cross stitch for years and years.
When I stopped stitching I was just at the point where I was beginning to create my own designs. In film school there basically wasn't time for anything besides school stuff, and then when I got to L.A. I got interested in knitting. So I've been doing that for a while now, and I enjoy it, but seeing all the wonderful stitcheries at Marlisa's...
Well, I came home and pulled out a little counted cross stitch kit I'd bought on a whim at some point: Daydreams By Debbie Mumm. Here's how mine came out:
The kit whips up quite quickly and comes with an ingenious little frame:
I haven't figured out where I'm going to put it yet, but it's been a nice diversion when I needed to relax. Like most things unrelated to my career, I won't be able to do it uber regularly, but the good thing about cross stitch is that I find it easier to do than knitting while I watch TV - If you lose your place while you're watching, you can quickly find it again. Some people can see their knitting that way, but I've never been able to.
So I went and ordered another cross-stitch that's a larger, long-term project so I won't feel able to plow through it: Celtic Medallion
I've decided to really focus on my sketching and story boarding through the end of the year, but this will give me something non-career related to do as well. I thought the mandala aspect of it would be good for thinking.
I am going to need to rig up a thread sorter before I start if it doesn't come with something. Ah, it's all coming back...