My mom cross stitches from time to time and I would love to learn. My old roommate cross stitches up a storm to relieve stress and doesn't seem to have issues finding materials. She lives in South Florida... not sure if that helps but good luck!
1/17/12 2:36 P
it's a dead art for me...can't see well enough to do the close work anymore. I was very OCD about it anyway. I couldn't handle any mistakes I made. I'd have to cut all the stitching out, fix the mistake, and start again from that point.
All of the craft supply stores around here have at least 1 -2 aisles of cross-stich supplies - patterns, books, material, thread, sets, etc. I used to do a lot of cross-stitch but got out of it when I started doing other things. It is a great way to keep from stuffing my face though!
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If your up to a challenge. Blow any picture up big and place a grid pattern on it to give you an idea of what color each block should be..... I did it with one of my childs favorite picture book pages.
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1,730 1/17/12 10:22 A
everyhting cycles...this too will
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I know lots of Fiber arts enthusiasts of embroidery, cross stitch, black work, lace, ect. I also belong to a medieval studies group in the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) that makes their own materials too. However, the popularity of bead/jewelry work and scrap booking had taken its toll on shelving space dedicated to it in the USA. There is a good section of books in our local library too.
Edited by: VLKSHA at: 1/17/2012 (10:20)
1/16/12 6:54 P
I love to cross stitch. There are many dying arts that are coming back to life. Afterall, how many of you can say you own a spinning wheel and are learning to spin wool into yarn? My mom is a member of a spinning guild and that's where I got my wheel and am learning. :)
1/16/12 11:21 A
I have done just about every kind of needlecrat there is know to man, many of them self-taught. I love cross stitch, but can't do much of it. I spent many of my working years in sewing factories, and the repetitive motions have left me with carpal tunnel symptoms in my left hand, making it extremely painful to hold the hoop for a long period of time.
Check on-line for patterns.........Latch hook, crewel embroidery can be used as cross stitch patterns, even a Fair Isle knitting pattern can be used for a border on a sweatshirt.
Sadly, many needle arts are dying arts. People today want everything in a hurry, not taking the time to make something unique.
I love to cross-stitch and I do have some troubles finding patterns I really like. I go on the internet a lot. I haven't cross-stitched in probably a year (since I got a new job, before I was a stay at home mom for a year). I do have a few winter patterns I would like to get done so I can hang them on the wall next year.
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1/16/12 9:50 A
1/16/12 9:50 A
What Bitterquill said... Knitting and crochet have seen a big resurgence in popularity lately, along with a number of other crafting styles, so cross-stitch may come back. Plus, these days, it seems like the quirkier your craft is, the cooler it is!
I used to have so many cross-stitched sweatshirts as a kid, lol. Loved those things.
Cross-stitch isn't very popular right now in my area, either, but neither was knitting 10 years ago. I now know tons of stylish young women, even in urban areas, who knit their own fashion accessories. Sites like Etsy have probably helped encouraged this. Cross-stitch could come back into its own, too.
the last time i checked, cross stitch materials were pretty much cotton. and when i think of cotton growing hotspots, i don't think of malaysia. i mean i could be wrong on this, but most places have traditional and popular crafts based on what is available there. so knitting or weaving might be much more popular because it's easier to get thread/yarn for it [animals or other native fibers]. in other words, why popularize a craft where you have to import all materials when you have a perfectly good craft where most things are easily locally available?
Yes, It is a dying art along with knitting. My grandmother did it all the time and I loved every thing she made. She taught me but have not done it in years, do not think I would remember anymore.
1/16/12 7:24 A
Yes, it's old fashioned. You don't see any top designers cross stitching. Look to them for answers.
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I crossed stitched a lot until it hurt my eyes to work on it. Plus I am getting arthritis so that doesn't help either.
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I think its popularity comes and goes. It is not popular in the U.S. right now.
I used to love to do it, but it did stress my eyes. If I do it again, I'll have to do it from a stationary bike--too much sitting.
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7,159 1/15/12 2:01 A
Perhaps not so ordinary in Malaysia but Eva Rosenstand and other european companies are alive and survive well in denmark and europe in general is a huge home for cross-stitch .. Especially castles and old furniture is priced alot..
I met many women whom quietly keep this art alive very alive.. The difference is they can make a fortune re-covering old furniture.. It takes time and skillful needle work to revive old furniture.... www.scandinavianantiques.com/images/store/ large/IMG_7729.JPG I also cross stitch but it doesn't get my daily exercise done..
It seems so in Malaysia. Though I know of a few places that carry cross-stitch threads, not many places carry complete kits or pattern books. Even in bookshops, pattern books are limited here. If I want something specific, I'll have to order online.
Personally, I don't know many people who do cross-stitch. It's expensive too, the threads cost RM1.80 per skein currently! The material costs even more, like RM25 above per meter or something like that! Maybe that's why not many people can afford to indulge in this hobby here!