A friend of mine was talking about cross stitching and it reminded me how much I love it. I have been cross stitching for YEARS. I think I started when I was in junior high school. I have made cross stitch pillows, towels, and full blown pictures.
One thing I used to do every year was make a cross stitch ornament for all the girl gifts. I am really not sure why I stopped doing that. I have saved every ornament pattern I have done so I can do them again sometime. Doing a cross stitch picture makes an excellent gift and it's made with love.
How do you get your patterns? Do you buy books, magazines, or look online? I normally buy kits because I don't have to worry about buying all the materials. However, I used to collect magazines with patterns in them. One of my favorite magazines is The Cross Stitcher.
I have this fantastic tote box I keep all my patterns in. How do you keep organized? I am pretty anal when it comes to my cross stitching. I need to make sure I have everything before starting a project. I also have a neat little yarn organizer. Don't forget a highlighter. Why you ask? Well when I get a huge pattern that I know will take awhile to do, I photocopy the pattern and use the highlighter to keep track of where I am and what I have done. Cleaver right?
I did some searching and thought I would give you a few websites that have free patterns and projects
These were just a few top sites listed. Do you know of a good site? Please share. Would love to hear your tips and stitches.