Family Cross Stitch (Me and Martha Series)

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Tuesdays in the Me and Martha series is dedicated to crafts.  This week’s craft comes from Favorite Crafts for Kids – except I was the one who actually did this one.  All by myshelf.  I say myshelf because that what we hear Milo say all the time – “I can do it all by mySHELF!”  3 year olds…

When I was thumbing through the pages marking potential crafts for me and the kids to work on, I saw these adorable family cross stitch projects.

Pg. 270 of Martha Stewart's Favorite Crafts for Kids

Pg. 270 of Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids; you can click the image to see directions more clearly.

Now, I am NOT a cross-stitcher.  I’m not even sure that’s what they are called.  But these looked easy enough and really cute and personal so I gave it a go.  First step is using graph paper and making a pattern.  I just used colored pencils and also studied the drawings/examples she had in the book.  The only thing I purchased for the project was a piece of aida cloth and the embroidery string.  I bought a variety colored pack (around $5 and came with at least 20 colors and we will use these for a ton of other projects – you’ll see) and then I also bought several other specific colors for our hair and skin (each of those was less than a buck).  I didn’t even think to buy an embroidery hoop.  Maybe it makes it easier, but I had no issues just holding my cloth.

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I was originally going to only do our faces/shoulders but once I started the project I realized that would be REALLY small.  I made several modifications during the project to my graph paper pattern.  It was easy as x’ing squares then erasing if I didn’t like how it worked.  I would definitely suggest using the graph paper though – I would have been lost without it.  It helped me know how many stitches to go over for certain things.  Here are some in progress shots.

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Like I said, I am NOT a cross stitch person so I didn’t even realize I was doing it totally wrong.  LOL!  I threaded my embroidery needle like I was going to sew (so the string was doubled).  When I started working the project my string was too thick to actually make an x (cross) so I just made slanted stitches.  It worked fine though and actually made it “half” the work. ha! Leave it to me to find a way to make needlework lazy!  Look at me using my felt needle book!

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I started this on a Friday night.  I made the graph and began stitching.  I worked on it for a couple hours here and there over the weekend, mainly because Matt was watching a ton of football which I can’t stand!  I was finished my Sunday evening.  And I admit, it was totally relaxing.  Different than reading or other activities I do to relax.  I’d probably do it again, but I just don’t think I’m that great.  The fam loved it though – mostly because of the personal touches… I put Milo in his favorite “3” shirt, gave Matt a little bit of crazy hair, Gage an LSU shirt, Cady some highlights in her hair and me in my red high heels.

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We even decided to frame it and hang it in our hall – not a super “public” place but a place where we’ll see it and get a kick out of it. (frame from hobby lobby for $13 and a custom cut mat from there for $10)

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I love personal things in our home, and this one was fun and relaxing to do.  Perfect for a rainy weekend that was filled with football.

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