This month, she has chosen cross stitch, which is a stitch many of us will be familiar with from its uses as a counted stitch, however it can also be used in a free-form manner to great effect.
Despite being quite simple to work, it can be used to build up a beautifully textured surface by varying the size of the stitch and the thread used to work it. It is also useful (along with other linear stitches) to couch down thicker threads/wools:
(By Luci F on Flickr)
There are a number of beautiful images which depict Cross Stitch used in a range of interesting ways, however as they are copyrighted, I'm not able to reproduce the images here, so please go and check out these links for some inspirational uses of the stitches:
- Purple and green cross stitch on a wool and scrim background, by cj33
- Tribal style sampler by Fiberdabbler
- Cross stitch in shades of blue wool, by Valokki
- Green, Yellow, Orange & Red Cross stitches in a range of sizes by Gunnels
- Gorgeous textured 'landscape' in a rainbow of colours by Cramzy
- Fabric postcard in bright garden colours, with interesting notes on technique, by Kay SusanA range of counted cross stitch variations, changing size, thread, overlaps, etc., by Cyberfyber
Have you used cross stitch in your work, either counted or free-form? If so, please share a picture with us, either here or over on our Facebook group. We look forward to seeing how you get on!