Thursday 19 June 2014

Cross Stitch Commission...

Ok, I guess the first thing I should do is explain what cross stitch is for anyone who stumbles across my blog and doesn't know.

It's actually exactly what it sounds's the art of using little crosses of thread to create a picture. Think of each stitch as a pixel working to create a bigger picture.

This picture shows a close up of a cross stitch chart. Each symbol represents a stitch or a particular colour. The boxed are shows a box with 2 symbols, which represents 2 colours in one square.

The above square looks like this when stitched:

 There are literally thousands of designs out there covering every conceivable subject. Over the years I've stitched animals, houses, battle scenes, ships etc.

On occasion I will undertake a commission from a friend to do a cross stitch for them.

They buy the kit but I stitch it for them and they pay me for my time. Usually at the rate or £1 per day.

I'm currently stitching a design from Anchor called Siberian Gold, which shows two beautiful tigers in the snow.

Here's what the finished picture looks like:

I'm currently on the 37th day of stitching this and here is my current progress:

That's it for today.  I'll probably post more tomorrow.


  1. Wow those tigers will look amazing when they're finished. I generally stitch for myself or my family and have always got a few projects on the go.

    1. Thanks Jo!
      Hope you enjoy the progress! I'll be posting a picture each day.

  2. Loving the tigers. With the two symbols in one square are you doing a quarter and a three-quarter stitch? How do you decide which symbol to use for which?

  3. Hi Leeanz
    My preference is to do TWO three-quarter stitches. This creates a stronger division between the two colours. This is especially good if you're going to be backstitching through the middle.
    It's how I've always done it and I've always been very pleased with the result.

    1. Never thought of doing that. Thanks, I might give it a try.

  4. haha, being lazy, I tend to do 2 x quarter stitches if there is backstitch between them, and let the backstitch be the divider. I do 2 x three quarter stitch if there is no backstitch, but that is rare :)

  5. To be honest I think I misunderstood the first chart that had this on it and just did 2 three quarter stitches. Since then, I've stuck with it because I think it gives a better finish.