There are many, many cross stitch and embroidery designs and kits out there. Most of them make beautiful pictures of flowers, scenes, cartoons, animals ... the list is almost endless. But what do you do when you have no more walls to fill? After moving to a larger house I still find I have some framed embroideries left over.
Well, there are gifts. You could give the pictures to friends and relations. Then there are cards. Most people are delighted to receive a card on Christmas or a special occasion. But then not wanting to throw these attractive cards away, they often frame them and you have another picture.
But cross stitch and embroideries don't have to be restricted to pictures. Some years ago I found a method for transferring an embroidery to a cotton jumper. You need a design with a solid outline of a fairly simple shape, such as a large flower or overlapping flowers. Transfer this design onto a piece of cotton and then, using long and short stitch, embroider it in stranded cotton almost to the edge, leaving a stitch width. When it is complete, cut round the outline, there will be a border of unstitched cotton all round. Pin the embroidery to the finished jumper, either bought or hand knitted, and then, using the same embroidery colours, stitch very close to the edge of the cotton through the jumper so that the raw edges are hidden. The finished garment is now unique and will be very much admired. The trouble is that the person receiving the garment takes such good care of it, wears it only on special occasions, and washes it so carefully that it never wears out! My own example of a large poppy on an orange jumper has been through the washing machine many times and is still fresh.
This is only one idea. There are lots of other ways to use embroideries so there is really no need to give up stitching yet! Just be creative in the use of the end product.
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