Hello everyone, my name is Irene. I am entirely new at cross stitch. I just received my Avlea Rozain bitkit in rosewood. I chose this design because of its simple beauty AND it‘s all one color. I figured it was better to start with one color than multiple because I tend to get overwhelmed easily.
Anyways, I was wondering, in addition to the “How to” videos, would this book be helpful to have as an aid in this new journey of cross stitching?
Thank you ☺️
I am an absolute bookaholic, and this craft is no exception. I am so enjoying needlework! I do agree that YouTube videos are absolutely fabulous in helping with stitching and helping to shop more too! Lol!!
I'm pretty new to cross stitch myself. I think I've been cross stitching for about 3 weeks now. And I am LOVING it. So relaxing and meditative. I hope you find you love it too. I have the Rozain kit waiting for me and it will likely be my second cross stitch project. Right now I'm working on an Olivine kit, which I purchased last year and then quickly gave up on at the time. I've definitely made some counting errors with the kit and probably would have been better off starting with a one-color design like you are. But I'm loving how it looks, errors and all. Good luck with starting your new hobby!
Hi and welcome ! I’m not familiar with the book in your photo, but I think there must be something in there that you will find useful or intriguing, if only for some definitions or introduction to the whole world of this wonderful art form. Definitely check out Krista’s how-to videos as, for me, they are some of the best out there.
I too am on the side of books so I can "study" various technics, get acquainted with terminology, and find the reasons for so called rules (there is usually a reason) whether I choose to follow it or not. Bottom line though is that many of us are self-taught and the best teacher is experience. You've got two other pluses on your side--this is a good group and you have a good "helper" too.
I'm oriented toward studying, so I do love my books. But, for this, all you really need is a diagram or video to show you how to make your first stitch. If you overwhelm yourself with too much information before you start, you run the risk of trying to remember too many "rules" at once. And most of the "rules" are just opinions anyhow, so feel free to make your own up as you go and change them as you learn.
Enjoy yourself and don't focus on perfection. We all make mistakes no matter how long we've been doing this or how good we think we are at it. Sometimes I take out my mistakes and other times I just decide they're a "design feature" and move on. This will become second nature before you know it.
It looks like you've got a little one - you may find stitching great way to relax after a busy day, during nap time, whatever.
Welcome! Well, this is going to sound kinda funny, but I don't own a single how to book on cross stitch! I own lots of other embroidery books (Mary Thomas, Jacqueline Enthoven), but the humble cross stitch is pretty easy to pick up so it never occurred to me that there are whole books on it! I'd suggest you just start stitching and see if you feel like you need a reference work. I'm taking an EGA (Embroiderer's Guild of America--fabulous organization!) class this week on variations of cross-stitch because there are variations that are sometimes used in folk embroidery that I want to have a better understanding of, but it's literally the first embroidery class I've ever taken. So feel free to learn in whatever manner suits you best!