Friday, May 27, 2011

Craft Time!

Today let's gather together in the lodge and spend some time working on crafts! The craft I'm working on right now is top secret: a counted cross-stitch piece for my grandma. She was the one who taught me how to cross-stitch, so I want to surprise her with a project I've made on my own. So, shhhh! It'll be our secret. ;)

Here's what it looks like so far:

I have a tad bit more to finish on the flowers, and then I have to complete the two hummingbirds and do the back-stitch to outline the picture and put it all together.

This is the back of the piece. Not quite as nice looking as the front, but I try to keep it somewhat clean like my grandma taught me!

And this is what it will (hopefully) look like when I'm done! I love these kits, because I would be so lost without step-by-step instructions and the chart!

The chart uses different symbols to color-code the project. (Don't worry--they also include a legend so that you know which symbol is which color!) I like to cross out the stitches I've done as I go so I can keep track of my progress.

I love cross-stitching! Once you learn how to make the stitches, it's really pretty simple (at least for the more basic projects like I make), and it's so neat to see the picture coming together before your eyes! There's something special about counting out the stitches and poking the needle in and out of the fabric to make something beautiful, especially when you know who you're going to give it to!

So, are any of you currently working on a craft?

(And before you leave, I just want to remind you to stop by tonight for the last campfire, where we'll say our farewell to camp and I'll announce the gift card winner!)

10 comments:

Renee Ann said...

Beautiful, Amber! I haven't cross-stitched in ages, but I do have samplers decorating my walls that I made in years past. I enjoyed making gifts for others also. Thanks for sharing what you're working on.

Amanda said...

Amber, this is so pretty!! And so special because your grandma taught you :) I'm super close with my nana too and she taught me how to sew - not that I'm very good at it but I can fix a seam should the need arise! ;) I've never cross-stitched, though. It looks like fun! I love crafting and making things with my hands! Makes gifts more special, I think :) I make breast cancer awareness bracelets in honor of my nana, who is a 2 time breast cancer survivor! They're all glass beads with different pink designs and some have pretty pink ribbon lampwork detail on them! It's fun and its for a good cause that is dear to my heart :)

I'm sure your grandma is gonna love this! Hope you have fun finishing it!

See you tonight :)
Blessings,
Amanda

Casey said...

That is lovely! My mom tried to teach me to cross-stitch, but I'm not that great at it. I do love to knit though and have a project under way at the moment, so I will bring that. I'm anxious to feel the yarn beneath my fingers again. :)

Amber S. said...

Renee Ann,

Thank you! Cross-stitching is so enjoyable, isn't it? Glad you could stop by!

~Amber

Amber S. said...

Amanda,

Aww, thank you! And yes, cross-stitching is special to me because my grandma taught me. :)

That's neat that your nana taught you how to sew! (That's a skill I should probably learn someday...) And those bracelets sound so beautiful, in more ways than one! :) That is so wonderful that she is a two-time survivor--God bless her!!

Yes, see you tonight! :)

~Amber

Amber S. said...

Casey,

Thank you! And I'm glad you're bringing a project to work on, as well--how neat that you can knit! A friend tried to teach me how to crochet once, but that didn't get very far... ;)

~Amber

P.S. I seem to be having the same problem as you with commenting today--I'm glad we were able to find a way around it by using the Name/URL option! :)

Michelle said...

Your cross stitch piece is lovely, Amber! Your grandma is going to love it! I love to cross stitch, too, but haven't done it in years. Small projects are always the best bet for me, since I'm famous for starting a cross stitch project and not finishing it.

I also love to crochet doilies. I've made 4 of them, but haven't done one in awhile. Now that the kids and I are on Summer break, I have plenty of time to make one (or two). Thank you for inspiring me to get my hook and thread out. : )

Amber S. said...

Michelle,

Thank you so much! :) I like small projects, as well, which is why these little kits are so nice for me. :)

And how neat that you crochet doilies! They must be so pretty and delicate. I'm glad I could inspire you!

~Amber

Ruth said...

Your cross-stich project looks great, Amber! Glad to know yet another blogger who enjoys this craft too. :)

Amber S. said...

Ruth,

Thank you! It's not quite as detailed as yours, but I'm having fun. ;) It is neat to meet other cross-stitching bloggers! :)

~Amber