Today, I’m sharing a silhouette cross stitch on stretched canvas art as we team up with some of our favorite bloggers as part of the Spring Nesting Blog Hop.
A special thank you to Cecilia of My Thrift Store Addiction for hosting this event!
If you’re coming over from Cecilia’s blog, welcome, we’re glad you’re here!
The minute she asked me to be part of this blog hop and to share how we’ve all been nesting or feathering our nest during the pandemic with spring home and garden decor, recipe, or DIY projects, I immediately thought of this silhouette cross stitch on stretched canvas art.
While our safer at home orders have not always been easy, I’m not going to lie, I’ve been so thankful for the extra time at home. Don’t get me wrong, we’re still working a lot.
But the slower pace couldn’t have come at a better time.
Creating During a Pandemic
Early on, my family and I all chose projects to work on to help pass the days and to mark the occasion in addition to service oriented projects.
I should insert here we’re creating a 2020 time capsule and these projects have no rhyme or reason, which seems natural given our ages range from 4-70.
In random order they were:
- Run a 5K
- Make a rubber band ball
- Paint the downstairs
- Create window art
- Learn a back handspring
- Bake bread
- Follow a Pat McGrath eye shadow video from start to finish
- Build a supercomputer
One thing I’ve always wanted to learn but have been putting off is embroidery and cross stitching. I don’t know why but all those delicate threads seem intimidating.
My Mom made lots of beautiful cross-stitch creations while we were growing up and my late grandmother made more needlepointed ornaments than I can count.
Even now, we’re constantly looking for vintage and antique textiles on the treasure trail. It’s been so much fun to see a rebirth of art forms that at one time seemed almost forgotten since people are staying at home more.
Silhouette Cross Stitch on Stretched Canvas Art Kit
My main goal is to learn how to cross stitch the letters A & M using Miss Mustard Seed’s cross stitch pattern on a lumbar pillow. And then I’d love to learn how to embroider some flowers on a pillowcase.
There are thousands of beginner cross stitch and embroidery kits online and even in big box stores too. Not to mention all the YouTube videos that are available as well. That’s the good news, there’s plenty to choose from.
I knew I wanted to start out with something SUPER basic. It took a bit of searching but as soon as I found this silhouette cross stitch on stretched canvas kit, I knew it would be a great place to start.
This kit was nice because the instructions were straightforward, everything I needed to complete this project was included in the kit, the pattern was already marked and the stretched canvas was sturdy enough to be able to hold and stitch at the same time – no hoop needed.
Even with the super easy instructions, it took me a while to get into the grove. I wanted to cross all the X’s immediately as opposed to working down one side and up the other.
I’m too embarrassed to even show you the back of this silhouette cross stitch on stretched canvas project but let’s just say you can see the difference in the stiches immediately 😊
It took two weekends to complete this project because I was only able to work on it here and there as I had time.
Finding Time to Be Creative
One the thing I never expected was for the ritual of grabbing a cup of tea, threading the needle and getting to work on the canvas after a long day would feel so relaxing.
It’s been a week since I finished this canvas and I miss it already. I definitely need to find a proper frame for it too.
While this piece won’t be entered into the county fair or anything I’m excited to move onto phase 2 of my cross stitching journey, DIY Cross Stitch Embroidery using waste canvas.
I have all the materials save for the fabric which I’m hoping to pick up now that the stores are slowly opening up again. We’ve been working on the master bedroom refresh and a few living room projects, so it will be a fun distraction from all the painting.
Navigating a New Normal
When we first started our safer at home orders, I’ll confess, I couldn’t wait to get back to the way things were.
Navigating a new normal seemed scary and overwhelming. Afterall the life we had B.C (before COVID) for the most part was a good one. I realize now though this time has been an invitation for all of us to slow down and take stock of what’s really important.
It’s given us a chance to appreciate the big things and the little things too.
A chance to tell the people who work to make our lives easier and safer that we appreciate them, to get to know our neighbors better, to treasure the time we’ve spent with family and friends, to find creative ways to stay connected, to reach out in ways we haven’t had reach out before, to appreciate our food supply and how being able to buy enough eggs for a week and a cake was always a blessing even if we didn’t vocalize it.
It’s also given us an opportunity to ask ourselves, “What are we waiting for?” Especially, where taking a chance on a dream, learning a new skill, sharing a talent or being creative is concerned.
I hope you’ll give yourself a chance to start something you’ve been putting off for way too long. Afterall, you’ll never know how broad a brush stroke you can create until you’re willing to dip your brush into the paint and try.
Spring Nesting Blog Hop
Up next on the Spring Nesting Blog Hop is my sweet friend Linda of Itsy Bits and Pieces!
Once you’re finished there, be sure to check out the rest of these fabulous and creative ladies…Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.