I wanted to do something really special for the holidays this year. It can be difficult to create gifts sometimes, or maybe that is just my perspective. I mean, how many dreamcatchers can you give someone? So I am always looking to do new things. I used to do cross stitch when I was younger, so when I saw these dishtowels in WalMart that had a customizing panel on them…perfect! But what I didn’t figure was the difficulty of trying to come up with a design to put on them. So after half a notebook of graph paper and a few sacrificed pencils I came up with two designs to go to two very close people in my life.
So the hardest part was done, now it was just the time consuming stitching. It ended up to be kind of a meditative process, but the best was still being able to look at the finished product.
Though I highly doubt this will become a running thing in my line of work, it was definitely a lot of fun to make. I may consider creating custom designs in the future, but the construction takes too long compared to a lot of other work that I do.
If you’re looking to do your own cross stitch as a gift, remind them that because of the delicate stitching it is only to be hand-washed and not put into a washing machine!