An Open Letter To Crafters On The Internet Who Have Recently Discovered Cross-Stitching Is Fun

Dear Crafters On The Internet Who Have Recently Discovered Cross-Stitching Is Fun,

As a long-time cross-stitch enthusiast, I am beyond thrilled that cross stitch is finally getting its due alongside other “rediscovered” cool crafts like knitting, crochet, and quilting. For too long, it’s been ignored as a dorky craft suitable only for grandmother’s bathrooms. It deserves better than that!

However, when most people on the internet embraced knitting, crochet, and quilting, there’s been a lot of love for using high quality or designer materials. So why, for the love of all that’s crafty, is everyone using Aida or evenweave cloth?! People, there’s a whole world out there of beautiful fabrics that are a joy to work with, that feel good in your hand while you work, that add depth to your work, that compliment the colors of your floss*.

It’s called linen, and if you’re not at least trying it out, you’re doing your project and the process of cross stitching a huge disservice. If you have the budget, would you knit/crochet/quilt with polyester? No, because it wouldn’t feel as nice in your hands while working, and the final product doesn’t look as good, right? Guess what? The difference between Aida and linen is the same thing. So this year, do yourself and your stitching a favor — switch out that Aida for some linen. You will not regret it, I guarantee it.

Hugs and kisses,
Pookie

P.S. If you’re worried that it’ll be much more difficult, don’t worry and just go for it! Start with a big count linen. Sure, you may need to really focus in the beginning about counting up and over two linen threads for every stitch, but once you get going, you’ll start to see the linen in terms of the grid made by your existing stitches, and not in terms of each individual linen thread. Trust me!

*If you’ve really got the budget, I also highly recommend trying out silk thread instead of floss. It’ll blow your mind. It’s like sewing or quilting with voile instead of Kona cotton.

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5 responses to “An Open Letter To Crafters On The Internet Who Have Recently Discovered Cross-Stitching Is Fun

  1. You tell’em! As a stitcher I find it depressing that so many people will spend a lot of time on projects that are so sad. Use the good stuff!

  2. Thanks for backing me up there, Tram!

  3. I’ve seen the linen, but thought, “Oh no. Too tiny!” and went with the aida cloth. Cross-stitching with silk? DREAMY! Who knew it could be done? Incredible!

  4. It’s not too tiny! Trust me! You can do it!!! There’s linen out there that’s 28 count. Aida is usually 14 or 28, I think. It’s totally, totally doable. It just takes a tiny bit of time to train your eye to see the holes on the linen in units of stitches. Before you know it, you won’t even be thinking of it as anything more challenging than the Aida!

  5. That, is an excellent letter and a good reminder! Thanks for the inspiration!

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