My favorite definition for "mother" is "a person who does
at least two impossible things before breakfast."
In honor of mothers everywhere, I offer this simple design using the count-LESS technique of cross stitch. Notice I didn't say count-free. You still have to do some minimal counting.
It's just that you're able to work with a single color within larger blocks without as many color changes.
- The end result resembles something you might see on a Tiffany lamp or stained glass window.
- Instead of stitching the crosses, work the backstitches first. Then you're free to move around! Take it to the kitchen, the back yard, the doctor's office. All that's left to do is fill in each block with stitches of the same color. Easy!
- Of course, you can do the cross stitches first. It's up to you, but if you like to take your projects with you wherever you go, this does save you a bit of fumbling with charts.
- This also makes an easy project for a first time stitcher or for a child learning cross stitch. What better gift for Mom on Mothers Day!
- The pattern also includes lettering for "Grandma" in place of Mother.
Stitch Count: 109 high x 139 wide
Fabric and Approximate Finished Design Sizes:
9 ct. Aida 12 1/8" high x 15 1/2" wide
11 ct. Aida 9 7/8" high x 12 5/8" wide
14 ct. Aida 7 3/4" high x 9 7/8" wide
For other Fabric and Finished Design Sizes, see our handy stitch count table.
I embroidered "Mother's Day Floral" on 14-count Aida using DMC floss in two strands for cross stitches and one strand for backstitches.
For detailed stitch diagrams, follow the above links or click on the "How to..." button on the left menu.
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