I’ve heard from many of you feeling a little reluctant to try cross stitch…or to come back from it. It’s totally up to you and I don’t want to pressure anyone but, I want to be upfront with you.
My stitching is not perfect. When I show this piece, “Gratitude turns what we have into enough”, no one notices how “off” my stitching way.
Here…look closely at the “g”, just below the flower. I totally messed up that “G”. I was not good at stitching. I was not good at counting. Somewhere in it all, I am off threads. When I look at it now, I am in love with it.
None of those mistakes makes a bit of difference to me. All of those stitches were lessons learned. It was the first piece I stitched on linen. It’s the first piece I stitched after coming back to cross-stitch.
Now…look at the photo again…do you see the mistakes??
Not me. I know they are there but they are kind of like stretch marks…no I don’t love the stretch marks I have but without them, I likely wouldn’t have five kids. Kalissa is so cute, her family doesn’t call them stretch marks. They call them baby stripes.
But back to my cross stitch…
I just finished my floral motif sampler. Someone said they would have trouble stitching this as they would “get off” on their stitches. Oh my…trust me. Most of the motifs are not in the EXACT places they are supposed to be. Many are one stitch this way or one stitch that way from where they are supposed to be.
At one point while I was stitching this, was going to stitch one direction but ended up stopping and stitched along the bottom border instead to try to get things re-aligned again.
For the most part, I cross all of the x’s the right way…but to be on perfect stitch with everything in the exact box, I can’t do it.
Please don’t ever compare the stitching on this to the stitching in the chart. Everything that was charted is on the piece. There are flowers there, birds, a basket. Yep, it’s all there. I know for sure those white flowers on the left…they are a stitch or two one way or the other. Some petals are taller or shorter than intended. It’s not exactly like the pattern…
and frankly, who cares. The essence of the piece is there. The colors are there. The elements are there. Every flower in nature is not the same…maybe my flowers are a little more wind-blown.
Absolutely no one, probably not even the designer, would know the difference in my flowers when looking at the piece.
Like most any craft, the crafter is only as good as their “fudging” skills. I’ve told you all time and time again that I am FAR from a perfectionist when it comes to quilting, yet, my quilts make it into magazines. The reason is…I’m not afraid to “fudge” my work and I’m not afraid to submit the finished quilts.
Please don’t let the expectation of perfection turn you away from trying anything from cross-stitch to weight lifting to being a pet owner to quilting to anything you want to do. So many things in life can be “fudged” and often, the only person who will know you “fudged” it, is you!! Whatever it is you’re thinking about trying…GO FOR IT!! Fudge away and work to hone your craft. Give yourself grace and know that your first venture out, like my first cross stitch on linen, will likely have a few places where you had to fudge. That’s TOTALLY okay! Fudge away!!