Here is a photograph of a small cross stitch project that I just finished. (As you can see from my blog footer, this prayer is one of my favorites.) I have made this same design several times, always with the intention of keeping it… but somehow I have always ended up giving each one to someone else. I’m pretty sure this time this one is for me!
I really enjoy working on any type of embroidery, and especially small projects with counted cross stitching like this one. These framed pictures make a nice “tuck in” gift and it’s easy to design your own by choosing a special verse or saying and drawing it out on graph paper.
I think this particular picture actually started with a kit, but after the first one, I just bought aida cloth and frames to make the rest. It’s a very inexpensive project… just your time and a couple of dollars for a frame, the thread, and the aida cloth… and yet the finished picture makes a wonderfully unique gift.
You don’t even have to use a verse… sometimes a few well-chosen words can say it all. Personally, I prefer prayers and verses, but a really cute picture I made once said only “And Et Cetera.”