You know how you start projects and get them 80% done and then move on to something else?? Just me?? Well anyways, I’m pretty excited that I actually FINISHED a stitching project, and it’s ah-mazing. I don’t think I have cross-stitched since I was a girl, until now. And I really enjoyed it! I am pretty proud that I was able to make this custom family for my brother’s family as their housewarming gift (they’re building a house across the creek from us – isn’t that fun?!). I used them as my practice Personalized Stitched Family, and now I’m ready to dive in to my own family portait in thread 😉
I loved everything about this project – from the designing to the color options to actually stitching it out. So fun! And it was one of those projects you could take along wherever and pick up right where you left off. This post may contain affiliate links.
Cross Stitch People Pattern Drawing
I am definitely one that needs hand-holding on new things like making patterns – I was send the Stitch People book and loved how it walks you through all the exact details. It has options for heads and body types and clothes and you mix and match until you find the perfect combo for the person you’re trying to portray. Not only was I into it, but my kids are obsessed! I should have handed them graph paper long ago, I didn’t know that it would be such a draw for them – they like to draw out various people they know and our family and things like that – so fun, right?!
I love all the details that can be included, like tips on colors for realistic denim and hair. And that buffalo plaid turned out so great!
The hardest part for me was probably centering my design on my project… but after that it might have been refraining from putting my personality on the family I was making – – I really wanted to put my sister-in-law in a bright turqouise top and my niece in neon pink, but they’re more muted and so I went with gray and coral and I’m glad I did because it really fits who they are, which is the whole goal.
Stitch People Family Portrait
It was so fun to frame and present to them!
My next project is to find something simple to hook my girls on Counted Cross Stitch – because I think that they would love it!
Have fun making your own Personalized Stitched Family!
If you love People Cross Stitch Projects, you’ll also want to check out:
Custom Frame for Needlework Cross Stitch Family
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Donna @ Modern on Monticello says
I love counted cross-stitch too! A good source for some easy – and free projects – that only require a few colors can be found in Country Living Magazine. Each month they feature a new small project and you can print the design from their online site at http://www.countryliving.com/cross-stitch. I have been working my way through a couple of them and they make for some cute little projects.
Mandy Beyeler says
great tip, thanks!!
Darling! I have not done much cross stitch in the last 15 or so years and kind of miss it. Good job!
Mandy Beyeler says
you should give it a try again! so fun!