Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A Collection Of Cross Stitch

Cross stitch pictures aren't as common these days, but I remember when my sister use to work on complex, beautiful pictures of counted cross stitch to pass the time and keep occupied. Below is a collection of some of the pieces she completed from kits over the years, now matted and framed.
(Feb. 28, 2017)

For many years all the pictures were held in an upholstery bag, scrolled up and kept safe in their canvas tubes. On Feb. 28 of this year, she decided to finally mat and frame them.

I've been tasked with keeping record of them and have taken the chance to get pictures for the sake of one day trying to create collage versions of these beautiful pieces. I would love to see these images done in paper piecing with glitter and fringe to really make the pictures pop.

In the case with this dragon one, it was completed in an impressive, thrifty way. The frame was found at a yard sale for one dollar, and then it was just a matter of getting glass and matting for the image.
Overall this dragon image is very enchanting,  and is one of two other dragon themed pictures in the collection.
There's also the peacock framed within a terracotta colored mat.
I tried to get some close up details of the piece, but the camera had difficulty capturing the little x shapes.
The colors of this one kind of remind me of a Medieval castle tapestry. Details on the frame in subtle gold could only be captured in a close up shot.
(Mar. 5, 2017)
Over the past four days more cross stitch had been framed. First came the Chinese dragon and its beautiful blue shades.
 I love how it uses metallic thread and gold seed bead accents.
There was also the tiger and its babies with a bit of greenery, nicely placed into a black bamboo styled frame.
One of the more muted ones is the carousel, a rather detailed piece that could stand alone without a mat.
The frame chosen for this one was another yard sale find.
Then of course there's the story teller and his pretty dragon friend. The colors of this one make me rather happy, and the frame fits so well with the small details of the picture.
 (Mar. 7, 2017)
Next and final in line for frame work was the fairy, the most beaded piece in the collection. Isn't it beautiful, a picture with all my favorite colors.
Even the frame from among our collection of frames is interesting in the sense of looking like twisted rope.

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