As many of you know I have health problems, and some of those health issues cause me to be susceptible to every virus that is brought around me. That is one of the struggles when you have Epstein-Barre Syndrome, every time someone has the flu, a virus, colds, strep throat, or any other such thing, I get it. So my last few weeks have been filled with these things. I spent a lot of time down with the flu, a sore throat and a ear infection, along with dealing with my pain from arthritis, bone spurs, and fibromyalgia. But I didn’t let this all keep me from doing something constructive…something that I’m still working on. With the cost of things going up in the U.S., and government budget cuts that affected my husband with a 6 month layoff, we found ourselves in the same position as many Americans, living from pay day to payday, well actually more like payday to the week before the next payday. So I set out to find a way to help my husband with finances, despite having to spend so much time in bed due to pain. A couple weeks ago while straightening up things in my room, I found a program that my husband got me that allows me to design cross stitch designs. I can use my photos, clipart, or my own artwork to create beautiful design instructions for other cross stitchers. For those who do not know what this is, it is a type of embroidery where simple X’s are made on canvas to complete a design using embroidery thread. I’m still working on getting designs together, but I’m also researching ecommerce sites that offer what I need to have my own site. I’m praying God’s leading, direction and blessing on this endeavor. I’m hoping that it will be the help my family needs to get through this tough time. However in doing this I’m not able to spend too much time blogging, or on other things. I’ve had to cut down other activities on the computer, even time on Facebook and on my email. I know once I get it up and running I will have more time for other things though. I wanted to share some of the designs I’ve finished working on in this post. Each design comes with…
- the original photograph or artwork I used,
- a jpeg of the finished design,
- a pdf of a black and white representation of the design with symbols showing wear each color goes,
- a stitch pattern pdf showing what the finished work looks like in cross stitch,
- a color key pdf showing the colors of embroidery thread used for that design, and the measurements of it.
- a pdf with color blocking of the design, for those who prefer to use a color graph without symbols
- and a pdf with color blocking with the symbols.
I’ve worked on hard designs for those who are looking for a challenge, medium designs for those who are at the intermediate level, and easier designs for those who are new to cross stich along with children who are just learning how to cross stitch.
I’m rejoicing to have found some way of using my own drawings and photos in a way to help my family. Please pray with me that this works out, and that God will bless each step and open the doors along the way. Below are some of the designs I’m finished with. Enjoy!
Stained glass design done in cross stitch. It looks better without the glare from my camara.