Cross Stitch with Kids ~ A New Adventure

Cross Stitch with Kids at Fresh Lemons Quilts

Last week, a bit out of the blue, my daughter announced she wanted to learn to cross stitch. In my usual style, as soon as one of my children expresses the slightest interest in a crafty hobby, I go all out. I can’t help myself! We headed straight over to my friend Amanda’s website, The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. I had a feeling my daughter would love everything in her shop and I was right! She immediately picked the Leaning Tower of Macarons for her first project.

Cross Stitch with Kids at Fresh Lemons Quilts

I decided I needed to make her a little tote to carry around all her project supplies. (I did mention I can’t help myself, right?) I happened to have the Road Trip Case Pattern from Noodlehead and decided it was perfect! I made one easy modification and put a vinyl zipper pouch on both sides rather than just one side. It holds pretty much everything she needs!

Cross Stitch with Kids at Fresh Lemons Quilts

Then for my final splurge, because I couldn’t resist the cuteness, I bought a thread organizer from my friend Holly over at Bijou Lovely and a llama needle minder from A Needle Runs Through It on Etsy. (For those of you who knit, Holly also sells a version of her heart that is a knitting gauge.)

I bought two sizes of Aida cloth for my daughter to try out – 6 count and 11 count. She doesn’t like the idea of 6 count because it’s so big (even after I explained to her that it would be much easier for a beginner). So she is going to try the 11 count first. We will see how it goes! I promise to share progress and any lessons learned along the way. 🙂

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19 Comments

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    Elizabeth

    April 13, 2016

    I learned cross stitch as one of my first crafts in 5th grade, and it became an obsession for a number of years! It helped me pass many a long family road trip and generated several years worth of holiday gifts for people. 🙂

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    Betsy M

    April 13, 2016

    …and of course you had the perfect fabric for the binding! Fabulous!

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    Judith Oswald

    April 13, 2016

    Yes! this is why we have daughters—there is something about sharing a skill with your daughter that makes one be part of that generational connection back to the beginning of time. Savor the moments and respect the bond!

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    Lisa D.

    April 13, 2016

    I love the pattern she picked for her first project – it will be fun to use all those pretty colors! What is the fabric you used for the outside of her Road Trip case? It’s so cute.

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      Faith

      April 13, 2016

      It is a Timeless Treasures Sushi fabric I got years ago. I wasn’t able to find it anymore, but did find other Sushi fabrics on Etsy.

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    Elizabeth A

    April 13, 2016

    I learned to cross stitch at 6 or 7 and have on and off my whole life. She will love her new hobby.

    Where did you buy 6 count Aida? I think it would be fun to use as large scale, modern artwork.

    Thanks, Elizabeth A

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    anna

    April 13, 2016

    oh gosh!! so adorable! I love that you did two vinyl pockets!!! Perfect. Natalie has been wanting to do cross stitch so long, I think I just need to jump in! She has a Martha Stewart craft book that has cute cross stitch families in it. ps. I use feedly to get your blog updates, it’s so weird, but your pictures never show up in the feed. Not that I know how to fix it, but thought I’d tell ya.
    🙂

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      Faith

      April 13, 2016

      Oh we have that Craft Book I think, going to have to check it out! Someone else mentioned that about Feedly but then I signed up and looked and I saw photos. I guess I’m going to have to look into it more! Maybe it’s the web browser? I’m using Google Chrome.

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    Hilary

    April 13, 2016

    I learned how to cross stitch when I was 8 and it is still one of my favorite crafts to sit down and relax with!

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    Holly

    April 13, 2016

    I have faith in her – I believe she’ll do just fine with the 11 ct. 🙂 The crafty gene will kick in.

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    Jen Beatty

    April 13, 2016

    I learned to cross stitch in 8th grade home economics class & still enjoy it from time to time many years later. If her interest stays, there’s a cute shop in downtown Geneva called Designers Desk Needlepoint Shop. They sell needlepoint & cross stitch supplies & kits. It might be a fun outing when the kids are off school. There is an ice cream shop a few blocks away & a coffee shop for mom & lots of shopping for all.

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      Faith

      April 13, 2016

      What a great idea! We will definitely have to go out this summer. 🙂

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    Anja @ Anja Quilts

    April 13, 2016

    Of course, she need a bag to hold everything. LOL I hope she enjoys herself.

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    pat

    April 16, 2016

    so sweet!! love everything about this and learning hand work! you are the bet mom, i had a plastic needlework bag from the drugstore for mine..

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      Faith

      April 16, 2016

      Ha – well a plastic needlework bag would work just fine! I do tend to go overboard… 🙂

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    Lyndsay from Cincinnati

    April 16, 2016

    Hi Faith! My mom and I love doing cross-stitch. It is one of my favorite hobbies. I hope your daughter loves it and sticks with it for a long time. There are so many wonderful patterns now. Its funny you are friends with the gal from frosted pumpkin as I love her patterns!! I enjoyed learning about her when she was featured in one of the cross-stitch magazines a while ago. Also, I love seeing the blocks your kids are making! And your little dog 🙂

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    mell-meyer

    April 17, 2016

    What a lovely Mom-thing to do! It’s such a beautiful case. Hope she enjoys her new hobby 🙂

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