Counted cross stitch projects can be as detailed or as elaborate as a stitcher or a designer wants to make them. I have done projects that have taken months of constant stitching with a hundred different colors. I have done others that have taken just a few evenings and used only one thread color.
Today I feature three small stitched pieces all with one color of floss that I stitched to make into pillows. I specifically sought out designs that could be worked in a single color as I was trying to match the comforter and the color scheme in a bedroom. The color I chose was DMC 3740 “Dark Antique Violet” which matched some fabric I had on hand that I was going to use for the pillows.
Source: Stoney Creek Cross Stitch Collection (magazine), December 2010.
Source: Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornaments 2010. Designed by Gloria Moore of Milady’s Needle.
Source: Cross Stitch & Needlework, January 2011. Designed by Elizabeth Almond.
The stitching went relatively quickly. I had more problems with sewing the pillows because although the fabric was a good color choice, it was difficult to work with. It was stretchier than I realized. Insetting the non-stretchy stitched pieces into fabric that had a lot of give was a challenge. I ended up without good examples of my sewing prowess, but the cross-stitched portions were lovely.
All projects were worked on 28 count Lugana even weave fabric over 2 threads with DMC 3740 embroidery floss.