Before I Started Cross Stitching


This is my first piece of embroidery. I made it in March 92 as a birthday gift for my mother (we can read mars 92, in yellow on top). I remember stitching while I was supposed to be studying. After one hour of study, I would reward myself with a few minutes with the needle. It was my first time but I was already hooked to hand stitching. I can tell you that going back to my books for one more hour of study took great discipline.

My mother is still displaying this abecedary on a wall and with the passing years the color have faded. The threads were more vividly colored twenty-two years ago, but now everything is pale: pale blue, pale orange, pale green, pale everything and even more pale pink and yellow. The red still offers flashes of vividness, though.

This is not cross stitching. This is petit point. Half a cross stitch, really. Half the time to make too. I prefer the appearance of cross stitching (which looks thicker), though amazing pieces have been done with the petit point. A quick search on the net will reveal many examples. For me it was a good learning experience to holding the needle and acquiring ease with the movements of passing needle and thread through a canvas.


Letters are fast to stitch. Those blue ones are square without any flourishes. They remind me of centuries-old abecedaries. Notice the top diagonal of the letter K. I cannot tell why it is different from the lower diagonal!


I find it interesting to look back at how I made the small flowers. Four stitches and you have a petal. The hearts seem to be made of tiny dots (from afar) because the direction of the stitches vary randomly.


Flowers a third of the size of a tree and a chandelier as big… what a naive composition! You can read “à maman” in yellow (“to mom”).


A tree, flowers, a chandelier, a bottle and a butterfly in the same row. Is there a reason? I think filling the space was my priority…

This is the only petit point I have done. After that abecedary, I happily jumped into cross stitching.

Have you ever done petit point yourself? Do you prefer the look of petit point or cross stitching? I am interested in having your opinion about it.


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Posts about cross stitching:


Strawberry Bookmark


Mid-Summer Abecedary


Blue Bird Abecedary


Cross-Stitched Carrots