I am a stitcher.
Cross-Stitch is a type of needlework embroidery that has been around for hundreds of thousands of years. It is one of the oldest forms of embroidery in the world. The skill has been passed from grandmother to mother to daughter – and grandfather to father to son – for hundreds of generations. Almost every stitcher is self-taught by a relative or a friend, or picked up the skill from a magazine or kit. It is one of the easiest forms of embroidery to learn and master in a short period of time.
However, in the modern era, cross-stitch is not a well-known or popular craft. Local needlework shops have gone out of business and craft chains have cut back on their cross-stitching supplies. It is difficult to practice the craft and find people who also cross-stitch, even in today’s connected world.
My name is Tiffany. I’m nineteen years old, studying to become a business executive, and I have cross-stitched for well over a decade, although I’m by no means an expert. And prior to discovering cross-stitch groups on the Internet, I was the only stitcher I ever knew. I believed I was part of a dying breed of embroidery that would soon disappear because no one (other than me) bothered with stitching anymore.
I want this blog, and my future business, Little Thread Crafts, to change that. I want this to be a place of learning, a “center of an industry,” a way to spread the word both about cross-stitching itself (yes, it still exists and yes, you don’t have to be old to do it and no, you don’t have to be female to enjoy it) and all of the life and culture surrounding it. I want to get the word out: cross-stitch is not dead! There are thousands of people who love the same thing you do! You are not alone!
I would love to develop a program and begin to teach cross-stitch as an after-school program or a community project. I would also love to start a non-profit organization that collects materials and finished projects from stitchers who can’t stitch any longer and family members that want nothing to do with the craft, to save them from being tossed into the trash (You can read my article on this here: Save the Stash from the Trash). These materials and pieces would be salvaged for charity and those in need. I want to compile a dictionary of cross-stitch terms that stitchers have invented over the years and publish it as a stitching resource. These are all future plans I would love to complete some day!
In the meantime, I plan to write articles and share my own progress through the world of stitching. I hope one day to be good enough to get into a magazine or hired on as a Ghost Stitcher to stitch all those finished samples. And maybe someday cross-stitch will be “mainstream” again, joining the ranks of sewing and knitting!