I’m not one that likes to follow charts, often even when I am working from a cross stitch chart I’ll alter the pattern as I go. This got me thinking that maybe it would be a good idea to try it solo, and lets face it practice is the only way to make perfect. So one day I was just lying across the sofa watching The Simpsons and trying to avoid doing anything remotely productive, and then an idea struck my brain like a lightning bolt THE SIMPSONS. I could cross stitch The Simpsons, can’t believe I didn’t think of it sooner.
This however required a bit of thinking about how I could do it, and I’m not entirely sure I came up with the right solution, but like I said – it’s all about the practice. I copied the outline of an image of Ralph Wiggum onto some graph paper, and tried to roughly follow the points using backstitch on a piece of 14 count aida. It seemed like such a good plan at the time, but because the fabric holes are set in straight lines trying to make nice rounded shapes doesn’t end well, poor Ralphy looks a bit jagged. The second problem is that it’s sooooo hard to follow a ‘chart’ that’s just an image on graph paper, if I’m honest after a lot of frustration I just ended up winging it.
In fairness this is only a practice run, and for a first attempt it’s actually not bad! At the very least you can tell what it’s an image of, and that’s good enough for me! I would like to add to this and possibly put a quote underneath, but as far as using colours go, I think I’ll keep it goth and carry on with black.
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