I was intrigued by the idea of a single stitch project and decided to use Cross Stitch as my working stitch. I got out all my stitch books and found a surprising number of stitches I could use.
I had only a vague idea of how my project would look, or how large it would be, but I eventually decided on a piece of Congress Cloth which I had painted blue to use as my ground fabric. This meant that my stitches would be small, using only one strand of cotton, but a sample of a few stitches showed me that I like this effect.
It has been great fun stitching this piece. It has changed constantly during the stitching process. Each finished section has determined the next choice, and there has been a good deal of ‘reverse stitching’ along the way. The different thread counts of different stitches have been a problem that I have had to consider as I stitched. Leaving varied numbers of threads between the stitches has helped me deal with this, and I am happy with the final result. The stitches used include Vandyke Cross, Smyrna Cross, Oblong Cross, Alternating Cross and Double Straight Cross.