The Beauty and Elegance of Cross-Stitch Portraits

Written by Caryl B. Grecia

Wall hangings are what make most homes decorative and attractive. And most ofrepparttar time,repparttar 116223 wall hangings we see arerepparttar 116224 portraits ofrepparttar 116225 most memorable moments of our lives.

Family pictures, graduation pictures and baby's first birthday pictures hang onrepparttar 116226 most prominent wall ofrepparttar 116227 home to remind us ofrepparttar 116228 momentous events of our lives. Other times,repparttar 116229 cutest pet, my "bestest" friend, andrepparttar 116230 prettiest dream house occupyrepparttar 116231 bare wall inrepparttar 116232 bedroom. There are also times, as a tribute torepparttar 116233 favorite painter, his oil painting occupyrepparttar 116234 biggest space onrepparttar 116235 wall. The latest favorite celebrity idol has a place onrepparttar 116236 wall too, somewhere inrepparttar 116237 house. No matter what hangs on it,repparttar 116238 wall looks good for visitors to see.

The most common types of wall hangings nowadays are photography and oil paintings. There are times when charcoal or watercolor paintings replace oil. There are also embroidery and cross-stitch wall hangings. The motifs of most cross-stitch wall decorations are of flowers, birds, animals and houses. It is very rare that a photo is presented in a cross-stitch. But, it is just possible.

Did you know that inrepparttar 116239 history of cross-stitch, pictures of Benjamin Franklin and George Bush were featured in almost all covers, cushions and other accessories in cross-stitch? It was atrepparttar 116240 height of cross-stitch portraitures trend that their stitched pictures became so in-demand. Cross-stitch is actually not a new craft. In fact, in history, this art is one outstanding needlecraft used by prominent people. Mary, Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth 1 were just two ofrepparttar 116241 brilliant needlewomen in history. Catherine of Aragon, wife of king Henry VII popularized a stitch called Holbein stitch orrepparttar 116242 double-running stitch. Even Elizabeth of York was intorepparttar 116243 fad when she bought a "lynnyn" cloth, one ofrepparttar 116244 primary materials ofrepparttar 116245 needlecraft.

It is said in history thatrepparttar 116246 needlecraft was most used byrepparttar 116247 religious andrepparttar 116248 royals. Needlecraft, then, was a symbol of social status. The churches' accessories andrepparttar 116249 ecclesiastical clothing ofrepparttar 116250 pious were adorned with beautiful embroidery. The homes ofrepparttar 116251 royals andrepparttar 116252 elites were filled with embroidered covers for everything from cushions to coverlets, handkerchiefs and runners.

Stitching Memories

Written by Caryl B. Grecia

Sometimes, usual photographs look so common and boring. Converting your pictures into charcoal or oil painting is a welcome change but then, a lot of people have been into these crafts already that there are times when these portraits too, look clichéd. There could also be a time that a charcoal or oil painting of your photo does not look exactlyrepparttar same as your original photograph. I have been a witness to several charcoal portraiture failure. Have you ever had your portrait done in charcoal in whichrepparttar 116222 result didn't actually look like your image?

There's a new option torepparttar 116223 dilemmas of boring photographs and failed charcoal and oil (even water-color) paintings and that isrepparttar 116224 cross-stitch portrait. It is converting a favorite photograph into an elegant and artistic needlecraft. However high-techrepparttar 116225 snapshot is, it will be captured exactly, evenrepparttar 116226 tiniest detail, in a cross-stitch portrait.

A picture is scanned and then converted into a cross-stitch pattern. A pattern looks like a chart of tiny squares on a paper. Each square symbolizes a stitch. And stitches arerepparttar 116227 details ofrepparttar 116228 pictures. It is amazing to see a picture being converted into a pattern for cross-stitch. A snapshot, especially a colored one isrepparttar 116229 faithful replica of a person, a pet or of a significant event. In it,repparttar 116230 image, especiallyrepparttar 116231 skin of a person appears to be plain flesh-colored (dark, fair, brown, yellow, etc.). But in a cross-stitch pattern,repparttar 116232 skin alone could have three or more shades of whatever skin tonerepparttar 116233 person inrepparttar 116234 image has. Even an all-black hair could have shades of gray, dark gray and light gray for more emphasis.

This is due torepparttar 116235 light reflections upon takingrepparttar 116236 picture. It could be fromrepparttar 116237 flash orrepparttar 116238 shadow ofrepparttar 116239 sun whenrepparttar 116240 picture was shot outdoors. However, in a snapshot, it does not really matter becauserepparttar 116241 focus would be just onrepparttar 116242 image. But in a cross-stitch portrait, every tone ofrepparttar 116243 skin, every shade ofrepparttar 116244 hair (whether plain colored or highlighted) is considered. And inrepparttar 116245 end,repparttar 116246 portrait is not only a faithful replica but is almost exactlyrepparttar 116247 original image ofrepparttar 116248 person, pet orrepparttar 116249 significant memory.

The cotton threads used in cross-stitch giverepparttar 116250 picture its almost-real image. Basically,repparttar 116251 fabric used as a background is a woven linen depending ofrepparttar 116252 count, which givesrepparttar 116253 finished portraitsrepparttar 116254 unique, handmade look.

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