Using four-sided stitch to frame my cross stitch project
I put the last stitch to a Home Sweet Home sampler about 2 months ago. In fact, it's still in the stretcher bars, waiting to be dated, initialed, removed and framed. Poor thing.
I added my own border with four-sided stitch, but the charted words and lovely garland came from Leisure Art's Spirit of Christmas Book 3. (This is a great series, and I am slowly collecting each one.)
I have a wonderful needlework book in my library, called The Open Canvas, by Carolyn Ambuter. Filled with great instructions on many counted thread embroidery stitches, this is what I used to jog my memory on how to work the four-sided stitch.
This book includes all kind of fancy needlework, including pulled thread stitches, hardanger of course, and even reticello lace. I especially like the teaching samplers; they are a great way to learn new techniques.
Someday, I hope to work each sampler...