Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Cross Stitch: Kawaii Winter Wonderland

It's so freaking cute, I'm teaching myself how to cross stitch! The pattern is by the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery and it comes with a cross stitch guide, diagrams, color charts and 25 super cute patterns to make up a wintery, holiday countdown.

Kawaii Winter Wonderland Sampler
My four weeks of progress.  It's slow, but fun!

The weather is finally cooling off in California and the nights are dark. It's a perfect time of year to cozy up for a few minutes at the end of the day and stitch.

Kawaii Winter Wonderland Sampler
      Beige Aida                                              Light Oatmeal Aida

I started out with a natural colored Aida (above right) called Light Oatmeal. By the time I got the second square I could see it was too light. There was not enough contrast with the white numbers and borders. So I started again with a color called Beige (above left). It didn't look that pretty in the package, but I really like how it looks with the thread colors.

My kids are obsessed with this project. They keep asking about it and checking in on my progress, "still working on the square, Mom?". Yes. They can't wait to hang it up. It might be awhile kids. My daughter likes to sit next to me and run her fingers over the bumpy stitches.

Scenes from my kitchen table. We wound floss and had a snack.
Scenes from my kitchen table

I wanted to find a way to get the kids involved. One afternoon my daughter and I wound the floss while we snacked and chatted at the kitchen table. Her favorite part was labeling the floss bobbins with the color numbers. Excellent number practice for preschool.

Kids Crosstitch
Fun for kids!

I also picked up yarn needles and coaster blanks for the kids to play around with. They were a big hit! Then the dog chewed it. Daisy!!! Many tears were shed. I keep it under my coffee cup anyway.

Kawaii Winter Wonderland
Secret code coloring page

Both kids love to color, so I printed out over-sized copies of their favorite squares from the pattern and a copy of the color key. I set out some markers for them and I explained how each color has a symbol. They were excited to be coloring detectives and decode the picture. It's actually a lot like the color-by-number worksheets they do.

Cosmo Floss
Floss Bobbins
Aida Cloth
11"x11" Q-Snap Frame

Come and join us!! It's more fun stitching with friends. There is lots of stitching action on instagram (#kawaiiwinterwonderland) and flickr.


  1. OMG, I'm so borrowing your secret color guide coloring sheet idea!!!! My kiddo will love that, he's totally loving my Kawaii sampler, too. Isn't it a fun project to stitch up? I can't help but smile when I work on it, and yours looks wonderful :)

  2. I spy a BAMQG Retreat 2012 mug there! :D

    The little sampler is sooo cute! I love that your kids want to get involved with it.

  3. Love watching you stitch but I CAN'T start something new.

  4. I LOVE your ideas for the secret code too! I'm SO doing that for my grandkids. Along with organizing my floss. I just bought a bunch of the little plastic things. I'm taking the train down to Riverside tomorrow so this will be the perfect project!



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