In Russia, cross-stitch embroidery was popular both among simple peasant women and among merchants and boyar wives. They richly decorated their work with beads and large pearls, gold and silver threads. Do not disdain this occupation, even the Queen.
A special place among the variety of embroidered things in the Slavic tradition occupied the towel. This is not just a home decoration, but also the strongest amulet for the whole family. Each character embroidered on the towel has its own meaning. For example, the firebird is a symbol of happiness in family life, lilies symbolize female beauty, hop - wealth and hospitality, fun in the house, ornaments from rhombus - a symbol of fertility and the earth-mother.
Now this handicraft may not be as popular as in antiquity, but still occupies an important place in the lives of many modern women. Indeed, embroidering by cross itself is not at all a complicated matter. Yes, and you need quite a bit for him: a good outline, floss, a special blunt needle and a little patience.
The cross itself is obtained by overlapping two stitches. One - from top to bottom, the other - from bottom to top. It is possible and vice versa, it does not matter. The main thing is that the crosses on all embroidery should be made the same. It is also not important whether you will sew in the English way (each cross is completely embroidered at once) or you prefer Danish (first the lower row of stitches are embroidered, and only after that - the upper row). Embroidery, in general, is a matter of taste.
The most difficult question for most embroiderers is not “how?”, But “what?”. Since it is not difficult to master the embroidery technique, but to find a scheme suitable for embroidery ... Sometimes this can be a problem. Do not be surprised, it really is! Despite the abundance of schemes offered for free download or sold on the Internet, despite a considerable number of ready-made embroidery kits in which threads and canvas are selected, the scheme is printed in color and even there are embroidery needles, it is rather difficult to find a suitable scheme.
Of course, if you plan to embroider and hide in a box to occasionally show your mother and girlfriends - this is one thing. But embroidery, which will fit into the interior, will decorate your life - quite another. So, perhaps the easiest way is to create a pattern for embroidery on your own, rather than wait, thinking: “Suddenly, the right one will fall? In a week or a year. ”
So, take matters into your own hands! Suppose you want to transfer a beautiful, memorable landscape that you once photographed with the help of floss to fabric. It is quite possible. If the photo does not have a digital copy - scan.
The next step is to install any favorite program for creating schemes. The most famous are: The Needlewoman, Pattern Maker, EmbroBox, Beads Wicker, Embroidery with MyJane, WinStitch. They are easy to find on the web. Each of these programs allows you to create a scheme for embroidery and edit it if necessary. Increase or decrease the number of colors used (and hence the threads), replace the pixels of one color with any other and so on. Some embroiderers use Photoshop or Excel to create schemes, but in my opinion, this is not particularly convenient.
For the first time you should not create a very complex scheme with a large palette of colors, especially if you are doing this for the first time. Take something simpler. Practice it. Change the settings in the type of canvas and the maximum number of colors used by the thread. Save several different schema options and compare them.
If you are able to draw, most programs for creating schemes will offer another opportunity - to draw the desired pattern yourself, and after that the program will calculate the required number of threads and break it into crosses-pixels.
True, it's all easy? As a result, you get the only one in the world, a unique pattern for embroidery, which exactly fits into your home interior.