a new option to the dilemmas of boring photographs and failed
charcoal and oil (even water-color) paintings and that is
the cross-stitch portrait. It is converting a favorite photograph
into an elegant and artistic needlecraft. However high-tech
the snapshot is, it will be captured exactly, even the tiniest
detail, in a cross-stitch portrait.
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 are the
details of the pictures. It is amazing to see a picture being
converted into a pattern for cross-stitch. A snapshot, especially
a colored one is the faithful replica of a person, a pet or
of a significant event. In it, the image, especially the skin
of a person appears to be plain flesh-colored (dark, fair,
brown, yellow, etc.). But in a cross-stitch pattern, the skin
alone could have three or more shades of whatever skin tone
the person in the image has. Even an all-black hair could
have shades of gray, dark gray and light gray for more emphasis.
is due to the light reflections upon taking the picture. It
could be from the flash or the shadow of the sun when the
picture was shot outdoors. However, in a snapshot, it does
not really matter because the focus would be just on the image.
But in a cross-stitch portrait, every tone of the skin, every
shade of the hair (whether plain colored or highlighted) is
considered. And in the end, the portrait is not only a faithful
replica but is almost exactly the original image of the person,
pet or the significant memory.
cotton threads used in cross-stitch give the picture its almost-real
image. Basically, the fabric used as a background is a woven
linen depending of the count, which gives the finished portraits
the unique, handmade look.
are the mementos of a very special figure or event in a person's
life. Take for example a wedding. Loads of films are used
(or if digital camera is used, the memory is all occupied).
There are unfortunate times when pictures get ruined because
a) liquid was spilled on them; b) kids tore them up; c) they
get browned being stored in the attic and more. However, a
cross-stitch portrait, if ever spilled with liquid could be
sent to dry-cleaning (or laundered even); it could not be
torn-up easily; and should it get browned, again, the dry-cleaners
can see that it gets back to its original colors (unless the
fabric used for background is a black woven linen). But, there
would be a slim chance (to none) that these misfortunes could
happen because once a cross-stitch portrait is finished, it
is put in a frame and then placed on a wall for everybody
to see and admire.
is one of the best ways to preserve the most memorable moment
of a person's life. It is because cross-stitch can survive
time. Proofs of this are the unearthed remnants from the year
500 AD. This could mean that when a portrait today is saved
in a cross-stitch, it could live up to 500 years more!
was a fad only for the religious, royals and the elites in
the early age. That is because cross-stitch was a symbol for
status in the society. Cross-stitch was considered an elegant,
classic and artistic needlecraft that even the famous figures
in history such as Queen Elizabeth 1 and Mary Queen of Scots
(who, even in captivity) did cross-stitch. It would be magnificent
to put back elegance and class in today's technologically
advanced homes and derive pleasures only the religious, the
royals and the elites enjoyed way back in time through hanging
cross-stitch on walls.
a portrait is saved in a cross-stitch it is like stitching
the memories and the feelings back to life along with the
image. Every detail considered is every minute of the memory
treasured and labored with. And it is 100% guaranteed that
the outcome of the portrait is the exact image of the memorabilia
because of the accurate conversion of the photo to the cross-stitch
The writer, Caryl
B. Grecia, works for Sphinx Cyberworld Ventures whose
features custom-made cross-stitch portraits of your choice
such as your wedding portraits, baby portraits, favorite pet's
portraits and even your favorite celebrity idol's portraits.
Questions and comments regarding custom, made-to-order cross-stitch