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Beginning to cross stitch the palm tree branches on the tree

A palm tree outline was drawn directly on the aida cloth rather than using graph paper to plot out the cross stitching project. Next, it was time to begin cross stitching on the branches of the palm tree. Here are the steps that were used for cross stitching in the branches, which was actually quite a time consuming process. However, it might seem deceiving that this project would take so much time since this piece of aida cloth only measure 5 by 7 inches.

Cross stitching the palm branches with light and dark green cotton embroidery floss.
Cross stitching the palm branches with light and dark green cotton embroidery floss. Photo and cross stitch project by Julia Hanna
Cross stitching branches on a palm tree.
Cross stitching branches on a palm tree.Photo and cross stitch design by Julia Hanna

Step 1:

An improvised criss-cross stitch was used for outlining the dark lines on a few of the branches. The stitching on this aida cloth project was often improvised, which goes to show how crafting can be tailored to one's preference. Since the palm tree was directly drawn on the aida cloth when most use graph paper to plot out a design, this project was quite improvisational from the start.

Step 2:

A back-stitch was used to outline the dark green portion on the thinner branches.

Step 3:

A modified satin stitch was used to fill in the lighter green portions of the palm tree branches.

This cross stitch palm tree design is still a work in progress, so come back to see its progression in the next article.