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Designing an aida cross stitch palm tree is time consuming

Cross stitching a palm tree on aida cloth.
Cross stitching a palm tree on aida cloth.
Cross stitch project by Julia Hanna.

This column is about budget friendly crafts, which designing an aida cross stitch project definitely is time consuming. Since this project that can take weeks or months to complete, this might be something to keep in mind if crafters only have limited amount of time each week. If a crafter cannot work on their aida cross stitch project every day, it may take a long time to finish the project. Some cross stitchers have admitted on their blogs that it takes months to finish a piece, which is something this crafter has realized with the length of time it is taking to completet the cross stitched palm tree featured in this article.

The cross stitch palm tree was designed by hand is taking over two months to complete thus far, and a considerable amount of time has been set aside for it each day. So it is always good to keep in mind that while a craft might be budget friendly, it is not necessarily time friendly. For crafters who want to try their hand a cross stitching but who are short on time, consider doing a simple cross stitch project with plastic canvas mesh.

When completing an elaborate cross stitching project on aida cloth it is good to have a game plan, which helps to break up the project into smaller components that are less overwhelming. The slide show will demonstrate how a certain portion of the aida cloth was worked at a time rather than just cross stitching one row after another. The cross stitched palm tree is still a work in progress, so come back to see a future article on its completion.

Cross stitch the outline of the palm trunk.
Cross stitch the outline of the palm trunk. Cross stitching by Julia Hanna.

Cross stitch the outline of the palm trunk.

Dark brown embroidery floss made out of cotton was used to cross stitch on the outline of the palm trunk, which will make darker portions stand out.

Cross stitching on the palm fronds
Cross stitching on the palm fronds Cross stitching by Julia Hanna

Cross stitching on the palm fronds

Once the dark portions of the palm trunk were outlined, the palm fronds were filled in with a simple cross stitch. This is not a counted cross stitch, but a covering the lines of a drawing project.

Continuing to cross stitch on the palm fronds
Continuing to cross stitch on the palm fronds Cross stitching by Julia Hanna

Continuing to cross stitch on the palm fronds

Creating many little cross stitches to form the palm fronds in a time consuming task, and it will not be something you can do very quickly. Patience is definitely required when working on an aida cross stitch project.

Cross stitching on the palm trunk                      Cross stitching in the palm trunk
Cross stitching on the palm trunk Cross stitching in the palm trunk Cross stitch project by Julia Hanna

Cross stitching on the palm trunk Cross stitching in the palm trunk

The tree trunk was cross stitched in with the lighter shad of brown embroidery floss, which is made out of 100% cotton fiber. The cotton embroidery floss is sold separately by color, or in packs of assorted colors. The lighter portion of the palm trunk helps the darker portions stick out.

Cross stitching in the blue sky
Cross stitching in the blue sky Cross stitch project by Julia Hanna

Cross stitching in the blue sky

The sky was cross stitched in with a light blue shade. A border stitch was created around the edges of the aida cloth to prevent it from fraying. Cross stitching in the sky will take a bit of time, and this portion of the project is not quite as fast as it would seem. Aida cloth has many little holes, so this is not a craft that can be completed in just a couple of hours.