Edinburgh cross stitch pattern, of Victoria Street. Available at shopashtreegrove.etsy.com

Summertime Stitching

With summer still raging in Texas, I like to escape to air conditioning and work on projects inside. Like cross stitching. It’s quiet, inexpensive, keeps your hands busy (and out of the snack bowl), and can be done anywhere.

If you’re like me, you’re rather picky about your projects. They can’t be too easy, or commonplace, and the big craft stores never have good patterns. So you buy interesting ones online or make your own. This pattern is based on a photograph my mom took on our first trip to Edinburgh. I wanted to make her something really special and this fit the bill:

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The pattern is now available on Etsy, as an instant download. It’s not easy (6,500 stitches and 40 different flosses), but it is beautiful. Are you up for the challenge?


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