National Craft Month: Cross Stitcher Alyssa Pruett
Published on: March 27, 2023
When introduced to cross stitch in high school Alyssa Pruett wasn’t initially interested in the craft. With muted colors, Thomas Kinkade style landscapes and primitive sampler designs, the ‘old fashioned patterns’ didn’t inspire her creativity.
That changed in 2016 when the Cubs won the World Series. Alyssa wanted to commemorate the occasion, as any good crafter does, by making a celebratory piece. After searching online, she found a Cubs themed cross stitch pattern. The world of bright, colorful and whimsical patterns on Etsy opened her eyes to the potential of cross-stitch. No longer a reluctant stitcher, Alyssa was smitten.
“I dabble in all sorts of crafts but what keeps me coming back to cross stitch is the immediate gratification I get from working on a piece and seeing that work turn into a beautiful image in real time,” said Alyssa.
One thing Alyssa likes about cross stitch: even when you’re doing the same pattern, the stitcher’s unique style will come through. Every choice changes the outcome, making each individual piece truly original.
How To Get Started
Alyssa recommends starting with a kit that includes a simple pattern, all the thread, fabric and other accessories you need. As a beginner it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the options and if you accidentally choose a more advanced pattern, it can be discouraging.
With the right pattern and supplies, anyone can cross stitch.
“People would be surprised at how simple it really is. If you can count and have a bit of patience, you can cross stitch!” said Alyssa.
“I don’t stitch anything that I don’t love!” said Alyssa, which is a good mantra for cross stitching and most craft projects. The project she’s most proud of is the Dark Queen of the Sea, a pattern by Autumn Lane Stitchery.
“It’s so beautiful and really challenged my skills,” said Alyssa.
Alyssa is still aiming for a blue ribbon. So far she’s won second place for a piece named “Seek Refuge” and three honorable mentions for various projects. This year she’s planning to enter her biggest project to date: a sampler style pattern that will be a couple of feet long.
The 2023 Kentucky State Fair is August 17-27 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY. Kentucky State Fair entries will open in early May and information will be available on https://kystatefair.org/participate/compete/.
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