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Making memories — one stitch at a time

Henriette Schultz of Debden, Saskatchewan is a farmwife who enjoys doing cross-stitch, providing her with an opportunity to create realistic cross-stitch portraits.

Having learned the art in 2005, Schultz now creates projects that are picture perfect. She began cross-stitching with a kit and upon completion thought that there must be a better way to create these beautiful pieces of art without having to count the stitches. She then discovered cross-stitch portraits and computer software.

The desired photograph is scanned and the installed computer software produces a symbol chart, indicating all the colours of floss required for the project, and a workable grid for the photo. The computer enables her to enlarge the picture to the desired size.

Using 14-count Aida cloth (the open-weave material used for cross-stitch), Schultz draws out the grid onto the cloth using a washable marking pen. Because some pictures can require up to 100 different shades, it can be a challenge to organize all the required floss. Schultz categorizes her floss according to symbols and stores it on a floss organizer, and another organizer allows her to keep multiple threaded needles available while stitching.

Modern technology has contributed to the success of Schultz’s projects and practically any image can be converted and made into a custom cross-stitch pattern. How about a cross-stitch picture of a favourite pet? Schultz uses long and short stitches to create a realistic likeness. She also completes projects of buildings and flowers and the attention to detail with the thousands of tiny stitches makes for a striking resemblance.

Schultz enjoys the total process from beginning to end and can’t wait to receive her completed piece of art back from the framer. The result is not just a picture but a family legacy, and a great gift for a wedding, anniversary, birthday or other special occasion.

For more information phone Henriette Schultz at 306-724-4731. †

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