Journaling Your Cross Stitch Projects

Written by Rebecca Williamson for Stitching the Night Away

There are as many different reasons for keeping a cross stitch journal as there are projects to keep track of! Some might keep one so that they can tell how many hours they put into each project. Another might keep one so they can go back and remember just what was going through their minds while they worked. Someone else might just like to keep a record of how far they got in one day. Whatever your reason, there are PLENTY of ways to make your journal as much of an enjoyment as your finished pieces.

Some people might opt for a photo album that has room on the sides or the bottom for writing, but, for others, a regular 80 page notebook will suffice. I, personally, decided to go with a 3-ring binder full of loose-leaf paper and a bunch of dividers so I can label each section with the name of the project I’m working on. Another suggestion might be an actual scrapbook. You might take pictures every time you write an entry. Then, you can put the pictures in your scrapbook, with a journal entry, and you’ll be able to SEE your progress as well as read about it.

Of course, it isn’t necessary to write in it every day–only when you’re inspired to do so. The journal entries can also be an added bonus to someone receiving your finished piece as a gift. It can be uplifting to read about the love that went into their gift and all the “frogging” that is sometimes inevitable.

Whatever your journaling method, you can rest assured that reading about the love and sweat that went into a project will mean just as much as the finished piece. It’s just another legacy left by the cross stitcher.

You can download our free printable cross stitch project journal page by clicking here.

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About Loretta Oliver

I’ve been a cross stitcher since I was 8 years old. It was something I learned as a Girl Scout when we did a project for a badge related to crafts and the group choose to cross stitch a holiday design on a red sweatshirt using waste canvas. (Talk about hard first project, that was such a pain!) I was one of the first ones finished and I’ve had a needle in my hand almost every day since then.

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