I like to teach a process that I call "magic cross stitch," not so much a stitch as a way of approaching a hand-stitching project to incorporate spontaneity, serendipity and surprise. It's listed on my "workshops" page, and this fall I got an inquiry from a quilt guild as to whether I could do it as a virtual workshop during pandemic lockdown. I declined, since the process requires a lot of individual hands-on help, and people would probably be disappointed at trying to learn it online.
But now lefties can read their own instructions and see illustrations of actual left-handed stitching, instead of being the by-the-way afterthought to the "standard" instructions.
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How can you use this wonderful basic stitch to do original compositions without the stiffness of perfectly arranged rows and columns of Xs? My method allows you to make stitching that looks lush and painterly, dramatic, textures, spontaneous and improvisational. It involves no graph paper, no sketching in advance, no counting, no worries about the exact size or shape or placement of your stitches.
If you can thread a needle you can do magic cross stitch. In fact, if you're a beginner at hand stitching, or if you've long since forgotten the fine points of what your grandmother taught you, you may even be better at this technique than people who have done a lot of cross stitch using more structured designs.