A human being is the most wonderful substance in the world. The great English bard ( William Shakespeare ) has aptly remarked that a man is noble in reason and infinite in faculty. He is famous for his incessant search for beauty and he attempts to explore every sphere to translate things of beauty into his daily deals from something simple or complex.
Who knows how he has realized that beauty is truth and that truth is beauty. This all roams around me when I am with my key board to write a few lines on the hobby called Cross Stitching.
It is almost like, if of course the job is known earlier, “one-two-three and let us dance”.
A piece of clothe and some thread and a needle and your fingers and your eyes and the inner eyes that you definitely have are all you need to start with. Cross Stitching is actually needle work or embroidery work and continuous counting is a part of the job. With the thread and the needle the minimum and simplest figure, that is, the unit figure we are able to form in a piece of cloth is a cross, that is in other word, we form one “x”. By forming continuous spread of ‘x’ uniformly or as is required a shape of any substance of a specific size may be built up. Hence, with the unit size that is made with the ‘x’, the minimum geometric shape, some shape of considerable magnitude is made. It naturally involves continuous counting of the thread taken into the needle and also consideration of the direction of using the needle. And with this simple endeavor eye-catching designs appear which satisfy our aesthetic hunger and which, are appreciated and admired first by the individual maker and then by others who may think it is worthy to pay for it. If the maker is given with a printed cloth, I like to say, it a geometric pattern is already on the piece of cloth the stitching is predestined and easier.
It is difficult to anticipate whence from we have started this leisure-ornamenting business. Embroidery works of the ancient forms may be viewed in the museums of different countries and it is a fact that Cross Stitching is global from the birth. In India house wives and their mother-in-laws are engaged in it traditionally and they have never thought it to shape this as one of the economic ventures. In many parts of India (I am sure that it is very much present in the eastern part of the Indian subcontinent)it is considered as an extra quality of the girls who are being groomed for the marriage. This cultivation of beautification on simpler substances have been very much present during the Islamic rule in India and also among the Rajput women. Europe and Asia and Africa and also the last-found continent of America have lot of stories to be told on the Stitching and Cross Stitching.
Patterns may be infinite and those may be derived from the flora or fauna (designs on the skin of the snakes, the very shape of the small from insects to birds or fish or even elephants) and from everything we visualize. And the threads are also interesting. One thing is that we need colored ones and we even need a single thread with multiple colors or shades and varieties types of needles too in order to achieve the target. And all these are reserved for the hand-ker-chief or for the pillow cover or for the table cloth or even for the sarees and camiz, that is, general costumes of our girls or women. The simplest touch just changes the environment with the bliss of beauty.