embellished cross stitch

I've been seeing some cross stitch kits online that say they are embellished. What exactly does that mean?

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I need help
by: Anonymous

I like embellished cross stitch but it seems a bit harder to do. I am currently working a Thomas Kinkade picture and it seems that the directions don't match up exactly to the picture. I understand that its because of the way the picture is printed onto the Aida cloth but I sure wish it was easier to do!

I've had a stroke and counting is difficult to me so a counted cross stitch is out.

Does anyone know an easy way to read an embellished direction and match it up to a picture? sure could use the help.
debbie.wincek@yahoo.com

please email me with suggestions.

Thanks!

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Embellishments to me...
by: Becca

All the projects I've ever worked on that say "embellished" mean the addition of charms, buttons, beads, or ribbon to them.

Stamped cross-stitch is usually advertised as such, so I don't consider that "embellishment" unless there's a substantial picture that will NOT be stitched and you're just adding detail work.

I don't do stamped cross-stitch generally, but I have done a lot of work with ribbons and beads (Mill Hill ornaments, working on a Joan Elliott design with beads now, a Dimensions counted kit with ribbon, etc.).

To me "embellishing" means "adding something to the design" and the design imho is wholly stitched by the needleworker. Your mileage may vary.

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About embellished cross stitch
by: Anonymous

I personally don't like embellished or stamped cross stitch kits, they feel like cheating to me

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embellished cross stitch
by: Anonymous

Thank you ever so much for your help! From both comments received I see that the embellishment can be the printed fabric (prior to stitching) or charms and doo-dads added to the completed project (after the stitching). Thanks again!

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embellished cross stitch
by: Valerie Kalyani

Embellished cross stitch means the picture is printed in colour on the fabric and you are just embellishing it.

In other words, you are decorating an existing picture. There are couple different kinds of these kits. Bucilla makes many of them. Some are full pictures, and you do outlining, lazy daisy stitch, etc. to brighten the design.

Others leave blank cloth in the picture, this is where you do the work. On this type, you stitch more prominent portions of the overall picture.

I am working one of these myself in crewel. The background, rose branches, is printed. But the feature of the piece are two bluebirds, these are to be stitched.

Embellished kits are available in most forms of needlework.

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Embellished Cross Stitch
by: Miss 376

Usually come with beads or charms to "embellish" or decorate the stitching

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