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Looking for a unique and personalized gift to make for someone focused on family? Consider spending some time to create a cross stitch extended family portrait! You can either print out the latest family reunion photo or merge several smaller family shots together to create one larger version of your extended family!
If you follow me on Instagram and watch my stories, you may have seen hints on this large format gift in the works. It’s an extended family portrait representing my parents, my family and my sister’s family all done in the stitch people style. I HIGHLY recommend this reference book for anyone looking to get into cross stitch people projects as I’ve used it many times now, to personalize the characters to fit my subjects.
If you remember, last summer I created a cross stitch family portrait of my family, which is now displayed in our entertainment unit in the living room.
For Christmas I created another family portrait of my sister’s family, the Days. It features her outdoorsy family in summer clothes, their boys’ red rain boots and my middle nephew sporting a fishing pole. Their black cat Smuckers even made the cut!
Well guess who was jealous of these? My mom. (PS her infamous phrase is “I want that” as she always wants what she sees, handmade or store bought).
So this winter I began working on a portrait which combined both our cross stitch families together and added my parents in the middle. I gifted this to her for Mother’s Day in addition to the garden pet rocks the kids painted her.
They own a brewery and often work the tap room, sporting the brewery t-shirts in black and green, so that’s the look I went for on their designs in this extended family portrait. I think my dad’s design is dead on, don’t you agree?
Consider starting on your extended family cross stitch portrait now so you have plenty of time to work on it before Christmas!