Kokeshi Doll Cross Stitch

If you’re looking for a modern, adorable, and easy cross stitch pattern, this one’s a great option.  I was looking for something that didn’t involve farm animals or other country themes, and I also love Japanese motifs.  Here’s links to the pattern and a helpful video that helped me re-start my cross stitch journey that had been put on hold since a little sheep in elementary school.

Japanese Kokeshi Doll Cross Stitch Pattern

Cross Stitch – The Basics by Bothy Threads on YouTube

(The doll is just a few inches tall, and I’m not sure what size Aida I used.  It was a secondhand piece.  That’s also why it’s a little bit dingy.  :/  I did a zig-zag stitch around the edge after it was complete because I either didn’t feel like it or didn’t know I was supposed to before.  It is not in the photo.  I have done the zig-zag stitch on my next project to help with fraying edges.  Another blog also mentioned using a fray stopping glue, but it’s really up to you.  I also changed the colors from the original.  In retrospect, I wish I had used a teal rather than the green on her obi (sash).)

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