Counted cross-stitch may be one of the easiest of all embroidery techniques, but worked in rows, these hand-stitched Xs can add surprisingly sophisticated patterns and rich texture to almost any fabric. While the craft dates back centuries, the stylish designs here prove that it can be fresh and fun.
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A bag with a decorative silhouette is more than a useful carrier; it's a conversation piece. Any profile -- your child's, your own, or a friend's -- can be enlarged and used for the template.