Jeryl Hinson has been involved with cross stitching ever since she was 10 years old.
Hinson, of Greenhurst, learned the art from a bunch of old women who thought she needed to learn some girly things. She lived in a hotel at the time, and they thought it would be something she should get herself involved in. From there, she took off as she has made hundreds of pieces of a wide variety from commercial to personal. As she grew older, it became an on-and-off activity.
"I did it for a few years, took a break, and picked it back up when I was in my twenties," Hinson said. "I quit when I had my children and over the past 15 years I really got into it."
Cross stitch is a form of counted-thread embroidery that takes a lot of time to complete. Freida Dewey, assistant librarian, mentioned how unique the art of cross stitching is.
"With cross stitch, any of it is unique because it takes so many threads and colors and everything to do the cross stitch," Dewey said. "It's intricate work. You may have six or seven different shades of one color to make something look like it's three-dimensional."
Her works were on display throughout the library during the month of August. Pieces she stitched included a 1938 John Deere Model A tractor, a fish and hook, flowers, birds and a barn among others. Each picture displayed numerous colors, giving each one a look of reality. Throughout the month, many have come in to take a look, and as a result, she has seen some orders come her way. Pieces she conducts range from 5-by-7 to 11-by-7 inches. She's done flower arrangements for weddings, "no smoking" signs for restaurants and personal pieces for birthdays. Recently, she's gained quite the interest in making sailboats.
Cross stitch is a long process that takes hours and several months. Hinson mentioned that she usually works approximately four hours a day and she tends to work during the morning as the sun rises to get the best light. Since she has another job, she hasn't had the time to fully involve herself in the art. It does, however, require some skills just like other art forms.
"Concentration and patience are key," Hinson said. "It's also tough fitting all the ideas I have into the piece. It's definitely a challenge."
Hinson's displays of cross stitch wrap up today. For information on Hinson and her cross stitch works, contact the Fluvanna Free Library at 487-1773. Next month's artist will be Rob Swiderski, according to Dewey.