I have done many cross-stitch pictures, and for years, gave them away as presents. The last few things I've done, I decided that I wanted to make them for my house. I like to use either 18 or 22 count fabric, because it makes the picture look more like a painting instead of cross-stitch.
Temari Balls: I started making Temari balls (a Japanese art) last year. They are made with Styrofoam balls, covered with at least 250 yards of regular sewing thread, then with thicker embroidery thread (what the Guatemalan's use on their quipiles) a design is embroidered on it. They are not made with ribbon, although some look like ribbon. So far I've made about 20 of them, but have given most of them away as presents.
For about 10 years, I have gone to a 'neighborhood' craft group once a week - to get to know other women and be able to do' friendship evangelism'. Over the years, the women have done many different projects. (One of the women was saved about 2 years ago. It's great to see her grow in the Lord. She's like a sponge! Her husband just recently began attending a Bible Study, because he wants to know more about the God that has changed her life.) A year and a half ago, I started going to a crochet group each week also. Again the purpose is to be with women to be able to witness to them."