Cross Stitching Stash

Everyone knows that embroiderers buy embroidery kits “for later”. They buy them because Dimensions, for example, sometimes stop producing some kits, so they become rarities. In this situation, it’s better to have such a kit in stock than not to have it at all and then look for it on eBay or another platform and overpay three or even more times the price. I do not squirrel stitching kits away for a rainy day. But at the beginning of my embroidery career, I’ve got under the general trend. To convince me that I’m doing the right thing by not buying kits “in stock”, I decided to show my stash here. The first are two Luca-S kits that I haven’t even opened yet. Each kit contains a black-and-white cross stitch chart, a backstitch chart, presorted Anchor thread, 16-count white Aida, and instructions. I don’t plan to embroider these kits just yet.

Cookie Bear

New start : Cookie Bear cross stitch card for a little princess. One of my favourite motifs to stitch. This free kit from The World of Cross Stitch Magazine contains 14-count Aida (I change it to 28-count evenweave), tapestry needle, 18 lenghts of stranded cotton, colour chart & key, envelope, and pretty illustrated card.

New Frog Pattern

We have a new cross stitch pattern – the Red-backed Poison Dart Frog, a terrestrial frog, gets its common name from the splash of colour across its back that can vary from scarlet red to fiery orange. Less than an inch (2.5 centimetres) in length, this colourful frog is small enough to be included in the group of frogs called “thumbnails.” Primarily a ground dweller in lowland areas of the upper Amazon of Peru and Ecuador, it does occasionally climb trees. Its poison is moderately toxic (from https://www.aquariumofpacific.org/onlinelearningcenter/species/red_backed_poison_dart_frog)

Review

Stitchers do not very often leave reviews on the cross stitch pattern they buy from us. It’s normal. Digital items are specific. That’s why we are very excited to get a review on a chart customer leaves at the shop some days after she had bought it. Such review (5 stars in this case) means that the pattern is big enough and is very clear to follow it. That is what we strive for when creating our charts. Thank you, Helen, so much for these stars.

Quaker Ball Sal

All three elements of the first art of the Quaker Ball Sal are ready. I regretted cross-stitching on evenweave. It was a nightmare to count the squares between one and the other hexagon without mistake. I think I got it right, and here’s the result.

Quaker Ball

My last SAL in progress. I am stitching it on white Belfast linen 32 count with DMC thread by the key. The colours are not usual for Durene Jones, but the butterfly looks beautiful. That is only one part of the first SAL part, and I enjoy it so much. I took these photos yesterday evening in the sunset, before and after doing backstitch. The last picture is from today’s morning.