Friday, 5 July 2013

Getting back into cross-stitch

Much as I enjoy cardmaking, there are times when mojo vanishes but I still want to craft, but need a complete change. I discovered a superb cross-stitch magazine kit which had aid, threads and needles, and many gorgeous Christmas cross-stitch patterns. I bought it in 2009, its called Enjoy Cross-stitch at Christmas Issue 1 and I was drawn to cute penguin characters designed by Margaret Shelley.  I haven't mounted them onto Christmas cards yet as I was waiting for some more red extra strong DST to attach them with, this has arrived, just not got around to making the cards yet.

This first trio of penguins they said should take a day to stitch but supported with lots of cushions o my orthopaedic recliner, I spent 4 1/2 wonderful days, I was able to get lost into the stitching and it helped the week pass far more quickly and pleasurably.

 
This 2nd cross-stitch took 1 1/2 days to stitch, I varied the design slightly to suit me but the main character is the same, I love all the black backstitching of fluff, it brings the characters to life and makes them look like they are nice and cosy.
 
 

13 comments:

  1. fab cross stich fi,love the little one with the hat & scarf. sue xx

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  2. Hi Fi, love these brilliant designs. Your stitching is beautifully neat and I'm so glad you were able to get lost in your crafting for a few days. My mil would love them too, shes mad keen on penguins! Maddy x

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  3. sew cute - used to cross stitch years ago haven't made anything for a long time now
    Linda x

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  4. Lovely work Fi! I think I had that set a long long time ago. I haven't done any cross-stitch for many years.
    Anne x

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  5. Late hopping this week, your cross stitching looks so neat and the characters are really cute, theywill make gorgeous special cards

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  6. gorgeous cross stitching and love the images not done cross stitch since I left school--many moons ago-late hopping
    carol x

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  7. Fabulous! I have so many unfinished cross stitch packs.

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  8. These images are so cute. I have not touched any cross stitch products for at least two decades and would probably be absolutely rubbish by now LOL. But your projects look just great.
    Heike xx

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  9. just hopping from dc - a bit late, sorry! gorgeous cross stich projects!! I started one...a small one, one Christmas. I get it out every Christmas for a little go, lets just say - it's not finished yet...think its been going over 10 years! lol!!!(prob more like 15!) x

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  10. ooh, lucky me, as I've missed a few blog hops recently, your lovely cross-stitch is entirely new to me and I'm glad not to have missed these super cute fellas. Happy Hopping xx

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