The first cross stitch I ever did – and the most recent
When I first saw some of my friends cross-stitching on one of our joint holidays in about 1999 I didn’t get it at all. But then a woman from a local needlecraft shop sold me a £1 kit with a sunflower design. She said if I didn’t like it I would only have wasted a £1. Anyway I really enjoyed stitching the sunflower – I still have it in a frame at home to remind me of where my cross stitch addiction started. Here is a photo of that first cross stitch sunflower. (Sorry I don’t know who designed the chart because I didn’t keep records of what I stitched back then)
Since then I have spent considerably more than £1 on kits, charts, threads, fabrics, books, frames, scissors, storage, travel cases, etc. But I have got a lot of pleasure out of stitching things for myself and other people. It is very relaxing to cover a blank piece of fabric with stitches and have something to show at the end of it.
The most recent thing I have done is a tiny picture of a caravan. I found this Mouseloft kit in the local sewing shop, but you can also buy them online (e.g. the kit is available at stitcher.co.uk).
Sometimes it is nice to do a small kit in a couple of evenings, and this one was perfect for me as it combines cross stitch and caravanning. My husband and son both like the design too. I popped it into a fridge magnet (which was a free gift with a magazine).