I’ve been wanting to have a go at cross stitch for a long time.
Some time ago when someone was giving away things they didn’t want I acquired a small cross stitch kit to make a notepad with pretty cover. I thought that it seemed a good place to start, though I was a bit worried if the stitches would be too small. There were six different coloured threads. Two green and two red and two orange.
I was very pleased when I finished the first green portion, having decided to start in the middle. This is 14 count. I was however happy to discover that I could see well enough to do it even in the evening.
The only guide I had was the photograph of the finished design on the sheet I showed you above. I did struggle a bit to decide which colour I should be using for the red and orange part but decided that as long as I made it symmetrical it didn’t matter too much if I got the odd stitch in the wrong colour. I was very pleased with the finished design. (I was also pleased at the result of using a piece of white polystyrene to reflect the light so that it was more even as advised by Deborah of Circadianreflections)
Here are the pieces needed to make up the notepad.I normally give my children money as the main present but I like to give them a little something as well. I decided to give this to my younger daughter for her birthday which is this month, so here is the finished present with the birthday card.
I hope to find time to do some more cross stitch in due course but my list of other things, expecially knitting, seems to be getting longer and longer!