This TAG was started somewhere on the internet and I have decided to participate:
- How did you start or who introduced you to cross stitch?
My Mother did when I was a child.
- Do you have a favourite theme or designer?
If I had to pick a favourite designer I would pick Aimee Stewart from Heaven and Earth Designs. But I have also recently bought two charts from Northern Expressions Needlework as well. I love stitching landscapes and scenes at the moment, but my taste is pretty eclectic. I also have done quite a few Dimensions kits when stitching Birth Announcements.
- What floss brand do you use?
I use DMC. Just like a lot of other stitchers.
- What is your fabric of choice?
Up until a month ago I would have said Aida fabric, but now it is Linen.
- Do you use a needle threader or are you a “floss licker”?
I am definitely a ‘floss licker’. I try to limit the amount of ‘gadgets’ I have for stitching and my eyesight is okay at the moment.
- What kind of stitching frame do you use?
I currently use scroll frames for larger projects and a floor stand. I use hoops for smaller projects.
- How many projects have you finished?
I have finished 9 projects not including some minor ones I did as a kid.
- How many completed works do you have currently displayed in your home?
I currently only have 1 project displayed in my home. The ANZAC stitch I showed a picture of in my first blog post.
- Do you do more stitching for gifts or keep them for yourself?
At the moment I have stitched more for gifts. Mostly I have stitched birth announcements for my nieces and nephews. I have also stitched a wedding anniversary sampler, baby bibs and door sign.
- What is your favourite project or finish you are most proud of?
My favourite finish so far is probably the Dimensions ‘Baby Drawers’ Birth Announcement I did for my niece. I loved the colours. It was also one of my first projects that included blended threads. My favourite project is my wedding sampler I am currently stitching (subject of future blog post).
- What has been your least favourite or worst exp while stitching?
My worst experience when stitching was when I started a HAED project called ‘The Butterfly Ball’ and after completing 1 page (3 months of stitching) I realised the fabric was way too small (10 inches too small, not including anything I needed for framing). I was devastated but unable to salvage the project and had to ditch it. I will restart this chart on a different type of fabric anyway. It was originally on Aida but I will restart it on an evenweave or linen.
- What do you love and what do you hate about cross stitch?
There isn’t anything I hate about cross-stitch really, making mistakes is annoying of course! I probably dislike the lack of needlework stores I can go and get lost in. I understand why they have closed down, but I wish there was one I could go and look at pretty things in.
I love how the picture reveals itself the longer I stitch. I love the way I can get lost in my stitching. I love the looks on people’s faces when I give them something I put so much time into.
- Have you introduced anyone else to cross stitch?
No, I haven’t yet. I would love to though!
- What was your first project and did you finish it, if not what was your first finish?
My first real project and my first finish was the ANZAC stitch I talked about in my previous blog.
- How do you store your cross stitch floss?
My cross-stitch floss is stored a few different ways. I have 1 skein of each DMC colour I own on stitch-bows in a folder. The extra skeins I have are then stored in ziplock bags labelled with the DMC number. Other types of floss I have, such as leftover Dimensions floss and Anchor, are on bobbins in a bobbin box.
I will probably store my specialty threads in a similar fashion to the DMC, minus the stitch-bows.