I began to be interested in stitching and craft when I was a child. My mother sews, does needlepoint, including cross-stitch, and she also quilts. I did a few small projects as a child, mostly long stitch using yarn. When I was in later high school I did a few cheap kits from a dollar store, but I didn’t really like the finished pieces and they are now packed away.
The first ‘proper’ project I completed was a kit purchased from Spotlight (a sewing supply shop here in Australia) when I was at university. I needed something to distract me from the study/work/sleep repeat pattern. It took a long time to finish as I mainly stitched it during summer breaks from university and small amounts of free time during semester. I completed it in 2009. Here is the finished piece:
The next step in my stitching journey was when I finished university and moved cities to start my new job. After getting settled in I wanted to develop the hobbies I hadn’t had much time for whilst I was at university. I found and ordered some more complex and larger designs on http://www.witchykittdesigns.com/.
I started on a design called Embarkation. This is how the project will look when it is completed and the current progress shots:
The next design I started was also from Witchykitt Designs and is called Eiffel Tower. This is what it will look like when I’ve finished and my progress pictures so far:
Both Embarkation and Eiffel Tower are stitched on 18-count Aida. I will keep everyone updated on my progress as I try to work out a rotation for my projects. After I started this one, I got distracted from it and completed a few projects for family members or friends having babies. I will do a future post on all of those completed projects.
As I got more into cross-stitching, I discovered Heaven and Earth Designs. They are absolutely gorgeous, but they are big. I will do a separate post on those and how I plan to tackle them.
After I got married I decided to do a wedding sampler and will do a separate post on it. It is my first project on Linen. I have also ordered some new charts which will include using silk threads and specialty stitches. I am looking forward to starting them.
Let me know in the comments if there are any posts you would like me to write, about how I choose my projects or what tools I use for my stitching etc