My favourite evening past time whilst watching TV is cross stitch. Yes, call me an old lady, but y’know what? I don’t care! I love it! I’m not a fan of the old fashioned chintzy stuff, although everything has it’s place! I prefer searching out more modern designs to stitch and sometimes, design my own.
I have been to four weddings this year and have made all the gifts (although one is still in progress). I prefer to make something personal for the couple rather than buying them a random set of glasses from John Lewis. Sorry, if you hate gifters like me! One of my most recent stitchy finishes was a wedding gift for a lovely couple whose wedding we went to in Devon last month. Now they have received it I can share it with you! Yay!
I found the pattern on Etsy from Emma Congdon, whose store is called Stitchrovia. She does some great patterns, I’ve already got a few more waiting to be stitched up. It’s far too easy to buy patterns when you get an immediate digital download! If you search out this pattern you’ll notice that I’ve changed it a bit form her original design, changed the colours and left out some of the design, I do this a lot…. always have to be a bit different!
I couldn’t find a frame of a suitable size so I bought this huge one from ikea and sewed the evenweave into a circle of fabric to give it a little extra oomph in such a large space. I think it worked! I’ll definitely try this way again.
Where do you buy your patterns? How do you frame them? Are you good and get them done professionally or are you like me and work out a cheaper way to do it (without compromising style, of course!) Please share! I love finding new places and hearing how other people do things!