Well here we are almost in December of a year that ended up going in a very different direction from how I had envisioned it at the start! Isn't that the way sometimes? Different doesn't necessarily mean bad, but it does (at least in this case) mean changes, one of them being that I have ended up spending a lot less time in front of my computer this year. I have spent more of the time when I could've been online making things instead and when I have wanted to share them with the world I have thrown a quick post up on Instagram rather than spend several hours writing a blog post. But I don't want to give up on this blog totally and there are definitely some things that I feel deserve or need a "proper story" rather than a couple of quick snaps. I am going to try and get these stories on here. In the meantime if you would like to see what I am up to on a more regular basis please come join me over HERE on Instagram (there is also a link at the top right hand side of the page if you are viewing this on a computer).
Another (very) recent development is the opening of my Etsy store! I have hummed and hahed about opening one for a while now (would anyone be interested in anything I make? what would make my stuff stand out and be different? can I handle all the techy side of an online business?) but in the end, with Hubbie to help me with the techy stuff, I have just decided to take the plunge. So what will you find there? Well I hope it will be a reflection of what you find here, a variety of cross stitch, knitting, and crochet. If I write an original pattern I plan to have it available as a pdf download so you can make one too, and there will also be some knitted and crocheted items available as gifts.
To kick things off here is the story behind the first item in my store.
One day near the beginning of the month when I was wandering in Hobbycraft I spotted these cute little wooden sleds. I measured the tops of them - 2.5" by 3 7/8" - and thought they would be perfect to mount cross stitch on to make little Christmas decorations. As they were only £2 each I bought a few of them and then, when I got home, spent ages looking through all my charts trying to find some suitable designs. Everything I liked was too big, too small, too square, too circular.... I'm sure you get the jist! So I decided to fire up the laptop, dig out an old cross stitch program I have, and play around with some ideas. I came up with two designs that make the most of the available surface area, one is 47 stitches by 27 and the other 47 stitches by 28. I picked some perforated paper from my stash and got stitching. This was the result...
Hubbie very kindly painted the bare wooden sleds black for me and I mounted my stitching on black card before attaching it to the top of the sleds. Didn't they turn out cute?!!
The designs stitch up pretty quickly, in about 2-3 hours, and I'm giving these two away as gifts as well as making some for our house. I had a lot of fun designing and making these so I'm going back to Hobbycraft to get some more sleds and going to have a play with a couple more designs! In the meantime if you would like to stitch these for yourself you can find the instantly downloadable pdf HERE . To celebrate the opening of my store I'm offering these two designs plus tips on stitching and finishing them for just £1. Happy stitching!