Sunday, 20 May 2018

Falling in love with cross-stitch


Hello Lovelies!

Now I don't know about you, but when I hear the word cross-stitch the first thing that pops to mind is grandmas and old fashioned patterns. It's not really something I could picture myself doing any time soon at all. But after seeing @jasxcharlotte doing all sorts of beautiful embroidery on her Instagram, I knew I wanted to try it too. Originally I bought a very beautiful embroidery kit from ohsewbootiful but this was way too complicated for a beginner like me, especially one who has never been particularly good at practical tasks. 

After attempting to do some of the stitches, I thought, right this is not for you Vicky. I didn't have the patience to teach myself how to do all of these beautiful, but very intricate stitches. But then I discovered Floss and Mischief, a modern cross-stitch brand and thought, ok, maybe I could give this a go...


The beauty of cross-stitch is that it's a one stitch game, and even better it's a very easy stitch at that. Just one cross and you're done, and all you need is to do it over and over again. Personally I love these sort of repetitive tasks, especially when I'm feeling stressed and want to unwind. The only difficult aspect of it really is making sure you get the stitches all in the right place, but the evenweave fabric makes this super easy to do. That said if you look closely you can see I have made a couple of mistakes, but hey I'm a beginner... 

The Floss and Mischief kits are brilliant for first time cross-stitchers as they have everything except scissors included. You get the hoop, lots of thread, two needles, the cross-stitch pattern and some very helpful tips for newbies all for £15 which feels like really good value. Of course once you're done, you also get a very beautiful cross-stitch which you can either display at your home or give as a thoughtful gift to a friend. 


You can tell how addicted I am to cross-stitch already, as I've now purchased their toucan pattern to try out once I've finished my macaw. Honestly I never really expected to love cross-stitch this much, so it's a testament to trying new things because you never really know how much you might like them. 

P.S. If you're looking for some embroidery inspiration, take a look at my Pinterest board!

Love Vicky x
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11 comments

  1. What a pretty little kit! I can totally understand why you found that you really enjoy cross-stitching, it's so relaxing! I used to do embroidery ages ago when I was like 9 or 10, I loved it! It's always great to start something new :)

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  2. this is so cute! I used to cross stitch when I was younger but I never made anything so pretty like this!
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  3. This is such a cute kit! I used to love cross stitching with my mam when I was a kid, she used to teach me how to do it. I'm sure I've still got a book mark that I made once somewhere around the house too haha! I'd love to try something like this though, the macaw and toucan are gorgeous designs :) xx

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  5. Your pieces are amazing! I'm kind of tempted to do it too, but I'm more happier at the moment with drawing :) x

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  6. Aw yay I'm so glad you are enjoying! I cross stitched for like 15 years before I tried embroidery so I understand that it can be a bit of a jump! I really need to pick up a cross stitch again, problem is that I always do big ones and they end up taking months!! x

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