Adventures in cross stitching

Friday, April 08, 2016
It's been a bit quiet on the blog recently and that's down to two reasons. 1) I've done hardly anything interesting all week (I had an excellent job interview on Wednesday but I'll talk about that another time), and 2) as a consequence of not having an interesting week, I haven't taken photos of anything other than my sleeping cat. Which could not be further from interesting if it tried.

Anyhow, I haven't been completely bored out of my mind. I started doing cross stitching the other day and I love it. Please be aware this is my first ever attempt at it, so give me the benefit of the doubt if you're a cross stitching pro. I really enjoy doing it, and although my first one is turning out a bit messy, I'm still kinda proud.

I got two little cross stitch patterns from Hobbycraft a couple of weeks ago - this bicycle one and a bee one, both relatively easy and cheap since I obviously didn't want to spend a lot straight away. I've been wanting to find a new hobby for a while now and I thought this would be a good start. It's therapeutic too but I find that sometimes my hands shake because my weird twitchy fingers can't deal with tiny needles and minuscule pieces of thread, but usually I'm alright so long as I take regular breaks.

You can tell here I started on the sign post first because the cross stitching looks awful, but the white on the sign is looking good. I've done the first sign a bit too fat compared to the guide but I'm working with it. Trial and error and all that. 

I also didn't realise until I reread the instructions that you do the cross stitching first then the black outline, so I'm kind of doing it a bit back to front here. I also keep threading the needle in the wrong way round so I get stray bits of thread sticking out of the front instead of the back which looks real messy. Speaking of messy...

Look at the back!! Ha! Not sure how it got like this, but fortunately for me no-one will be looking at the back when it's done so it's all good. 

I'll post the finished product when it's done, which could be a while yet because I can only manage a bit at a time but I'll make sure to take lots of photos.

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