1. Love him! Out of interest, how many strands were you using before? 😝

  2. double πŸ˜΅β€πŸ’« so 4 strands. go back and look at my previous posts. they’re some THICK guys. they look good but they took me FOREVER because i had to try so hard to get the floss smooth.

  3. Ahhh yeah I see what you mean that would be a pain in the backside! πŸ˜‚ I do love how thick and fluffy looking your highland cows came out though, I might have to grab those patterns 😝

  4. Honestly, the first few days of this calendar felt very underwhelming to me but it seems to be coming along nicely and now I’m intrigued haha Very neat stitches and thank you for keeping us updated πŸ’›

  5. Haha right! I didn't understand why anyone would want one of these after seeing days 1-3! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I'm invested in seeing the final piece now 😝

  6. Petite stitch? Just a guess, I've never seen that on a pattern before πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

  7. Or is it just one half of a stitch going bottom left to top right? I had some of those on my Anchor kit but it wasn't written like that.

  8. I just wouldn't give her a cross-stitched card again if you know they're just going to end up in the bin. My mum actually framed the birthday card I made her last year which was nice but I don't think I would have cared if it ended up in the bin or a junk drawer either. πŸ˜‚

  9. Nope, just a regular birthday but I only took up stitching last year so it seemed appropriate! I made sure the colours went with her decor so it could potentially survive longer so there was that! πŸ˜‚ It's her 74th today and I gifted her a framed cross-stitch this year so I hope she doesn't expect one every year now... not that I'd mind, I always like an excuse to stitch something! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  10. I think I need to get some of these, I've got a collage of random Christmas stitches that I did last year and really dislike the way they look in a frame, THIS could work! 😝

  11. Yeah these were supposed to be cards but I framed them instead so I think they were about 3 inches.

  12. That's how I've always preferred to do my half stitches too. I feel like when you do a three quarter and a quarter stitch the latter gets a bit lost just having a little leg, I've never liked the look of it.

  13. Exactly how I'd describe the definition of organised chaos πŸ˜‚

  14. My fingers tarnish needles quite quickly but it doesn't seem to be much of an issue. My favourite hoop is a cheap plastic one I got in a starter kit and it also has a plastic end on the screw so I'm not touching metal all the time. It also seems to have better grip than the wooden hoops I've tried so I don't have to adjust it constantly! I don't have one but possibly try a grime guard?

  15. 😯 This is such a clever idea, I'm always battling with extra fabric!

  16. I’ve scrolled past this a couple of times today, but it’s only mow that I’ve realised that this is why I’ve had Catatonia’s Mulder and Scully stuck in my head all day!

  17. Funny story, X-Files actually started my love affair with Catatonia πŸ˜‚ We'd just bought a CD player and the only reason I bought International Velvet was I saw there was a song called Mulder & Scully and there were horses on the cover! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ In my defense, I was only 11 but it quickly made me a Catatonia superfan πŸ˜‚

  18. International Velvet is such a wicked album! Are you Welsh or was this an amazing way for you to be able to speak some very random phrases?

  19. I'm unfortunately not Welsh πŸ™ I did attempt to learn when I was younger but I'm only fluent in Catatonia songs apparently! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  20. when i first learned about needle minders, i read a lot of descriptions about how fragile and breakable neodymium magnets can be, and read reviews on amazon and stuff about people getting theirs (just the magnets, not boutique needle minders) already broken in half in the packaging. it made gave me the impression that i would have to be kind of precious with a needle minder so as to not shatter the magnet.. put me off them for a while.

  21. I had 2 minders holding the pattern on top of my aida all I did was shift the position of this one and I heard a clunk! Tbh I hadn't even realised anything had happened until I turned my hoop over and almost cut myself! πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ I think it was a case of me holding the back magnet too far away from the fabric when I moved it because I do have a habit of making a loud snap when I move them... I'll stop doing that from now on πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  22. that magnet is so cute! where did you get it?

  23. I'm doing this one too! Well, I'm doing 3 for decorations! It is really fun (and it doesn't say in the kit but the print does come off with water)

  24. Do you happen to know where she got it? My mom LOVES these guys and I would love to make it for her!

  25. It was from The Range, the brand is Hinkler if that helps.

  26. My pieces are huge and I can't count πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  27. Ahhh I'm so glad you posted this! I was thinking of getting some fancy fabric to do some portraits but I didn't know how it was going to turn out... I'm sold, this is is lovely πŸ™‚

  28. How long did this take you?? My mom would flip if she got this as a gift.

  29. Mine took me a couple of months, maybe 3 so I'd say that was a pretty accurate average!

  30. This reminds me I still need to frame mine πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Love the finished back too, so neat πŸ™‚

  31. All the 14count kits and patterns I've ever had have said to use 2 strands so I've just followed that! I think 2 looks neater so I'd probably go for that but 3 definitely gives more coverage if you're concerned about the white! How hard is it working with 3 strands? I feel like I should try it out on 14count as I normally use 2 strands on 18count so it definitely feels less dense when I move back to 14!

  32. I can't help but think you could have made it so much easier on yourself by using black aida! Kudos to you, I wouldn't have the patience for that! πŸ˜‚

  33. I contemplated black aida but my hobby stores were out of it

  34. Ah that's a shame. You're doing well though, big blocks of colour take so long to fill in and are really boring to do! πŸ˜‚

  35. I just thought it might make everything a little more fluid when it comes to stitching instead of me neurotically looking back and forth from the pattern to the fabric every 5 Seconds because I second guess my own ability to count, despite the fact I've never really had any need to do any massive amount of frogging in my life LOL

  36. Yeah it definitely helped me, especially in the early days when I was always paranoid I was mis-counting if I didn't check repeatedly! I don't really do it since I switched to Pattern Keeper because I find it easier to keep track when I can mark off my stitches digitally but it was really helpful for paper patterns.

  37. I used to do this when I was first starting out. I have 4 different colours so I used to map out 4 at a time πŸ˜‚

  38. I'm not into stitching seasonal patterns myself, I'd rather make something that can be displayed year round but I like seeing what other people stitch. Having said that when I first started I was just doing kits and I have 2 framed pieces that I pull out at Christmas but I wish I hadn't bothered tbh, they just take up too much space and I don't exactly love them! πŸ˜‚

  39. To that point, is there a magazine out there that has more β€œmodern” designs? My MIL generously gifted me a subscription to Just Cross Stitch but I feel similarly- I don’t see a lot of patterns I really like! Most of my intel on cool patterns/artists comes from this sub

  40. I haven't looked into any other magazines, I was a bit put off from my subscription and I've flicked through a few in the shops and they were all the same vibe! I'd love a cool/alternative cross stitch magazine, I feel like I should be at retirement age flicking through WOCS... not that there's anything wrong with people liking those type of patterns but I'm 35 and don't want to be stitching endless twee designs of a cottage or some random child in a dress and flower crown! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  41. I'd think I'd like some fancy floss/fabric because I normally just buy the basics for myself. Think variegated or metallics for floss and hand dyed or patterned aida or evenweave that she normally wouldn't buy for herself.

  42. I think it looks neater all in the same direction but the opposite catches the light quite nicely so you could do either honestly!

  43. Hook threaders are also known to damage needle eyes. Be careful :) Glad you know what's causing it.

  44. Some good links on there, thank you πŸ™‚ I've got wire and hook types and they both seem to snag but I've managed to wiggle them through with crossed fingers! I only need to use a threader if my thread's dropped out of the needle just before I bury my thread at the back so if I leave a longer tail to work with it's usually OK, I'm just wasting more thread but I'd rather do that than have to constantly buy new needles!

  45. If the threader is catching it is probably to big. Genuinely cannot recommend the Clover Quilt threader enough.

  46. I've put a scoop of Vanish in with my washing up liquid while soaking my projects before and it hasn't harmed anything.

  47. This is absolutely stunning! Just had a scroll back through your series and I absolutely love the style you've nailed down. I've been thinking of doing a tasteful nudes project myself so this is right up my street. 😍

  48. If that's a messy back then I hate to think what you'd call mine πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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